The 1901 Gallery Theatre is an independent, non-profit art and performance space in Chicago that has been hosting a variety of theatrical events since October, 2004. From gallery exhibits featuring live local musicians and artists, theatrical burlesque shows, comedy showcases, alternative craft faires and film screenings, The 1901 goes from gallery to theatre literally overnight!
The 1901 has been an ever-expanding entity, far surpassing the initial expectations of holding writing workshops and band rehearsals. The space itself was initially a dilapidated 6-car garage with no insulation, heating or cooling. With a kernel of inspiration, a large personal investment, precise planning and a whole lot of elbow grease, The 1901 was erected from a ghostly shell and has been hanging on tight for the duration of the ride.
The 1901 is different from most entertainment venues. We are not a bar, so we cannot receive sponsorship and promotional assistance from liquor companies, tax breaks for advertisements, nor do we have an entertainment budget from any sort of “corporate headquarters.” We rely 100% on donations from the patrons at our events and money from our own pockets so that we may continue to provide a space for the number of dancers, photographers, sculptors, musicians, painters, writers, designers, directors, actors and artists that call The 1901 their home away from home.
Our patrons, cast and crew are all truly amazing people that help create the magical vibe that is Chicago‘s most awesome underground gem.
We’re ready for the next adventure - are you?
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