Planning Your Visit

The Ruth Page Center for Arts is located in Chicago’s Near North Side just steps from Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile, Chicago's shopping, dining and cultural mecca. The historic 1927 building in which the Center resides sits on a lovely tree-lined street in the heart of Gold Coast. The Gold Coast is a historic district roughly bounded by North Avenue, Lake Shore Drive, Oak Street, and Clark Street.

Ruth Page Center for the Arts
1016 N. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60610


The small parking lot adjacent to the Ruth Page Center for the Arts is a private lot, with a very limited capacity. Due to a recent reconfiguration of the lot in accordance with new City of Chicago guidelines, there are now only 16 available spots (from our original 35) that can be accessed by the following constituents while in the building: Ruth Page School of Dance patrons (parents and students); contracted organizations (ie Artists In-Residence); Ruth Page School of Dance faculty, teachers and accompanists; and Ruth Page Center for the Arts staff and administration.  Unfortunately, the lot cannot accommodate theater patron parking.

The first 6 single spots on the south side of the lot, and the 10 single spots along the north side of the lot are the ONLY spots available for guest parking.  Unauthorized cars parked in the Reserved Staff Parking toward the back on the south side of the lot will be towed at the owner’s expense.  Additionally, the Reserved Staff Parking spots are the only spots that can accommodate tandem parking.  All other cars MUST park in an individual spot.

Parking is paid for at the front desk.  Visitors will receive a time-stamped dashboard ticket that must be visibly displayed.  Cost is $5 for 4 hours and $10 for 8 hours.  Again, parking is available ONLY while in the building. The parking lot is monitored regularly.  Any car without a time-stamped ticket, or an expired time-stamp ticket, will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Unfortunately, due to the size limitation of our lot, we are unable to accommodate theater patrons.  Discount parking is available at:

Newberry Plaza, 1030 N. State Street, just around the corner from the Center
$12 for 6 hours
Purchase Discount Parking Chaser Card at Ruth Page Center front desk

LAZ Parking, 1250 N. Dearborn Street, just north of Division Street
$15 for 6 hours
Parking stub must be validated at the Ruth Page Center front desk

On-street Metered parking is also available throughout the neighborhood. $4 per hour, with a 2-hour max.

Public Transportation

The Ruth Page Center is near the Red Line (Clark and Division stop) and #22, #36, #70 and #156 bus lines.

Shopping and Dining

Shopping in the Gold Coast is of an upscale nature; shoppers fill the streets carrying shopping bags with internationally recognized names. Apart from smaller, one-of-a-kind boutiques, there are popular stores such as Diesel, Urban Outfitters, Adidas, and Puma. More elite shops can also be found, such as Barney's New York, Prada and Kate Spade.

The Gold Coast is one of the most famous districts in Chicago for dining, with a very high concentration of restaurants and bars. Many of them are located on famed Rush Street. A densely packed area known for its energy and its lights, Rush is awake long after the Loop has gone to sleep. Even in cold weather, throngs of people can be found mingling outside each of the restaurants and bars in this area. It is, to many, the place to be. Many establishments, aware of the draw of Rush Street, use the moniker when naming their business. There is the Rush Street Restaurant, Phil Stefani's 437 Rush and Tavern on Rush, to name a few. Restaurants that are unique to Chicago include Tavern on Rush, Carmine's, Gibson's, Bistrot Zinc, Morton's Steakhouse and PJ Clarke's. Well-known chains also abound here. There are Dave and Buster's, Johnny Rockets, Big Bowl and the world-famous Cheesecake Factory. For faster food, visitors can try Corner Bakery or Gold Coast Dogs. After hours, check out Hugo's Frog Bar, The Back Room and Luxbar.