Winner of American Theatre Wing’s prestigious National Theatre Company Award.

For nearly 40 years, American Blues has created essential productions for Chicago. We choose classic plays and musicals, as well as world and Chicago premieres from renowned writers that explore the American identity. Our compelling productions are consistently, critically acclaimed and receive numerous awards for artistic excellence.

We produce 3-4 mainstage productions annually, including Chicago’s holiday tradition It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!, experienced by more than 60,000 patrons since 2002.

We provide new work development – including workshops, a new reading & concert series, the nationally-recognized Blue Ink Award, commissions, and the annual Ripped Festival of new short plays.

We believe it is an honor and duty to provide community service. We amplify and serve organizations through creative partnerships.

We offer education initiatives for all ages, including our Classes for the Masses series and our free arts education program in Chicago Public Schools.


“Exceptional – feels like home!” – The Wall Street Journal


[American Blues] consistently produces exceptional shows with strong messages. Their Blues Views provide the community the chance to discuss important social issues with local experts.

Dr. Michele Kerulis

Psychologist, Northwestern University

One of our favorites in Chicago!

Dean Richards

Entertainment critic, WGN

We are so grateful for the recognition and support this program provided. The entire troupe’s talent and creativity is only matched by its generosity.

Laura Sage

Chairperson, Lynn Sage Foundation

…a dynamic force in Chicago and partnering with groups is a marvelous way to build more diverse audiences – an example of the importance of connecting culture, art, history and politics into a holistic, aesthetic experience.

Larry Spivack

past-President, IL Labor History Society


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