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Windy City Playhouse
3014 W. Irving Park Rd.
Chicago, IL 60618
773-891-8985

Theater & Performing Arts
9/28/2016
See Apartment 3A by Jeff Daniels September 28 - December 18 at the Windy City Playhouse, directed by Ron OJ Parson. It might be the nicest apartment in the building, but it can't possibly be enough to make up for the day that Annie has had. A nasty breakup, ... Read More

Stage 773
1225 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
773.281.8463x6

Theater & Performing Arts
9/28/2016
“Miracles happen. Don’t they?” TimeLine Theatre Company presents the Chicago premiere of Bakersfield Mist. A provocative and hilarious look at what makes art—and people—authentic. Maude has bought the ugliest thrift store painting she could get her hands on as a gag gift. When she’s told it might be an ... Read More

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

Theater & Performing Arts
9/28/2016
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

Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place
175 E. Chestnut St.
Chicago, IL 60611
800-775-2000

Theater & Performing Arts
9/28/2016
Based on the best and most memorable moments from the Emmy® Award-winning classic hit TV series, Cheers Live On Stage gives modern audiences the chance to experience live for the first time since its original taping, that rare sophisticated TV comedy that seamlessly combines slapstick comedy, romance and drama. Read More

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

Theater & Performing Arts
9/28/2016
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

Multiple Locations
Chicago, IL 60605

Theater & Performing Arts, Festivals, Fairs & Special Events, Music & Comedy
9/28/2016
The 11th Chicago Latino Music Festival runs September 8 – December 1, opening with a free program of Spanish music from a range of periods, including a 17th century piece dedicated to Miguel de Cervantes. The festival revisits Cervantes with two programs featuring Ravinia’s Welz Kauffman. 

Multiple Chicago Locations
Chicago, IL 60653

Theater & Performing Arts, Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions, Festivals, Fairs & Special Events, Tours & Attractions
9/28/2016
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

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

Theater & Performing Arts
9/28/2016
Hamilton is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation's first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton is the ... Read More

Victory Gardens Theater
2433 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
773-871-3000

Theater & Performing Arts
9/28/2016
Victory Gardens Theater presents the Chicago premiere of Hand to God. The God-fearing children of Cypress, Texas spend their after-school hours practicing Christian Puppet Ministry at the local church. When one devout young boy discovers that his hand puppet has a life of its own, all hell breaks loose. ... Read More

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

Theater & Performing Arts
9/28/2016
Teddy Pendergrass was considered to be soul music's number one sex symbol in the 70's with songs like Turn Off The Lights, If You Don't Know Me By Now, and Wake Up Everybody. He was on top of the world and at the height of his career in 1982 ... Read More

Ellen Gates Starr High School
3640 W. Wolfram St.
Chicago, IL 60618

Theater & Performing Arts
9/28/2016
Learning Curve, a world premiere immersive performance created by Albany Park Theater Project and Third Rail Projects, will place audiences within the walls of Ellen Gates Starr High School and in the shoes of its students. With each step audiences take through Starr High School, they will experience the ... Read More

Lookingglass Theatre Company
821 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
312-337-0665

Theater & Performing Arts
9/28/2016
A group of old friends, ex-lovers, estranged in-laws, and lifelong enemies gather to grapple with life’s thorniest questions—and each other. What could possibly go wrong? Incurably lustful and lonely, hapless and hopeful, these seven souls collide and stumble their way towards a new understanding that LIFE SUCKS! Or does ... Read More

Court Theatre
5535 S. Ellis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637
773-753-4472

Theater & Performing Arts
9/28/2016
Based on the true story of six-time world champion boxer Emile Griffith, Man in the Ring charts Emile’s humble beginnings in the U.S. Virgin Islands to his infamous match against his archrival Benny “Kid” Paret. When Benny challenges Emile's sexual identity, Griffith responds in the ring and leaves a ... Read More

Goodman Theatre
170 N. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60601
312-443-3800

