Access Tickets

Launched in January 2009, the Access Tickets Program ensures that Chicago residents of all ages and communities are able to experience the powerful and uplifting benefits of the performing arts. Through these programs, the Harris Theater partners with health and human service organizations, K-12 schools, and community arts organizations to provide underwritten tickets to performances throughout each season. This program is made possible through philanthropy, and to date, over 7000 tickets have been distributed to children, students and families across 25 diverse Chicago neighborhoods.

In addition to complimentary tickets, the Harris Theater provides behind-the-scenes artist interactions and enrichment activities for its Access Tickets Program partners. In the 2013-2014 season, youth from Mercy Home for Boys and Girls participated in a backstage tour and interactive music and dance demonstration with artists from the November 2013 Loiza in Chicago performance, and in April 2014 families from Starlight Children’s Foundation Midwest participated in a movement workshop with dancers from Trey McIntyre Project, specially designed for individuals with limited mobility.


Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital
Benito Juarez Community Academy
Better Boys Foundation
Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago
Celestial Ministries
Center on Halsted
Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras
Children’s Home and Aid
Chinese American Service League
Curie Metropolitan High School
Gilda’s Club Chicago
Heartland Health Outreach
Illinois Action for Children
Jesse Brown VA Medical Center
Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly
Mercy Home for Boys and Girls
Midwest Brain Injury Clubhouse
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago – Caring for Kids
Ronald McDonald House
Rush University Medical Center – Cancer Center
Turning the Page
USO of Illinois
Vital Bridges Center on Chronic Care

The Access Tickets Program is made possible by the Marilyn and David Vitale Access Tickets Program and Teen Arts Fund. Additional support is provided by The Chicago Community Trust, The Crown Family, Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation, and The Siragusa Foundation.