Northlight Theatre is committed to making every possible effort to ensure the health and safety of our artists, audiences, and staff.

In conjunction with the League of Chicago Theatres and a growing coalition of arts venues and producers across the Chicagoland area:

Patrons will need to be masked and fully vaccinated in order to attend a performance and must show proof of vaccination at their time of entry into the venue.

  • “Fully vaccinated” with an FDA authorized vaccine means the performance date must be at least 14 days after the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or at least 14 days after a single-dose vaccine.
  • Digital or paper copy of your vaccination record will be accepted.
  • By exception, proof of negative tests will be accepted due to medical or religious exemption. Guests may provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance start time, or a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 6 hours of the performance start time.
  • For audience members under 12, vaccination or negative test are strongly encouraged but not required, provided children are accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult.
  • All patrons will have to wear a mask throughout the performance and during their time in the venue.
  • All patrons should enter through the North entrance (diagram below). Depending on weather and concurrent events in the venue, vaccination or negative test may be checked before entry into the building, or at the Northlight Theatre inner doors. ID should be available upon request.
  • Concessions will be available for socially distanced consumption while in the lobby only. No food or drink is permitted in the theatre at this time.
  • If you forget proof of vaccination, we will reschedule your tickets at no charge.
  • If you are feeling unwell, please do not attend. Contact the Box Office prior to your performance and we will reschedule your ticket at no charge.


AT Northlight:
  • 100% of Northlight’s staff is currently fully vaccinated.
  • 100% of the artists and company members for Mr. Dickens’ Hat are fully vaccinated.
  • 99% of Northlight Audiences are fully vaccinated. Study conducted by Wolf Brown/Audience Outlook Monitor, November 2021.
  • All artists and members of the company for each subsequent production will be subject to vaccination or testing requirements.


Policies above are in effect beginning September 2021 until further notice. The current protocols were developed by a coalition of Chicago area theatres in consultation with public health officials. They will be reviewed regularly and may include an extension or relaxation of certain provisions if the science dictates.



Distanced seating is available upon request for all preview performances (November 26 – December 2), and all Tuesday/Wednesday performances throughout the run (December 4-January 2). This option is available for seats in the Silver section only. Distanced seating guarantees that no one outside of your party will be seated in the seat next to you on either side. Distanced seats are available by phone: 847.673.6300, please request when making your purchase. Subject to availability.


At the Venue, the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts:

Air Handling Systems
As a modern facility, the heating, cooling and ventilation system (HVAC) at the North Shore Center is robust and most equipment is less than six years old. Our system is designed to completely exchange air in both theaters and public lobby every fifteen minutes or less while mixing in up to 25% fresh outside air. Science research shows that frequent air exchange in indoor spaces is key to reducing transmission of infectious airborne diseases.

We have also upgraded our HVAC system with MERV-13 air filters, which trap microscopic dust particles that can carry airborne viruses. While many older systems are unable to handle these highest-grade filters, our modern HVAC system can add this extra level of filtering protection.

Cleaning & Disinfection
The North Shore Center always maintains a rigorous cleaning regimen. We upgraded to a Clorox 360 Electrostatic Sprayer for cleaning and disinfecting restrooms, counters, door handles and other high-touch surfaces in the facility.  While we now know that COVID-19 is not easily transmitted from contaminated surfaces, our sprayer kills 99.9% of bacteria in seconds and viruses like the common cold and flu viruses just moments after treatment.


Entrance and Vaccination check will be available at the NORTH doors only:

Updated 9/16/2021