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The Second City
1616 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60614
312-664-4032

Theater & Performing Arts, Music & Comedy
6/30/2016
A Red Line Runs Through It rides the rails of Chicago in order to answer life’s tough questions. How does the past sculpt the future? Are we all guided by anger? In this ever-changing landscape of nostalgia and uncertainty sometimes we need a brunch with friends to sort it ... Read More

Athenaeum Theatre
2936 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657

Theater & Performing Arts
6/30/2016
Congo Square Theatre presents the World Premiere of A Small Oak Tree Runs Red by Lekethia Dalcoe. In A Small Oak Tree Runs Red, audiences enter a realm between reality and purgatory with historical figures Mary Turner and Sidney Johnson. Shackled and trapped someplace between a dream and a ... Read More

The Den Theatre
1333 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

Theater & Performing Arts
6/30/2016
Griffin Theatre Company presents the Chicago Premiere of Bat Boy: The Musical. Based on a story in The Weekly World News, Bat Boy: The Musical is a musical comedy/horror show about a half boy/half bat creature who is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. The local sheriff ... Read More

Steppenwolf Theatre Company
1650 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614

Theater & Performing Arts
6/30/2016
Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the Chicago Premiere of Between Riverside and Crazy. Ex-cop "Pops" Washington and his ex-con son Junior are barely holding on to one of the last great rent stabilized apartments in Manhattan. Pops has his hands (not to mention his apartment) full as he navigates a steady ... Read More

Blue Man Group
3133 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60657

Theater & Performing Arts
6/30/2016
Experience a multi-sensory show that fuses theatrical spectacle and original music with comedy, art, vaudeville and science! The thrilling show is loved by all ages and its open run has just been kicked up another notch with new material, playing off technology with tablet computers of their own, "GiPads." ... Read More

Victory Gardens Theater
2433 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

Theater & Performing Arts
6/30/2016
Sideshow Theatre Company presents Caught. Inspired by the works and incredible story of dissident artist Lin Bo, Sideshow Theatre Company brings a new kind of play to Chicago, blending the mediums of theatre and visual art. Confinement gives way to freedom as layers of perception peel back, with reality itself ... Read More

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602

Theater & Performing Arts
6/30/2016
The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events' Theater and Dance Residencies give emerging and established performing artists the opportunity to test-drive new work in a public setting. Each residency is tailored to the needs of the artist or company and their project and takes place in the ... Read More

Uptown Underground
4707 N. Broadway Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640

Theater & Performing Arts
6/30/2016
The Chicago Magic Lounge is your new home for close-up magic in the Windy City. They perform magic table-side, at the bar, and on the stage. Come back every week for a fully immersive, interactive, and unique theatrical experience. Also, check into their late-night 10 p.m. shows. Thursdays they ... Read More

TimeLine Theatre Company
615 W. Wellington Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
773.281.8463x6

Theater & Performing Arts
6/30/2016
Don’t miss Chicago’s first look at one of the most acclaimed plays to hit London since The History Boys. In June 1989, as the Chinese government cracked down on a pro-democracy rally in Tiananmen Square, the iconic image of one man standing alone in front of a military tank ... Read More

Steppenwolf Theatre Company
1650 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614

Theater & Performing Arts
6/30/2016
Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the Chicago premiere of Constellations. Roland (a bee keeper) and Marianne (a theoretical physicist) meet at a party. In that single moment, an unfathomable multitude of possibilities unfold. Their chance meeting might blossom into a meaningful relationship or a brief affair: it might lead to nothing ... Read More

Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622
773-251-2195

Theater & Performing Arts
6/30/2016
After playing sold-out crowds in Chicago and Miami from January through August of 2012 and again in the summer of 2013, The House Theatre of Chicago is thrilled to bring back this dynamic, award-winning, magic-filled production. A ringmaster leads us through the events of Harry's life, all told through ... Read More

Multiple Chicago Locations
Chicago, IL 60653

Theater & Performing Arts, Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions, Festivals, Fairs & Special Events, Tours & Attractions
6/30/2016
In 2016 Chicago's cultural community is celebrating The Great Migration Centennial. The Great Migration, a long-term movement of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North, transformed Chicago between 1916 and 1970. Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood became home to a tremendous number of African Americans during the Migration. ... Read More

American Blues Theater
2257 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
773-404-7336

Theater & Performing Arts
6/30/2016
For years, Little Shop of Horrors has made audiences scream with laughter. In this gleefully gruesome musical, Seymour, a poor florist's assistant, allows his craving for fame and fortune to seduce him into playing nursemaid to a man-eating plant. This celebrated musical features the rock and roll, doo-wop and ... Read More

