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Nox Arca is a black box theatre located in the Ravenswood neighborhood - just off the Irving Park Brown Line station and a 20 minute walk from the Sheridan Red Line.

The space is approximately 1000sq ft, includes it's own restroom facility, fridge and microwave, dressing room and permanent raised tech booth. The seating is adjustable and includes risers, there are chairs for 30 in the space, but for a standing event - the space comfortably fits around 75 people. Renters using the space for performance also have access to all of our lighting instruments, Nomad lighting program and our sound equipment.

Nox is available as a rental for rehearsals, performances and staged readings, event space and studio space (for photography, classes, filming location, etc.)

Please email for rates, or visit us at

Space Usage EditEdit Space Usage

Permitted Uses Audio Recording, Exhibition, Meeting, Reading, Screening, Video/Film Shoot, Photo Shoot, Audition, Special Event, Rehearsal, Performance
Disciplines Dance, Music, Theatre, Film
Restrictions On Use Nox is a BYOB venue and does not have a licence to sell alcohol, therefore any and all events involving alcohol must also be BYOB, or it is permitted to provide alcohol for free with a suggested donation


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Booking Policies EditEdit Booking Policies

How To Book

Please call (312) 487-1601 and ask to speak to a Space Manager, or email us at - someone should get back to you within 24-48 hours, depending on the time the email is sent.

Hours Of Operation Nox is a 24/7 venue, but rentals generally should take place between the hours of 7am and 11pm
Rental Policy General Theatre Operation Guidelines 1. The LESSEE shall understand the default and neutral set up of NOX ARCA THEATRE and shall revert entirely back to it upon completion of this contract. 2. Except as provided herein, NOX ARCA THEATRE proprietors serve as the sole and final determinant as to policy interpretation and facility usage. NOX ARCA THEATRE reserves the right to review and amend this contract and has sole discretion to approve, or disapprove any production or event proposed for or currently in exhibition at NOX ARCA THEATRE. 3. All productions, events or artistic performances at NOX ARCA THEATRE are always subject to approval by authorized NOX ARCA THEATRE proprietors. 4. NOX ARCA THEATRE and the PARENT BUILDING (hereinafter called “PB”) are non-smoking facilities. Smoking is not permitted anywhere inside the facility or within 15 feet of any and all entrances. 5. No alcohol is permitted anywhere on NOX ARCA THEATRE property except as provided herein with regard to concession and or special case. 6. No open flame is allowed in any space within the NOX ARCA THEATRE and PB without prior written approval from NOX ARCA THEATRE proprietors. 7. No weapons of any kind are allowed in NOX ARCA THEATRE nor the PB property. Any stage weaponry outside of the ordinary (I.E. blunted blades, cap guns, etc.) must be approved by authorized NOX ARCA THEATRE proprietors. 8. No material, substance, equipment or object which is likely to endanger life, cause bodily injury, or property damage is permitted at NOX ARCA THEATRE and the PB without approval from authorized NOX ARCA THEATRE proprietors. 9. No activities in violation of federal, state, city, local laws, ordinances, rules, regulations, or the opinions of NOX ARCA THEATRE are permitted within the NOX ARCA THEATRE or PB. 10. NOX ARCA THEATRE are supporters and compliers of the “Not in Our House” movement and request that LESSEE adhere to these statutes while in the NOX ARCA THEATRE. 11. Animals of any kind are not permitted in NOX ARCA THEATRE without previous consent from authorized NOX ARCA THEATRE proprietors. Service and guide animals are exempt from this clause. 12. No part of NOX ARCA THEATRE or the PB may be sublet, nor can the LESSEE assign this agreement or space to a third party. 13. No items may be delivered or dropped off at NOX ARCA THEATRE for storage prior to the LESSEE’s event load-in date and time. NOX ARCA THEATRE accepts no responsibility or liability for any items left unattended in the space or the PB. 14. Outside of usage of the NOX ARCA THEATRE, the passenger elevator, and freight elevator (upon request), every other area of the PB are strictly off limits. Do not enter any unit outside of #405 unless otherwise directed. 15. Usage of any bathroom facility outside of the NOX ARCA THEATRE within the PB is strictly off limits unless otherwise directed. 16. ROOF CLAUSE. Do not, under any circumstances, access the roof of the PB. NOX ARCA THEATRE reserves the right to void any agreement between NOX ARCA THEATRE and LESSEE if this clause is not adhered to. 17. Any entrance of the PB is not to be left open and unattended. This will mean coordinating a LESSEE box office representative at the front entrance of the building to let patrons in. 18. The LESSEE is entitled to 100% of their box office sales. NOX ARCA THEATRE is entitled to 100% of any food, liquor, or NOX ARCA THEATRE related business not sanctioned or agreed to in conjunction profits. 19. The locked closet in the house is for the sole use of NOX ARCA THEATRE. No items or personnel of the LESSEE may be housed, stored, or placed in this space without approval of an authorized NOX ARCA THEATRE proprietor. 20. Any and all keys issued to the LESSEE may not be copied and must be returned to an authorized NOX ARCA THEATRE proprietor upon completion of this rental contract. 2 21. Upon leaving the premises every night, LESSEE will adhere to the NOX ARCA THEATRE closing procedure and return the theatre to the state it was found in: a. Clean up any trash. b. Turn off any electrical equipment (I.E. lights, audio, etc.). c. Turn off the air conditioner and or heater. d. Turn off the house lights. e. Lock the theatre and return the key to the lock box. f. Any gross violation of any of the above that result in damages to the space may result in compensation for NOX ARCA THEATRE or at the very least a cleaning fee subject to determination. 22. NOX ARCA THEATRE requires that the LESSEE have an authorized representative on the premises any time anyone connected with the event is in the NOX ARCA THEATRE or PB. 23. The LESSEE will agree to adhere to the usage time allotted for the theatre and vacate the premises when their predetermined and paid time is over. Any extended stay may result in prorated cost for time used or termination of this contract. 24. Lodging of any kind is strictly prohibited in the NOX ARCA THEATRE or PB. 25. The LESSEE will have a pre-approved form of insurance for the event. (See guidelines below.)
Cancellation Policy 1. NOX ARCA THEATRE Initiated Cancellation Terms a. Cancellation of any event may occur if the LESSEE fails to adhere to any terms or conditions of this contract. NOX ARCA THEATRE reserves the right to execute cancellation of an event prior to or during said event if all conditions are not met. b. Cancellation includes complete forfeiture of all deposits and rent monies paid and the LESSEE will have no claim against NOX ARCA THEATRE, whether for a refund of deposits, rent monies, lost revenue, sales, or otherwise. c. The LESSEE will agree to pay all monies due to NOX ARCA THEATRE for all services rendered up to the point of cancellation. d. NOX ARCA THEATRE is not liable for failure of the ability for the LESSEE to execute the event indicated in this agreement due to “Acts of God,” public authorities, labor disputes, city issues, acts of terrorism, civil unrest, epidemic, and structural/architectural malfunctions, of the NOX ARCA THEATRE and PB beyond NOX ARCA THEATRE’s control. 2. LESSEE Initiated Cancellations a. For productions, long-term rehearsal rentals and one night events, The LESSEE may cancel the event indicated in this agreement up to forty-five (45) days prior to the event with no loss of deposit. If cancellation occurs in under thirty (30) days prior to the event, the LESSEE forfeits 50% of their monies delivered. If cancellation occurs in under fifteen (15) days of the event, the LESSEE forfeits 100% of their monies delivered. b. For one-off or short-term rehearsals, LESSEE must provide 24 hours notice of cancellation to avoid a charge for their rehearsal. If cancellation request is sent 24 hours or more in advance, the LESSEE is entitled to a full refund. If the cancellation is sent less than 24 hours before the rehearsal is scheduled to begin or the rehearsal is a no-show, the LESSEE will be responsible for paying for the scheduled rehearsal in full. c. The LESSEE takes full responsibility for any monies and or cancellations exchanged between their patrons and acknowledges that NOX ARCA THEATRE is not liable.
Open to last minute space requests. true
Booking Requirements Deposit, Proof of liability insurance required, Lease agreement
Rental Personnel Call for addtl rental personnel, Rates include some or all equipment
Performance Personnel Call for addtl performance personnel
Payment Types Cash, Check, Credit card
Options -
Other Allowed Activities Percussive footwear, Street shoes, Live percussion, Alcohol permitted

