Annie | Broadway in Chicago

Fall ushers in a brand new, not-to-be-missed season of live theater in Chicago. From thought-provoking, to educational to just plain fun, there's a show that will appeal to every kid under the sun. Here are five kid-friendly shows you'll want to catch this fall in Chicago.



Emerald City Theatre presents Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly
October 1, 2016–January 7, 2017


Emerald City Theatre presents Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly, a hilarious, first-hand account of life as a creepy crawler, inspired by the wiggly, giggly, buzzworthy characters of Doreen Cronin's bestselling series. Through musical genres such as rap, hip-hop, pop, and Broadway standards, this comedy teaches kids to see life from another perspective.


Directed by Jen Ellison and best for little ones ages 3–9, this one-of-a-kind children's play is on the stage of the Apollo Theater in Lincoln Park now through January 7, 2017. Get your tickets today! 



Chicago Children's Theatre and Thodos Dance Chicago present A Light in the Dark: The Story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan
October 15–16 and October 22–23

A Light in the Dark

Introduce your kids to the inspiring story of Helen Keller and her teacher with A Light in the Dark: The Story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan. This amazing story is told through contemporary dance, thanks to a partnership between the Chicago Children's Theatre and Thodos Dance Chicago.

Co-choreographed by Thodos Dance Chicago Artistic Director Melissa Thodos and Broadway icon Ann Reinking, A Light in the Dark is a family-friendly mix of movement and music that retells the story of Keller's life in a way that reaches children's hearts. Public performances are Saturday and Sunday, October 15 and 16 and October 22 and 23 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St. A Light in the Dark runs approximately one hour and is recommended for ages 6 and up. Get your tickets today!



Thumbelina at the Lifeline Theatre
October 22–November 27

Borne of a flower, teeny tiny Thumbelina felt lost and alone without a family of her very own. Follow along with her though the woodlands, as she follows her heart and searches for a chosen family. This dance-inspired tale, present by Lifeline Theatre, is based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen and is recommended for kids 5 and up. Several performances will be dedicated to children with special needs, including an audio description and touch tour on Saturday, November 5, an open-captioning presentation on Saturday, November 12 at 1 p.m., and an autism/sensory-friendly performance on Saturday, November 19 at 3 p.m. Get your tickets today! 



Annie at the Cadillac Palace Theatre
November 9–15

Annie, everybody's favorite redhead, returns to Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre on November 9–15. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of Annie includes all your favorite songs, including “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” plus the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.” Get your tickets today!


Stomp at Broadway Playhouse
November 16, 2016–January 1, 2017


Here's a show that will appeal to everyone in your family: Stomp is an eight-member, international percussion troupe that uses everything but conventional percussion instruments: matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps... all are used to produce unexpected rhythms that will have you tapping your toes.


Broadway in Chicago brings this unforgettable ensemble to the Broadway Playhouse starting in mid-November for an all-ages show that will make you want to jump out of your seat and dance to the beat. Get your tickets today!