Northlight Theatre tickets are available through the Box Office at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts.

Box Office Hours



Box Office agents at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts are available by phone only, noon-3:00pm Tuesday through Friday. 847.673.6300. (as of 4/12/21)



Monday – Friday: 10am – 5pm

Saturday: noon-5pm

Sunday: Box Office opens two hours prior to show time

On all performance days, Box Office hours continue to a few minutes past curtain.


(Memorial Day to Labor Day)
Tuesday-Saturday: noon-5pm

Closed Sunday-Monday


Call: 847.673.6300

Visit: 9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie IL 60077

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Tickets are non-refundable.  Plays and artists are subject to change.

parking-map-lgNorthlight Theatre is located at 9501 Skokie Blvd. in Skokie, IL, inside the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts. We are just east of the I-94 Edens Expressway (across from Westfield Old Orchard shopping center) – easily accessible from Chicago as well as the North and Northwest suburbs.

Our location at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts offers Complimentary Parking. 


From the North: Take I-94 east and exit at Old Orchard Road (east). Proceed east on Old Orchard Road to Skokie Boulevard . Turn right (south) onto Skokie Boulevard. After the intersection of Golf Road and Skokie Boulevard , make a left turn at the traffic light ( Foster Ave ).

From the South: Take I-94 west and exit at Old Orchard Road (east). Proceed east on Old Orchard Road to Skokie Boulevard . Turn right (south) onto Skokie Boulevard. After the intersection of Golf Road and Skokie Boulevard , make a left turn at the traffic light ( Foster Ave ). 

From the East: Go west on Dempster Street to Skokie Boulevard . Turn right (north) onto Skokie Boulevard . Proceed north on Skokie Boulevard to the traffic light at Foster Ave. (just before Golf Road) and turn right.

From the West: Go east on Dempster Street (Rte. 14) to Gross Point Road . Turn left on Gross Point Road (northeast) and proceed to Skokie Boulevard . Turn left onto Skokie Boulevard and proceed north. Take a right turn at the traffic light at Foster Ave. (just before Golf Road ).

Public Transportation
The Yellow Line ‘L’ (Skokie Swift) stops 1 mile from the Theatre, where you can transfer to CTA bus #97 which stops in front of our building. Several other CTA and PACE bus routes also stop at Old Orchard across the street. (Please note: The last #97 departs at 10:30pm Monday-Friday, and earlier in the evening on Saturday-Sundays, so this route is not recommended for weekend evening performances.) For more information on specific schedules and routes, visit the CTA web page a


How much do tickets cost?

Single Tickets range from $30 – $81 depending upon seat location and day of performance. Opening Night tickets are $85 and include a post-show reception. For more information about a specific production or performance date, contact the Box Office at 847.673.6300, or explore individual performances online.

We offer a variety of discount opportunities – visit our Groups and Discounts page for more information. Subscription packages are available for 3, 4, and 5 plays and start at only $90 (4-play).


What if I can’t come on the date that I’m scheduled?

SUBSCRIBER BENEFIT: If a conflict arises for a Northlight subscriber, we are happy to exchange your tickets to another performance at no charge, provided we receive your request 24 hours prior to the performance by phone, fax or mail. Upgrade charges may apply if you exchange into a higher priced performance or seating area.

TICKET BUYERS: Ticket buyers for an individual show may exchange their tickets for a $10 fee (per ticket) by coming to the Box Office in person or by faxing a copy of their torn tickets to the Box Office 847.679.3704. Upgrade charges may also apply if you exchange into a higher priced performance or seating area.


Can I return my tickets?

All tickets and subscriptions are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend your originally scheduled date but can attend at different time, see our Exchange policies. If you are unable to use your tickets at all, you may give your tickets back to the Theatre as a tax-deductible donation. Please contact the Box Office at 847.673.6300 to arrange for your ticket return, and Northlight will provide a letter acknowledging a tax-deductible gift for the face value of your tickets.


How big is the Theatre?

Our performance space is an intimate 318-seat theatre with a three-quarter thrust stage (audience seated around three sides). The furthest seat is a mere ten rows from the stage!

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What happens if I’m late to a show?

