Get news and special offers
House Headquarters rendering.jpg

The House - Headquarters

4020 N Rockwell

A Headquarters for The House

Every play you’ve seen at The House was conceived in a small room, with designers crowded around a table. Actors ventured to warehouses across the city to form characters that make you laugh and cry. A hired scenic shop built the set, and the stunning costumes were sewn at a kitchen table. 

In early 2018, The House Theatre of Chicago will relocate its backstage and administrative operations to a new space located at 4020 N Rockwell. Performances will continue to take place at The Chopin Theatre, but this new workspace will become the “Dream Factory” where our Amazing Feats of Storytelling will be developed. 

Our supporters have made this achievement possible. Make a donation toward this new space today, and make your mark on the future of The House Theatre of Chicago.

Details of The Headquarters

Scene Shop, Costume Studio

  • A scene shop replete with power tools, a slop sink and skylights will enable technicians and artists to build sets, and props on site. 
  • The shop will also be available for rent, a rare and valuable resource for the theatre community. 
  • A costume studio for on-site fittings and wardrobe maintenance. 
  • 1,600 square feet of storage.

Rehearsal Room

  • Complete with a green room and kitchenette. More than 1,400 square feet! 
  • A sprung floor for dance and movement.
  • Skylights for natural light year-round. 
  • A custom-installed truss for acrobatics, or illusions like the Water Torture Cell featured in Death and Harry Houdini.

Site facts

  • The former site of a commercial bakery.
  • Will also include Anytime Fitness.
  • Overlooking the Chicago River.
  • Developed by entrepreneur Scott Waltenburg.

Administrative Offices

  • Overlooking the north branch of the Chicago River.
  • 1,800 square feet of office space will give The House the capacity to grow into its full potential. 
  • Will feature three enclosed offices, large conference room and capacity for nearly twenty staff and interns.

Support and Naming Opportunities

Rehearsal Room
Hundreds of artists, donors and audience members will visit this space every year for rehearsals, readings, workshops, classes and events.

Scene Shop
Every year, dozens of designers, technicians and craftsmen will use this space to build sets and props for The House productions.

Board Room
Dozens of artists, staff, trustees and donors will visit this conference room every year for board meetings, readings and production meetings.

Green Room
Hundreds of artists and designers will relax in this space every year during rehearsals, workshops and classes.

Costume Room
Every year, dozens of designers and actors will utilize this room for costume construction, maintenance and fittings.

Join our League of Sustaining Heroes!
Make a pledge of $1,200 per year for three or more years. 
You will receive special recognition at our annual gala, show programs, and be among the first to see the finished space.

Call or email Development Manager, Lizzie to learn more
773-961-7867, Lizzie(at)