Theater & Performing Arts
9/28/2016
Founded in 2004, the New Stages Festival is a celebration of innovative new plays, and is designed to give playwrights an opportunity to take risks and experiment. Since its inception, New Stages has offered theatergoers a first look at adventurous new plays, many of which have gone on to ... Read More

UP Comedy Club
230 W. N. Ave., 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60614

Theater & Performing Arts, Music & Comedy
9/28/2016
What happens when Chicago's best improvisers are tossed head first into a medley of classic game shows? Come laugh your way through Second City's Game Night and find out! From celebrity-guessing to fill-in-the-blankety-blanks, charades to feuding families to improvised commercial breaks, the laughs come rapid-fire as host, Joey Bland, ... Read More

Multiple Chicago Locations
Chicago, IL

Theater & Performing Arts, Festivals, Fairs & Special Events
9/28/2016
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

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

Theater & Performing Arts
9/28/2016
“Do you think girls are smart enough to run a country?” … “Girls are smart. They just aren’t legal.” A funny and timely examination of politics, sex, and women’s rights. Katherine Parr is smart and passionate: a rising star in a world of intense competition. She also has just ... Read More

Apollo Theatre
2540 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60114
773-935-6100

Theater & Performing Arts
9/28/2016
Based off HBO’s widely successful Game of Thrones, and its wildly successful run in the UK, Thrones! The Musical Parody comes to Chicago to transport audiences right into the middle of all the action. This must-see show asks audiences compelling questions such as: Does Will Tyrion’s accent ever improve? ... Read More

Chicago Shakespeare Theater
800 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
312-595-5600

Theater & Performing Arts
9/28/2016
Inspired over decades of exploring the canon, Artistic Director Barbara Gaines unveils her landmark six-play Shakespeare history cycle, Tug of War. This ambitious undertaking explores Shakespeare's battle-scarred history plays from the perspectives of both kings and common men-revealing the playwright's wisdom on war, both foreign and domestic, and its ... Read More

Steppenwolf Theatre Company
1650 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614
312-335-1650

Theater & Performing Arts
9/28/2016
Edna has suffered a number of losses as she has aged, and now faces the stealthy advance of cancer embodied by an intimate figure that she could do without. Home for a visit, Edna’s son Andrew is trying to bridge the gulf between the childhood love they shared and ... Read More

Goodman Theatre
170 N. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60601
312-443-3800

Theater & Performing Arts
9/28/2016
Mary Zimmerman directs a dazzling revival of Leonard Bernstein’s classic, song-and-dance-filled ode to New York City that “fizzes and pops and rhumbas with timeless energy” (Variety). Combining the musical artistry of Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, this whimsical love letter to Manhattan finds two sisters, one an ... Read More

Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
50 E. Congress Pkwy.
Chicago, IL 60605
312-341-2300

Theater & Performing Arts
9/29/2016
Celebrating their 40th Anniversary, Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater returns to the Auditorium Theatre, making their debut in the “Made in Chicago” Dance Series, with the presentation of Founder & Artistic Director Dame Libby Komaiko’s stunning work, Bolero, described as a “most phenomenal piece” and “extraordinary” by the Chicago ... Read More

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Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division St
Chicago, IL 60642
773-769-3832

Theater & Performing Arts
9/29/2016
See A Comedical Tragedy for Mister Punch September 2 - October 25, 2016 at the Chopin Theatre! Charlotte, a young orphan, has made a home for herself thieving on the streets of London. She soon falls into employment as the assistant to an eccentric Italian puppeteer, Pietro. A master ... Read More

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

Theater & Performing Arts
9/29/2016
The Gift Theatre presents the world premiere of A Life Extra Ordinary. Annabel Anderson McCafferty is an expectant mother who vanishes from her small Ohio town on Christmas Eve. Both mystery and memory play, A Life Extra Ordinary untangles and re-assembles the moments that make a life.

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

Theater & Performing Arts, Music & Comedy
9/29/2016
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

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