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  • Metropolis is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
  • Produce 8-9 shows, present 40-45, over 400 total performances.
  • 78,000 patrons annually, over 2,200 subscribers.
  • Visited by musical artists like The Bacon Brothers, Joan Baez, Robert Cray, Los Lobos, Bo Deans, Koko Taylor, and more.
  • Are The Second City’s suburban Chicago home.
  • Present cabaret artists Karen Mason and Liz Callaway, Kristy Cates (Elphaba in Wicked) and Michael Ingersoll (Jersey Boys) and more.
  • Created six world premiere plays.
  • Host 19,000 school children per year in our Stories in Action series
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  • 2,500 students per year
  • Offer low cost options and need-based scholarships.
  • Youngest student is 8 months old, oldest is 91.
  • Teaching faculty are internationally-renowned and perform around the world.
  • Offer Artist Workshop Series. Students haved worked with cast of Jersey Boys and Wicked, George Winston and Shawn Mullins.
  • Offer summer, winter and spring performance camps for K-12.
  • Bring the Lincoln Center Institute’s imaginative learning education model to urban and suburban schools.
  • Nationally acclaimed Fifth House Ensemble is our resident chamber ensemble.
  • Host annual Music Festival for instrumentalists and vocalists.
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  • Provides top-quality co-curricular and extra-curricular performing arts education experiences through in- and after-school programming and throughout the community.
  • Have served 94 different communities and organizations from park districts, schools and public agencies.
  • Have served over 15,000 individuals, including children, teens, seniors and those with special needs.
  • Programs are offered at low- to no-cost and are either pre-existing or custom designed for clients.
  • We have Programs for kids and adults alike, that focus on social, artistic and intellectual development, programs that focus on gangs, promote cross-cultural dialogues, intergenerational experiences and assist special-needs individuals, utilizing playwriting, acting, improvisation, voice, music, movement and a variety of other arts-related techniques.
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  • Metropolis patrons spend over $1.4 million annually at local restuarants and other businesses. This does not include ticket sales.
  • Over 78,000 patrons come to see shows at Metropolis every year.
  • 19,000 of those are children seeing a live theatre performance as part of a school group.
  • Over 73% of households that visit Metropolis come from outside of Arlington Heights.
  • We donate tickets to over 400 different non-profits per year which are used for auction items and raffle prizes.
  • Each season we host fundraising events for other non-profits, including Northwest Special Recreation Association, Clearbrook, Habitat for Humanity, American Cancer Society, Arlington Heights Senior Center, Open Door Clinic and Faith Community Homes.
  • Host an annual food drive in November and December for the Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County.
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Box Office

Tues-Sat: 10-6
Sun & Mon: Closed
open 1 hour before showtime

Drama & Dance Schools

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Music School

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Group Discounts
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111 W. Campbell St.
Arlington Heights, Il 60005
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