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."
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