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.

Holiday Hours: Closed 11/22 & 11/23


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. 

Visiting Artists

The Boxcar will be a home for new plays this winter. We’re opening the space to the theatre community on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights for play readings and workshops produced by the artists and open to all.

November 17, 7:30pm
Drinking and Unemployment (After Studs Terkel) by Kevin Christopher Fox

November 24, 7:30pm
Drinking and Unemployment (After Studs Terkel) by Kevin Christopher Fox

November 29, 7:30pm
Drinking and Unemployment (After Studs Terkel) by Kevin Christopher Fox

November 30, 7:30pm
Drinking and Unemployment (After Studs Terkel) by Kevin Christopher Fox

December 1, 7:30pm
Drinking and Unemployment (After Studs Terkel) by Kevin Christopher Fox

December 7, 7:30pm
Sensitive Guys by MJ Kaufman, with Lizzy Wigley & Marylynne Anderson-Cooper

January 4, 7:30pm
Mary Tilden

Featured Visual Artist

Peter Broitman

November 11 - January 11

 Peter began painting full time in 2012 after thirty-one years working as a trial attorney for the United States Department of Labor. His father was a painter (figurative and abstract) who went to Cooper Union Art School in the late 1930s. Peter grew up in a house filled with his father’s paintings and his teenage and young adult years were spent discussing art and the artistic process with him. After his father passed away too early in 1984, Peter continued his discussions about art and the artistic process with his daughters who are artists in their own right.

Peter began painting full time in 2012 after thirty-one years working as a trial attorney for the United States Department of Labor. His father was a painter (figurative and abstract) who went to Cooper Union Art School in the late 1930s. Peter grew up in a house filled with his father’s paintings and his teenage and young adult years were spent discussing art and the artistic process with him. After his father passed away too early in 1984, Peter continued his discussions about art and the artistic process with his daughters who are artists in their own right.

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Artistic Curators

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! 


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.