It’s time for Northlight’s next act—a theatre home of our own.

Northlight’s bold vision is to build a world-class theatre in Evanston, the vibrant community where Northlight began in 1974. Today, our intensely entertaining productions broaden perspectives and deepen compassion. Our education programs touch the lives of thousands of young people each year, and we enrich our community through audience engagement and creative partnerships.

With a new theatre in downtown Evanston, we will entertain and inspire audiences with compelling new and existing work. We’ll nurture and grow the next generation of theatregoers, expand our civic impact, spark economic development, and serve as a cultural hub for the entire community.


A Home for Northlight

Northlight’s new home will be a stand-alone, three story building with a 300-seat state-of-the-art theatre. Our desire is to create a dynamic performance, event, and educational environment that will serve Evanston, Chicago, and the entire Chicagoland area long into the future.


AN Asset for Evanston

Located in the heart of downtown, steps from parking and public transportation options, Northlight will contribute to a vibrant local economy. Northlight will generate $55 million in new spending in the first five years of operation alone.

Live theatre will activate the community through aesthetics, ideas, discussion, and values. It awakens a neighborhood, engenders pride of place, and brings a cohesion to a community through shared experience.
— BJ Jones, Artistic Director, Northlight Theatre
Northlight’s future location at 1012-1018 Church Street, Evanston IL

Northlight’s future location at 1012-1018 Church Street, Evanston IL


The benefits of having Chicago’s 4th most subscribed theater in downtown Evanston are incredibly positive for our City. I appreciate Northlight Theatre’s efforts to date and the community support needed to make this a reality. Count me as a supporter!
— Steve Hagerty, Mayor of Evanston