Shakespeare called it when he said all the world's a stage. The Bard's sentiment rings doubly true from February 11-21, when the fourth annual Chicago Theatre Week celebrates the art form practiced on more than 200 stages across the city. Produced by the League of Chicago Theatres in partnership with Choose Chicago, the week-long party in the theatrosphere features deeply discounted tickets to 120 different theaters plus free events including sneak previews and a staged reading.
It matters not whether you're a theater obsessive who wouldn't miss the opening of an envelope or a skeptic who thinks Shakespeare is a foreign language: Theatre Week has you covered.
The heart of Theatre Week beats on Chicago stages. Super cheap tickets ($15 and $30) are available to over 120 shows. (That's more than half-off at larger theaters such as Goodman and Steppenwolf.)
Stay Tuned: We'll post our Top 10 Theater Week Picks in February. In the meantime, you can browse the shows and book your seats at ChicagoTheatreWeek.com. Check the Twitter feed @ChicagoPlays for updates in inventory.
In addition to making tickets affordable, Theatre Week makes it easy for people to actually get to shows. You can get $20 off a door-to-door Lyft ride as well as cheap rates for super-luxe rooms at the Sheraton Grand Chicago (Theatre Week rooms start at $99) and other downtown hotels.
Finally, Theatre Week goes beyond the stage by offering opportunities to get up close and personal with Chicago's playwrights. Want to see the (possibly) next Annie Baker/Stephen Sondheim/Eve Ensler at work? The innovative, multi-media Storefront Playwright Project has come up with Playwrights at Work, which allows you to watch off-Loop luminaries including Ike Holter, Regina Taylor, Calamity West and Philip Dawkins at work in real time.
From the ornate palaces of the Loop Theatre District to the black box intimacy of the Glenwood Arts District in Rogers Park, theater thrives in Chicago as it does in no other city. Somewhere out there, there's a show calling you. Chicago Theatre Week is the perfect time to find it.
When: February 11
- 21, 2016
theaters all over the city
info: ChicagoTheatreWeek.com or