Arts and Culture

16th Street Theater
6420 16th St.
Berwyn, IL 60402
(708) 795-6704

16th Street has become one of the area’s most intimate and highly regarded presenters of engaging and thought-provoking new plays. Recognized for bringing excellent, diverse, and affordable theater to all in the Oak Park Area, their plays have also been seen onstage at Chicago’s Goodman and throughout the country.

Concordia University Chicago’s The Collective

Bergmann Theatre
7400 Augusta Rd.
River Forest, IL 60305
(708) 488-4313

The Collective is at the core of Concordia’s Theatre training. The department’s production wing is proud to present the best of modern American theatre, as well as acclaimed interpretations of classic works.

Dominican University Performing Arts Center
7900 W. Division St.
River Forest, IL 60305
(708) 488-5000

Easy to get to, just 20 minutes west of Chicago’s Loop, DUPAC features two halls with superb acoustics and ideal sightlines, and presents concerts, plays, lectures, and special events throughout the year. Ample free parking is available on-site. Visit for details and tickets.

FitzGerald’s Nightclub
6615 W. Roosevelt Rd.
Berwyn, IL 60402
(708) 788-2118

Across the street from Oak Park in Berwyn, FitzGerald’s has built a legendary reputation for an eclectic mix of music in a casual, comfortable setting that attracts music fans of all ages. The New York Times calls the club “a musical gem” and it has consistently been ranked among the top five music venues in Chicago.

Oak Park Art League
720 Chicago Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302
(708) 386-9853

Founded in 1921, the Oak Park Art League is one of the longest, continually-running non-profit arts organizations in Illinois. The Art League offers art education, guest lectures, artist demonstrations, critiques, and exhibition opportunities in their gallery. Stop by for a free tour of the historic building or visit the gallery to see and purchase artwork created by local artists.

Oak Park Festival Theatre
PO Box 4114
Oak Park, IL 60303
(708) 445-4440

As the Midwest’s oldest professional (Actors’ Equity Association) classical outdoor theater, they have been “Breathing Fresh Air Into Timeless Texts” since 1975. Their famed summer productions of Shakespeare and other theater masters are staged in beautiful Austin Gardens in the heart of downtown Oak Park.

Open Door Theater
902 S. Ridgeland Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60304
(708) 386-5510

Open Door is a 17-year-old professional theater organization producing words that inspire, entertain, and reflect Oak Park’s diverse community. Open Door fills its intimate 70-seat house with theatrical productions, improv/sketch comedy, jazz, folk, and classical music. Ample free parking available.

Riverside Arts Center + Freeark Gallery
32 E. Quincy St.
Riverside, IL 60546
(708) 442-6400

The Riverside Arts Center provides contemporary art exhibits; multi-media and clay art classes for children and adults; field trips; and curriculum-based workshops for schools. Birthday parties and private party rentals available.