Chicago offers an amazing array of kid and adult friendly theater. And theater in Chicago is surprisingly affordable, too. It costs little more to see a fresh, live play than the latest snore-inducing Hollywood kid's flick. So at least once a month, our family catches a performance by a local kid's theater company.
We appreciate the Chicago Children's Theatre perhaps best of all, and we're so excited to see that the copany has not only a season chock full of fun offerings, but also a new home at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts in the Gold Coast.
The season begins with the classic Harold and the Purple Crayon (running October 11-November 18), based on the books by Crockett Johnson about a little boy who uses his imagination to draw his own world.
Bud, Not Buddy will start off the new year (January 12-March 3) and is based on another winning children's book, about a boy from Flint, Michigan: Bud is a foster child who sets out to find his biological father, whom he suspects is a famous jazz musician.
In spring 2013, the theatre will with Redmoon Theatre to produce an original fable, The Elephant and the Whale. My daughter's first live theater experience ever was at the Redmoon's Winter Pageant - she was just one and was officially entranced.
The Chicago Children's Theatre does an excellent job of engaging even the smallest audience members. The supportive audience and adept actors make any of the shows ideal for introducing your child to the wide world of live theater. I recommend buying the books that the shows are based on and reading pre-show: your children will love seeing the stories come alive onstage.
Consider buying a Family Member Pass if you'll be in town for all three shows - you'll save at least 20%.
For more information on the Chicago Children's Theatre, visit http://chicagochildrenstheatre.org/