Celebrating their 40th Anniversary, Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater returns to the Auditorium Theatre, making their debut in the “Made in Chicago” Dance Series, with the presentation of Founder & Artistic Director Dame Libby Komaiko’s stunning work, Bolero, described as a “most phenomenal piece” and “extraordinary” by the Chicago ... Read More
Kicking off the fourth edition of this exhibit tour in North America, Chicago's Wrigley Square located in Millennium Park is the ideal place to showcase the finalist of the Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016, where light boxes will stand side by side with the famous Millennium Monument and ... Read More
Chicago Filmmakers presents the 34th edition of Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival. The second-oldest LGBTQ film festival in the world and a beloved Chicago cultural institution for more than 30 years, Reeling returns with an exciting slate of movies that showcases the diversity of the queer experience. ... 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
See A Comedical Tragedy for Mister Punch September 2 - October 25, 2016 at the Chopin Theatre! Charlotte, a young orphan, has made a home for herself thieving on the streets of London. She soon falls into employment as the assistant to an eccentric Italian puppeteer, Pietro. A master ... Read More
The Gift Theatre presents the world premiere of A Life Extra Ordinary. Annabel Anderson McCafferty is an expectant mother who vanishes from her small Ohio town on Christmas Eve. Both mystery and memory play, A Life Extra Ordinary untangles and re-assembles the moments that make a life.
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
Black Button Eyes Productions presents the Chicago premiere of the Tony Award-nominated musical Amour. Adapted from the short story Le Passe-Muraille by beloved French author Marcel Aymé, Amour tells the story of Dusoleil, a shy clerk working in a dreary office in post-World War II Paris. One day he ... Read More
Opening this May, this special exhibit will showcase the amazing world of amphibians - featuring 40 species of salamanders, frogs and rarely-seen caecilians - highlighting their amazing diversity, unique adaptations and the serious challenges they face. Within Amphibians, guests will immerse themselves in the changing lives of salamanders, sirens, ... 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.
See Apartment 3A by Jeff Daniels September 28 - December 18 at the Windy City Playhouse, directed by Ron OJ Parson. It might be the nicest apartment in the building, but it can't possibly be enough to make up for the day that Annie has had. A nasty breakup, ... Read More
“Miracles happen. Don’t they?” TimeLine Theatre Company presents the Chicago premiere of Bakersfield Mist. A provocative and hilarious look at what makes art—and people—authentic. Maude has bought the ugliest thrift store painting she could get her hands on as a gag gift. When she’s told it might be an ... 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
Steep Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Bobbie Clearly. Nobody from the town of Milton, Nebraska, ever gave much thought to Bobbie before the tragedy in the cornfield. Two years later, it's hard for them to think of much else. In the darkly comic Bobbie Clearly, a community ... 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
Based on the best and most memorable moments from the Emmy® Award-winning classic hit TV series, Cheers Live On Stage gives modern audiences the chance to experience live for the first time since its original taping, that rare sophisticated TV comedy that seamlessly combines slapstick comedy, romance and drama. Read More
Experience the “top tour in Chicago and one of the top ten tours in the U.S.” according to TripAdvisor users. The Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise is a must for out-of-towners. CAF-certified volunteer tour guides — called docents — interpret more than 50 buildings along the Chicago River. You’ll ... 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
Across Chicago at locations downtown and throughout the city's neighborhoods, the markets managed by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) sell fresh fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers, as well as other prepared food items. Photo credit: City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Read More
Sightsee while cycling on this unique guided bike tour of Chicago! Wheel Fun Rental’s professional guides will immerse you with an insider’s look into the Windy City's historical landmarks and beautiful waterfront. Their tour groups assure an intimate experience while you pedal your way along the shores of Lake ... 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.
Theater & Performing Arts, Festivals, Fairs & Special Events, Music & Comedy
The 11th Chicago Latino Music Festival runs September 8 – December 1, opening with a free program of Spanish music from a range of periods, including a 17th century piece dedicated to Miguel de Cervantes. The festival revisits Cervantes with two programs featuring Ravinia’s Welz Kauffman.
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