With more than 250 theater companies, Chicago is known across the world for its large and vibrant theater scene. Add a theater 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 October. Plus, scroll down for 3 theater picks to get you in the Halloween spirit!


The View from the Bridge

Goodman Theatre (170 N. Dearborn in Chicago’s Downtown Theater District)
Now playing through October 22

Direct from sold-out runs on Broadway and London’s West End comes Ivo van Hove’s “magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold” (London Evening Standard) revival of Arthur Miller’s famed drama. Brooklyn longshoreman Eddie Carbone welcomes his immigrant cousins to America. But when one of them falls for Eddie’s young niece, Eddie’s jealous mistrust exposes an unspeakable secret—one that drives him to commit the ultimate betrayal. Plus, for the first time ever, audience members can sit on stage, for a more immersive theater experience. Check for half-price tickets!

A Year with Frog and Toad

Chicago Children’s Theatre at The Station (100 S. Racine Avenue in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood)
Now playing through October 29

A new production of the smash hit inaugural production of A Year With Frog and Toad comes to The Station. The Tony-nominated musical is based on the beloved Frog and Toad children’s book series written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel. Lobel’s well-loved characters hop from the page to the stage in this whimsical show that follows two best friends—the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad—through four, fun-filled seasons. Recommended for all ages. Check for half-price tickets!

Billy Elliot

Porchlight Music Theatre at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts (1016 N. Dearborn in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood)
October 6–November 19

Winner of both the Tony Award and Olivier Award for Best Musical, Billy Elliot is the inspirational story of a young boy’s fight to make his dream come true as he journeys from the boxing ring to a ballet class, where he discovers a passion for dance that unites his family, inspires his community and changes his life forever. Check for half-price tickets!

Les Misérables

Broadway In Chicago at the Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph in Chicago’s Downtown Theater District)
October 11–29

With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production will leave you awestruck. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption—a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Featuring the thrilling score and beloved songs “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. Check for half-price tickets!

A New Brain

Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Café (6970 N. Glenwood Avenue in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood)
Now playing through October 29

A New Brain

An energetic, sardonic, and often comical musical by the Tony Award-winning authors of Falsettos about a composer during a medical emergency. Gordon collapses into his lunch and awakes in the hospital. Fearing he will die with his greatest songs still inside of him, he begins writing the songs from his hospital bed, amidst several hallucinations featuring various people whom he has encountered. Check for half-price tickets!

Choir Boy

Raven Theatre (6157 N. Clark Street in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood)
Now playing through November 12

Determined to make his mark like those before him, Pharus is hell-bent on being the best choir leader in his prep-school's 50 year history. First, he must gain the respect of his peers, but he's an outsider in a world of ritual and tradition. Laced with soaring gospel music, this coming-of-age drama is an exciting commencement of Raven's 35th anniversary season. Check for half-price tickets!

The Taming of the Shrew

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (800 E. Grand Avenue on Chicago’s Navy Pier)
Now playing through November 12

The Taming of the Shrew

Before they had the vote, they had a voice. Renowned for her thoroughly original and theatrical approach to Shakespeare, Artistic Director Barbara Gaines now brings audiences a witty, thought-provoking debate on power, politics and love. The year is 1919. Amidst suffrage marches, members of a Chicago women’s club convene to rehearse their upcoming production of The Taming of the Shrew. Along the way, they both perform Shakespeare’s play and re-examine the characters’ status in society—as well as their own. Check for half-price tickets!

The Skin of Our Teeth

Remy Bumppo Theatre Company at the Greenhouse Theater Center (2257 N. Lincoln Avenue in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood)
October 4–November 12

Meet the Antrobus family: American suburbanites George and Maggie, their talkative maid Sabina, and their children Gladys—and Cain! This redoubtable family narrowly survives one end-of-the-world disaster after another, from environmental catastrophes, to refugee crises, to military conflicts—and all by the skin of their teeth. Join the amazing journey of fortitude, fate and hope that is human life, in Thornton Wilder’s epic vaudevillian tragicomedy. Check for half-price tickets!

Fun Home

Victory Gardens Theater (2433 N. Lincoln Avenue in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood)
Now playing through November 12

Hailed as one of Broadway’s most original musicals and the winner of five Tony Awards, Fun Home is a groundbreaking story inspired by Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir. In this intimate musical, Alison sets out to unravel the many mysteries of her childhood through a series of memories and conversations—from her coming out to her moving journey to acceptance. Check for half-price tickets!

United Flight 232

The House Theatre of Chicago at the Chopin Theatre (1543 W. Division Avenue in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood)
Now playing through October 21

United Flight 232

On July 19, 1989, a DC-10 headed for O'Hare with 296 aboard is paralyzed mid-air. For 44 minutes, the aircraft descended toward an emergency landing and crashed at Sioux City Gateway airport. To the astonishment of all who witnessed the event, 184 of 296 passengers and crew survived. This award-winning original play, United Flight 232, is a reflection on how to comprehend tragedy and celebrate human ingenuity in the face of overwhelming challenges. Check for half-price tickets!


+ Halloween Theater Picks


Hell in a Handbag Productions at Stage 773 (1225 W. Belmont Avenue in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood)
Now playing through November 11

A reimagining of the beloved ‘60s and ‘70s television sitcom Bewitched, as seen through the eyes of Gladys Kravitz, Samantha Stephens’ iconic nosy neighbor. Poor Gladys knows what she sees next door is real, but can she prove it in time to save her life? Gladys finally gets her due in this fun and magical musical parody. Check for half-price tickets!

The Hypocrites' Dracula

Mercury Theater Chicago (3745 N. Southport Avenue in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood)
October 7–November 5

This Halloween, the Hypocrites' Dracula comes to life on the Mercury stage. Adapted and directed by Sean Graney, this modern take on the classic tale of Dracula weaves an engaging story of passion, yearning, cruelty and sacrifice. Sexy, funny and scary, the Hypocrites' Dracula will keep you on the edge of your seat. Check for half-price tickets!

Ghosts & Zombies

Akvavit Theatre at Strawdog Theatre (1802 W. Berenice Avenue in Chicago’s North Center neighborhood)
Now playing through October 29

Ghosts & Zombies

Ghosts & Zombies puts a blood-curdling spin on Ibsen's classic drama, Ghosts. As in the original, Mrs. Alving is preparing to open an orphanage in her husband's memory, while welcoming her son home from a long absence. However, things soon take a turn for the weird and scary as their country estate becomes overrun by the un-dead. Haunted by the ghosts of her past, Mrs. Alving now finds herself confronted by zombies that she is forced to stand and fight. 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.