If you’ve ever gone for a run or taken a bike ride along Chicago’s breathtaking lakefront, chances are you’ve passed a dark and somewhat unassuming pavilion that sits just off the Fullerton-Lake Shore Drive interchange, which is known to some locals as the Theater on the Lake. It seems like forever that this particular structure has sat dormant, just waiting for someone to expose its potential and maximize its unique location that’s literally just steps from Lake Michigan.
Well, at long last, the Chicago Park District has finally taken another step forward towards accomplishing this goal, breaking ground on a complete renovation that will update both the Theater on the Lake’s appearance and interior features and design.
Estimated to cost $6 million, the project will bring a fabulous new 330-seat theater to the Lincoln Park lakefront, complete with modern lighting, sound, and totally re-vamped dressing rooms. In addition, the makeover will also include a brand new public restaurant with an awesome outdoor patio, which will no doubt be a huge hit in the summer.
Once finished, the new Theater on the Lake will offer all sorts of year-round programming, adding yet another addition to the already vibrant Lincoln Park landscape. If everything goes according to plan, look for the new venue to make its debut sometime before next summer.