With more than 250 companies, Chicago is known across the world for its innovative and vibrant theatre scene. Add a performance (or two!) to your Chicago itinerary – plus, experience many shows on a budget with half-price theater tickets from Hot Tix! From Broadway musicals to intimate dramas to sidesplitting comedies, every night you can choose from dozens of shows – including these top plays and musicals with discount tickets during the month of November.


Downtown Chicago

Hard Times
Lookingglass Theatre

Hard Times at Lookingglass Theatre

821 N. Michigan on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile
Now playing through January 14, 2018

This award-winning, circus-infused show returns to the Lookingglass Theatre's stage. A Dickensian carnival of characters inhabit the streets of smoke-choked Coketown: grim Mr. Gradgrind’s school churns out joyless students; poor Stephen Blackpool toils in the nearby mines; and mill-owner Mr. Bounderby, full of bluster and bombast, presides over it all. Only when a traveling circus alights nearby, and young orphan Sissy Jupe enters their world, does a ray of hope shine through. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Check for half-price tickets!


School of Rock: The Musical
Broadway In Chicago at the Cadillac Palace Theatre

151 W. Randolph in Chicago’s Downtown Theater District
Now playing through November 19, 2017

Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Check for half-price tickets!


Yasmina's Necklace
Goodman Theatre

Yasmina's Necklace at the Goodman Theatre

170 N. Dearborn
Now playing through November 19, 2017

Newly arrived in Chicago from her homeland, Iraqi artist Yasmina has hardened herself to the possibility of finding happiness. But when she meets Sam, a man with his own emotional setbacks, what had seemed unthinkable becomes tantalizingly real. Chicago-based artists playwright Rohina Malik and director Ann Filmer reunite for the downtown debut of Yasmina’s Necklace, following its critically-acclaimed world premiere at 16th Street Theater last year. Check for half-price tickets!


Escape to Margaritaville
Broadway In Chicago at the Cadillac Palace Theatre

151 W. Randolph
November 9 – December 2, 2017

Plan your escape to the new musical about the choices we make—and the people we become—once we’ve had a change in latitude. Escape To Margaritaville is the musical comedy getaway featuring both original songs and your most-loved Jimmy Buffett classics, including “Come Monday,” “Volcano,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” and many more. Check for half-price tickets!


Wild Boar
Silk Road Rising at The Historic Chicago Temple Building

77 W. Washington in Chicago’s Downtown Theater District
November 9 – December 17, 2017

A gripping investigation of journalistic integrity, city planning, and social conscience, Wild Boar is a new play from one of Hong Kong’s most acclaimed playwrights. When a controversial professor goes missing, an editor and his student band together to publicize the truth. Old flames spark and friendships are tested in the U.S. premiere of this turbulent thriller about media manipulation, fake news, and who gets to speak for the poor. Check for half-price tickets!


Hyde Park 

The Belle of Amherst
Court Theatre

5535 S. Ellis
Now playing through December 3, 2017

Emily Dickinson’s own original poems, diary entries, and letters welcome us into her Massachusetts home, where she shares snippets of joy and creation amongst the heartache of an isolated and misunderstood life. This 1976 play by William Luce offers a glance into the complex life of one of the most prolific poets of our time. Check for half-price tickets!


Irving Park

Becky Shaw
Windy City Playhouse

Becky Shaw at Windy City Playhouse

3014 W. Irving Park
Now playing through December 10, 2017

A newlywed couple takes it upon themselves to fix up two romantically challenged friends: wife’s best friend, meet husband’s sexy and strange new co-worker. When an evening calculated to bring happiness takes a wrong turn, wickedly funny antics ensue in this “blind-date-gone-bad black comedy” (Entertainment Weekly). Check for half-price tickets!


Lincoln Park 

Teatro Vista and Victory Gardens Theater at Victory Gardens

2433 N. Lincoln 
Now playing through December 23, 2017

In this witty behind-the-scenes drama, Mexican-born Lucia is hired to write for a ruthless Hollywood TV series. She soon discovers that the Mexican American custodian, Abel, has a windfall of plot ideas. As their friendship grows, his stories start to blur with hers leading to unexpected consequences. Fade, directed by Sandra Marquez, is an acclaimed new play from Tanya Saracho (How to Get Away with Murder, Looking, Girls) whose writing “lands in that sweet spot between comedy and drama” (Chicago Tribune). Check for half-price tickets!



Significant Other
About Face Theater and Theater Wit at Theater Wit

1229 W. Belmont
Now playing through December 9, 2017

Jordan Berman is single gay man in New York City. Mr. Right is nowhere on his horizons. As he's nearing his 30's, his close group of girlfriends begins getting married en masse. What happens when you feel like life is leaving you behind but you're still expected to be at the forefront cheering on your friends on their perfect wedding day? Significant Other is a bittersweet comedy about friendship, single-hood, and hoping you're not the one choking on car exhaust as the "Just Married" sign disappears from view.  Check for half-price tickets!




This Wonderful Life
American Blues Theater at The Edge Theater

5451 N. Broadway
Now playing through November 26, 2017

Founding Ensemble member and Chicago’s original “George Bailey” James Leaming inhabits every role in this hilariously touching stage adaptation of the iconic holiday film “It’s a Wonderful Life”. George Bailey, Clarence, Mr. Potter, and the gang come to life as a single actor creates a heartwarming story about the effect one hardworking man’s life has on the people around him. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Check for half-price tickets!



Note that the schedules included above are subject to change; visit the Hot Tix website for exact dates and half-price ticket availability. Visit ChicagoPlays.com to find other exciting productions on stage while you're here, and find insider guides to all things performing arts and the Chicago theatre scene to create your Chicago itinerary.