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The Teddy Bears’ Picnic

A Play With Me Play | By Ernie Nolan

The premiere production of Emerald City’s newly renovated Little Theatre.

Best suited for ages 0-4

Sept 15, 2013 — Aug 10, 2014

After sold out run, extended AGAIN by popular demand!


A story for the very young about sharing with others.

Mama Bear and Baby Bear have invited you to pack up your picnic basket and head out to the woods. Mama Bear needs your family’s help to set up the picnic and gather the materials for a perfect lunch. Explore your surroundings and squeal with delight at the surprises you and Baby Bear discover there.

This unique theatrical picnic places you and your little ones in an intimate and magical playground where anything goes.



Single Tickets

Tickets for The Teddy Bears’ Picnic are $14 or $7 for children under 1 year old. For questions or group rates, call the Little Theatre Box Office at 773.529.2690, Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.

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Teddy Bears’ Picnic is an Emerald City Play With Me Play

A Play With Me Play:

  • is a cultural experience for children 0-4 on their own terms
  • is a welcoming and safe environment for children and grown-ups share an creative playful experience together
  • has gentle sound and lighting effects that create a full sensory experience
  • builds a simple story with the audience through repetition and participation
  • is a shoe-free experience— please bring socks for you and your little one
  • is about 45 minutes from beginning to end

Learn more about the remodel of Emerald City’s Little Theatre and how you can help build the nation’s first theatre for Theatre for the Very Young here.

15 Things to do with Your Kids This Week
Chicago Tribune

“Parents, if you want to introduce your kids to theater, The Teddy Bears’ Picnic is a fun and creative way to do so. I’m sure your kids will have a memorable time at this charming show, and my guess is you’ll enjoy yourselves too.” Read more...
–Patrick Dyer, Chicago Theater Beat

“A warm, welcoming environment, with soft lighting and sound effects, will make your children feel at home in the world of theater.” Read more...
–Amy Bizzarri, Choose Chicago Blog

“...sending tots down an imaginative path before they’re even out of diapers.” Read more...
–Kelly Aiglon, Red Tricycle

“It’s never too early to introduce your kids to the Arts!” Read more...
–Jason, Sitter’s Studio

“There's no stress of being told to sit still or be quiet, as there are 'no rules' in here!” Read more...
–Sue Zeiler, ChicagoKids.com

Have your Birthday Party with the Teddy Bears!

Birthday PartyBook a bought house performance of The Teddy Bears' Picnic and invite all your friends! Play with Mama Bear and Buddy Bear to celebrate your special day at Emerald City's Little Theatre.

The Teddy Bears' Picnic Birthday Parties are only available at Saturday 4pm performances. Availability is extremely limited — book today!

Call 773-529-2690 x810 to book a Teddy Bears' Picnic Birthday Party.

Performances of Teddy Bears' Picnic are at the Little Theater in Lakeview

Directions and information for Emerald City's Little Theater


The Land of Nod logoEmerald City would like to thank The Land of Nod, Lead Facility Sponsor for the Little Theatre.