The Bodyguard

Mark your calendars, Chicago Theatre Week is back! Participating productions have not been announced yet, but we have an exclusive sneak peek featuring select shows that are sure to sell out fast. Tickets for Chicago Theatre Week (CTW) go on sale Tuesday, January 10 at 10AM CST. CTW will take place February 9 - 19, 2017.

Now in its fifth year, Chicago Theatre Week celebrates Chicago's vibrant theatre scene with discounted tickets priced at $30, $15 or less! This year there are over 120 participating productions- from big Broadway in Chicago shows to intimate storefront productions, CTW2017 has it all. These discounted tickets are the perfect opportunity to check out a new theatre, or revisit the theatre if you haven't been in awhile. Say goodbye to the winter blues and hello to red-hot Chicago theatre!

Below is an exclusive sneak peek into this year's offerings. The full list of participating theatres won't be available until tickets go on sale, but we anticipate that these productions will sell out the quickest. If you want tickets to any of the shows below, set your alarm for 9:55AM on January 10 so you can scoop up these discounted tickets before they're gone.

Here they are! Drum roll please... 

1. Love's Labor's Lost at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Shakespeare's charming and witty romantic comedy is the perfect Valentine's Day treat for your loved one.

2. Blues for an Alabama Sky at the Court Theatre. Rediscover the legacy of the Harlem Renaissance and witness how people of Harlem kept their dreams alive despite the economic crisis of the Great Depression.

Court Theatre: Blues for an Alabama Sky 

3. Gloria at the Goodman Theatre. Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' explosive Pulitzer Prize finalist about a group of young, aspiring New York journalists comes to the Chicago stage at the Goodman Theatre.

4. The Bodyguard presented by Broadway In Chicago at the Oriental Theatre. This hit Broadway musical is based off the Oscar-nominated film and stars R&B superstar Deborah Cox.

5. Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth at the Lookingglass Theatre. Fantasy and real life collide when traveling storytellers Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth must journey through their stories to restore order before they are lost forever. Appropriate for ages 8+.

Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth 

6. Carmen at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Whether you're a newbie or a seasoned opera-goer, no one can resist the temptation and allure of Carmen! 

7. Straight White Men at Steppenwolf Theatre. Steppenwolf hosts acclaimed Korean-American playwright and director Young Jean Lee as she directs the Chicago premiere of her fearless and entertaining play about personal identity.

8. The Magic Parlour presented by the House Theatre of Chicago at the Palmer House Hilton. Join third-generation Chicago magician Dennis Watkins for an enchanted evening of magic as he entertains his audience with awe-inspiring physical feats, card tricks and mind reading.

9. The Winner...of Our Discontent at the Second City. Concerned about the growing chasm in the US? Leave it to Chicago's premier sketch comedy troupe to build a bridge of laughter that spans the divide.

Second City: Winner... of our Discontent 

10. Game Changers presented by the Joffrey Ballet at the Auditorium Theatre. Chicago Theatre Week is the perfect opportunity to check out dance, too! Seize the opportunity to experience one of the country's finest and most innovative ballet companies.

11. A Disappearing Number at TimeLine Theatre. Devised by Complicité, this beautiful internationally acclaimed play centers around love, math, and how the past and future connect. 

TimeLine Theatre: A Disappearing Number 

Be sure to follow Chicago Theatre Week on social media @chicagoplays #CTW17. Visit after January 10 for a full listing of participating productions.


Photo credits: Broadway in Chicago's The Bodyguard, courtesy of Broadway in Chicago. Blues for an Alabama Sky, courtesy of the Court Theatre. Lookingglass Theatre's Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth, photo by Liz Lauren. The Winner... of Our Discontent, courtesy of Second City. TimeLine Theatre's A Disappearing Number, photo by Joe Mazza.