Our Performance Home at The Ruth Page Center for the Arts

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 district known as the Water Tower Arts District. The historic 1927 building that The Center calls home sits on lovely tree-lined Dearborn Street in the heart of the Gold Coast.

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 carries on that legacy through its initiatives and programs that nurture the dance art form, and by being an arts incubator for emerging and established artists and arts organizations through its Artist-in-Residence programs. Porchlight Music Theatre is proud to be The Center’s newest Artist-in-Residence and eager to collaborate on the many synergies between dance and music theatre; adding to RPC’s continued success and creating an even more vibrant center for Chicago performance and education. The Ruth Page Center for the Arts boasts an impressive roster of resident companies including Chicago’s first ballet company, Chicago Ballet, who can trace their roots to RPC, as well as Lookingglass Theater Company and Chicago Shakespeare Theater, who both called The Center home before moving on to establish their own venues.

The Ruth Page Center for the Arts features a spacious, yet intimate proscenium theatre, accommodating 218 patrons in both main floor and balcony seating. In addition, RPC has numerous classrooms and rehearsal spaces used primarily for their own dance education programming. For its own productions, Porchlight Music Theatre operates the box office, as well as concessions and merchandise sales.

Get more ideas on what to do on the Chicago Travel Guide!

Courtesy of Kayak.com

The 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.)

Porchlight Music Theatre presents its Mainstage and Porchlight Revisits productions at The Ruth Page Center for the Arts. Other programming, such as the New Faces Sing Broadway series and the annual Chicago Sings concert, are held at other venues.

Porchlight’s Commitment to Accessibility

The Ruth Page Center is completely handicap accessible with an elevator to the balcony and lower levels. Additionally, we are proud to offer Open Captioned performances and assistive listening devices for each Mainstage production. Click here for more details on this and other accessibility programs.

Photographed: Donterrio Johnson, Lydia Burke and Eustace J. Williams in Duke Ellington’s “Sophisticated Ladies” (2020). Photo by Michael Courier.

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.)

Public Transportation

The Ruth Page Center is easily accessible by bus (#22, #36, #70 and #156*) and “L” train (Red Line Clark & Division stop), visit the CTA website to plan your trip and for the most up-to-date information! *Please note the #156 LaSalle bus does not operate after 7:30/8:10pm, or on weekends and holidays.

  • Valet – Valet Parking is $17 (cash only) and is located directly in front of the Ruth Page Center entrance 2 hours prior to curtain.
  • On-street metered parking – limited street parking  is also available throughout the neighborhood – $4 per hour, with a 2-hour maximum (surge pricing may apply, check meters for current pricing).
  • 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.

Ruth Page Center for the Arts

Ruth Page Center for the Arts, North Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL, United States

Local Dining

The Gold Coast is one of the most famous districts in Chicago for dining, an area that’s awake long after the Loop has gone to sleep. A variety of options are within within a one- or two-block walk of the theatre.

Check back here for updates as we select our dining partners for the 2021/2022 season!

Venue Amenities

  • Fully accessible, accommodating 218 patrons in comfortable traditional theatre seating on the main floor or balcony (accessible by elevator). Open caption performances and assistive listening devices available.
  • Valet parking for $17 (cash only), with drop off directly in front of the Ruth Page Center entrance.
  • Assigned seating (no general admission), selected by you when you place your subscription or single-ticket order.
  • Loads of dining options – an array of dining options are within a one- or two-block of the theater.
  • Many public parking options with numerous self-parking options in the area (see parking info below).
  • Easily accessibility by public transportation – many bus lines are within one block, and the Red Line is just 2-1/2 blocks away.

The Ruth Page Center for the Arts – Seating Chart

Porchlight Music Theatre looks forward to welcoming audiences back for our 2021-22 season. The health and safety of all patrons, artists, crew and staff is our utmost priority as we return to in-person performances, programs and events. We continue to follow all local, state and federal guidelines and all policies and procedures are subject to change.

For Theatre Performances

All patrons will receive the most up to date guidelines and policies 48 hours prior to their performance via email. For questions about these guidelines, please contact the Porchlight Music Theatre box office by phone at 773.777.9884 or via email at boxoffice@porchlightmusictheatre.org.


Proof of vaccination will be required for all patrons and must be provided prior to the performance. If a patron is not vaccinated or is unable to be vaccinated, a negative PCR test result must be provided within 72 hours of your performance.

All Porchlight staff, artists, crew and ushers are fully vaccinated. Front of House staff, artists and crew will also be tested on a weekly basis.


Currently, masks will be required for all patrons regardless of vaccination status except when actively eating or drinking. Porchlight will provide patrons with a disposable mask if needed.


Valet parking will operate as usual. Please note that we cannot guarantee the vaccination status of valet parking attendants. Valet parking attendants will be required to wear face masks.

In order to ease traffic flow within the building, Will Call pick-up will be located in the outer vestibule. Patrons who need to have their tickets printed, purchase tickets or have further questions for Front of House staff should visit the box office. 

The inner theatre lobby will open 1 hour before the performance to promote social distancing within the lobby.

High touch areas, including restrooms, box office and concession stands, will be wiped down on a regular basis. Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the building. PPE, including face masks and disinfectant wipes, will be available upon request from the box office. The theatre itself is disinfected before and after every performance, including armrests and railings.


We ask all patrons to depart the building as quickly as possible. Artists will not be able to greet friends and family in the lobby after the performance. 


Patrons who are not feeling well or who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, shortness of breath or cough, headache, or new loss of taste or smell, or who have been exposed to COVID-19 within the last 14 days, should not attend performances at Porchlight. If you are unable to attend your scheduled performance, please contact the Porchlight box office to discuss rescheduling, exchanges, refunds or donating your ticket purchase back to Porchlight.


All patrons who attend a performance at Porchlight Music Theatre understand that there is a risk for exposure to COVID-19 in any public setting. Those purchasing tickets and attending productions at Porchlight voluntarily assume all risks associated with exposure to COVID-19, and should consider their own personal health needs when purchasing tickets or attending events.

For Special Events


All Porchlight staff, volunteers and performers, as well as all venue staff, are fully vaccinated. All guests must show proof of vaccination prior to the event or show proof of a negative PCR test the day of the event at check-in.


Indoors:  Currently, masks will be required regardless of your vaccination status when indoors, which includes check-in, restrooms and our cocktail reception, except when actively eating or drinking. Porchlight will provide disposable masks if needed.

If you are fully vaccinated you are not required to wear a mask when outdoors, but it is still encouraged at large gatherings. Unvaccinated guests must wear a mask at all times.


Room capacity will be determined based on current local guidelines, and to ensure the best flow of guests and spacing throughout the event.


We advise guests to remain at least six feet away from each other when possible, but recognize this is not always possible. We strongly recommend that guests not engage in hugging, touching, hand-shaking and so forth with guests outside of their household/pod.


Porchlight follows recommended disinfection protocols. Hand sanitizer is also provided for guests.


Guests attending any special events are asked to refrain from bringing memorabilia of any kind. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.


While Porchlight takes great care in mitigation precautions and protocols, guests do voluntarily accept the risk of contracting the Coronavirus/COVID-19 that is inherent in any gathering with people outside of your household/pod.

Frequently Asked Questions

Subscriptions for the 2021/22 season are on sale now!

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.