Broadway in Chicago

Chicago is second to none when it comes to creative, high-quality theater for kids. There are so many fun performances to choose from and it can be hard to pick just one. If you're visiting Chicago with your family this summer, try to squeeze in at least one or two live performances. Here are six (so you can't say we're not giving you options) can't-miss, family-friendly performances this summer. 

The Jungle Book at the Goodman Theatre (Through August 4)

Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman and the Goodman Theatre present this new musical adaptation of a Rudyard Kipling's classic. Featuring music from the classic Disney film, this world premiere is bound to be the children's theatre event of the summer.

Cirque Shaghai Dragon Thunder at Navy Pier's Pepsi Skyline Stage (Through September 5)

Cirque Shanghai

The incredible acrobatics of Cirque Shanghai never cease to amaze us, and this year's show, Dragon Thunder, is filled with thrills. Your kids (and you!) will be amazed as the ultra-talented performers balance, contort and cycle their way around the stage in this colorful, vibrant, fast-paced show.  

Sleeping Beauty at the Provision Theater Company (Through July 27)

Your little Prince and Princess will love this magical tale centered on the fearless quest of Prince Hunter and the Palace Sisters as they combat a dragon, sail the ocean and climb a mountain to save a sleeping princess. 

West Side Story at the Oriental Theatre (Through June 16)

Westside Story

While parental guidance is recommended for the under 13 set, my tween son appreciated this timeless classic of two teens trying to rise above the gang violence that plagues their lives. I still can't get the Bernstein and Sondheim score out of my head. 

Cat in the Hat at the Broadway Playhouse (Through September 1)

Follow along as the Cat in the Hat brings some magic to a rainy day in this Emerald City Theatre's production of the Dr. Seuss classic. The Broadway Playhouse is conveniently located at Water Tower Place, making this play the perfect cultural break after day of shopping the Mag Mile

ShrekThe Musical at Chicago Shakespeare's Courtyard Theater (July 13-September 1)


The loveable, giant green ogre is back! Join Shrek as he fights to save his kingdom and rescue Princess Fiona in this sweet and comical musical fairytale. Remember to stay after the show - when you can meet the cast of characters and even get Shrek's autograph!  

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