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Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602
773-784-8565

Theater & Performing Arts
7/29/2016
About Face Theatre is presents the world premiere of Ad Hoc [Home], a devised play exploring “family” written by and featuring members of the the About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble. Ad Hoc [Home] explores queer experiences of given family, chosen family and the family members we collect and lose ... Read More

The Chicago Theatre
175 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60601

Theater & Performing Arts
7/29/2016
See Maksim and Valentin Chmerkovskiy during their all-new dance tour Maks & Val Live On Tour: Our Way July 29 at The Chicago Theatre!

Hours:
  • 8 p.m.
Ravinia Festival
200 Ravinia Park Rd.
Highland Park, IL 60035

Theater & Performing Arts, Music & Comedy
7/29/2016
See the Chicago Symphony Orchestra play the Titanic score live with the film July 29 & 30 at Ravinia! Fun fact: Ravinia is North America's oldest and most diverse music festival presenting over 140 different concerts every summer, including the annual residency of the nation's finest orchestra, the Chicago ... Read More

Hours:
  • 7 p.m.
The Second City
1616 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60614
312-664-4032

Theater & Performing Arts, Music & Comedy
7/29/2016
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

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

Theater & Performing Arts
7/29/2016
Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the Chicago Premiere of Between Riverside and Crazy. Ex-cop "Pops" Washington and his ex-con son Junior are barely holding on to one of the last great rent stabilized apartments in Manhattan. Pops has his hands (not to mention his apartment) full as he navigates a steady ... Read More

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

Theater & Performing Arts
7/29/2016
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

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

Theater & Performing Arts
7/29/2016
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
7/29/2016
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

Grant Park
601 S. Michigan
Chicago, IL 60605

Theater & Performing Arts, Festivals, Fairs & Special Events, Music & Comedy
7/29/2016
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

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

Theater & Performing Arts
7/29/2016
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

Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622
773-251-2195

Theater & Performing Arts
7/29/2016
After playing sold-out crowds in Chicago and Miami from January through August of 2012 and again in the summer of 2013, The House Theatre of Chicago is thrilled to bring back this dynamic, award-winning, magic-filled production. A ringmaster leads us through the events of Harry's life, all told through ... Read More

Oriental Theatre
24 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60603
312-977-1700

Theater & Performing Arts
7/29/2016
The Tony Award-winning "critics' pick" Broadway musical smash Newsies is coming to Chicago! Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged ‘newsies,' who dreams only of a ... Read More

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

Theater & Performing Arts
7/29/2016
the american vicarious returns to Chicago with Douglass, a world premiere drama from Thomas Klingenstein. The multimedia work explores race in America through the lens of the abolitionist movement and the founding documents of a nation. The play strives to have a conversation inspired by the historical underpinnings of ... Read More

MCL Chicago
3110 N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
773-610-5930

Theater & Performing Arts, Music & Comedy
7/29/2016
After receiving a hugely positive response in short form at Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival 2015, the 90-minute musical tribute Friends: The One Where They Sing! (An Unauthorized Musical Parody), opens an eight-week limited run, exclusively at MCL Chicago. This is a live opportunity to see what happens when your ... Read More

Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
312-742-7647

Theater & Performing Arts, Music & Comedy, Millennium Park
7/29/2016
The Grant Park Music Festival is the nation’s only free, outdoor classical music series of its kind. Each summer, the Festival presents ten weeks of free classical concerts to all of Chicago at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Season Highlights An All-Tchaikovsky Weekend featuring the Piano Concerto ... Read More

Multiple Chicago Locations
Chicago, IL 60653

Theater & Performing Arts, Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions, Festivals, Fairs & Special Events, Tours & Attractions
7/29/2016
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 Den Theatre
1333 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

Theater & Performing Arts
7/29/2016
The New Colony presents the world premiere of Kin Folk. After being recently orphaned, Lucy must reimagine her life. She decides to come out of the closet and reveal her true identity to her family: a dragon named Kreeka. After the announcement, Lucy feels forced to choose between her ... Read More

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

Theater & Performing Arts
7/29/2016
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

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

Theater & Performing Arts
7/29/2016
For years, Little Shop of Horrors has made audiences scream with laughter. In this gleefully gruesome musical, Seymour, a poor florist's assistant, allows his craving for fame and fortune to seduce him into playing nursemaid to a man-eating plant. This celebrated musical features the rock and roll, doo-wop and ... Read More

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

Theater & Performing Arts
7/29/2016
Catherine Morland leaves her quiet country home for the splendors of Bath, armed only with an innocent heart and the examples of her favorite literary heroines. Immersed in a new world of parties, balls, and high society, Catherine soon finds herself caught in a web of social scheming far ... Read More

Multiple Chicago Locations
Chicago, IL

Theater & Performing Arts, Festivals, Fairs & Special Events
7/29/2016
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

Lookingglass Theatre Company
821 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

Theater & Performing Arts
7/29/2016
Lookingglass Theatre Company presents the World Premiere of Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure. It's 1908 and Chicago's Majestic Theatre is the jewel of the vaudeville circuit. The only thing stopping Thaddeus and Slocum from becoming the next great stage act is as simple - and complicated - as ... Read More

Noyes Cultural Center
927 Noyes St.
Evanston, IL 60201

Theater & Performing Arts
7/29/2016
The fascinating life of Chicago newspaperman turned legendary playwright, screenwriter and novelist Ben Hecht takes center stage in Grippo Stage Company’s world premiere of The Ben Hecht Show. Actor-playwright James Sherman portrays Ben Hecht in this engaging and thought-provoking story of the 1920s Chicago newspaper journalist (Chicago Journal, Chicago ... Read More

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

Theater & Performing Arts
7/29/2016
Back by popular demand, The Book of Mormon returns for a seven-week limited engagement. Don’t miss this chance to see Broadway’s hottest production - winner of 9 Tony Awards® and the show Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls “the best musical of this century.” From South Park ... Read More

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

Theater & Performing Arts
7/29/2016
The Gift Theatre presents The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. When an American family is forced off of their land during the Great Depression, they begin an epic journey west to California.

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