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||Contact:|
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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The Mercury inaugurates its new Venus Cabaret Theater (a remodel of the former Cullen’s restaurant and bar adjacent to the Mercury’s main lobby) with Stephen Sondheim’s episodic musical about birthday-boy bachelor Bobby learning about being alive. The...Musicals Until Sunday June 3 2018
Monty Python’s Spamalot
A prime example of the self-aware meta-musical that dominated the first decade of this century, Eric Idle’s Broadway adaptation of his old comedy troupe’s film Monty Python and the Holy Grail was first seen in Chicago, in a 2004 tryout at the Shubert...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.
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!!