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

Theater & Performing Arts
5/3/2016
The Chicago One-Minute Play Festival (#1MPF) returns with a twist: the sixth annual event will celebrate the works of all women and women-identified playwrights and directors. The marathon evening of one-minute plays by more than 70 of Chicago’s established and emerging playwrights and directors will play two nights only ... Read More

Hours:
  • 8 p.m.
Stage 773
1225 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL, IL 60657

Theater & Performing Arts
5/3/2016
Never before seen live in Chicago, this Porchlight Revisits production by the creators of Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita and Mamma Mia will be the original stage version of Chess that debuted in London in May 1986 following the hugely successful 1984 concept album. The later 1988 Broadway production was ... Read More

Hours:
  • 7:15 p.m.
Steppenwolf Theatre Company
1650 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614

Theater & Performing Arts
5/3/2016
Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the World Premiere of Mary Page Marlowe by ensemble member Tracy Letts. Mary Page Marlowe is an accountant from Ohio. She's led an ordinary life, making the difficult decisions we all face as we try to figure out who we really are and what we ... Read More

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

Theater & Performing Arts
5/3/2016
Throw your hands up, Chicago — this fresh urban take on the Bard’s tragedy is back for Shakespeare 400 Chicago! Following acclaimed international tours and previous sold-out engagements in Chicago, the CST-commissioned hip-hop adaptation is spun out and lyrically rewritten over original beats. Since its world premiere as part ... Read More

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

Theater & Performing Arts
5/3/2016
Performed in rotating rep with Redtwist Theatre's regular season, you'll see rare gems by well-known and up-and-coming playwrights - all in the comfortable Redtwist black box with signature intimate staging. That's F'd Up: September 26 - October 25, 2015 Redtwist company member, Johnny Garcia, shares and analyzes his childhood ... Read More

The Apollo Theater
2540 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

Theater & Performing Arts
5/3/2016
Emerald City Theatre presents Schoolhouse Rock Live!. Through unforgettable songs such as Just a Bill and Conjunction Junction, a nervous schoolteacher must discover how to charm his students through imagination and music on the first day of class. Based on the entertaining and educational Emmy Award-winning animated series, Schoolhouse Rock ... Read More

Multiple Chicago Locations
Chicago, IL

Theater & Performing Arts, Festivals, Fairs & Special Events
5/3/2016
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 Apollo Theater
2540 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

Theater & Performing Arts
5/3/2016
Emerald City Theatre presents Skippyjon Jones in the Cirque de Ole. Favorite feline Skippyjon Jones canon-blasts into his imagination and discovers an extraordinary circus world. Upon reuniting with his Chihuahua chums, the gang takes turns performing circus stunts, with Skippyjon to perform the daring final act. Taken from the ... Read More

Stahl Family Theatre
5900 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60634
773-205-9600

Theater & Performing Arts
5/3/2016
Chicago Kids Company - Theatre for Children presents Sleeping Beauty, an original musical adaptation of the classic tale! The fairies of the kingdom have a big job protecting the Princess from their fairy sister Lotus. Will the Princess sleep for one hundred years? Or can her true love save ... Read More

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

Theater & Performing Arts
5/3/2016
Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the Chicago Premiere of The Flick. Three underpaid employees sweep up stale popcorn in a run-down movie house called The Flick, one of the last theaters in Massachusetts still projecting 35mm films. For Avery, this isn't a dead-end job. It's a way to get closer ... Read More

Lyric Opera of Chicago
20 N. Wacker Dr., Ste. 860
Chicago, IL 60606

Theater & Performing Arts
5/3/2016
Lyric will close the 2015-16 season with the company premiere of Rodgers and Hammerstein's glorious musical The King and I. Cultural and romantic sparks fly when the imperious King of Siam imports a feisty Welsh teacher to instruct his multiple wives and kids in the modern ways of the ... Read More

