A mysterious box taunts two eccentric magicians. They must solve a series of curious riddles and metaphysical puzzles in order to unlock its secrets. Magicians Francis Menotti and David London bring Cerebral Sorcery back to the stage, 15 years after it first premiered! Featuring a series of magical vignettes, ... Read More
For its annual spring engagement, The Joffrey Ballet presents Global Visionaries, a program of three contemporary ballets including a world premiere by Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman, the Chicago Premiere of The Miraculous Mandarin by San Francisco Ballet Resident Choreographer Yuri Possokhov, created specifically for The Joffrey Ballet, plus the ... Read More
James Beard Eats Week is a weeklong culinary celebration inspired by James Beard, known as the "Dean of American Cookery." More than 130 restaurants will offer an inspired menu or dish for 11 days in honor of the culinary legend. James Beard Eats Week is a prelude to the ... Read More
After a great first Spring show in 2016, we are thrilled to welcome the 2nd annual One of a Kind Spring Show. The Show offers 3 days of unique shopping from 300 talented makers. Shoppers will find a wide range of price points and media/categories including accessories, bath & ... Read More
Thirty-eight "Undateable" profiles were placed on the world's most popular online dating site to see who would interact with them. The results were tracked with a shockingly hilarious outcome. #DateMe = months of research of REAL people talking to FAKE characters. A scientific experiment about the online search for ... Read More
For over 25 years, The Annoyance Theatre has created some of Chicago's finest comedy. Home of the longest running musical Co-ed Prison Sluts, The Annoyance uses improvisation to create new and original plays, musicals, sketch-comedy and more in a vibrant, uncensored atmosphere.
Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership
Spertus Institute presents 30 works by artist and activist Ben Shahn, who exposed injustice and inspired social change through his art. Throughout his career, Shahn explored themes of inequality, immigration, antisemitism, ethnic identity, fair labor, and urban life. These themes were critical in the decades he worked—from the early ... Read More
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
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
The Factory Theater presents the world premiere of Born Ready. Marion Kroft, an aging former child film actor turned variety show star in the 1950s, is desperate to get back into the public’s eye and show business. Harriet is a new young dancer who befriends Marion and the pair ... Read More
This 7,000-square-foot exhibit, developed and created by MSI, will feature a spectacular collection of more than a dozen giant LEGO®-built structures of engineering marvels, including a 60-foot long Golden Gate Bridge, the International Space Station, St. Louis Gateway Arch, Hoover Dam, Roman Coliseum, and more, constructed by LEGO® Certified ... Read More
Burlesque Is More is Annoyance Theatre's steamy-hot burlesque/improv show featuring acts by seven stimulating ladies. You'll get to know the girls as they tackle a problem based on a suggestion from the audience, with assistance from their ever-helpful Club Owner, Nick ‘Crazy Legs' Velveteen. And you'll get to know ... Read More
Bye Bye Liver is a series of outrageous sketches, all centered around the one thing that connects all of Chicago…Alcohol! Whether it’s the girl that should never, ever drink liquor…or that one guy that confuses courage with shots of Jameson, we’ve all known them…or been them. This is the ... Read More
The first major career survey of the work of Chicago-based artist Candida Alvarez, this exhibition will focus primarily on the artist's painting, from 1975 to the present. Born in Brooklyn and based in Chicago since 1988, Alvarez has been involved with both abstraction and representation in her work for ... Read More
Millennium Park will unveil six recent sculptures by American artist Chakaia Booker in a new exhibition in the Boeing Galleries - running April 30, 2016, through April 2018. A seventh, site-responsive sculpture (a new work) will be added in September 2016 in the South Boeing Gallery. Ranging in height ... Read More
Named one of the top 10 tours in the United States by TripAdvisor reviewers, Chicago’s First Lady Cruises and the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) offer locals and visitors breathtaking panoramic views of Chicago’s riverfront architecture with unmatched cruise commentary led by CAF-certified volunteer docents. Departing from Michigan Avenue and ... Read More
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
Theater & Performing Arts, Festivals, Fairs & Special Events
Celebrate our city's dance scene during the fifth annual Chicago Dance Month! Highlighting Chicago's vibrant dance scene, Chicago Dance Month features discounted or free events, classes, and performances all over Chicago. Photos courtesy of Audience Architects
Witness the beginning stages of new theatrical works at Chicago Dramatists Saturday Series! Almost every Saturday, you can watch a staged reading of a play-in-progress and afterward offer your feedback. Most Saturday Series events are public readings, but others include 10-minute workshops, panel discussions, fireside chats with visiting artists, ... Read More
This ongoing exhibition presented by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks features 72 black and white photographs of 24 landmarks and historic districts by Richard Nickel, Barbara Crane, Bob Thall, and Stephen Beal.
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
Classicism, as an aesthetic ideal, is often associated with a conventional set of rules founded on supposedly timeless notions such as order, reason, and decorum. But classicism is actually far from a stable concept. Organized by the Smart Museum of Art and informed by the perspectives of scholars from ... Read More
How important is having a vibrant, dynamic culinary scene and award-winning restaurants and chefs to a city?
Join James Beard Foundation president Susan Ungaro as she discusses the topic this Sunday with Bizarre Foods's Andrew Zimmern, The Dinex Group's Chef Daniel Boulud, Starr Restaurants' Stephen Starr, Vermilion's Rohini Dey and our own CEO, David Whitaker.