Harris Theater for Music and Dance, a new state-of-the-art downtown
performance facility, proudly opened its doors on November 8, 2003.
The mission of the non-profit theater allows the organizations performing
at the Harris to: attract broader, larger and more diverse audiences;
encourage artistic synergy; and increase opportunities to offer
educational programs. The Harris serves as a national model of collaboration
between the philanthropic community and performing arts organizations.
If you have
any questions about the Harris Theater including rental of the facility,
group tours or volunteer opportunities, please call the administrative
office Monday through Friday during normal business hours at 312-629-8696.
The theater's design, by the architectural firm of Hammond
Beeby Rupert Ainge, Inc., features a simple, elegant glass lobby
on Upper Randolph Drive east of Michigan Avenue.
heart of the theater, including its 1,525-seat auditorium, is built
underground. A lower lobby gives patrons direct access to the adjoining
underground Millennium Park Garage. The Theater extends Chicago's
vibrant performing arts district east to Lake Michigan, and links
it with the museum campus and many other cultural institutions along
Michigan Avenue. While located in Millennium Park, the theater is
privately funded through contributions and grants from individuals,
foundations and corporations. It is built on land leased from the
City of Chicago.
Theater represents years of planning by Chicago's philanthropic,
arts, business and government leaders. The lakefront theater is
the new, state-of-the-art downtown home for twelve of Chicago's
finest music and dance companies who joined the Music and Dance
Theater effort in 1994 and 1995 and have helped with its planning.
dates are also available in the theater for other companies.
"One mission for the new theater is to be inclusive, so we welcome
other performance companies who would like to perform in the theater,"
said Joyce A. Moffatt, the first General Manager of Music and Dance
Theater Chicago, Inc. (1995-2004) By making the theater available
to a wide range of groups, we will create a national model for the
use of a shared performance venue.
twelve Founding Companies that represent a special range of diversity
Opera Theater, Chicago
Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, Hubbard
Street Dance Chicago, Joffrey
Opera Center for American Artists, Mexican
Fine Arts Center Museum, Muntu
Dance Theatre of Chicago, Music
of the Baroque, Old
Town School of Folk Music, & Performing