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Mercury Theatre

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The beautifully renovated Mercury Theater Chicago is an intimate jewel box of a theater in the heart of the Southport Corridor, a sophisticated neighborhood of restaurants and boutiques steps from Wrigley Field. A delightful theater destination, Mercury Theater Chicago takes care of its guests from the moment they arrive with valet service and dining at its adjoining restaurant, Grassroots.

About Mercury Theatre

The building that houses the Mercury opened in 1912 as a silent film nickelodeon, named The Blaine Theatre after actor and former Senator and Secretary of State James G. Blaine. The Blaine became obsolete when talking pictures became popular nationwide in 1928. The much larger Music Box Theatre was then built, which is still in operation today. For most of the 20th century The Blaine served retail purposes; a carpet cleaning facility utilized the raked seating area to lay rugs out to drain water off. Though little of the original Blaine is left, some remnants still exist including the decorative plaster busts flanking the House. The intimate theater now boasts warm exposed brick walls and seats that were recovered and refurbished from a 1933 era Boston movie house.

Today Mercury Theater Chicago is led by Executive Director L. Walter Stearns, a veteran theater director and former Artistic Director of Porchlight Music Theatre. It re-opened May 1, 2011 with the critically acclaimed production of A Twist of Water, which along with the Route 66 Theatre Company, re-affirmed the Mercury as a home for Chicago stories and artists. The Mercury is thrilled to be part of the city's vibrant theatre community, boasting multiple extended runs of critically-acclaimed productions including Freud's Last Session and Avenue Q and establishing a new annual holiday tradition with the heartwarming holiday musical The Christmas Schooner.

Chicago, IL 60613
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Transportation & Parking

Lot Parking: There is public pay lot available at Blaine School, ½ block north of the theater starting at $16/car (credit card or exact change accepted). We recommend arriving early, as the lot can fill up quickly on the weekends. Note that the price of the lot increases on Cubs game days. Valet Parking: Limited valet parking is provided at the entrance to the theater for a fee of $15/car starting an hour and a half before showtime. We highly recommend arriving early to ensure a stress-free parking experience. If you wish to spend time in the neighborhood after the show, be sure to notify the valet so he can take care of you accordingly. The Valet service is operated by BLK & WHT Valet. Street Parking: Limited metered street parking along Southport is available for $2/hour for a maximum of 3 hours. Meters run from 9am-9pm Monday through Saturday and 10am–8pm on Sundays. Free street parking is available on and west of Ashland Ave (three blocks west of the theater) and north of Irving Park Road (two blocks north of the theater). Some of these streets have special parking limitations during Cubs night games starting at 5pm. Note some streets are zoned for resident parking only; currently it is best to look on the side streets east of Grace and Byron for free, non-permit parking.