With more than 250 theatre companies, Chicago's arts and culture scene is not to be missed — and you can experience it 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 with discount tickets during the month of April. For more recommendations, send a tweet to @ChicagoPlays with the dates of your Chicago trip and the type of show you're looking for!
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Mercury Theater Chicago
3745 N. Southport Ave. in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood
March 29 - May 28, 2017
Combining the best of the original stories by P. L. Travers and the beloved Walt Disney film, the Tony Award-winning Mary Poppins is everything you'd hope for in a Broadway musical - and like nothing you'd ever expect. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Check for half-price tickets!
1650 N. Halsted St. in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood
March 30 - May 21, 2017
A new play from Tracy Letts, the author of August: Osage County. Wheeler is 50. His marriage is over, his job is mundane, and the best years of his life appear to be behind him. A move from the cot in his ex-wife's garage to his own apartment opens up new possibilities for love and sex — complicated, painful and hilarious. Check for half-price tickets!
THE INFINITE WRENCH
5153 N. Ashland Ave. in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood
With new plays every week, The Infinite Wrench is The Neo-Futurists' ongoing and ever-changing attempt to shift the conventions of live performance and speak to the present audience, including those unreached or unmoved by other types of theater. All of the plays are truthful and tackle the here-and-now, inspired by the lived experiences of the performers. Check for half-price tickets!
KING OF THE YEES
170 N. Dearborn St. in Chicago's Loop
March 31 - April 30, 2017
Going against tradition isn't easy with 36 generations of ancestors to please. For Lauren Yee, being a modern woman often clashes with her Chinese family's values. But when her father disappears, she must embrace her heritage for the first time in order to find him. Explore America's largest Chinatown through the eyes of a new generation in this hilarious and heartfelt comedy. Check for half-price tickets!
Lookingglass Theatre Company
821 N. Michigan Ave. along Chicago's Magnificent Mile
Through May 7, 2017
Full of life, humor, and tenderness, this play sheds light on America's shadow economy and shines an unflinching spotlight on the incendiary intersection of race and class. The show has been specifically designed and staged so each audience member will have a unique perspective on the action unfolding. Contains adult sexual situations, language, and nudity. Check for half-price tickets!
A WRINKLE IN TIME
6912 N. Glenwood Ave. in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood
Through April 23, 2017
Join Meg, her extraordinary brother Charles Wallace, their pal Calvin, and a host of extraterrestrial friends and foes as they journey into the heart of a terrible evil in the hope of reuniting a fragmented family. It is a heartwarming adventure across the stars in a newly-revised adaptation of the beloved 1963 favorite by Madeleine L'Engle. Check for half-price tickets!
LA HAVANA MADRID
Teatro Vista at Steppenwolf's 1700 Theatre
1700 N. Halsted St. in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood
April 14 - May 21, 2017
This immersive, documentary-style theater experience is based on the true story of the 1960s nightclub, La Havana Madrid, which once existed at Belmont and Sheffield in Chicago. Audiences will be invited into an intimate recreation of the lively 1960s music club, with cabaret seating, a bar, a dance floor, and a live band. Check for half-price tickets!
American Theater Company
1909 W. Byron Ave. in Chicago's North Center neighborhood
Through April 23, 2017
In this loving reimagining, ATC puts William Inge at the center of his play and animates what is both sacred and profane about small town life against the backdrop of dust bowl hymns and love songs. Part seance, part love letter to a ghost, this Picnic explores a life lived at the periphery of one's own desire. Check for half-price tickets!
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Adventure Stage Chicago at the Vittum Theater
1012 N. Noble St. in Chicago's Noble Square neighborhood
Through April 29, 2017
Drums and DJs. Monsters and mysteries. Victory. Influenced by comic books, video games, hip hop, and Latino folklore, this collection of vignettes celebrates youth as everyday heroes taking us on a thrilling, heartfelt journey. Check for half-price tickets!
CHICAGO MAGIC LOUNGE
4707 N. Broadway Ave. in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood
Chicago was once home to over 15 bars dedicated to magic, featuring a style of magic that originated in the 1920's simply called "Chicago-Style Magic". The simple definition: it's magic for adults in a bar setting. Step back in time to a long lost "Magic Bar" and become immersed in a night of close-up magic, with table-hopping magicians and parlor-style stage acts. Check for half-price tickets!
Note that the schedule above is 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.