96 Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre Tips
- Casual 1
- Take public transit 1
- Parking is expensive 1
- Parking is scarce 1
Lots of restaurants at different prices available on the block or very nearby. Snacks and drinks are available at the theater and attached bar.
Valet was $14. Too expensive for an hour and 30 minute show. It can be hard to find street parking because of the restaurants and theaters on that street. Even taxis have been scarce. There is a bus on Halsted, and the red line stops on North Avenue...they are options.
The weather was cool and pleasant. I wore slacks and a warm jacket, needed always because of the air conditioning on all the time..
There's a pretty good middle eastern restaurant called Dawali across the street, but it fills up pretty quickly before the show. BYOB.
Very limited bar on the theatre level. No vermouth, for instance. So no real martini or Manhattan. If you want a cocktail, get it on the first floor.
The theatre claims to be on the third floor. It's not. It's on the 4th floor by any rational measurement. Bear that in mind if you decide not to wait for the elevator - which by the way is supposed to hold only 8 people so don't crowd in, & don't let that extra person on. Really.
Cab fare from the Steppenwolf to Union Station was $9.40 when I took it.
If you need a cab after the performance just tell one of the staff members. They have a cabbie light right outside the main doors that they will activate for you. As soon as the cabs see that light go on they will pull up right to the curb and pick you up.
Don't let the fact that some plays at the Steppenwolf are at the upstairs theater up on the 3rd floor. You don't have to climb the stairs. They have 2 elevators to take you up there and the 3rd floor lobby has its own bathrooms, bar, and snack bar just like you'd find on the main floor.
There is a parking garage that charges $10 to park. Street parking is very hard to find.
Halsted Bus is at the front door. Parking at $10.00 in attached lot is a good value