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Steppenwolf Theatre’s “East of Eden”

Come to Chicago’s famous Steppenwolf Theatre to see John Steinbeck’s “East of Eden,” through November 15, and stay at the nearby and affordable Chicago Lake Shore Hotel!

“East of Eden” is American novelist John Steinbeck’s masterpiece. It is a sort of retelling of the Book of Genesis, with a patriarch, Adam Trask, his “monster” (Steinbeck’s word) of a wife, Kate and his two sons Caleb and Aaron (Cain and Abel), trying to live out a dream of farming in California’s Salinas Valley. With a script adaptation by Frank Galati and directed by Terry Kinney, this show will be the hit of the Chicago theatre season.

Steppenwolf Theatre has been one of the great theatre companies of the world for over thirty years. Its alumni include Laurie Metcalf, Gary Sinise, Joan Allen, Martha Plimpton, John Malcovich, and John Mahoney, among many others. They got their start in a church basement in a Chicago suburb and never looked back.

In the 70s, Steppenwolf mounted another Steinbeck masterpiece, “The Grapes of Wrath,” both at Steppenwolf and later on Broadway. It was one of the most highly theatrical productions of all time.

Steppenwolf Theatre is located at 1650 North Halsted in Chicago. The theatre is handicap accessible and is close to el train and bus lines. For tickets, go online to or call (312) 335-1650.

Make your “East of Eden” experience more enjoyable by staying at the Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, in historic Hyde Park. Chicago Lake Shore offers free shuttle bus service to and from the Loop area and is close to bus and train services. The Lake Shore Café offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. AND Jazz and  seafood buffet (non-seafood items available) Friday nights.