Teen Arts Pass (TAP) is an initiative by Urban Gateways that gives young people ages 13-19 access to $5 tickets to see professional dance, music, and theater performances in and around Chicago. With your free TAP membership, all you have to do is present your card or the TAP mobile app at a participating venue on the day of the show, and as long as it’s not sold out, you can purchase a ticket (with a possible value of up to $200+) for $5. It’s that easy!

How does it work?

  1. Sign up here and we’ll email you with a digital card that you can use right away after you register. Download the TAP app and get your membership details right on your phone! Registration is quick, easy, & free!
  2. Check out the calendar (or list, or map) or events list on the app of eligible performances at TAP Partner Venues all over the Chicago area.
  3. Be sure to call the venue’s box office to make sure tickets are available. This is also a good time to check on their cashless policies and COVID-19 protocols.
  4. Bring your TAP card or app, school/state ID, and $5 and get to the venue at least 30 minutes before the show time! TAP is a day-of-show program, so tickets can be purchased as soon as the box office opens, up until the show sells out. Be sure to get there early for your best chance at a ticket, but also because most TAP Partner Venues won’t seat you if the show has already started.
  5. Enjoy the show! Share your experience on social media (see links at the bottom of this web page)! Tell all your friends!
  6. Repeat steps 2-5 again and again until you turn 20, checking out all the cool performances Chicago has going on!

How can I get involved?

Sign up for the program, start using TAP to see performances all over Chicago, and spread the word to other teens! If you want to get even MORE involved, learn about the Urban Gateways Teen Council!


Check out TeenTix in Seattle!

TAP was inspired by TeenTix, a Seattle-based nonprofit organization that seeks to break down the barriers that prevent teens from accessing the arts. The TeenTix Pass Program increases access for teens with a $5 day-of-show model to 75 arts and culture organizations in the Pacific Northwest. TeenTix acted as a consulting organization for Urban Gateways leading up to the launch of TAP in Chicago, and we are grateful for their support and their willingness to share what they know!

Planning a visit to Seattle (or maybe you even live there)? Teens can sign up for free on the TeenTix website to access events across Seattle’s arts scene for just $5.