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Theater on the Lake now undergoing $6 million renovation

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The renovation will add a 330-seat theater to the venue

Chicago Park District

The popular Theater on the Lake public venue on the lakefront in Lincoln Park is now officially undergoing a renovation that will update its appearance, but will also bring forth year-round programming. According to the city, the renovation is expected to cost $6 million and will bring a new 330-seat theater with modern lighting, sound, and dressing rooms to the venue. The renovation also includes a new public restaurant which will feature an outdoor patio. While the new project will allow for ongoing programming, the new venue will also likely become a popular event space.

The renovation of the Theater on the Lake, which was originally constructed in 1920, comes at the heels of the massive $31.5 million Fullerton revetment project in which the Army Corps of Engineers stabilized the crumbling shoreline infrastructure just north of the Fullerton Avenue Beach and reclaimed 5.8 acres of land for public park space. Renovations on the Theater on the Lake are expected to wrap up by next summer.