Moby Dick @ Lookingglass Theatre, Chicago (Water Tower Place)

  • August 27, 2017
  • Chicago
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  • NOTE: Member ($92) with guest ($107) will cost a total of $199. TO ADD YOUR GUEST: click on the "ADD GUEST" button at the bottom of the registration form and enter the guest information, as indicated. Thank you.

Note: This trip is no longer a joint venture with the Garfield Park Conservatory and the Lincoln Park Zoo trip, but dedicated to just the Moby Dick theater trip.

Estimated Trip Durations:
East Towne Sears: 8:10 AM - 7:30 PM
Capitol Lakes: 7:55 AM - 7:45 PM
Oakwood West: 7:30 AM - 8:00 PM

Guest Registration Fee: $107

Registration Deadline: Aug 11 for Cancellation Refund.

Registration Fee inc Van Galder Charter Service w/ Wi-Fi and theater ticket. Lunch is on your own.
Registration is closed

Join us Sunday, August 27 for Moby Dick, the final play in our 2017 summer season  It will be staged in the intimate Lookingglass Theater located within the Water Tower Water Works.

Winner of four Jeff Awards, including Best Production, and fresh off a national tour, the critically-acclaimed Moby Dick returns to the Lookingglass stage in this harrowing and intoxicating exploration of revenge, obsession, and destiny.

Madness rages like the angry sea when man pits himself against leviathan in Herman Melville’s epic and poetic tale, furiously reimagined by director David Catlin (Lookingglass Alice).

Climb aboard the Pequod with Ishmael, Starbuck, and the intrepid crew on a voyage into the darkest reaches of the human psyche with an insatiably driven Captain Ahab at the helm in reckless pursuit of the legendary white whale.

“★★★★. Catlin’s ‘Moby Dick’ rises to the short list of great Lookingglass productions of the past two decades.” – The Chicago Tribune

“A triumph of grand theatrical imagination, deep thought, superb acting and eye-popping, ingeniously deployed physical daring.” – The Chicago Sun-Times


Adapted and Directed by
Ensemble Member David Catlin

From the book by Herman Melville

In Association with The Actors Gymnasium

Video: Moby Dick and the Actor's Gymnasium (2.19) 

REVIEWS: Highly Recommended Rating
Based upon these 15 reviews

Run Time: Two Hours and 35 minutes including two intermissions (2:00 PM - 4:35 PM) 

Lookingglass Theatre:

11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Free Time for Lunch and Adventure
within easy  walking distance of 
Lookingglass Theatre
(N. Michigan Ave & E. Pearson St)

A few suggestions

Driehaus Museum (Chicago's Downton Abbey)

Free Noon Tour, Great Gift Shop, MCA Cafe

Water Tower Place Shopping and Dining

Lookingglass Theatre Restaurant Partners


Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave. Arrive early and we will all arrive in Chicago on time to begin our adventure.

– Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

– Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the trip.

Leave Madison

7:30 AM         Bus  arrives at Oakwood University Woods to begin boarding.

7:55 AM     Arrive at Capitol Lakes

8:10 AM     Arrive at East Towne Sears

8:20 AM    Depart for Chicago (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

In Chicago

11:00 AM Arrive Lookingglass Theatre

2:00 PM  Moby Dick performance begins

4:35 PM   Moby Dick performance ends

4:35 PM - 4:55 PM    Boarding preparation period 

4:55 PM    Depart for Madison (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

Arrive Madison (Est)

7:30 PM East Towne Sears

7:45 PM Capitol Lakes

8:00 PM Oakwood University Woods

Non-Member Policy Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. (Members may bring more than one guest near the registration Deadline Date if seats are available. Check with trip organizer.) Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year.

                                                                                                                                    Accessibility Accessibility Policy. On the Van Galder Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we recommend that you bring a friend to give you a hand. 

The Lookingglass Theatre is handicap accessible. Each aisle has row handrail support for more easily ascending and descending the seating area.

Moby Dick Mail-in Registration Forms (including instructions):

PLATO Members Form

For further information, contact Moby Dick theater trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, and 608-271-7741







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