Curtain up and light the lights! The first-ever Chicago Theatre Week is just around the corner! From February 12-17, more than 60 area theatres, from big-name houses like Goodman and Steppenwolf, to bold storefronts, such as Griffin Theatre Company and Steep, are participating in this uniquely Chicago event.

I mean, in no other city can you find such a wide range of live theatre taking place in just a single week. Keep in mind, this isn't an anomaly. With more than 250 theatre companies in Chicago, there are always a wide range of shows playing on any given day in the city and February's right at the height of the theatre-going season. Chicago Theatre Week is a perfect opportunity to get deals on some of the hot-ticket shows as well test the waters with a few new companies.

Here are some tips to start you on your theatre week journey:

Get tickets early.

As Theatre Week tickets (which range from $15-$30 depending on the show) are first come, first served, already several of the more popular shows, such as Writers' Theatre's Sweet Charity, the long-running hit Million Dollar Quartet and Steppenwolf's Motherf**ker with the Hat are already sold out for many performances. But don't worry: with more than 75 different productions to choose from, there are still plenty of options. Visit to see the list and get your tickets today.

Jump in with a sense of adventure.

What's that? Million Dollar Quartet is sold out the night you want to go? No bother. Try another musical -- perhaps Porchlight's Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, which celebrates the life of iconic jazz singer, Billie Holiday. In other words: take a risk and try something new and unexpected.

Treat a loved one to a theatrical Valentine.

What better way to share a romantic evening then a night at the theatre. And, lucky you: February 14 is smack in the middle of Chicago Theatre Week. Check out the Vday options here.

Take advantage of the incentives.

In addition to discounted ticket prices, some theatres will also be offering special incentives for Theatre Week patrons, including post-show discussions, free drinks, restaurant coupons, and more.

Share your theatre experience.

Visit the League of Chicago Theatres Facebook page and post your thoughts on the show you saw -- and also read about what others saw. It's a great way to get the buzz on the underground hot shows.

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