PLEASE NOTE: Evening performances now start at 7:30 PM

Plan Your Visit




We are located at:

Oil Lamp Theater
1723 Glenview Rd.
Glenview, IL 60025

By Car

From Chicago
  1. Take I-94 W/ Edens Expy N toward Milwaukee
  2. Take EXIT 35, Old Orchard Road
  3. Turn left onto Old Orchard Road
  4. Turn right onto Harms Road
  5. Turn left onto Glenview Road
  6. The theater will be located on your left, just past Waukegan Road. If you reach Church Street, you’ve gone too far
From the North
  1. Take 1-94 E/ Tri State Tollway S toward Indiana
  2. Keep right to take 1-294 S/Tri State Tollway S toward Indiana/O’Hare
  3. Take the Willow Road exit
  4. Keep left to take the ramp toward Northbrook/Glenview
  5. Turn left onto Willow Road
  6. Turn right onto Landwehr Road
  7. Turn left onto West Lake Avenue
  8. Turn right onto Shermer Road
  9. Take the 2nd left onto Glevniew Road
  10. The theater will be on your right in about a mile. If you hit Waukegan Road, you’ve gone too far
From the West
  1. Take E Golf Road/ IL-58
  2. Turn left onto Harlem Avenue
  3. Turn right onto Glenview Road
  4. The theater will be on your right. If you hit Waukegan Road, you’ve gone too far
From the East
  1. Take W Golf Road
  2. Turn right onto Harlem Avenue
  3. Turn right onto Glenview Road
  4. The theater will be on your right. If you hit Waukegan Road, you’ve gone too far

By Metra

Take Milwaukee District/ North (MD-N) Metra Line (Use Glenview Station NOT Glen of North Glenview). The theater is located 3 blocks east of the train station. Click here to see train schedule.


There are free parking lots located directly west of the theater and across the street (next to the Jimmy John’s). There is also free street parking. There is handicap parking in the lot immediately adjacent to the theater.

Where to Eat

The Grind
The Glenview Grind offers locally sourced high quality private label roasted coffee and gourmet pastries by Tag’s Bakery of Evanston, fresh baked daily. With The Glenview Grind, Downtown Glenview finally has a convenient and comfortable meeting spot for residents to enjoy great conversation and beverages. In addition, all profits generated from the Grind will be used to support local community organizations and events. Among the significant upgrades customers will enjoy includes powerful Wi-Fi, Flat Screen TV monitors, and a refreshed environment with a modern design and all new rest rooms.

Location: 1837 Glenview Rd, Glenview, Illinois 60025
Walking distance (0.2 miles) from the theater.
Phone Number: (847) 729-0111

Glenview House
The cuisine at Glenview house is simple: fresh, locally sourced, organic, and delicious. Our menu features beautifully presented, upscale American comfort food with French, Italian, and Asian influences.

1843 Glenview Road, Glenview, IL 60025
0.2 miles west of the theater (walking distance)
Phone Number: (847) 724-0692

Gusto Italiano
Since 1985, Gusto Ristorante Italiano has provided customers in the heart of Chicago’s Northshore community with excellent Mediterranean cuisine, outstanding service, and unsurpassed hospitality.

1834 Glenview Road, Glenview, IL 60025
0.2 miles west of the theater (walking distance)
Phone Number: (847) 729-5444

Grandpa’s Place
We named our little restaurant “Grandpa’s Place” not only to honor all our Grandpas, but also because the basic decor (especially the back bar which dates back to 1891) suggest the era of their times. Futhermore, we like to think that “Grandpa” suggests warmth, character, friendliness, and old-fashioned quality.

1868 Prairie St., Glenview, IL 60025
0.35 miles from the theater (walking distance)
Located next to the Metra Train Station
Phone Number: (847) 724-1390

Yard House
Discover Yard House to enjoy over 100 ales, craft beers, IPA beers, lager and imported beers on tap, plus an extensive menu of made-from-scratch dishes. The chef is constantly coming up with ways to introduce globally inspired flavors to favorite American dishes, giving their menu a worldly yet familiar feel. And their open kitchen keeps everyone entertained as entrées are prepared.

