Becoming an Artist In-Residence at Ruth Page Center for the Arts

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Where is Ruth Page located?

The Ruth Page Center for Arts (RPC) is located just steps from the Michigan Avenue “Magnificent Mile” in the heart of a lively shopping, dining and cultural mecca. The historic 1927 building in which the Center resides sits on a lovely tree-lined street in the heart of the Gold Coast neighborhood. The Center will be undergoing a transformation in spring/summer with a remodel of the front façade and lobby areas for a more modern and open feel.

Ruth Page Center for the Arts

1016 N. Dearborn St.  Chicago, IL 60610

(2-1/2 blocks south of Division St. and 4-1/2 blocks north of Chicago Ave.)

Here’s a map of the location: 

Check out the Ruth Page website: www.ruthpage.org 

What is the Ruth Page Center for the Arts?

An incubator of artistic energy. The center of Chicago's dance history. The Ruth Page Center for the Arts carries forward the mission of helping to develop great artists and connect them with audiences and community. Founded by Chicago icon and internationally-renown performer, choreographer and dance patron, Ruth Page, The Center reflects her vision of supporting dance excellence in Chicago. As a prominent force in the Chicago arts community, the Ruth Page Center for the Arts continues that legacy through its initiatives and programs that nurture the art form of dance, and by being an arts incubator for emerging and established artists and organizations through its Artist-in-Residence program. Porchlight is proud to be the Center’s newest Artist-in-Resident, eager to collaborate on the many synergies between dance and music theatre to help make RBC an even more vibrant center for Chicago performance and education. The pedigree of Ruth Page resident companies is impressive: Chicago's first ballet company, Chicago Ballet, had its roots here, and Lookingglass Theater and Chicago Shakespeare Theater have both called The Center home before moving on to establish their own venues.

What’s the vibe of the Ruth Page Center?

RPC is a historic 1927 building with one spacious yet intimate proscenium theatre space accommodating 215 patrons in both main floor and balcony seating. In addition RPC has numerous classrooms and rehearsal spaces, used mainly for its own dance education programming. The Center will be undergoing renovations in spring/summer 2017 to remodel the front façade (to include more windows and signage for resident companies) and the lobby area. The new vibe will be urban industrial-meets-vintage chic. Porchlight will be operating the box office, as well as concessions and merchandise sales, for its own productions. 

What improvements will this move bring to my Porchlight theatre-going experience?

Improved seating – accommodating 215 patrons in comfortable traditional theatre seating (up from 150 seats at Stage 773).

Opportunity to select specific seats – all seating is assigned (no general admission) and will be selected by you when you place your subscription or single-ticket order.

Better box office service – Porchlight will be handling all aspects of the ticketing experience, offering you the best and most knowledgeable service possible, including walk-up, phone and online sales.

More dining options – An array of dining options are within one block of the theater.

More public parking options – There are numerous self-parking options in the area (see parking info below).

Better accessibility by public transportation – Many bus lines are within one block, and the Red Line is just 2-1/2 blocks away.

How do I get there on public transportation?

The Ruth Page Center is easily accessible by bus and/or el train.  We encourage patrons to visit the CTA website (link below) for the most up-to-date information.

• The #70 Division bus (E/W) goes east on Division and turns south on Dearborn to go right by the venue. For a return trip, catch it again going south where it loops back north in just one block (passing in front of the Newberry Library) to head north on Clark St. where it goes west on Division.

• The closest el stop is the Clark/Division stop on the Red Line. From here, it’s a few block walk, or you can hop on the #70 Division bus (see instructions above) to get right to the theatre.

• Other nearby bus routes include the #22 Clark St. and the #36 State St. Note that the #156 LaSalle, while nearby, does not operate after 7:30/8:10pm.

Here’s a link to the CTA website where you can plan your trip: http://www.transitchicago.com/planatrip/ 

Where can I park?

Valet – Porchlight will be arranging for valet service for our performances – more details to come on valet specifics including hours of operation and cost.

On-street metered parking – limited street parking  is also available throughout the neighborhood - $4 per hour, with a 2-hour maximum.

Public parking lots – There are numerous paid lots/garages in the area. We encourage patrons to use spothero.com or a similar discount, pre-paid parking website/app to secure parking in advance.

> Newberry Plaza, 1030 N. State Street, just around the corner from RPC and in the midst of many dining options - $8 for 3 hours; $12 for 6 hours; $15 for 12 hours – patrons must purchase a discount parking "Chaser Card" at the RPC front desk after parking in this lot.

> LAZ Parking, next to the Hotel Indigo at 1250 N. Dearborn St, just north of Division St. - $12 for 6 hours - parking stub must be validated at the RPC front desk.

> Limited on-street metered parking is also available throughout the neighborhood - $4 per hour, with a 2-hour maximum.

What restaurants are nearby?

