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Five Things to Know About the Goodman Theatre
Its exterior may lack the glitz of the neighboring Oriental and Cadillac Palace, but don’t be mistaken: the Goodman is a major figure in the Chicago theater district. In a history spanning nearly a century, it has produced plays ranging from Shakespeare adaptations to groundbreaking experimental performances. Read on to learn more about the Goodman Theatre:
- It’s a Tony Award winner. The Goodman Theatre received the Special Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre in 1992. Since then, several actors and directors have won Tonys for their work at the Goodman.
- It’s not just one stage. The main stage, the Albert Theatre, seats about 850. The smaller Owen Theatre features open, courtyard-style seating; its productions are more intimate and, often, more avant garde.
- You can wear what you want. On any given night at the Goodman, you’re just as likely to see folks wearing suits as wearing sweatshirts.
- It’s easy to get to. The Goodman is within two blocks of all the major L trains. If you prefer to drive, you can go online to buy reduced parking at Government Center, which is just around the corner.
- You can dine next door. Petterino’s is so close, it has a door leading directly to the theater. The waitstaff will serve you rich Italian cuisine and get you out before curtain time. (Be sure to make a reservation, as it’s a popular pre-theater spot.)