Accessibility at American Blues Theater

ACCESSIBILITY

“American Blues Theater hosts excellent touch tours and audio-described performances. The cast and crew are warm and friendly. They really make us feel like a part of what is going on. I highly recommend this experience for blind or fully-sighted theater-goers” – Sally Cooper, Access Blue Card member for audio descriptions.

American Blues Theater is committed to making its performances available to the community. In celebration of ADA 25 Chicago, American Blues Theater is excited to announce the Access Blue Card. Patrons can now purchase a deeply discounted Blue Card to attend the Touch Tours & Audio Described performance or Open Captioning for every production in our season.

Below are the current dates of our remaining 2017-2018 productions:

FLYIN’ WEST
October 14, 2018: touch tour @ 1:30pm; audio description @ 2:30pm.
October 21, 2018: open captioning @ 2:30pm.

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: LIVE IN CHICAGO!
December 9, 2018:  touch tour @ 1:30pm.
December 12, 2018: open captioning @ 7:30pm.

ON CLOVER ROAD
February 17, 2019: touch tour @ 1:30pm; audio description @ 2:30pm.
February 24, 2019: open captioning @ 2:30pm.

THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY
April 7, 2019: touch tour @ 1:30pm; audio description @ 2:30pm.
April 14, 2019: open captioning @ 2:30pm.

THE SPITFIRE GRILL – a musical
July 28, 2019: touch tour @ 1:30pm; audio description @ 2:30pm.
August 4, 2019: open captioning @ 2:30pm.

WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBILITY

American Blues Theater performs in a venue (Stage 773) that is fully accessible and reserved wheelchair seating in each theater upon request. Patrons with special needs are encouraged to contact the box office in advance and arrive early for seating assistance.

AUDIO DESCRIPTION

This service allows blind and visually-impaired patrons to hear a description of the visual elements taking place on stage. Listeners will hear a description of actions, body language, lights, costumes, scenery and other aspects of the production not conveyed by voices and sounds from the stage. This service is available for specific performance.

TOUCH TOURS

Available 60 minutes before each Audio Described performance. Touch Tours are 45 minute artistic conversations and tactile explorations of costumes, props and set pieces for patrons who are blind or low-vision.  Please make reservations for the Touch Tour when you order your tickets.

OPEN CAPTIONING

Open Captioning is a text display of all of the words and sounds heard during a production—very similar to closed captioning on your TV.

DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

American Blues Theater also provides performances for children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. Our special sold-out performances of It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! for Anixter Center, Misericordia, and other organizations and schools are a fantastic way to celebrate the season.  Call (773) 654-3103 to learn more.

 

Layout 2American Blues Theater is proud to partner with ADA 25 Chicago in recognition of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Want to save 50% on your tickets?
Our Blue Card may be redeemed for tickets to the performances of your choice throughout the season, in any combination you desire. Learn More »

BOX OFFICE HOURS

Phone: (773) 654-3103
Group Sales: (773) 654-3103
Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 5:30pm
Weekends: contact (773) 327-5252
Online Ticketing Available 24/7

You can purchase tickets online, by phone, in person at the performance venue, and make special requests. We offer discounts for students, senior citizens, military personnel, and groups of 6+.

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