MAJOR RENOVATIONS BEGIN ON THE THEATER ON THE LAKE

ALDERMAN MICHELE SMITH, MAYOR EMANUEL, CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT MICHAEL P. KELLY, AND MEMBERS OF THE THEATER COMMUNITY CAME TOGETHER THIS WEEK TO BREAK GROUND ON A $6 MILLION RENOVATION OF THEATER ON THE LAKE.

Located at Fullerton Avenue and Lake Shore Drive, Theater on the Lake's new redesign preserves the land-marked structure while transforming it into a multi-use, year-round venue.  The building will be divided into three sections: a new 330-seat main theater, two-adjacent event spaces with access to a lakefront terrace, and a public restaurant which includes a semicircular outdoor patio with a breathtaking view of the city skyline. 

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The structure was built in 1920 and has functioned as an open-air theater since 1953. Historical design components of the building will be preserved. 

Renovations are expected to be completed in the summer of 2017.