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: 5pm - 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.


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


Artist Residency

The Winchesters

January 28, February 25, March 25 & April 22, 2019

The Boxcar is thrilled to welcome audience favorites, The Winchesters for an extended residency this winter and spring. Over the course of four nights (the fourth Monday of every month from January–April), band members along with some close collaborators, will share their unique blend of folk, rock, and Americana music in our cozy, intimate space. This recurring engagement will give the band an opportunity to settle into the space and to develop their work, while audiences will have an opportunity to witness the evolution of some new material first-hand. Expect to hear some brand new songs, some special guests, some behind-the-scenes stories of how the songs are written, some works in progress from their upcoming musical  Evangeline  and, of course, some old favorites. As always, performances at The Boxcar are free for all audiences.

The Boxcar is thrilled to welcome audience favorites, The Winchesters for an extended residency this winter and spring. Over the course of four nights (the fourth Monday of every month from January–April), band members along with some close collaborators, will share their unique blend of folk, rock, and Americana music in our cozy, intimate space. This recurring engagement will give the band an opportunity to settle into the space and to develop their work, while audiences will have an opportunity to witness the evolution of some new material first-hand. Expect to hear some brand new songs, some special guests, some behind-the-scenes stories of how the songs are written, some works in progress from their upcoming musical Evangeline and, of course, some old favorites. As always, performances at The Boxcar are free for all audiences.

Visual Artist

Ken Ellis

January 28- April 30, 2019

Ken has worked exclusively with mounted quilts for over thirty years. The medium of dye paints was introduced to him by his ex-wife, Marilyn Barajas (formerly Beverwyk), who used dye on t-shirts, baby blankets, quilted pillows and a handful of framed pictures to create some truly impressive pieces. He appreciated her quilted work above all else. The style of it was unlike anything he had ever seen before and it inspired him to take a unique take on what she was already doing.

Ken has worked exclusively with mounted quilts for over thirty years. The medium of dye paints was introduced to him by his ex-wife, Marilyn Barajas (formerly Beverwyk), who used dye on t-shirts, baby blankets, quilted pillows and a handful of framed pictures to create some truly impressive pieces. He appreciated her quilted work above all else. The style of it was unlike anything he had ever seen before and it inspired him to take a unique take on what she was already doing.

Past Performances

Meet the extraordinary artists who have joined us at The Boxcar.

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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.