Mercury Theater

Theater Wrigleyville
Mercury Theater
The Mercury Theater

This onetime nickelodeon reopened as a 292-seat live theater in 1996. After suffering a stroke in 2010, former owner Michael Cullen sold the Mercury to a group of investors led by former Porchlight Music Theatre artistic director L. Walter Stearns. Since 2012, the Mercury has produced a regular slate of musicals and straight plays and occasionally offering the theater out for rentals.

The former Cullen’s restaurant and bar space, adjacent to the theater’s lobby, is scheduled to reopen in March 2018 as Venus Cabaret Theater, serving up intimate productions of musicals like Company and Spamalot alongside cocktails and appetizers. Late nights could see cabaret-style programming in the space.


Venue name: Mercury Theater
Address: 3745 N Southport Ave

Cross street: between Waveland Ave and Grace St
Transport: El: Brown to Southport. Bus: 22, 80, 152.
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  • Musicals Until Sunday June 3 2018
  • Musicals Thursday June 14 2018 - Sunday August 5 2018

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I love seeing shows here! The folks at Mercury really love and appreciate a good musical and always have the cast to prove it.

The venue itself is easy to get to, there's no bad seat (at least not that I've experienced) and the staff is always friendly and helpful.

It's a wonderful neighborhood theater with high-quality, Jeff-nominated and award-winning productions.

The Mercury Theater is a lovely mid sized theater in the heart of Lakeview that produces fabulous shows. The director, Walter Stearns and the Music Director, Eugene Dizon are extremely talented. Every show I've seen there (and I've seen many) are great productions. There's also a great neighborhood restaurant attached to the theater called Grassroots. Dinner and Theater here is a wonderful night out.

Not a bad seat in the house. The seats themselves are comfortable and roomy enough for a big man.

I love the professionalism of the shows. I feel like I'm seeing a NY Broadway production. Every seat in the house has a great view. Walter and Eugene are wonderful hosts and we always look forward to seeing them too! You have done a wonderful job with the theater!!