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.


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.

Visiting Artists

The Black Keys Live in Concert by Carter Cadwell, directed by Sammy Zeisel
7:30pm, Thursday, June 20 & Friday, June 21

Raymond with Hal Costilano & Jeremy Ohringer
7:30pm, Thursday June 27 & Friday June 28, 2019

Matt & Ben by Mindy Kaling and Brenda Withers, directed by Sophiyaa Nayar
7:30pm, Friday July 5

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! 

Artistic Curators

Stay up to date on everything happening at The Boxcar

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.