Features EditEdit Features

Space Dimensions 1000.0 sqft
Space Features Column-free, Air-conditioned, Heated, Ceiling fans, Grid, Stage curtains, Industrial sink, Privacy, Uninterrupted wall space
Technology Cell service
Flooring Concrete/Cement
Stage Configuration Black box
Stage Dimensions -
Seating capacity 35
Seating Seating risers, Flexible seating

Equipment EditEdit Equipment

Lighting Natural lighting/windows, Light board, Lighting instruments
Furniture Chairs, Risers, Tables, Ladder
Amenities Dressing rooms, Kitchen/pantry, Private restroom
Instruments and Accessories -
Audio Equipment Sound system, Sound booth
Video/Film Equipment -
Studio Arts/Maker Equipment -

Accessibility EditEdit Accessibility

Parking Free garage/lot parking, Loading dock
Accessibility Elevator, Patron restrooms, Freight elevator, Stage
Audience Services Restrooms, Box office
Miscellaneous -

Rates EditEdit Rates

Use Hourly Daily Weekly Monthly
Audio Recording $10 $100 $550 -
Exhibition $100 $100 $550 -
Meeting $10 $100 $550 -
Reading $100 $100 $550 -
Screening $100 $100 $550 -
Video/Film Shoot - $100 $550 -
Photo Shoot $10 $100 $550 -
Audition $10 - - -
Special Event $100 $100 $550 -
Rehearsal $10 - - -
Performance $100 - $550 -

This space was last updated on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 9:58AM