For best service, please plan to arrive at the Theatre at least 15 minutes prior to the schedule start of the show. As part of our commitment not to disturb other audience members or performers, late arrivals may be held outside the Theatre until a suitable break in the performance, or seated in the back at the discretion of the House Manager. You will be able to move to your assigned seats until intermission (if applicable). Depending on the nature of the show, late seating is not guaranteed.


What happens if I lose my tickets?

If you are unable to locate your tickets, call the Box Office at 847.673.6300 and report your tickets as missing. The Box Office will reprint your tickets and hold them at Will Call for you to pick up on the evening of your performance.


What’s your policy on cell phones, cameras, etc in the Theatre?

Photographs and/or recording during the performance is not allowed. In consideration of both other patrons and the performers on stage, we ask that all cell phones, watch alarms, and any other electronics that emit sound or light be turned off before the show. Texting during the performance is not permitted.


Are gender-neutral restrooms available?

At this time, the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts does not offer gender-neutral facilities for the public.


Can I bring my kids?

Children under 7 are not admitted to mainstage productions. Please note that some Northlight productions may include content that could also be considered inappropriate for children over 7. If you have questions or concerns about a particular production, please contact the Box Office at 847.673.6300.

Northilght also offers extensive Education programming through many nearby schools.  For more information, visit the Education section of our website.


What is the difference between Northlight Theatre and the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts?

Northlight Theatre is a non-profit theatre company that has made our home as a resident leasee inside the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie. Northlight was founded in 1974 – a history that pre-dates our residency at the North Shore Center by 22 years.  As a producing theatre, Northlight is responsible for every aspect of the shows on our stage – from the selection of plays, to set design and construction, to the casting of actors, etc.

The North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie (NSCPAS), built in 1996, is a performance venue: a two-theater complex that is home to Northlight Theatre, and that also presents a diverse calendar of entertainment events – including concerts, comedians, dance companies and more. As the landlord facility, the North Shore Center operates the Box Office, House Management, and is responsible for all physical aspects of the building and its operations (seats, concessions, maintenance, etc).


I have a question that has not been addressed here. To whom should I speak?

Please direct all ticket and price related questions to the Box Office at 847.673.6300. Individual contact information can be found on our Staff page. Any additional questions may be directed to

Wheelchair Access

Northlight is fully wheelchair accessible and offers select wheelchair seating in our theatre.  If you require wheelchair access, please inform the Box Office or make a note on your subscription form.


Assistive Listening

For our hearing impaired patrons, we offer a Radio Frequency (RF) Headset system.  This two-part system features a radio belt pack and headset, and can be obtained from House Management (ID deposit required).



Each production in the 2021-22 Season will offer one performance that includes both OPEN CAPTIONING and AUDIO DESCRIPTION.

At an audio-described performance devices are available for patrons who are blind or have low vision which will allow them to hear live spoken narration of the action on the stage, along with descriptions of the scenery, costumes, lighting, and more.

During open captioned performances, an electronic text display is positioned to the side of the stage, which shows what the actors are saying or singing and describes sound effects on stage, for patrons with slight to profound hearing loss.

Audio-described/captioned performances:
Songs for Nobodies
– October 16, 2021, 2:30pm
Mr. Dickens’ Hat – December 18, 2021, 2:30pm
Fireflies – February 12, 2022, 2:30pm
Intimate Apparel – May 7, 2022, 2:30pm
Dear Jack, Dear Louise – July 31, 2022, 2:30pm

Select productions will offer a RELAXED PERFORMANCE. Relaxed performances are designed to make everyone feel safe and welcome at our theater. While these performances include changes to better support neuro-diverse individuals and/or those with sensory sensitivity, everyone is welcome to attend a relaxed performance.

Adjustments of note:
– Lower sound level
– House lights will remain on at all times at a low level
– Designated quiet area for patrons who need to step away from the performance
– Patrons are free to walk around and talk during the performance

Relaxed performances:
Mr. Dickens’ Hat
– December 14, 2021, 7:30pm
Intimate Apparel – May 4, 2022, 7:30pm
Dear Jack, Dear Louise – July 24, 2022, 7:00pm

For more information or questions about Captioning, Audio Description, or Relaxed Performances, please contact Ruben Carrazana: 847.324.1615 or

To purchase tickets for performances with any of these services, use the promo code NACCESS by phone 847.673.6300 or online to receive discounted tickets at a flat rate of $40 each (standard fees still apply).

