CHICAGO (AP) — The world-renowned Steppenwolf Theatre Co. has broken ground on a multiyear expansion of its campus in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.

One of the nation’s premier ensemble theaters moved forward this month with a theater building to open in 2021. It will be 50,000 square feet (4,600 square meters) and include a 400-seat in-the-round theater only six rows deep.

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A new 400-seat theater-in-the round will be added to the Steppenwolf Theatre campus. (Credit: Steppenwolf)

It will have a dedicated education floor. Officials say that will triple the theater’s space devoted to its education work.

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Complementing the theater core will be a two-story atrium lobby, a wine bar and a sidewalk lounge. It is designed by Gordon Gill of Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill Architecture and the London-based theater-design team Charcoalblue.

Rendering of Steppenwolf Theatre’s new in-the-round facility, to be built south of the existing theater campus. (Credit: Steppenwolf)

Steppenwolf has won a series of Tony Awards and The National Medal of Arts.

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