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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 60601

Theater & Performing Arts
8/27/2016
The 10th annual Chicago Dancing Festival will bring together leading ballet, modern and contemporary dancers from Chicago and across the country to present the largest dance festival in the nation. Just as the Festival draws from top dance companies across the nation, this year's program will once again be featured ... Read More

Stage 773
1225 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL, IL 60657
773-327-5252

Theater & Performing Arts
8/27/2016
THRUST! is a one of a kind double feature of tap and modern dance showcasing the work of long-time Tapman collaborators Tristan Bruns (tap) and Kate O’Hanlon (modern) and special guest choreographer Ian Berg (tap). The pieces performed are created specifically for this thrust (three-sided) stage with elaborate props ... Read More

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

Theater & Performing Arts, Music & Comedy
8/27/2016
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

Multiple Chicago Locations
Chicago, IL, IL 60614

Theater & Performing Arts
8/27/2016
Midsommer Flight announces its fifth season presenting free Shakespeare productions, returning to Chicago parks this summer with the delightful comedy As You Like It. In addition, live music will be presented 30 minutes prior to each performance. Music programming varies with each venue. Audiences are encouraged to come early ... Read More

Stage 773
1225 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
773-327-5252

Theater & Performing Arts
8/27/2016
Hell in a Handbag Productions is bringing back last season’s steamy, sell-out hit Bette, Live at the Continental Baths, with Caitlin Jackson recreating Bette Midler’s historic bathhouse concert in New York City. This year, Handbag is bringing the bathhouse to Boystown. Handbag Diva Caitlin Jackson returns to pay tribute ... Read More

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

Theater & Performing Arts
8/27/2016
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

Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
773-404-7336

Theater & Performing Arts
8/27/2016
Bloodshot makes its U.S. debut at the Greenhouse Theater Center as part of Greenhouse's Solo Celebration series. Starring acclaimed international actor Simon Slater, Bloodshot is a one-man murder mystery following the character Derek Eveleigh, a photographer in 1957 London. The thriller is co-produced by Ingenious Purpose Ltd.

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

Theater & Performing Arts
8/27/2016
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

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

Theater & Performing Arts
8/27/2016
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
8/27/2016
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

Grant Park
601 S. Michigan
Chicago, IL 60605

Theater & Performing Arts, Festivals, Fairs & Special Events, Music & Comedy
8/27/2016
Swing, waltz, cha-cha...or simply enjoy the music at the largest annual outdoor live music and dancing series in the United States. Dancers of all ages and skill levels are invited to take part in introductory, one-hour dance lessons by professional instructors followed by live music and dancing.   June ... Read More

Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show
10 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
866-496-0535

Theater & Performing Arts
8/27/2016
The Dinner Detective is the largest, award-winning, interactive comedic murder mystery dinner show in the United States. Their immensely popular shows are set in the present day. Unlike other murder mystery dinner shows, here you will find no cheesy costumes, no recited campy dialogue and no hokey song and ... Read More

The Factory Theater
1623 W. Howard St.
Chicago, IL 60626
317-443-3561

Theater & Performing Arts
8/27/2016
Strawdog Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Jerre Dye’s Distance. Irene Radford has family. Caretakers too. But as her struggle with Alzheimers puts those she depends upon beyond her memory's reach, new bonds form between those she's leaving behind.

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

Theater & Performing Arts
8/27/2016
Experience two explosive plays in one event. First see Dutchman — one of the most important plays in 20th-century culture to take on race relations. Then, inspired by Baraka’s pivotal work, watch the world-premiere commission TRANSit. New York City Transit: humanity's great collision place. One hot summer night, Veronica ... Read More

Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church
3253 W. Wilson Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
312-620-0134

Theater & Performing Arts
8/27/2016
Halycon Theatre presents Fefu and Her Friends. On a Spring New England day in 1935, Fefu invites seven women into her home. Traveling through Fefu’s home with her closest friends, we see intimate glimpses of their complicated relationships. Fefu believes she can shape the world around her. They plan ... Read More

Multiple Chicago Locations
Chicago, IL 60653

Theater & Performing Arts, Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions, Festivals, Fairs & Special Events, Tours & Attractions
8/27/2016
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

Royal George Theatre
Late Nite Catechism
1641 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614

Theater & Performing Arts
8/27/2016
A Chicago original and international hit, Late Night Catechism is celebrating a record-breaking 23 seasons! This comedy, written by Vicki Quade & Maripat Donovan, features the character of Sister, a ruler-wielding nun! Sit up straight and pay attention! Join the class and see what the Chicago Reader calls, 'Gloriously ... Read More

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

Theater & Performing Arts
8/27/2016
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

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

Theater & Performing Arts
8/27/2016
As part of the Solo Celebration series, the Greenhouse Theater Center presents Rose, the Chicago area premiere of best-selling Kennedy biographer Laurence Leamer’s one-woman play about Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. Based on 40 hours of previously unreleased interviews Rose Kennedy made while working on her ghost-written autobiography, Rose is the ... Read More

Multiple Chicago Locations
Chicago, IL

Theater & Performing Arts, Festivals, Fairs & Special Events
8/27/2016
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, IL 60622

Theater & Performing Arts
8/27/2016
Chimera Ensemble presents the Chicago premiere of Colette Freedman’s Sister Cities. Four estranged sisters, as different as the cities they are named after, face their mother’s recent and sudden death in Sister Cities. Freedman’s Sister Cities was the hit of the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has earned strong ... Read More

Theater & Performing Arts, Festivals, Fairs & Special Events, Music & Comedy
8/27/2016
Enjoy SummerDance in the Parks every Thursday and Saturday, presented at different neighborhood parks throughout the city. With interactive dance lessons spanning diverse genres of dance, the line-up includes something for everybody to enjoy. The Locations Douglas Park Humboldt Park Boathouse Austin Town Hall Park Ping Tom Memorial Park ... Read More

Stage 733
1225 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

Theater & Performing Arts
8/27/2016
Continuing with their successful run of fun, affordable weekend entertainment for all ages, Stage 773 presents their cheeky, family-friendly quartet of comedy The Inoffensive Theatre Series. Stage 773 leads the series with the extension of their award-winning all-silent, all-funny BRI-KO. Mass St. Productions presents their hilarious, yet wholesome take ... Read More

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

Theater & Performing Arts
8/27/2016
The Jackie Wilson Story returns to Chicago after an extremely successful opening in 2000 and remount in 2012, plus a national tour in 2002, which culminated at the famous Apollo Theater in New York City. This high energy, yet touching, story follows the career of one of the greatest ... Read More

Profiles Theatre - The Main Stage
4139 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60613

Theater & Performing Arts
8/27/2016
Profiles Theatre presents the Midwest Premiere of The Village Bike. Becky, newly pregnant yet sexually frustrated, finds her husband is more interested in baby books than her provocative new nightie, so she turns to fantasy created by the old porn stash under the bed. As the summer heats up, ... Read More

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