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The Details

1113 W Berwyn, the storefront adjacent to Steep Theatre is currently being used as a rehearsal hall. We're planning to open a door between the two spaces and renovate the rehearsal hall into a cabaret-style lounge. It will be a wonderful enhancement to the Steep experience for both audience members and artists alike. In addition to creating a welcoming place for pre- and post-show conversation, the new space will also open us up to a wider array of performance styles, such as storytelling, poetry, and live music. 

This renovation will cost $170,000 and will include:

  • An additional artistic space for individual performances, script development workshops, greater community engagement, and other creative uses
  • A full-service bar to support patrons of Steep plays and performances in the lounge
  • Two new restrooms

The Benefits of Giving

Bottoms up!
Give $500 or more and receive an invitation to the lounge’s VIP opening night party and complimentary pre-show beverage in the lounge at all Steep plays for one year.

Sock it to us!
Step through the door with fashionable feet! Give $250 and  receive a pair of Steep Theatre socks.

Carry on!
Pack for the voyage and bring steep along for the ride.  Give $100 and receive a Steep Theatre tote bag.

Open up!
Give $50 and receive a Steep Theatre bottle opening key chain.

Settle in!
Give $25 and receive a Steep Theatre engraved wooden coaster.

Give any amount whatsoever and receive our endless gratitude.
There's no gift too large or too small. You can even set up a recurring gift to show your support over time.
Plus, all gifts will be recognized in Steep's program books for an entire year.

Leadership Gifts

All leadership gifts of $1,000 or more will be recognized in the entryway between the lounge and Steep's lobby. Leaders will receive an invitation to the lounge’s VIP opening night party and a complimentary pre-show beverage in the lounge at all Steep plays for one year.

$50,000

  • Naming opportunity for Steep Theatre’s main stage
  • An invitation to an exclusive inaugural dinner with the artistic leadership on the Steep main stage

$25,000

  • Naming opportunity for the lounge's stage or the Steep Theatre lobby
  • An invitation to an exclusive inaugural dinner with the artistic leadership on the Steep main stage

$10,000

  • Naming opportunity for Steep's dressing room
  • An invitation to an exclusive inaugural dinner with the artistic leadership on the Steep main stage

$5,000

  • Naming opportunity for one of the lounge’s two restrooms
  • An invitation to a private inaugural party in the new lounge with Steep artistic leadership

$2,500

  • A fully hosted pre-show reception in the lounge for up to ten guests (includes appetizers, two drinks per person, up to ten tickets to the Steep play, and the company of at least two Steep ensemble members)
  • An invitation to a private inaugural party in the new lounge with Steep artistic leadership

$1,000

  • An invitation to a private inaugural party in the new lounge with Steep artistic leadership

To make a pledge to this campaign, to discuss stock transfer options, or to establish a timed payment schedule, please contact Kate Piatt-Eckert at kate@steeptheatre.com or 773-649-3186.

Steep Theatre is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organizaiton. For federal income tax purposes, your contribution will be tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Be a Leader

Inspirational leadership support of $1,000 or more has been provided by:
Dave Bartusek
Dave Bock
Dean & Caroline Browell
Susan Burland & George Plumb
Ken Burlington
Carpenter Financial
The City of Chicago Small Business Improvement Fund
Holly & David Collins
Kassie Davis & Bruce Beatus
Sonya Dekhtyar
Kelly Fitzgerald
Sara Foster & Adam Levy
Gregg Gilman
Dorothy Harza
Rita & Jim Knox
Kerry & Kenny Lassus
Shana Lowitz & William Swaim, M.D.
Ted Lowitz
Jennifer & Peter Moore
Margaret & Peter Morris
James T. O'Neill
Amanda & Doug Passmore
PepsiCo
Jon and Catherine Putnam
Melissa & Jeff Riemer
Ted Ries
Karen & Frank Schneider
Elisabeth Rose & Owen Shapiro
Hope & Jeff Sheffield
Kate Welborn & Ann McGill

Join this illustrious group and help lead Steep into a bright future.