The Gold Coast is one of the most famous districts in Chicago for dining and we know you will enjoy trying the varied options, many within just a one-block walk of the theatre. Many eateries are located on or near the famed triangle where Rush St. meets State St. An area densely packed with dining and drinking options, the area is awake long after the Loop has gone to sleep.  Here are some of the closest options for pre- and post-theatre dining, and we’ll have even more information on dining partners coming soon:

8 Bar & Patio – $$ – 8 W. Maple St. – upscale bar menu; late night; weekend brunch

Bistronomic – $$ – 840 N. Wabash St.– seasonal and locally sourced French fare; casually elegant choice for foodies and celebrations; weekend brunch – (312) 944–8400; bistronomic.net

Bistrot Zinc – $$ – 1131 N. State St. classic and contemporary French food with a cozy, authentic Parisian vibe; weekend brunch – bistrotzinc.com

Blue Door Kitchen & Garden – $$ – 52 W. Elm St. – casual American comfort food from fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced from Midwest farms, including its namesake and Oprah Winfrey’s former Indiana property, Blue Door Farm; weekend brunch – (312) 573–4000 ; bluedoorkitchenchicago.com

Chicago q – $$ – 1160 N. Dearborn St. – southern bbq with a fun Savannah–esque décor; exclusive bourbon list; weekend brunch – (312) 642–1160; chicagoqrestaurant.com

Gibson’s Bar & Steakhouse – $$$$ – 1028 N. Rush St. – a Chicago fine–dining classic; lively atmosphere; late night – (312) 266–8999; gibsonssteakhouse.com

Hopsmith Tavern – $$ – 15 W. Division St. – upscale pub fare located right on the hot strip of Division St. bars –  (312) 600–9816; hopsmithtavern.com

Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House – $$$ – 1024 N. Rush St. – the follow–up restaurant to the highly successful Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse offering fine–dining steaks and seafood; patio; late night – (312) 640–0999; hugosfrogbar.com

LuxBar – $$ – 18 E. Bellevue – upscale casual; fresh comfort food; late night; brunch; patio seating – luxbar.com

Maple & Ash – $$$ – 8 W. Maple St. – elegant modern steakhouse; wood–fired menu; award–winning sommelier, downstairs lounge open late – (312) 944–8888; mapleandash.com

Mercadito Kitchen – $$ – 10 E. Delaware Pl. – authentic Tex–Mex cuisine in modern surrounds within the Talbot hotel; wide menu from tacos to spaghetti and meatballs; happy hour; weekend brunch with live music – (312) 640–8141

Nico Osteria – $$$$ – 1015 N. Rush St. – from One Off Hospitality Group, an upscale authentic Italian seafood restaurant at the Thompson hotel; weekend brunch – (312) 994–7100; nicoosteria.com

Pizano's Pizza & Pasta – $ $ – 864 N. State St. – casual Italian with award-winning thin-crust pizza; (312) 751–1766; pizanoschicago.com

RA Sushi Bar Restaurant – $$ – 1139 N. State St. – inventive sushi/Japanese and creative cocktails served until midnight; Sunday brunch – (312) 274–0011; rasushi.com

Tavern on Rush – $$$ – 1031 N. Rush St. – an extensive menu of classic American fare with upscale and casual options; late night; patio; bustling bar/lounge area – (312) 664–9600; tavernonrush.com

What about handicapped accessibility?

The theatre is completely handicap accessible with an elevator to the balcony and lower levels.

Will all Porchlight programming be at RPC?

The mainstage and Porchlight Revisits series – that were previously presented at Stage 773 – will be presented at RPC. The New Faces Sing Broadway revues and other special events such as the annual Chicago Sings concert will be at different venues as before.

Will Porchlight have offices or classes at RPC?

Porchlight’s main production office, rehearsal studios and shop-build space will remain at 4200 W. Diversey. We will have a small satellite office at RPC. Education classes and summer camps will be held at RPC, Porchlight’s studios on Diversey and at other locations. 

When will subscriptions go on sale? Single tickets?

We have not yet announced the 2017/18 season. The announcement and subscription sales will happen on or about March 1, 2017. Single tickets will go on sale in early summer.

Can I choose my seats for the whole season? What if I need to change a date?

Yes, you will have the opportunity to select specific seats for the entire season. Of course you’re not locked in, as exchanges are a main benefit of subscribing! Single tickets can be exchanged for a fee, based on availability.

Does this mean a more expensive subscription price?

Porchlight subscriptions have always been a great value, and the coming seasons will be no different. Future pricing will be comparable and will offer various price points (based on seating location, day of the week, etc.) so there are affordable options for everyone. 

Why is Porchlight moving to Ruth Page?  

Over the last few years, Porchlight has experienced an increase in subscribers and single ticket buyers that has accompanied an increase in the volume and scope of Porchlight Music Theatre programming. These factors pointed to the need for a larger capacity venue that would still retain the intimate approach for which our musical productions are known, as we work to expand our audience and supporter base for future seasons. Stage 773 has been an invaluable venue for us and we've truly enjoyed their partnership in our being a resident company there, but as Porchlight grows and our artistic and audience needs change, being an Artist-In-Residence at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts offers Porchlight significant opportunities for our production capabilities and exposure not only to the community around the Center, but also to Chicago’s tourism and travel markets. Not only will we be in a higher visibility neighborhood, Porchlight will also be managing our own box office services to offer our patrons the best customer service possible as well as handling concession/merchandise sales.

 

 Stay tuned for loads more information and exciting announcements on the move and our coming season.
For specific questions, please contact us at mailto:info@porchlightmusictheatre.org or 773-777-9884.
 As always, thank you for supporting Chicago’s music theatre – Porchlight!