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'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!


The Second City Takes on American Politics—Hilarity Ensues: Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno Blends Silly & Smart

Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno

The Second City's 41st e.t.c. revue — Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno — has a mouthful of a title, paired with a belly full of laughs. The e.t.c. stage, known for its edgier, more Chicago-themed sketch revues, keeps to its reputation, housing two hours of non-stop, goofball, slap-your-thighs laughter with its newest comedy show.


All New Show Experiences at Blue Man Group Chicago

Blue Man Group

Unless you've been living in a bunker for the past 26 years, you've probably heard of Blue Man Group. You may have even seen them live. This month, they freshened up their show with some sweet bits that will make you smile, laugh and cheer for more.


3 One-of-a-Kind Magic Shows You Won't Want to Miss: Brett Schneider's Communion, The Naked Magicians & The Magic Parlour

The Magic Parlour

Chicago has always been a magical city: During the Golden Age of Magic—from 1890 to 1930—the city brimmed with magicians. They performed their acts in vaudeville theaters, shops and taverns and even on street corners. In 1893, magicians from near and far, including Harry Houdini, traveled to Chicago to make their mark at the World's Columbian Exposition. If you're looking to add a little magic to your life these days, check out three one-of-a-kind magic shows in Chicago.


4 Shows to See Now Before They Close or Leave Chicago

The Illusionists

Hundreds of theatre productions are playing in Chicago for extended runs (hello Hamilton!) and open runs (from Blue Man Group to the many great nightly shows at The Second City), however, some only offer performances for a few days or a few weeks. Here are four highlights of what to see on stage now in Chicago before it's too late!


Chicago Theatre Week Spotlight: Don't Miss Gloria at Goodman Theatre

Gloria

Chicago is noted as a theater lover's paradise, and Goodman Theatre supplies a prime example of why with the enthralling 4-star satire Gloria (playing now through February 19). This startling peek into the insular walls of print media, and the ways popular culture and societal norms influence it, will leave a lasting impression long after the show is over.


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.


3 Children's Plays on Our Radar for Chicago Theatre Week 2017

Fable-ous! by Lifeline Theatre

Chicago Theatre Week is the star of February. For a couple bucks more than a ticket to the movies, you can introduce your kids to the magic of live theater. From February 9 to 19, over 100 productions will offer discounted tickets for $15–30, with many offering further discounts. Here are three children's plays on our radar for Chicago Theatre Week 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


2 Hot Tickets! Angélique Kidjo, Bruckner Orchestra Linz + Jackie Chan's Long Yun Kung Fu Troupe Bring Global Sights & Sounds This Weekend

Angelique Kidjo

Two international acts come to Chicago this Friday and Saturday and promise dazzling, cross-cultural experiences: Jackie Chan's Long Yun Kung Fu Troupe takes to the stage at the Auditorium Theatre, while Angélique Kidjo will perform with the Bruckner Orchestra Linz at the Harris Theater.


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