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Freedom Hall’s Nathan Manilow Theatre has been a staple of the community since the opening of Park Forest’s cultural arts center in 1976. The Nathan Manilow Theatre, which has the capacity for 287 patrons, has presented a multitude of events in the performing arts covering all genres since its opening. For over three decades, the variety of entertainment to grace the Freedom Hall stage has included:

  • John Houseman
  • Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theatre
  • George Winston
  • Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago


  • Masters of Motown
  • The Second City Touring Company
  • Tom Dreesen
  • Vincent Price
These performances align with the Freedom Hall’s goal to present the finest cultural events, not only in the community, but in the Chicago region. 

Freedom Hall 2018-2019 Concert and Theatre Season

Freedom Hall is proud to present our amazing 2018-2019 concert and theatre season schedule! This season we have a variety of artists. For more information visit our website at Order your tickets today! You can purchase tickets online or by calling the box office at (708)747-0580.

Diverse & Affordable Entertainment For Decades
Freedom Hall Nathan Manilow Theatre has presented world-class entertainment and cultural events for patrons from throughout the Chicago region. Park Forest’s Freedom Hall is located just minutes away from the main expressways and local highways only 45 minutes south of Chicago’s loop and 20 minutes from the Indiana border Freedom Hall Rental Information Freedom Hall’s variety of meeting rooms and award-winning architecture combine flexibility with professional atmosphere. Consider what Freedom Hall offers:

*Freedom Hall Season Tickets  - Season Ticket Subscribers get the BEST PRICE and BEST SEATS to our Main Series. Simply, choose 3 shows and SAVE $12, or purchase all 5 shows and SAVE $20.

Main Series:

Hollywood Swinging 6-6-2017
Hollywood Swinging: A Tribute to Kool & The Gang
October 19, 2018 - 7;30 p.m.
Individual Ticket: $30
*Freedom Hall Subscriber $26

Hollywood Swinging is the ultimate tribute to the supergroup Kool & The Gang!  They will bring the party hits of Kool & The Gang from the 70’s thru the 80’s, combining the excitement of a live show with a super-charged dance party to remember!

This performance is sponsored by J. Murray & Associates and Bimba Manufacturing

Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues and Lynne Jordan, Grand Finale With Sam Lay
November 16, 2018 - 7:30 pm
Individual Ticket: $35
*Freedom Hall Subscriber $31

Corky Siegel has earned an international reputation as one of the world’s great blues harmonica masters. He is a composer, blues pianist, singer/songwriter, and recipient of the Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Award for Music Composition, Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award, and Chicago Blues Hall of Fame. Along with the members of the ensemble and the illustrious guest collaborators Chamber Blues continues to break new ground in its 30th year of innovation.

This performance is sponsored by Baxter & Woodman, Inc. and J. Murray & Associates

Masters of Soul
November 30, 2018 - 7:30 p.m.
Individual Ticket: $35
*Freedom Hall Subscriber $31

An encore performance for Masters of Soul with a holiday twist! Masters of Soul is a celebration of the legendary songs and performers that defined Motown and soul music. This 90-minute show features stylishly costumed, fully choreographed performances of both male and female groups backed by a live band. For many, Masters of Soul is the ultimate stroll down memory lane. For younger generations, the show offers an opportunity to experience an era in our country's history that produced many of the greatest music acts ever recorded.

Masters of Soul will perform Gladys Knight & The Pips - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles - The Temptations - The Four Tops - Diana Ross & The Supremes - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - Barry White - Sam and Dave - James Brown - and many more!

This performance is sponsored by Kluger Furs and Hansbrough Financial Services

Raul Midon
Raul Midón
February 15, 2019 - 7:30 p.m. 
Individual Ticket: $30
*Freedom Hall Subscriber $26

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and guitarist Raul Midón has earned renown as one of music’s most distinctive and searching voices. His guitar playing is a syncopated, flamenco- and jazz-infused wonder in which bass, harmony and melodic lines fly from the fretboard in a way that seems to belie the fact that all the music is being produced by just two hands. He released his ninth studio album, Bad Ass and Blind, on March 24, 2017, and his live 2016 rendition of John Coltrane’s jazz classic “Giant Steps” – which sees him fly through all 12 keys – has earned more than 1.2 million views via Facebook.

This performance is sponsored by J. Murray & Associates and 90.9FM WDCB

Ruth Foster
March 8, 2019 - 7:30 p.m.
Individual Ticket: $35
*Freedom Hall Subscriber $31

Those who have followed Ruthie Foster’s eclectic musical history know that she can burn down any stage with her combustible blend of soul, blues, rock, folk, and gospel. The small rural town of Gause, TX had no chance of keeping the vocal powerhouse to itself. The worship services at her community church and influences like Mavis Staples and Aretha Franklin created the foundation of her vocal capabilities, which developed into her own sound which is unable to be contained within a single genre. That uniqueness echoes a common theme in Ruthie’s life and career – marching to the beat of her own drum.

This performance is sponsored by Homewood Disposal and SAMBA

lean on me
Lean on Me: The Brotherhood of Rock and Roll
April 12, 2019 - 7:30 p.m.
Individual Ticket: $35
*Freedom Hall Subscriber $31

PBS television stars (Under the Streetlamp) and former Jersey Boys castmates Michael Ingersoll and Christopher Kale Jones unite for an uplifting evening of inspirational rock anthems including “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” by The Righteous Brothers, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” by Frankie Valli, “Fire and Rain” by James Taylor, and “America the Beautiful” by Ray Charles. Presented by Artists Lounge Live.

