Chicago Like a Local Blog

Unique perspectives on the city from the people who live here.

Author

Krista Krauss Miller
Krista is a Chicago concierge, food fanatic and puppy mommy who is passionate about theatre, champagne, dogs and discovering the best things to do in the city. Krista has spent many years in the hotel industry, ultimately serving as Chef Concierge and achieving Les Clefs d’Or USA membership; additionally she is member of the League of Chicago Theatres' Young Professionals Circle. She resides on the North Side with her husband and K-9 concierges, Roscoe and Gilligan. She loves sharing her knowledge with visitors and connecting them with the best Chicago has to offer. For insider info, follow her adventures on Twitter and Instagram @KristaD14.

Posts

'Spamilton' Musical Parody Follows 'Hamilton' to Chicago

Spamilton An American Parody

After Broadway's smash hit musical "Hamilton" took to the Chicago stage last fall, it only makes sense that "Spamilton", the Off-Broadway hit show spoofing Hamilton, would soon follow. And boy, Chicago audiences should be excited!


Chicago Theatre Week: 3 Perfect Dinner, Show & Hotel Pairings for Valentine's Day

Spiaggia Restaurant Chicago

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and so is Chicago Theatre Week (February 9–19)—it's the perfect date-night opportunity! Take advantage of Chicago Theatre Week discounts at participating downtown theaters as well as discounted hotel rooms for Valentine's Day. With the money you save, you can take your sweetie to dinner beforehand. Read on to find our inspired dinner, theater and hotel pairings perfect for a romantic and memorable Valentine's Day 2017.


4 Storefront Productions We Don't Want to Miss during Chicago Theatre Week (February 9–19)

A Disappearing Number

Chicago is known for storefront theaters—it's kind of our signature. The theaters may be small, but that's part of their charm: the intimate space puts you face to face with the actors, making you feel as though you're part of the action. Plus, ticket prices are much less expensive than the big shows, and they're even cheaper with upoming Chicago Theatre Week (February 9–19) discounts. Get a taste of Chicago's signature storefront-theater style at one of the following


Discount Deals to Our Favorite Productions: Dance, Music, Magic & More! Chicago Theatre Week 2017, February 9–19

Chicago Theatre Week 2017

With over 120 participating productions, Chicago Theatre Week (February 9–19) has a wide array of offerings, from opera to stand-up comedy to magic, and everything in between. Now in its 5th year, CTW celebrates Chicago's vibrant performing arts scene with discounted tickets — including to shows outside of the traditional theatre realm — priced at $30, $15 or less.


Chicago Theatre Week 2017: Exclusive Sneak Peek!

The Bodyguard

Mark your calendars, Chicago Theatre Week is back! Participating productions have not been announced yet, but we have an exclusive sneak peek featuring select shows that are sure to sell out fast. Tickets for Chicago Theatre Week (CTW) go on sale Tuesday, January 10 at 10AM CST. CTW will take place February 9 - 19, 2017.


4 Chicago Shows to Check Out This Holiday Season: It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

The House Theatre's

The holidays are so much fun in Chicago! The city feels like a winter wonderland: Trees covered in snow, sparkling lights and lots of unique stores where you can find that perfect gift. There are also a wide array of holiday plays in Chicago that are sure to get you in the spirit. If you haven't made Chicago theater a part of your holiday tradition, it's time you do! Read on to discover four Chicago holiday shows that are really worth dashing through the snow for. 


Forget the Tricks, Bring on the Treats! 5 Chicago Halloween Events Fit for Foodies

Andersonville Dessert Crawl: Lemon Crème Pie from M Henry

Halloween isn't just for kids; adults want to celebrate it too! But if your idea of tasty treats doesn't involve Tootsie Rolls and Smarties, finding a fun Halloween event where you actually want to eat the food can be challenging. Lucky for you, Chicago has some very creative culinary minds. From gourmet adult trick-or-treating to pre-fix dinners in a death disco, these Chicago restaurants are dishing up Halloween events fit for foodies — spirits included!


Oysters, Cake & Beer: Moody Tongue Brewing Opens Tasting Room

Moody Tongue Brewery Chicago

Without a doubt, Moody Tongue is one of the most unique Chicago breweries to open since the craft brewing craze hit the city. Lucky for us, Moody Tongue Brewery just unveiled their new tasting room. As expected, their tasting room is just as quirky and lovely as their beers, and brewery tours are also on tap.


Chicago Theatre: Halloween Shows to Get You in the Spirit

Dennis Watkins in the Magic Parlour

Halloween is around the corner! Chicago has a whole host of fun events and cool things to do for the holiday. But if you're looking for a unique way to celebrate Halloween in Chicago, check out what's playing on stage this fall. From awe-inspiring magic shows to hilarious horror spoofs, Chicago theatre has you covered. Read on to find shows that will put you in the Halloween spirit.


Chicago Theater: 4 Storefront Theater Season Openers You Shouldn't Miss

In The Heights

Fall in Chicago is the best. The autumn cooldown means shorter days filled with colorful leaves dancing in the breeze, long nights lit with big harvest moons and plenty of amazing theater to enjoy. The opening of the theater season is a particularly unique time. Many theater companies painstakingly select shows for the fall that they hope will set the bar for the rest of the year. Read on to see what shows you should check out now.


Featured Partners

Subscribe

View our RSS feed
Enter your email address:
We'll send you an email when new articles are published

Beyond the Loop

Explore the city through our neighborhood video series — what to eat, where to shop & more!
Watch Now