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2 New Adaptations of The Wizard of Oz & a Beloved Chicago Park Bring L. Frank Baum's Characters to Life in Chicago

Emerald CIty Theatre's THE WIZ

In the 1890s, L. Frank Baum, a reporter for the Chicago Evening Post, dreamed up a fantastical story that we all know and love today, The Wizard of Oz. Though the name Oz came from his file cabinet labeled "O–Z," scholars believe that the mystical land was inspired by the glimmering "White City" of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. This spring, two new Wizard of Oz theatrical productions invite families to rediscover Baum's beloved characters. Afterwards, head to


An Equestrian Wonderland at the Odysseo Big Top Show at Soldier Field

Odysseo by Cavalia

Big top tents usually present shows with the expected formula of animal tricks, high-wire acts and prancing and plumed dancers. Well, Cavalia's new multidimensional extravaganza Odysseo kicks all of that tired spectacle right to the curb. A showcase of graceful horses, live music, acrobats, dancers and aerialists, this show lives up to the claim "the best show ever."


Final 2 Weeks! Love, Laughs & Lavish Drama at Goodman Theatre's Destiny of Desire

Destiny of Desire

Telenovela fans and followers of all things over the top and sudsy, give thanks. The Goodman Theatre's high-flying play Destiny of Desire, delivers enough drama, music and plain fun that you might be tempted to ditch the TV for theater. This flawless musical supplies all the best elements of telenovelas, layered with stellar theater production.


10 Shows to See in Chicago This April—and Tickets are All Half Price!

Goodman Theatre presents King of the Yees

With more than 250 theatre companies, Chicago's arts and culture scene is not to be missed — and you can experience it on a budget with half-price theater tickets from Hot Tix! From Broadway musicals to intimate dramas to sidesplitting comedies, every night you can choose from dozens of shows — including these top plays with discount tickets during the month of April.


'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.


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