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 itinerary – 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 July. For more recommendations, send a tweet to @ChicagoPlays with the dates of your Chicago trip and the type of show you’re looking for!
170 N. Dearborn in Chicago’s Loop
Now playing through July 23, 2017
Relive the fireworks of first-time love! On July 4, fireworks aren’t the only flames burning for 16-year-old Richard Miller—whose passion for poetry is rivaled only by affection for Muriel, the girl of his dreams. When her father forbids the young couple from dating, Richard embarks on an evening of unexpected rebellion. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Check for half-price tickets!
American Blues Theater at Stage 773
1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood
July 7 – August 5, 2017
This Obie Award-winning play by Dael Orlandersmith depicts one woman’s journey through life’s obstacles in an East Harlem neighborhood. Artistic Affiliate Wandachristine takes on 6 different characters during the course of this solo play – some broken, some on the way down, and all memorable. Recommended for ages 14 and up. Check for half-price tickets!
Broadway In Chicago at the Oriental Theatre
24 W. Randolph in Chicago’s Loop
July 11 - 23, 2017
Set in the ‘90s – the 1590s – this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write their own hit play while the “rock star” Shakespeare keeps getting all the hits. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing, and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL! Recommended for ages 8 and up. Check for half-price tickets!
Kokandy Productions at Theater Wit
1229 W. Belmont in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood
July 9 – August 20, 2017
In the Chicago premiere of Michael John LaChiusa’s Little Fish, thirty-something writer Charlotte decides to give up smoking and tries to compensate with swimming and jogging – but to no avail. With the help of her friends Kathy and Marco, she embarks on a modern-day odyssey to face the eclectic demons of her past. Loosely based on Deborah Eisenberg’s short stories Days and Flotsam, Little Fish’s score is infused with Latin, jazz, rock, and what’s been described as "pure urban noise within Charlotte's mind." Check for half-price tickets!
Royal George Theatre
1641 N. Halsted in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood
Now playing through September 16, 2017
This hilarious musical mash-up celebrates, roasts, and eviscerates the Broadway blockbuster with a cast of five. It is interspersed with outrageous references to Gypsy, Chicago, The King and I, Assassins, Camelot, Sweeney Todd, and of course, Hamilton. Not only are Lin-Manuel Miranda and the stars of the original cast of Hamilton comically eviscerated, but they are joined by caricatures of living Broadway legends: Patti Lupone, Audra McDonald, Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, Barbra Streisand, Bernadette Peters, and many more beloved icons. Check for half-price tickets!
Eclipse Theatre at the Athenaeum Theatre
2936 N. Southport in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood
July 13 – August 20, 2017
Nineteen-year-old Tray loves his grandfather and loves caring for his infant daughter, hoping one day to marry the baby’s mother. But in the War on Drugs, a joint at a party becomes a major military provocation, and Tray unwittingly falls into a black hole of bewilderment, rearranging his plans and his life. Check for half-price tickets!
HER MAJESTY’S WILL
6912 N. Glenwood in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood
Now playing through July 16, 2017
Young William Shakespeare is hiding from the law in rural Lancashire, languishing as a simple school master. Christopher Marlowe is living the high life as a spy for the Crown. When a dastardly plot to assassinate the Queen draws these two unforgettable wits together, Will is swept up in a world of intrigue, treachery, and mayhem in an adventure that will define the rest of his life — if he can only manage to save Her Majesty. An irreverent comedy that imagines Shakespeare’s “lost years” as a rousing romp through the streets and across the stages of Elizabethan London, in a world premiere based on the 2013 novel by Chicago author David Blixt. Check for half-price tickets!
1650 N. Halsted in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood
Now playing through August 20, 2017
The classic dysfunctional family drama has just crashed through into a wholly original place. Meet Paige, a wife and mother liberated from an oppressive and abusive marriage; Max, her newly out transgender teen; and Isaac, Max’s PTSD-addled older brother, who discovers a brand new war zone when he comes home from Afghanistan. Hir’s crusade to shake up the patriarchy is disarmingly funny, absurd, and surprising as it looks at an American family forced to build a new world out of the pieces of the old. Check for half-price tickets!
MY SON THE WAITER: A JEWISH TRAGEDY
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
9501 Skokie Blvd. in the near Chicago suburb of Skokie
July 6 – August 13, 2017
Direct from 15 Months Off Broadway in New York, the hit comedy returns to the Chicago area for an Encore Appearance! In this part standup, part theatrical piece Brad Zimmerman tells a story of one man’s lengthy, and we do mean lengthy, struggle to make it as an actor in New York. His send-ups on his childhood, his family, his misbegotten love life, and his career are as warm and poignant as they are hysterical. Check for half-price tickets!
JACQUES BREL’S LONESOME LOSERS OF THE NIGHT
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Café
6970 N. Glenwood in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood
Now playing through August 6, 2017
Conceived by Arnold Johnston and Fred Anzevino with translations by Arnold Johnston and music arrangements by Joshua Stephen Kartes, Jacques Brel’s Lonesome Losers of the Night follows the trials of two soldiers in an Amsterdam waterfront bar. Witness how relationships bloom and wilt through the musical lyricism of Belgium songwriter/poet Jacques Brel in an original musical revue of love, loss, and hope. 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.