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Timeline Theatre Buys Building In Uptown, Plans To Open In 2021

The theater's move from Lakeview to Uptown is another "get" for the neighborhood, which is also getting the Double Door, Baton Show Lounge and renovations to the Uptown Theater.

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CHICAGO — Uptown is getting another entertainment venue as Lakeview’s TimeLine Theatre has announced plans to move there.

TimeLine Theatre bought the building at 5033-35 N. Broadway and plans to be open by fall 2021, according to a news release. The theater plans for the building to feature one 250-seat theater, a 150-seat theater, a bar, lobby and staff offices, among other amenities.

The building is 45,120 square feet and five stories tall, and it came with a vacant lot near Broadway and Argyle Street, TimeLine said.

Founded in 1997, TimeLine has leased space from Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ, 615 W. Wellington Ave. in Lakeview. But space is limited and Timeline said it is “bursting at the seams,” necessitating the move. The nonprofit theater has a four-play annual season.

The move is the latest in a series of big nabs for Uptown. The Double Door, a music venue that had long called Wicker Park home, announced earlier this month that it’ll take over the Wilson Avenue Theater.

On top of that, Uptown Theater renovations are expected to begin this summer and carry a price tag of $75 million, and iconic drag bar the Baton Show Lounge is moving from River North to Uptown.