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Steppenwolf Unveils Expansion Plans

Steppenwolf Unveils Expansion Plans

Steppenwolf unveiled plans for a new 50,000 square foot building that will feature a new in-the-round theater space, a dedicated education floor and additional social areas. WDCB’s Gary Zidek has the story.

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Steppenwolf Theatre Executive Director David Schmitz, Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel were among those who spoke about the new project at the groundbreaking event on March 5.

Steppenwolf Executive Director David Schmitz shares remarks at the company’s groundbreaking event. Pictured on stage with David (L to R): Artistic Director and ensemble member Anna D.Shapiro, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Steppenwolf Young Adult Council alum Brandon Rivera and current member Maiya Swedberg, Campaign Co-Chairs Eric Lefkofsky & Nora Daley, Gordon Gill architect with Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, and Gavin Green theater designer.  Photo Credit: Kyle Flubacker

Steppenwolf Executive Director David Schmitz shares remarks at the company’s groundbreaking event. Pictured on stage with David (L to R): Artistic Director and ensemble member Anna D.Shapiro, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Steppenwolf Young Adult Council alum Brandon Rivera and current member Maiya Swedberg, Campaign Co-Chairs Eric Lefkofsky & Nora Daley, Gordon Gill architect with Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, and Gavin Green theater designer.

Photo Credit: Kyle Flubacker

Mayor Rahm Emanuel shares remarks at Steppenwolf’s groundbreaking event, March 5, 2019. Pictured seated (L to R): Steppenwolf Executive Director David Schmitz and Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro. Photo Credit: Kyle Flubacker

Mayor Rahm Emanuel shares remarks at Steppenwolf’s groundbreaking event, March 5, 2019. Pictured seated (L to R): Steppenwolf Executive Director David Schmitz and Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro. Photo Credit: Kyle Flubacker

The new structure will be located at 1646 N Halstead between Steppenwolf’s main theater and parking facility.

Here are some renderings of what the space will look like (top of the page and directly below).

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Here’s a look at what the theater-in-the-round space will look like.

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Steppenwolf’s new theater building is slated to open in the summer of 2021.

You can find more information about the company’s expansion plans on its website steppenwolf.org

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