Wisdom Bridge Theater

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The Wisdom Bridge Theater spent many years at 1559 W. Howard Street, Chicago.

This address was featured in the 2009 Annual House Tour booklet.

Since leaving its original home on Howard Street in June, 1994, Wisdom Bridge performed at the old Ivanhoe Theater, a space which it outgrew. So it was that Wisdom Bridge Theater announced that it would take up residence in the handsome auditorium of the Harold Washington Library while its new permanent home in Skokie was being completed.

"The library auditorium is a beautiful, wonderfully equipped space," said Jeffrey Ortmann, Wisdom Bridge's producing director. "It's close to public transportation and many parking garages. And it's ideal for our student and senior citizen matinees."

When it was announced that it would move to the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in 1996, the "off-Loop" Wisdom Bridge Theater North Shore Company was to become the resident theater company at the North Shore performing arts center, and was expected to stage four plays each season. Skokie.

However, the Wisdom Bridge Theater did not take up residence at the Skokie venue. Instead, it hosts the Northlight Theater. Wisdom Bridge has passed into history.


RPWRHS photo L009-0217 shows Wisdom Bridge Theater, 1559 W. Howard Street, August 29, 1984.

RPWRHS photo S013-0280 shows Wisdom Bridge Theater, 1563 W. Howard Street, June 1989.