Metropolis Performing Arts Centre


Bring your group to Metropolis for your next social event, extended family outing, or school field trip. Groups of 10 or more receive 20% off the single ticket price to select shows and service charges are waived. Free parking (even for buses) and restaurants are just steps away.

Fill out the Group Sales Form below for more information or, contact Group Sales at 847.577.5982 x228 or email at Group Sales are available by phone or at the box office *not available online. 






Last year, more than 12,000 students visited Metropolis to see shows in the Stories in Action! series. Metropolis prides itself on its diverse programming, and there's no shortage of performances for Young Audiences. To make the theatre experience complete for your students, Metropolis offers Study Guides and Companion Workshops, helping you go even more behind the scenes. With free bus parking, your trip to Metropolis couldn't be easier!

Fill out the Group Sales Form above for more information. Or, contact Group Sales at 847.577.5982 x228 or email at Group Sales are available by phone or at the box office *not available online. 

Find out more about bringing your school group to Metropolis:

Performances     Study Guides     Bus Parking Information     Policies


Study Guides

Metropolis is excited to collaborate with you in order to enhance your students’ potential for learning. We believe that theatre can serve as a strong supplement to instruction, adding a visual, aural, and entertaining element that can enhance each student’s ability to absorb and understand reading material in a fuller capacity.  Our study guides are intended to facilitate your theater-going experience and provide you with project suggestions.

A Christmas Carol

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Bus Parking Information

The Village of Arlington Heights requires that all buses leave two car lengths open between them when unloading or loading passengers. Free bus parking is available on East Davis St., just northwest of Bristol Ln. The map below shows the route for buses to follow to downtown Arlington Heights' designated bus parking area. Parking is available on the northeast side of the street (the right side when following the mapped route below). While there are some No Parking signs on this street, this is the designated bus parking area for downtown Arlington Heights. Please ensure your bus parks only in this area as Metropolis is not responsible for any parking violations received. Don't hesitate to ask questions about the bus parking. We are more than happy to help and ensure you are parked in the correct area.

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BUS Parking Directions

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  • Reservations: Metropolis suggests booking your School Group at least 4 months before a performance for best availability. Tickets typically go on sale in the late Spring for the following school year.

  • Teacher/Chaperone Tickets: Metropolis suggests 1 chaperone for every 10 students; therefore School Groups are provided 1 half-price ticket for every 10 students (*limit 20). Every chaperone over the limit of 20 will receive student pricing.

  • Group Sales Agreement: A contract detailing performance and payment information will be emailed to the Group Leader once a reservation has been made. 
  • Payment: A signed Group Sales Agreement and non-refundable 50% deposit are requested 2 months before the show date, with final group count and final payment due 1 month before the show date. Once payment is received, the sale is final.

    *Special arrangements can be made for alternate payment dates. Final payment must be made prior to performance date. Groups booked within 4 weeks of a performance will be asked to pay full amount at time of booking.

  • Cancellations: Cancellations must be made no later than 1 month before the show date. After the due date, the sale is final and the group is responsible for the total balance of the reservation even if there are unused tickets. There will be no refunds or credits. 
  • Seat Count: A final seat count is appreciated 1 month prior to the performance date (students plus all teachers/adult chaperones). 

  • Arrival: School groups must arrive 20-30 minutes before showtime to allow for seating and restroom breaks.

  • Unloading/Loading Buses: The Village of Arlington Heights requires that all buses leave two car lengths open between them when unloading or loading passengers.
  • Seating: School Groups are seated as General Admission at the discretion of the House Manager. School Groups will be assigned to certain rows of the theatre based on group size and availability, which may include banquet style chairs at the rear of the theatre. School Groups will not receive printed tickets.

  • Tickets for Hope: Title 1 Schools may apply for a reduced ticket price for students. This scholarship is very limited, and is subject to committee revue and availability of funds. Groups must make written request for discounts at least two weeks prior to the performance date.

    Tickets for Hope Application

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