About CYT Chicago

Christian Youth Theater (CYT) Chicago is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit, theater arts training program for students ages 5–18. CYT stands in the forefront in its commitment to the highest ethical, moral, technical, and artistic standards of excellence. CYT Chicago develops character and creativity in kids of all ages through camps, classes and show productions that brings families and communities together while reflecting the Creator. Registration is now open at CYTChicago.org
CYT Chicago was named “One of the Best” Theatre Companies/Groups for the Northwest Herald Readers’ Choice Awards (McHenry) Best of the Fox 2021. 
CYT Chicago continues to introduce children to the arts. For more information, visit CYTChicago.org or call 847-516-2298.

Upcoming Shows


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Show Photos

A small sampling from our 45+ productions.
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Our Story

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CYT Chicago began as an affiliate of Christian Youth Theater (CYT), the largest after-school theater arts training program for students ages 5-18.  
In 1997, Tom and Bonnie Bienert founded the first branch of CYT outside California, with Justin Parks as the Artistic Director. The Crystal Lake trio began with a small show that featured a cast of 21 students. The program quickly grew to 110 students in the inaugural session of theater training classes, and the first full-scale production drew nearly 3,000 patrons.  
In 1998, families from Lake County invited Justin to help them produce a Christmas musical. From this small cast, they grew to include classes, full-scale productions, and a summer camp program was established. Shortly thereafter, families inquired about bringing a program closer to their homes in Northwest Cook County, and as a result, "Annie” came to the stage.   
Year after year, families have stepped up and asked the same question: "How do I bring youth theater to my community?" CYT Chicago has grown to include nine chapters throughout northern Illinois and southeast Wisconsin. As of our 25th anniversary season in 2022, CYT Chicago has served over 35,000 families since its start in 1997, producing more than 460 theatrical productions.  
Our Marketing Communications team can provide information and photos. 
Contact: Kathryn Johnson, Marketing Manager
Phone: 847-516-2298 ext.7207
Email: kjohnson@cytchicago.org