Batey Urbano
2620 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622
312-767-8821

Theater & Performing Arts
6/30/2016
UrbanTheater Company presents this colorful, insightful, surrealist political drama from National Endowment for the Arts and Kennedy Center fellow Migdalia Cruz (El Grito del Bronx; Fur), which explores — through the points of view of 50 different characters — the remarkable, real-life story of Dolores (Lolita) Lebron, a Puerto ... Read More

UP Comedy Club
230 W. N. Ave., 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60614
312-662-4562

Theater & Performing Arts
6/30/2016
It’s summer in America! Patriotism burns in our hearts as the American sun burns bright in our American sky. Is there anything more American than summer? Of course there is! Nick and Gabe: American Champions, a musical sketch comedy revue! Fresh from their hit Holiday (Christmas) Show, the boys ... Read More

Lifeline Theatre
6912 N. Glenwood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60626

Theater & Performing Arts
6/30/2016
Catherine Morland leaves her quiet country home for the splendors of Bath, armed only with an innocent heart and the examples of her favorite literary heroines. Immersed in a new world of parties, balls, and high society, Catherine soon finds herself caught in a web of social scheming far ... Read More

Multiple Chicago Locations
Chicago, IL

Theater & Performing Arts, Festivals, Fairs & Special Events
6/30/2016
As the world commemorates the four hundred years since Shakespeare's death in 1616, Shakespeare 400 Chicago brings together the city's resident world-class institutions across disciplines, and welcomes leading artists from around the globe to celebrate, interpret and reimagine Shakespeare's work. Spearheaded by Chicago Shakespeare Theater, this yearlong international arts ... Read More

The Den Theatre
1333 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

Theater & Performing Arts
6/30/2016
The Irish Theatre of Chicago, formerly Seanachaí Theatre Company, presents the U.S. Premiere of Spinning. Conor is fresh from prison, grasping at the threads of his life. Susan is grieving the loss of her teenage daughter. Two lives collide in a seaside cafe, and are forever changed. Deidre Kinahan, ... Read More

Lookingglass Theatre Company
821 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

Theater & Performing Arts
6/30/2016
Lookingglass Theatre Company presents the World Premiere of Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure. It's 1908 and Chicago's Majestic Theatre is the jewel of the vaudeville circuit. The only thing stopping Thaddeus and Slocum from becoming the next great stage act is as simple - and complicated - as ... Read More

The PrivateBank Theatre
18 W. Monroe
Chicago, IL 60603
312-977-1700

Theater & Performing Arts
6/30/2016
Back by popular demand, The Book of Mormon returns for a seven-week limited engagement. Don’t miss this chance to see Broadway’s hottest production - winner of 9 Tony Awards® and the show Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls “the best musical of this century.” From South Park ... Read More

The Gift Theatre
4802 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60630

Theater & Performing Arts
6/30/2016
The Gift Theatre presents The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. When an American family is forced off of their land during the Great Depression, they begin an epic journey west to California.

Victory Gardens Theater
2433 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

Theater & Performing Arts
6/30/2016
Victory Gardens' Ensemble Playwright Marcus Gardley (An Issue of Blood, The Gospel of Lovingkindness) returns with another stirring portrait of historic America. This time Gardley unearths a story of 1836 New Orleans where free women of color are permitted to enter into common-law marriages with wealthy white men. The home and life ... Read More

Black Ensemble Theater
4450 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
773-769-4451

Theater & Performing Arts
6/30/2016
Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr, otherwise known as Marvin Gaye, was known for his deeply soulful music and his phenomenal success in the music industry. The Marvin Gaye Story (Don't Talk About My Father Because God Is My Friend) brings back the spirit of the "Prince of Soul" with songs ... Read More

Redtwist Theatre
1044 W. Bryn Mawr
Chicago, IL 60660
773-728-7529

Theater & Performing Arts
6/30/2016
Redtwist Theatre presents The Seedbed by Bryan Delaney. A budding young woman of 18, Maggie feels compelled to leave Ireland in order to avoid a family upheaval. Upon returning from Amsterdam, Maggie brings her new fiance, Mick, thinking she is safely buffered by her imminent marriage to a very nice ... Read More

Oriental Theatre
24 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60603
312-977-1700

Theater & Performing Arts
6/30/2016
See the Pre-Broadway World Premiere of The SpongeBob Musical in Chicago! Stakes are higher than ever before as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected ... Read More

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