Northlight’s bold vision is to build a world-class theatre in Evanston, the vibrant community where Northlight began in 1974. Today, our intensely entertaining productions broaden perspectives and deepen compassion. Our education programs touch the lives of thousands of young people each year, and we enrich our community through audience engagement and innovative partnerships.

It’s time for Northlight’s next act—a theatre home of our own. In downtown Evanston we will entertain and inspire audiences with compelling new and classic work. We’ll nurture and grow the next generation of theatregoers, expand our civic impact, spark economic development, and serve as a cultural hub for the entire community.

Our next act will be extraordinary. Will you join us?


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Project Status Update: Northlight has signed an Option Agreement to purchase a building in downtown Evanston at 1012-1016 Church Street, steps away from public transit and ample parking. We are actively fundraising and developing plans to purchase the building by the end of the year, and to build a new theatre on this site: a stand-alone, 2-3 story building that does not involve a developer. We will continue to operate in our current location at the North Shore Center in Skokie at minimum through the end of the 2020-21 season. We look forward to your participation in this exciting project and will provide more information as it unfolds.

Rendering of the exterior facing Church Street: