Allan Chambers at 773.935.6860 ext 301

(Click HERE for a seating chart.)

The main stage is available for rent year-round at affordable rates



  • Main Stage seating capacity 985 people
  • 3 studio black boxes seating 60, 80, and 87 people
  • Curtain Call Club seats 55 people – concessions, receptions, a great cabaret space


  • location — 2936 North Southport Avenue between Wellington and Oakdale in Chicago
  • in the Lakeview neighborhood
  • great restaurants with theatre discounts
  • convenient public transportation
  • two parking lots — one at the corner of Oakdale and Southport and the other on Oakdale behind the theatre building
  • street parking is available


  • full box office service
  • set your own ticket prices
  • posts on the Athenaeum’s web site, regular electronic newsletters, and social media
  • one-time use of the mailing list
  • creation of a mailing list of customers attending your event
  • advertising discounts through the ART League, the League of Chicago Theatres, TheatreMania, and more
  • concession service:  wine and beer pre-show and at intermission, and sometimes available post-show
  • full front-of-house staff, including house manager and ushers for performances through The Saints and the Athenaeum’s volunteer usher program

TECHNICAL AMENITIES – (updated 8/23/18)

  • 025Grid height is 41′ 9″ and the roof height is 56′ 2″
  • proscenium opening is 42′ 8″ wide by 20′ 8″ high.
  • stage dimensions: from Center to SL Wall is 44’0,” from Center to SR Wall is 44’1,” from Center to the back wall is 32’6
  • Equipped wth a Martin line array
  • Soundcraft Impact 32SI audio console
  • Equipped with an ETC Ion lighting console
  • Electrical service capacity of 400 amps tied in with sound system
  • Rep light plot – call for specs
  • Barco 14,500 lumen digital projector available for rent
    • Projection can be accommodate with house cyc or screen rental
    • Projection screen available for rent in-house: 12′ x 20′ in 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Seven dressing rooms with bathrooms and one shower
  • Loading door is 7’5″ from the ground, opens directly onto the upstage wall, forklift rental may be needed
  • All utility costs included such as electricity, heat, and air conditioning
  • Pit cover removable for additional fee
  • Orchestra Pit will hold 20+ based on orchestra composition
  • Two spotlights available for rent

Please note we are constantly upgrading the Athenaeum’s performance spaces. Call to confirm you have the most up to date specs.

For Technical inquiries only, contact:
Kevin Scott Technical Director, Athenaeum Theatre