Location: 1880 Tower Drive, Glenview
2.6 miles from the theater (8 minutes driving distance)
Phone Number: (847) 729-9273





Tour the Theater


    • Seating is reserved in advance
    • There are 60 available seats located in the theater
    • The chairs are cushioned, have high backs, but no armrest.
    • The chairs are located on ascending risers, two rows per riser.
    • The theater is proscenium style, meaning that the stage is located directly in front of all the seating.
    • Row AA is counter-height black seats that are padded with backs


  • Handicap parking is available in the parking lot located directly west of the theater.
  • There are no steps to come into the theater
  • Handicap seating available upon request.


How do I redeem a gift certificate to Oil Lamp Theater?
Gift certificates to Oil Lamp Theater are good for any production and do not expire. Simply call the box office at 847.834.0738 to redeem.

What is the best way to get to Oil Lamp Theater?
Take the Edens Expressway (1-94) or the Milwaukee District/ North (MD-N) Metra Line. For more details, visit our Directions page.

Should I make a reservation in advance?
We always recommend that you call the theater ahead of time to make a reservation or book your tickets online. The space is small and therefore can sell out very quickly.

How many seats are in the theater?
We can seat 60 total.

How do I pay for tickets that I purchase through the Box Office?
If you purchase your tickets through the Box Office phone at (847) 834-0738, you can pay with a credit card right then. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. You can also pay upon your arrival to the theater on the date of your performance and pay with cash or check (made out to Oil Lamp Theater). However, you can also easily purchase tickets online by going to our “Current Season” page.

Are there good places to park and how much does it cost?
Parking in Glenview is free. There is a parking lot located directly west of the theater and across the street, as well as ample street parking.

How long does the show run?
The run time or length of an individual performance is shown on each production page. The length of a production (how many weeks) is listed on each production page as well as our Calendar.

Where should I eat?
We have five restaurants that we like to recommend. The Glenview House, Gusto Italiano, and Grandpa’s Place are all within walking distance of the theater and from the train station. North Branch and Valley Lodge Tavern are both approximately 10 minutes away by car. For more detailed information, visit our “Where to Eat” page.

Is Oil Lamp fully accessible?
We have fully accessible parking spots located in the parking lot immediately West of the theater, and there are no steps getting into the theater. Make sure to ask for handicap seating, if needed, as our seating is mainly placed on risers. For more information, visit our Accessibility page.

What are your camera and cell phone policies?
We do not allow any photos or videos to be taken during the performance. The space is very intimate, and for that reason, we also ask that all cell phones be turned off-- even vibrations can be heard in our space, and no texting during the performance.

What age is appropriate for Oil Lamp Theater attendance?
While the recommended age may vary from play to play, depending on the content, we generally ask that no child younger than middle school age attend the performances. Most of our show selections are intended for a mature audience (except our Holiday shows). The recommended age is listed on each production page, along with any warnings about content.

What happens if I arrive at the theater after the performance has begun?
Due to the intimate nature of our performance and to ensure the safety of our cast members and patrons, those who arrive after the performance has begun may not be able to be seated immediately in the auditorium. We will make every effort to seat late arrivals in the lobby until seating them is safe and discreet during a break in the action.

What if I miss my scheduled performance?
We ask that if you know you are going to miss the performance to call the Box Office at (847) 834-0738 ahead of time. At that time, we can move your tickets to another day. Any cancellation that is not given 24 hrs ahead of time may not be able to receive a refund. If you miss your performance, you can call the Box Office and see if there is available seating for another day. You can also donate back to the Theater any prepaid tickets.

I misplaced something while at the Theater. Do you have a lost and found?
We keep track of lost items at our front desk or in our office. Call the theater at (847) 834-0738 to see if the lost item had been found. We can then arrange for you to pick up your item during Box Office Hours (Tuesday-Fridays from 12-5pm). We apologize, but we are not responsible for items lost at our performance venue.

I am not able to attend a production for which I have already bought tickets, what do I do?
You may transfer your tickets to someone else, such as a friend or family member who would come in your place. You could either give them your confirmation email or they can get the tickets under your name from Will-Call. You can also call the theater and try to reschedule. With enough advanced notice, you can be eligible for a refund. If you purchased your tickets through Brown Paper Tickets (via our website) or Goldstar, you can call their Customer Service lines directly to receive your refund.