Chicago Polish Theatre

The city of Chicago offers the best Polish theatre in the US - from classical Fredro to modern "Tiramisu". The Chopin Theatre and the Copernicus Theatre are the two main Polish theatres in the city. In between there's a whole list of student, religious and amateur theatrical groups.

The Chopin Theatre established by Zygmunt Dyrkacz is getting to be the next hot thing in the city. The Chicago Tribunes' critics are amazed by the choice and repertoire of the plays. The venue is nice and cozy with two stages and an awesome lounge area. The Chopin Theatre offers performances, musicals, screenings and special events such as Friends of Crakow All Saint's Day concerts or Polvision TV's Polonia Star performance series.

Chopin Theatre

1543 W Division
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 278-1500

The Copernicus Theatre presents bilingual plays and performances throughout the year. Kids, in particular, love the starry sky that appears as the lights go down in the theatre, which is the last of the gorgeous movie palaces built by architects Rapp & Rapp, who also designed the Cadillac Palace and Oriental, which operated as movie theatres before they became live theatre venues. The Gateway also hosts a silent film festival every summer. Copernicus' major fund-raiser, the popular Taste of Polonia, is a summer festival that's usually held over Labor Day weekend. Polka bands and Polish dancers in traditional dress entertain, while authentic foods and carnival games are served up under a tent in the parking lot.

Copernicus Theatre

5216 W. Lawrence Ave.
Chicago, IL 60630
(773) 777-8898