Goodman Theatre
170 N. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60601

Theater & Performing Arts
5/3/2016
A Raisin in the Sun playwright Lorraine Hansberry's final work, which premiered just three months before her untimely death in 1965 at age 34, is restaged by Obie-winning director Anne Kauffman. The 1960s bohemian paradise of intellectual Sidney Brustein and his actress wife Iris comes crumbling down when Sidney ... Read More

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

Theater & Performing Arts
5/4/2016
The Chicago One-Minute Play Festival (#1MPF) returns with a twist: the sixth annual event will celebrate the works of all women and women-identified playwrights and directors. The marathon evening of one-minute plays by more than 70 of Chicago’s established and emerging playwrights and directors will play two nights only ... Read More

Hours:
  • 8 p.m.
Stage 773
1225 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL, IL 60657

Theater & Performing Arts
5/4/2016
Never before seen live in Chicago, this Porchlight Revisits production by the creators of Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita and Mamma Mia will be the original stage version of Chess that debuted in London in May 1986 following the hugely successful 1984 concept album. The later 1988 Broadway production was ... Read More

Hours:
  • 7:15 p.m.
Blue Man Group
3133 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60657

Theater & Performing Arts
5/4/2016
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

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

Theater & Performing Arts
5/4/2016
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

Royal George Theatre
1641 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60614

Theater & Performing Arts
5/4/2016
Continuing to break all box office records during its National Tour, the smash hit Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin is returning to Chicago for a limited, four-week engagement. Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin brings the man behind the iconic music to life in an evening reflecting his remarkable journey ... Read More

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

Theater & Performing Arts
5/4/2016
Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the World Premiere of Mary Page Marlowe by ensemble member Tracy Letts. Mary Page Marlowe is an accountant from Ohio. She's led an ordinary life, making the difficult decisions we all face as we try to figure out who we really are and what we ... Read More

The Harris Theater for Music and Dance
205 E. Randolph Dr.
Chicago, IL 60601

Theater & Performing Arts
5/4/2016
MIX at SIX is the Harris Theater's first ever happy hour performance series featuring six after work performances throughout the season. These performances see renowned artists from around the world performing fast-paced, one-hour performances after work. Enjoy signature cocktails from Harris Theater and food from Chicago's most in demand ... Read More

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

Theater & Performing Arts
5/4/2016
Throw your hands up, Chicago — this fresh urban take on the Bard’s tragedy is back for Shakespeare 400 Chicago! Following acclaimed international tours and previous sold-out engagements in Chicago, the CST-commissioned hip-hop adaptation is spun out and lyrically rewritten over original beats. Since its world premiere as part ... Read More

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

Theater & Performing Arts
5/4/2016
Performed in rotating rep with Redtwist Theatre's regular season, you'll see rare gems by well-known and up-and-coming playwrights - all in the comfortable Redtwist black box with signature intimate staging. That's F'd Up: September 26 - October 25, 2015 Redtwist company member, Johnny Garcia, shares and analyzes his childhood ... Read More

The Apollo Theater
2540 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

Theater & Performing Arts
5/4/2016
Emerald City Theatre presents Schoolhouse Rock Live!. Through unforgettable songs such as Just a Bill and Conjunction Junction, a nervous schoolteacher must discover how to charm his students through imagination and music on the first day of class. Based on the entertaining and educational Emmy Award-winning animated series, Schoolhouse Rock ... Read More

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

Theater & Performing Arts, Music & Comedy
5/4/2016
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
5/4/2016
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 Apollo Theater
2540 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

Theater & Performing Arts
5/4/2016
Emerald City Theatre presents Skippyjon Jones in the Cirque de Ole. Favorite feline Skippyjon Jones canon-blasts into his imagination and discovers an extraordinary circus world. Upon reuniting with his Chihuahua chums, the gang takes turns performing circus stunts, with Skippyjon to perform the daring final act. Taken from the ... Read More

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