With more than 250 theatre companies, Chicago is known across the world for its large and vibrant theatre community. Add a theatre performance (or two!) to your Chicago bucket list – plus, experience many shows on a budget with half-price theater tickets from Hot Tix! From Broadway musicals to intimate dramas to sidesplitting comedies, every night you can choose from dozens of shows – including these top plays with discount tickets during the month of June. For more recommendations, send a tweet to @ChicagoPlays with the dates of your Chicago trip and the type of show you’re looking for!
Silk Road Rising and Remy Bumppo Theatre Company at the Historic Chicago Temple Building
77 W. Washington St. in Chicago’s Loop
Through July 2, 2017
Dickens’ beloved tale of aspiration, intrigue, and romance is thrillingly transplanted to a colonized India by award-winning British Bengali playwright Tanika Gupta. When Indian orphan Pip receives a mysterious inheritance, he must choose between his humble rural life and the city life of an English “gentleman.” In a vibrant clash of cultures, classes, and conscience, Gupta's brilliant adaptation expands Dickens' enduring question: Is it worth losing who you are for who you might become? Check for half-price tickets!
Victory Gardens Theater
2433 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood
Through July 2, 2017
Pablo, a high-powered lawyer, and his pregnant wife Tania, a doctoral candidate, think they have hit the jackpot with their new home. It seems to have everything they dreamed of: a nice neighborhood, plenty of bedrooms for their growing family, outdoor space, and friendly neighbors. When Pablo and Tania decide to upgrade the eyesore chain link fence in their backyard, neighbors Virginia and Frank couldn’t be happier. Happy until they think their new neighbors are taking more than they deserve. Check for half-price tickets!
Griffin Theatre Company at The Den Theatre
1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood
Through July 16, 2017
A newly orchestrated chamber version of the Tony Award-winning musical performed with two pianos, a wind instrument and 20 actors. Griffin premieres this new version created by director Scott Weinstein and music director Matt Deitchman. The musical, based on the 1975 novel by E.L. Doctorow, is set at the dawn of a new century where the lives of three distinct American families from different backgrounds intersect in their search for the American dream. Part history lesson—part family saga, Ragtime asks us to think about racism, immigration, social justice, wage inequality and the role of women in society in a changing America. Check for half-price tickets!
Lookingglass Theatre Company
821 N. Michigan Ave. along Chicago’s Magnificent Mile
June 7 – September 3, 2017
Fresh off a national tour, the critically-acclaimed Moby Dick returns to the Lookingglass stage in this harrowing and intoxicating exploration of revenge, obsession, and destiny. Climb aboard the Pequod with Ishmael, Starbuck, and the intrepid crew on a voyage into the darkest reaches of the human psyche with an insatiably driven Captain Ahab at the helm in reckless pursuit of the legendary white whale. Check for half-price tickets!
1650 N. Halsted St. in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood
Through July 9, 2017
Moses and Kitch stand around on the corner—talking shit, passing the time and hoping that maybe today will be different. As they dream of their promised land, a stranger wanders into their space with his own agenda and derails their plans. Emotional and lyrical, Pass Over crafts everyday profanities into poetic and humorous riffs, exposing the unquestionable human spirit of young men stuck in a cycle just looking for a way out. A provocative and hilarious riff on Waiting for Godot, Pass Over is a rare piece of politically charged theater by a bold new American voice. Check for half-price tickets!
THE NIGHT SEASON
Strawdog Theatre Company at Factory Theater
1623 W. Howard St. in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood
Through June 24, 2017
When the tiny, seaside home town of W.B. Yeats gets occupied by an English film crew making his biopic, one barely functional Irish family finds themselves propelled in all directions. The mother who ran away, the father who can barely leave the house, a big pile of pent-up desire… it all gets confronted in this melancholy comedy. Please Note: This show contains adult situations and partial nudity. May not be appropriate for people under 18. Check for half-price tickets!
BRIGHT HALF LIFE
About Face Theater at Theater Wit
1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood
Through July 1, 2017
Bright Half Life charts the complexity of commitment, relationships, and marriage by following the ups and downs of a modern lesbian couple as their story is told through a series of fast-moving, fragmented memories – from elevator rides as strangers to steamy workplace romances, from heartache to building a family. Check for half-price tickets!
THE KING AND I
Broadway In Chicago at the Oriental Theatre
24 W. Randolph St. in Chicago’s Loop
June 14 – July 2, 2017
One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, The King and I boasts a score which features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Check for half-price tickets!
STRANGEST THINGS! THE MUSICAL
Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood
Through July 8, 2017
The year is 1983. A young boy vanishes, waffles change a bald girl’s life, and a troubled sheriff's small town is turned upside down. Set to the intoxicating beats of your favorite 80's hits, Strangest Things! is a new musical mystery from the twisted minds behind Barney the Elf and Ladies Night of the Living Dead. Lovingly ripped off from the hit Netflix series, Strangest Things! The Musical takes us back to a time when the hair was huge, the music was loud, and parents were nowhere to be found. Check for half-price tickets!
Oak Park Festival Theatre at Austin Gardens
Outdoor Theatre | Suburban
157 Forest Ave. in the near Chicago suburb of Oak Park
June 15 – July 22, 2017
Macbeth, Shakespeare’s blood-soaked and shortest tragedy, tells the story of a brave general who, consumed by ambition and fated promises, murders the King and seizes the throne for himself. Racked with guilt and fear, immediately he becomes a tyrannical ruler as he is forced to commit heinous crimes to protect himself from hostility and suspicion. Full of furious battles and murderous whisperings, this summer Oak Park Festival Theatre brings you this timely, action-packed story of a country at war, and the bone-chilling lengths one man will go to for the sake of his own pride. Check for half-price tickets!
Note that the schedule above is subject to change; visit the Hot Tix website for exact dates and half-price ticket availability. Visit ChicagoPlays.com to find other exciting productions on stage while you're here, and find insider guides to all things performing arts and the Chicago theatre scene to create your Chicago itinerary.