Northlight Theatre has big plans to return to Evanston for the 2021-22 season.
Architect renderings show the exciting plans for Northlight Theatre’s new stage and exterior when it moves back to Evanston in 2021.
Founded in Evanston 45 years ago as the Evanston Theatre Company, Northlight Theatre (northlight.org) has the fourth-largest subscriber base of nonprofit theaters in the Chicago area. From its first performances in Kingsley School’s auditorium to the last 22 years of polished productions at the North Shore Center for Performing Arts in Skokie, Northlight Theatre has been an integral part of the North Shore’s cultural scene. Now it’s onto a new stage—literally—as Northlight returns to Evanston in grand style. With a goal of opening in late 2021, the theatre has announced plans to purchase the building at 1012-1016 Church St. by the end of this year, which will be demolished and replaced with a state-of-the-art theater complex. Northlight has embarked on a $20 million capital campaign and is well on the way to making this a reality, including a sizable arts grant from the State of Illinois and other generous donors. This is a huge win for all concerned: Easy access to public transit (both Metra and the L) will prove a boon for theater patrons and artists alike. In addition to the accessible location, the new space provides theatergoers with fabulous acoustics, comfy seats, a cafe-bar and space for events. And with the abundance of great dining options in downtown Evanston, this transformational step for Northlight is sure to be a smash hit for the entire community. Curtain up!
Photography by: Northlight theatre