Land Acknowledgment

Northlight Theatre sits on the traditional homelands of the people of the Council of Three Fires, the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi as well as the Menominee, Miami, and Ho-Chunk nations. The original peoples of this region had shared cultural customs that allowed for the establishment of trade practices across the region. Indigenous people continue to live in this area and celebrate their traditional teachings and lifeways. Today, roughly 35,000 Native people from over 100 tribes live in the Chicagoland area.

Northlight Theatre makes this acknowledgment as part of our commitment to dismantling the ongoing legacies of settler colonialism from which we benefit. We commit to learning about and honoring the Indigenous peoples who stewarded and continue to steward the lands we have occupied and continue to occupy.

What is a Land Acknowledgment?
A land acknowledgement is a statement that recognizes and respects Indigenous Peoples as traditional stewards of this land and the enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories.

Why make a Land Acknowledgment?
A land acknowledgment recognizes that Northlight Theatre has benefited from what scholars call “settler colonialism,” the effort to encourage white newcomers to settle and colonize Native American territory and thereby dispossess Indigenous peoples from land that they had occupied and considered important since time immemorial. This coerced dispossession and forced removal of Native peoples through treaties and various military campaigns throughout American history is essential to understanding the history of Skokie and Evanston, including its cultural and educational institutions.


Information & Pronunciation Guide

Council of Three Fires
The Council of Three Fires, also known as the People of the Three Fires, the Three Fires Confederacy, the United Nations of Chippewa, Ottawa, and Potawatomi Indians, or Niswi-mishkodewin in the Anishinaabe language, is a long-standing Anishinaabe alliance of the Ojibwe (or Chippewa), Ottawa (or Odawa), and Potawatomi Native American tribes and First Nations.

In this Council, the Ojibwe were addressed as the “Older Brother,” the Odawa as the “Middle Brother,” and the Potawatomi as the “Younger Brother.” Consequently, whenever the three Anishinaabe nations are mentioned in this specific and consecutive order of Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi, it is an indicator implying the Council of Three Fires as well.

Potawatomi |  pronounced pot-uh-WOT-uh-mee
The name Potawatomi comes from the Ojibway word potawatomink, which means “people of the place of fire.” The Potawatomi call themselves Nishnabek, meaning “true or original people.”

Ojibway | pronounced oh-JIB-way
Ojibway means “puckered up,” and it is thought to come from the way the tribes’ moccasins were gathered at the top. Ojibway is also spelled Ojibwe, Ojibwayy, Ojibwa, and Otchipwe.

Ottawa | pronounced AH-tah-wah
Ottawa comes from the Algonquian word adawe meaning “to trade.”

Menominee | pronounced muh-NOM-uh-nee
Menominee, sometimes spelled Menomini, means “Wild-Rice People.”

Miami | pronounced my-AM-ee
Miami also called Maumee, the name may come from the Miami-Illinois word Myaamia, meaning “allies.”

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
American Indian Center of Chicago
Illinois Historic Group Director

Northlight’s Hospitality Partners offer lodging options at a special discount to Northlight Patrons.  If you are traveling from out of town, or want to make a night of your trip to the theatre, Northlight’s Hospitality Partners give you that option!


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago – North Shore Conference Center
9599 Skokie Blvd, Skokie | 847.679.7000 | Map it
Northlight Rate: Call for the current special



Graduate Evanston
1625 Hinman Ave, Evanston | 847.475.3300 | 
Map it
Northlight Rate: Northlight patrons receive a discounted rate when using code SOCIAL
Use this link to book.


Holiday Inn Chicago-North Evanston
1501 Sherman Ave, Evanston | 847.491.6400 | Map it
Northlight Rate: Northlight patrons receive a discounted rate when using this link to book.

Dining Partners

We encourage you to support our Dining Partners:

Westfield Old Orchard is just across the street and offers many dining options which you can view by visiting their website.

Or visit one of the many restaurants within a mile radius of Northlight Theatre: