Since 1997, Northlight Theatre has been the resident theatre company of Skokie’s North Shore Center for the Performing Arts. Although the facility has offered two decades of stability, ultimately we are renters, and Northlight has reached its capacity to grow artistically and programmatically in its current space. To expand both artistically and as a civic-minded community center, we need a space of our own. A permanent, modern and viable home, owned and operated by Northlight, is essential to the company’s future.

Why are you moving?


Northlight was founded as the Evanston Theatre Company in 1974, so we consider this a homecoming. Evanston is a thriving cultural city lacking a resident theatre company, and it has been the single biggest source for Northlight patrons throughout our history. Evanston will be elevated and enhanced with the addition of Northlight Theatre in the downtown district – a world-class theatre for a world-class city. And the vibrant, diverse city of Evanston allows us to more fully realize our mission of “reflecting our community to the world and the world to our community.”   

Why Evanston?


How do I get there?

The new Northlight location, at 1012-1018 Church St, is easily accessible by public transportation and driving. The location is one block from the CTA and Metra via the Evanston (Davis St) stations.


We know parking is important! Existing parking facilities in downtown Evanston offer ample parking capacity to accommodate Northlight patrons and we are working with the city on the best options. We will also offer valet parking options for high traffic times. The site’s close proximity to CTA and Metra means that more patrons will have public transit access, which reduces parking needs.
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Will there be parking?


I already bought tickets for the 2019-20 season. Where are these performances?

Our 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons will be presented at our current location at the North Shore Center in Skokie. The new theatre is scheduled to open in fall of 2021, and we will alert all subscribers before this transition occurs.


We plan to break ground in spring of 2020, and complete construction by the fall of 2021.

When is the new theatre opening?