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Freedom Hall

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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 2017-2018 Concert and Theatre Season
Freedom Hall is proud to present our amazing 2017-2018 concert and theatre season schedule! This season we have a variety of artists.

Our Main Series:
  • Mucca Pazza - October 20, 2017 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Toronzo Cannon  - November 10, 2017 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Masters of Soul - December 1, 2017 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Unforgettable: Falling in Love with Nat King Cole - February 2, 2018 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Mokoomba - March 16, 2018 - 7:30 p.m.


Our Matinee Series has 6 fantastic shows:
All Matinee shows at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesdays
Matinee Series sponsored by Chicago Dough Company

  • Larry Gatlin - October 17, 2017
  • Try a Little Tenderness: Michael Ingersoll in Concert  - November 7, 2017
  • A Carpenter's Christmas - December 5, 2017
  • Laughing Matters: The Life and Laughs of Carol Burnett - February 13, 2018
  • Cherish the Ladies - March 6, 2018
  • Travis Ledoyt - Tribute to the King - April 10, 2018

Family Show
Nugget and Fang - February 23, 2018 - 7:00 p.m.
ArtsPower's colorful new musical tells the story of Nugget, a minnow, and Fang, a shark, who get along swimmingly - until Nugget's first day of minnow school. There, Nugget learns that minnows are supposed to be afraid of sharks! Holy mackerel! Can  Fang save the day and prove he's a true friend? 

For more information visit our website at Order your tickets today! You can purchase tickets online or by calling the box office at 

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:

  • Competitive Rates
  • Flexible Hours
  • Ample Parking
  • Spacious Foyer & Reception area
  • Professionally Equipped Theater
  • 7' Wall Screen Johnson Room Upper Level
  • Fully Equipped Serving Kitchen


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

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. 

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.

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.

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.