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.
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.