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

Theater & Performing Arts
3/29/2017
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

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

Theater & Performing Arts
3/29/2017
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

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

Theater & Performing Arts
3/29/2017
In her new high-drama and explosive comedy, Karen Zacarías explores race, gender and class politics through the lens of the Latin American telenovela, one of the world’s most popular storytelling genres. On a stormy night in a Mexican hospital, two baby girls are born ― one into a life ... Read More

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

Theater & Performing Arts
3/29/2017
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

Mercury Theater Chicago
3745 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago, IL 60613
773-325-1700

Theater & Performing Arts
3/29/2017
Disney’s MARY POPPINS is a Supercalifragilistic hit! Combining the best of the original stories by P. L. Travers and the beloved Walt Disney film, the Tony Award-winning MARY POPPINS is everything you'd hope for in a Broadway musical—and like nothing you'd ever expect. Get swept up in tunes like ... Read More

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

Theater & Performing Arts
3/29/2017
Mind Reader Mark Toland knows what you’re thinking and proves it in this fast-paced, mind-blowing show presented by The Chicago Magic Lounge. Join us every Wednesday to witness incredible psychological illusions and mysteries of the mind.

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

Theater & Performing Arts
3/29/2017
Route 66 Theatre launches its ninth season with the world premiere of Gabe McKinley’s psychological drama THE SOURCE, directed by Jason Gerace. On the hunt for the biggest story of their careers, two journalists are summoned to travel across the world to meet with The Source: an unidentified leaker ... Read More

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

Theater & Performing Arts, Music & Comedy
3/29/2017
The Winner...of Our Discontent asks if it’s broken, should we fix it? No matter the answer, this cast will have you cracking up and splitting your sides. The country’s premier sketch comedy troupe delivers a post-election shot in the arm that’ll heal you with big laughs. So whether you ... Read More

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

Theater & Performing Arts
3/29/2017
Sideshow Theatre Company presents the U.S. premiere of debbie tucker green’s powerful and epic journey "truth and reconciliation," directed by Artistic Director Jonathan L. Green and featuring a 22-member cast. South Africa, Northern Ireland, Rwanda, Bosnia and Zimbabwe. Five devastating conflicts, thirty years, one room and one burning question: ... Read More

Berger Park Coach House
6205 N. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL IL

Theater & Performing Arts
3/30/2017
When Confederate deserter John Carter is mysteriously transported on the surface of Mars, he is forced into an epic conflict between the planet's alien races. As Mars is poised on the brink of collapse, war-weary Carter realizes he must choose sides when the planet's fate rests on his shoulders. Read More

Newhart Family Theatre
1020 W. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL 60660
773-508-8400

Theater & Performing Arts
3/30/2017
On the heels of the bard’s 400th birthday celebration, we close our season with his best known tragedy. This timeless story of true love caught in the tension of violent social conflict continues to remain brutally relevant today. With a fresh look at the romance and its original context, ... Read More

Links Hall
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618

Theater & Performing Arts
3/30/2017
STRAP-ON, a new play about gender confusion, sexual consent and prosthetic genitalia will receive its Chicago premiere at Links Hall March 30th through April 1st, 2017. STRAP-ON is an original play that explores the true story of Gayle Newland, a university student from Chester, England, who in November of ... Read More

Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
50 E. Congress Pkwy.
Chicago, IL 60605

Theater & Performing Arts
3/30/2017
CCPA’s Symphony Orchestra will be joined by the CCPA Conservatory Chorus and Chorale as well as students from the Jones College Preparatory High School choral program for this annual showcase event.

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

Theater & Performing Arts
3/30/2017
Lifeline Theatre presents A Wrinkle in Time, based on the novel by Madeleine L’Engle. Ever since her father vanished under mysterious circumstances, Meg Murray’s life has been spiraling out of control. But one dark and stormy night, Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which appear with a promise to ... Read More

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

Theater & Performing Arts
3/30/2017
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

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

Theater & Performing Arts
3/30/2017
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
3/30/2017
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

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

Theater & Performing Arts
3/30/2017
In her new high-drama and explosive comedy, Karen Zacarías explores race, gender and class politics through the lens of the Latin American telenovela, one of the world’s most popular storytelling genres. On a stormy night in a Mexican hospital, two baby girls are born ― one into a life ... Read More

The Athenaeum Theatre
2936 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
773-935-6875

Theater & Performing Arts
3/30/2017
Interrobang Theatre Project presents the Midwest premiere of Deanna Jent’s drama FALLING, one family's battle against stigma from society and each other, directed by Co-Artistic Director James Yost. It takes a village, and then some. For Tami Martin, raising her 17-year-old severely autistic son Josh, is not only a ... Read More

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

Theater & Performing Arts, Music & Comedy
3/30/2017
The Second City e.t.c.’s 41st revue, Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno, reminds us that as divided as the nation may be, there is still hilarity in our humanity. This exciting new cast illustrates that there is still plenty to laugh at in ourselves and though they may be ... Read More

Collaboraction
1579 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
312-226-9633

Theater & Performing Arts
3/30/2017
Gender parity within our theater community: Why should we care? How did we get here? What does it look and feel like in 2017? Collaboraction presents the world premiere of Gender Breakdown, a compilation theater piece devised in response to the lack of gender equality on and offstage. Eleven ... Read More

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

Theater & Performing Arts
3/30/2017
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

City Lit Theater
1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
Chicago, IL 60660

Theater & Performing Arts
3/30/2017
Babes With Blades Theatre Company and an all-female cast present Shakespeare’s tale of a newly-anointed ruler with a lot to atone for… and a lot to prove. Ascending the throne of England after the death of his father, young Henry V faces suspicion from within his country and pressure ... Read More

The Den Theatre
1333 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
866-811-4111

Theater & Performing Arts
3/30/2017
Griffin Theatre Company presents the world premiere of IN TO AMERICA, a 400-year journey through the immigrant experience, written by Artistic Director Bill Massolia and directed by Dorothy Milne. The drama traces the American immigrant experience from Jamestown to present day through the stories of ordinary men, women and ... Read More

Mercury Theater Chicago
3745 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago, IL 60613
773-325-1700

Theater & Performing Arts
3/30/2017
Disney’s MARY POPPINS is a Supercalifragilistic hit! Combining the best of the original stories by P. L. Travers and the beloved Walt Disney film, the Tony Award-winning MARY POPPINS is everything you'd hope for in a Broadway musical—and like nothing you'd ever expect. Get swept up in tunes like ... Read More

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