Look­ing­glass The­atre Company

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Lookingglass is one of Chicago's hottest theatre companies and a Regional Tony Award® winner in 2011. Recognizing their achievement in the early 2000's, the City of Chicago granted Lookingglass a long-term lease on a prime Chicago location: the Water Tower Pumping Station.

One half of the Pumping Station is used to pump water to Chicago's North side. The other half, once a storage and repair area, is now Lookingglass' new home.

Lookingglass is known for high-energy productions that often rely on circus arts. Working with Morris Architects/Planners, Schuler Shook planned the theatre as an extremely modular space. The seating and staging can be arranged in many combinations up to 299 seats, and the four-sided surround gallery can be completely removed. Very capable lighting catwalks, rigging support steel and power, and a trapped stage area complete the support for the artists producing "Theatre That Moves."


Chicago, IL


Morris Architects/Planners


  • USITT Mer­it Award, 2005
  • AIA Chica­go Design Excel­lence Award, 2004
  • Chica­go Build­ing Con­gress Mer­it Award, 2004
  • Friends of Down­town Adap­tive Reuse Award, 2004
  • Chica­go Land­mark Award for Preser­va­tion Excel­lence, 2003
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