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Beyond theater we have renowned dance companies whose skill and creativity will leave you breathless. Our symphony is a musical force of over 100 musicians, and our opera will make you want to take up singing lessons. Even our "blue men" have style that's uniquely Chicago.

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Multiple Chicago Locations
Chicago, IL

Theater & Performing Arts, Festivals, Fairs & Special Events
1/19/2017
Today, puppetry is a living and thriving art; this Festival is a celebration of its many forms. More than a dozen Chicago presenting organizations have joined together to ignite the spirit of this citywide event, which spans 10 days and features artists from abroad, across the nation, and unique ... Read More

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

Theater & Performing Arts
1/19/2017
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
1/19/2017
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
1/19/2017
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

Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603

Theater & Performing Arts, Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions, Festivals, Fairs & Special Events
1/19/2017
With one of the largest Chinatowns in North America, Chicago is the proud home to a vibrant Chinese community. Join us as we celebrate the Chinese New Year-the Year of the Rooster-with special installations, events, and Chinese culinary specialties January 17-February 11, 2017. Highlights Mini-Tour: Fowl Friends Public Tours ... Read More

Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
773-404-7336

Theater & Performing Arts
1/19/2017
Greenhouse Theater Center is pleased to conclude its Solo Celebration! Series with the Chicago premiere of John Walch’s savagely funny one-man show CIRCUMFERENCE OF A SQUIRREL, directed by Artistic Director Jacob Harvey and starring Will Allan. An inner tube, a bagel, a donut, a lifesaver, a holiday wreath, a ... Read More

Factory Theater
1623 W. Howard St.
Chicago, IL 60626
866-811-4111

Theater & Performing Arts
1/19/2017
Strawdog Theatre Company is proud to announce the second production in its 2016 - 2017 season, William Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. Shakespeare’s Cymbeline has all the vicious insults, bloody blades, cross-dressed ladies and compromised bedchambers that has made the Bard famous. It is also a no-holds-barred epic, a dark fairy tale ... Read More

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

Theater & Performing Arts
1/19/2017
Goodman Theatre presents The Vineyard Theatre's acclaimed world premiere production Gloria. A workplace nightmare paves the way for “sharp-toothed…whip-smart satire” (The New York Times) in Obie Award winner Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ dark comedy. Style. Status. Success. A group of twentysomething editorial assistants are pursuing it all at one of New ... Read More

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

Theater & Performing Arts
1/19/2017
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

Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
773-404-7336

Theater & Performing Arts
1/19/2017
Greenhouse Theater Center presents the world premiere of Brett Neveu's haunting new drama. Lori hides in a Midwest basement as the world upstairs spins out of her control. Below the fray, she searches through the artifacts of her own history. She finds an imposing steamer trunk, a wedding dress, ... Read More

Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
773-404-7336

Theater & Performing Arts
1/19/2017
Greenhouse Theater Center is pleased to continue its Solo Celebration! Series with the world premiere of Brett Neveu’s haunting drama MISS AMERICA, starring veteran Chicago and Broadway actress Kate Buddeke and directed by Linda Gillum. The Midwest sits, still and silent, between two oceans in the center of a ... Read More

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

Theater & Performing Arts
1/19/2017
Traveling storytellers Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth captivate audiences with spell-binding tales. But one day, The Big Bad Wolf mysteriously dies before his story is complete. Fairytales disappear from the pages, characters are utterly forgotten, and Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth must journey through the stories to restore order before they ... Read More

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

Theater & Performing Arts
1/19/2017
The New Colony launches its 2017 Season with the fantasy adventure PSYCHONAUT LIBRARIANS by Sean Kelly, directed by Krissy Vanderwarker, at The New Colony’s resident home, The Den Theatre’s Upstairs Main Stage in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. The library is closed. The curtains are drawn. A Bunsen burner flicks ... Read More

Civic Opera House
20 N. Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL 60606
312-827-5600

Theater & Performing Arts
1/19/2017
Who can fail to be delighted and moved by the triumph of love and goodness in The Magic Flute? Join Lyric Opera of Chicago for this operatic fairytale as Prince Tamino strives for the hand of Pamina, accompanied by his lovable sidekick Papageno. You’ll meet the evil Queen of ... Read More

Theater Wit
1229 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
773-975-8150

Theater & Performing Arts
1/19/2017
Shattered Globe Theatre is pleased to continue its 2016-17 season with the Chicago premiere of Meg Miroshnik’s drama THE TALL GIRLS, an ensemble piece about five young women in the 1930s rural Midwest who discover a way to escape their crumbling town – by playing basketball. As Jean gets ... Read More

Theater Wit
1229 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
773-975-8150

Theater & Performing Arts
1/19/2017
About Face Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of "The Temperamentals" by Jon Marans, directed by Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff. The play chronicles the founding of the Mattachine Society, the first sustained LGBT rights organization in the U.S., and the love affair of two of its founding members, Harry Hay ... Read More

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

Theater & Performing Arts
1/19/2017
Irish Theatre of Chicago is pleased to launch its 2016-17 Season with Conor McPherson’s haunting and humorous Irish classic THE WEIR. An enigmatic young woman from Dublin finds herself the center of attention at a local pub. Pints in hand, the local barflies recount ghostly yarns of the supernatural ... Read More

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

Theater & Performing Arts, Music & Comedy
1/19/2017
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

Multiple Chicago Locations
Chicago, IL

Theater & Performing Arts
1/19/2017
Take pride in the unique, risky, bold, and incredible new work happening on Chicago stages year-round. Each Theatre Thursday event features an inside look at the creative process behind a never-before-seen production.  Upcoming Events October 13: A Life Extra Ordinary 7:30 p.m. The Gift Theatre November 17: Cinderella at ... Read More

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

Theater & Performing Arts
1/19/2017
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 Theater Works
1113 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
312-391-0404

Theater & Performing Arts
1/19/2017
Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding, one of Chicago’s longest running, smash hit shows returns to the Windy City. Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding played an incredible 16 years in Chicago, and, during that time, entertained more than one million audience members of all ages. Its return is already one of the ... Read More

Multiple Chicago Locations
Chicago, IL

Theater & Performing Arts, Festivals, Fairs & Special Events
1/20/2017
Today, puppetry is a living and thriving art; this Festival is a celebration of its many forms. More than a dozen Chicago presenting organizations have joined together to ignite the spirit of this citywide event, which spans 10 days and features artists from abroad, across the nation, and unique ... Read More

Royal George Theatre
Bible Bingo
1641 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614
312-988-9000

Theater & Performing Arts
1/20/2017
From Vicki Quade, the co-creator of the popular hit Late Nite Catechism, comes this interactive comedy Bible Bingo, now in its 3rd year at the Royal George Theatre. The show features the character, Mrs. Mary Margaret O'Brien, a former nun who now runs the Archdiocese's new bingo fundraising department. ... Read More

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

Theater & Performing Arts
1/20/2017
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
1/20/2017
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

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