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Access Performances

Chicago Children’s Theatre strives to make the arts accessible to people of all ability levels by removing barriers and providing opportunities as part of our commitment to serving all children. Our efforts focus on accessibility services for all guests and we are dedicated to creating a welcoming and inclusive experience for all guests.

For more information, or if you need assistance or an accommodation not mentioned below, please contact the Access department at access@chicagochildrenstheatre.org.

Wheelchair Access: Chicago Children’s Theatre performance spaces, classrooms, restrooms, and administrative offices are all accessible according to ADA guidelines. Designated accessible parking for vehicles bearing valid Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) disability parking placards or license plates is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Accessible parking spaces and automatic doors are located on the south side of the building in the parking lot.

Sensory Friendly Performances: Tailored exclusively for guests on the autism spectrum, CCT makes sensory modifications to production elements like lighting, sound, and music in an effort to avoid sensory overload. We offer a quiet room, separated completely from the performance that includes simple activity stations and trained staff. We designate a family-bathroom nearby. And all cast and crew are prepped before the performance, creating a safe, welcoming environment for everyone to experience the show in their own way. There’s no wrong way to see a sensory-friendly show!

ASL Interpretations and Open Captioning: For guests who are Deaf or hard of hearing, all dialogue and lyrics are translated by professional interpreters into American Sign Language. The performance and production elements are unchanged. Additionally, all CCT productions are presented with open captions for our guests.

Touch Tours: For guests who are blind or have low vision, CCT offers guided tours of the production pre-show. This allows for a deeper connection and understanding of the performance. Children and adults alike are allowed to touch portions of the scenery, props, and costumes while also meeting the cast and listening to them describe their characters and appearance. Click here to take a look at the highlights from a typical touch-tour.

Audio Description: With advanced notice, CCT can provide audio description services to our guests who are blind or have low vision. The describer provides an in-depth characterization of the characters, costumes, and staging. As the program progresses, the Audio Describer will provide a detailed account of the characters’ behavior and mannerisms, as well as their location and movement on the stage.

When purchasing tickets for an accessible performance, please indicate that you are interested in the service that’s being offered. That way we will be able to give you the best possible experience and assistance.

For ticket details please contact our Guest Services Department
By phone: 312.374.8835
Email: boxoffice@chicagochildrenstheatre.org
Guest Services Phone Hours (during the 2019/20 season): 9 am – 1 pm | Tuesday –  Friday