This performance is sponsored by J. Murray & Associates and Friends of Freedom Hall


Matinee Series has 6 fantastic shows:

All Matinee shows at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesdays
Matinee Series sponsored by Chicago Dough Company

glenn miller orchestra
Glen Miller Orchestra
October 19, 2018 - 11:00 a.m
Individual Ticket $30

With its unique jazz sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time. The present Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since, playing all around the world.

Get Happy Angela Ingersoll sings Judy-Garland
Get Happy: Angela Ingersoll Sings Judy Garland
November 13, 2018 - 11:00 a.m
Individual Ticket $30

A star is born as award-winning dynamo Angela Ingersoll celebrates American icon Judy Garland, as seen on her current PBS television special. Ingersoll won acclaim for her stunning portrayal of Garland the play End of the Rainbow (Chicago, Los Angeles). Live in concert, Ingersoll shines as a force all her own. She superbly captures Garland’s emotional and vocal power, and crafts passionate stories with a naturally winning humor. Chicago Sun-Times exclaims, “Phenomenal. Judy Garland has been reborn.” Broadway World raves, “Ingersoll is transcendent… singing classic after classic to flawless perfection.” Songs include “Over the Rainbow,” “Come Rain Or Come Shine,” and “The Man That Got Away.”

Presented by Artists Lounge Live.

The Johnny Rogers Show
The Johnny Rogers Show: Deck the Halls with Buddy Holly
December 4, 2018 - 11:00 a.m
Individual Ticket $25

The Johnny Rogers Show pays tribute to such artist as Buddy Holly, Elvis, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ricky Nelson, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash, and many more while celebrating the holiday season. Johnny is one the most versatile performers in America today. He was voted best of show two years in a row in Branson Missouri and was inducted into the Iowa Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame. Johnny brings yesteryear’s music and history of Rock ‘n’ Roll to life.

 Broadways Next Hit Musical
Broadway's Next Hit Musical
February 12, 2018 - 11:00 a.m
Individual Ticket $25

The Tony Awards meets Whose Line Is It Anyway? Every song is fresh. Every scene is new. Every show is different. It’s all improvised and it’s all funny. The New York Times calls Broadway’s Next Hit Musical “Hilarious!” Time Out NY says “At last! A musical of, for, and by the people.” Master improvisers gather made up, hit song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous show of music, humor, and laughter. The audience votes for their favorite song and watches as the cast turns it into a full-blown improvised musical! Don’t miss the next great American musical – it could be written in your town!

Switchback - Traveling Down an Irish Road
March 5, 2019 - 11:00 a.m 
Individual Ticket $20

Switchback is the award-winning duo of Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack. Switchback draws on traditional Celtic music and original Americana songs that reflect their Irish heritage and Midwestern roots. Playing an exciting mix of mandolin, guitar, and bass, their harmonies have won them comparisons to famous duos, such as the Louvin Brothers, Everly Brothers, & Simon and Garfunkel. So relax and let their music take you Travelin’ Down an Irish Road.

chester gregory
Higher and Higher: A Rock N' Soul Shindig!
Staring Chester Gregory
April 9, 2019 - 11:00 a.m
Individual Ticket $30

Broadway showstopper Chester Gregory (Motown: The Musical, Hairspray, Sister Act, Dreamgirls) has all the right moves, singing solid gold hits from the Motown era including “My Girl,” “Higher and Higher,” and “Heard It Through The Grapevine.”

Presented by Artists Lounge Live.


Freedom Hall Room Rentals

Freedom Hall’s Nathan Manilow Theatre as well as meeting rooms combine flexibility with professional atmosphere. For more information contact Freedom Hall at (708)747-0580 or email
Nathan Manilow Theatre 
Our newly designed 287 seat theatre is fully accessible to patrons in wheelchairs (limited handicapped seating available) and has been praised by performers and producers alike. The theatre is equipped with a professional sound system, complete theatrical lighting, a 12 foot electrically powered drop screen on stage, and an acoustical backdrop all of which makes the Nathan Manilow Theatre ideal for theatre groups, recitals, audio/visual presentations or lecture events. 

Ralph G. Johnson Room
The carpeted Johnson Room is equipped with a large screen and has easy access to the service kitchen. With an outstanding view of the adjacent 88 acre Central Park/45 acre Central Park Wetlands, the Johnson Room is perfect for all-day seminars, instructional programs or private events. The Johnson Room accommodates 60 people theatre style or with tables.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Room
The carpeted King Room also overlooks Central Park and is perfect for small meetings or planning groups requiring privacy and quiet solitude; connected to the Johnson Room and the service kitchen by a small hallway, the King Room works well as a discussion area when more than one room is required for an all-day event. The King Room can accommodate 20 people theatre style or 15 at tables.

Art Activity Room
The Art Activity Room located off the backstage area serves as a green room as well as an arts and crafts area. The room accommodates 20 people theater style or 15 at tables, its easy access and close proximity to the stage offer a variety of benefits to those whose meeting requirements are unique.