The Boxcar

Enjoy cocktails and conversation before and after Steep main stage performances. Explore music, stories, poetry, and more from across Chicago on Sunday and Monday evenings. Stop by for a beer and be part of the amazing group of people who call Steep home. 

The Boxcar expands Steep Theatre's commitment to telling stories of shared humanity and everyday truths by presenting innovative and diverse forms of performance, while nurturing exploration and interdisciplinary collaboration, in order to build, bond, and enrich Steep’s community of artists and audiences.

The Boxcar is located next to Steep Theatre at 1115 W Berwyn Ave. It’s two doors east of the Berwyn Red Line stop.

Hours

Thursday: 5pm - midnight
Friday: 5pm - midnight
Saturday: 5pm - midnight
Sunday: 2pm - 10pm
Monday: 5pm - midnight
Hours are subject to change.


Performance Calendar

Curated by members of Steep's ensemble, performances and events are regularly scheduled on Sunday and Monday evenings. Check back often for the latest schedule.
Performances in The Boxcar are free for all audiences and admission is first-come, first-served. The Boxcar is an intimate venue with a limited capacity, so please plan to arrive early.
The Boxcar is open to all ages.

All performances begin at 7:30pm.

Visual Art

Alexander Gouletas: Querencias

“A querencia is a place the bull naturally wants to go to in the ring, a preferred locality... It is a place which develops in the course of the fight where the bull makes his home. It does not usually show at once, but develops in his brain as the fight goes on. In this place he feels that he has his back against the wall and in his querencia he is inestimably more dangerous and almost impossible to kill.”––Ernest Hemingway, Death in the Afternoon  There’s a place you would go when you were young where you gave yourself permission to sit and think, to ruminate, to be lonely, brave, play, love, weep.To behave in a way you may not have in the rest of the world. It gave you strength and peace. Recalling the memory of this place stirs you. It is far away.It may be gone and you may never return.It is more than just your favorite place. It inspires a homesickness, a fondness. We remember or return to these places in our mind out of instinct.  * * *  Alexander has been a working photographer in Chicago since the age of sixteen. He has received training in a variety of media, including oil painting,animation, screen printing, sculpture, and installation art. His college coursework included an independent study of printing on alternative surfaces.He has taught at the Chicago Photography Center and served on their board,and his photojournalism work has been featured in the Chicago Tribune and other online publications.  His passion for the city of Chicago is matched only by his love of exploration and traveling the world, always searching for that next amazing image and the truth behind it.

“A querencia is a place the bull naturally wants to go to in the ring, a preferred locality... It is a place which develops in the course of the fight where the bull makes his home. It does not usually show at once, but develops in his brain as the fight goes on. In this place he feels that he has his back against the wall and in his querencia he is inestimably more dangerous and almost impossible to kill.”––Ernest Hemingway, Death in the Afternoon

There’s a place you would go when you were young where you gave yourself permission to sit and think, to ruminate, to be lonely, brave, play, love, weep.To behave in a way you may not have in the rest of the world. It gave you strength and peace. Recalling the memory of this place stirs you. It is far away.It may be gone and you may never return.It is more than just your favorite place. It inspires a homesickness, a fondness. We remember or return to these places in our mind out of instinct.

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Alexander has been a working photographer in Chicago since the age of sixteen. He has received training in a variety of media, including oil painting,animation, screen printing, sculpture, and installation art. His college coursework included an independent study of printing on alternative surfaces.He has taught at the Chicago Photography Center and served on their board,and his photojournalism work has been featured in the Chicago Tribune and other online publications.

His passion for the city of Chicago is matched only by his love of exploration and traveling the world, always searching for that next amazing image and the truth behind it.


Perform at The Boxcar

We are interested in presenting music, poetry, storytelling, workshops, and more. Reach out if you would like to share something with us on The Boxcar stage! 

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The Boxcar was made possible through the generosity of more than 300 members of the Steep Theatre community, including leadership support from: Casey Blass & Lee Manford, David Bock, Reid & Jennifer Quinn Broda, Dean & Caroline Browell, Susan Burland & George Plumb, Ken Burlington, Carpenter Financial, The City of Chicago, Holly & David Collins, Robert D. Collins Fund, Kassie Davis & Bruce Beatus, Sonya Dekhtyar, The Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, Kelly Fitzgerald, Sara Foster & Adam Levy, Gregg Gilman, Elaine Glusac & Dave Bartusek, Susan & Peter Gray, Dorothy Harza, Leigh & John Hourihane, Peter James, Stephen H. Johnson, Rita & Jim Knox, Kerry & Kenny Lassus, Shana Lowitz & William Swaim, M.D., Ted Lowitz, Susie & Tom MacLean, Cooper Melgreen, Barbara & Ed Mills, Anne Marie Dumas Mitchell, Anne & Richard Moore, Jennifer & Peter Moore, Kate L. Moore, Margaret & Peter Morris, James T. O’Neill, Amanda & Doug Passmore, Pepsico Foundation, Prairie Home Builders, Catherine & Jon Putnam, Melissa & Jeff Riemer, Ted Ries, Alan & Debra Rosenberg, Gregory Rothman, Mike J. Salinas, Karen & Frank Schneider, Jessica & Christoph Schrey, Elisabeth Rose & Owen Shapiro, Hope & Jeff Sheffield, Kate Welborn & Ann McGill, Anna Wermuth & Alex Gillmor, and Lisa & Randy White.

Programming in The Boxcar is supported by an Idea Lab Grant from the Arts Work Fund for Organizational Development.