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Much to the delight of theater fans, Chicago Shakespeare Theater has completed construction on quite the new addition: The Yard is the newest theater at Chicago Shakespeare's expansive Navy Pier campus. Chicago Shakespeare now boasts three theater spaces; in addition to the Courtyard Theater and the theater Upstairs, The Yard is the newest venue. The ribbon cutting ceremony took place on September 12, and the first production, James Thierrée's The Toad Knew, is set to open on September 19.

A Disappearing Number

Chicago is known for storefront theaters—it's kind of our signature. The theaters may be small, but that's part of their charm: the intimate space puts you face to face with the actors, making you feel as though you're part of the action. Plus, ticket prices are much less expensive than the big shows, and they're even cheaper with upoming Chicago Theatre Week (February 9–19) discounts. Get a taste of Chicago's signature storefront-theater style at one of the following neighborhood productions: 

The House Theatre's

The holidays are so much fun in Chicago! The city feels like a winter wonderland: Trees covered in snow, sparkling lights and lots of unique stores where you can find that perfect gift. There are also a wide array of holiday plays in Chicago that are sure to get you in the spirit. If you haven't made Chicago theater a part of your holiday tradition, it's time you do! Read on to discover four Chicago holiday shows that are really worth dashing through the snow for. 

Chicago is on fire and this time it has nothing to do with a cow. No, the culprit is a rapping, hip-shaking musical that turns the history of a founding father literally on its head. Hamilton An American Musical is "the story of America then, told by America now" and everyone wants to listen. Tickets for the opening season of Hamilton in Chicago immediately sold out back in the summer but for late comers, there are still chances to score tickets.

In The Heights

Fall in Chicago is the best. The autumn cooldown means shorter days filled with colorful leaves dancing in the breeze, long nights lit with big harvest moons and plenty of amazing theater to enjoy. The opening of the theater season is a particularly unique time. Many theater companies painstakingly select shows for the fall that they hope will set the bar for the rest of the year. Read on to see what shows you should check out now.

The Last DefenderYou may have heard of those experiences in Chicago where you get locked in a room with people and you have to find your way out in an hour. You may be thinking "Umm... locked in a room with people I DON'T KNOW for an hour and I can't get out? No thanks. Biyeeee!" I get it, especially if they're scary ones with zombies, or you're with someone who is just the worst. However, The House Theatre of Chicago has come up with such a cool and unique escape-type room experience that I think even the biggest doubters will have a blast.

Chicago's Bronzeville The Musical

If not for the Great Migration, Chicago wouldn't enjoy such a rich musical legacy of blues, jazz, gospel and soul music. Many people don't make the connection between the Great Migration of African Americans from the South to Chicago between 1916 and 1970, and Chicago's cultural history, but Chicago's Bronzeville—The Musical is about to change all of that.

5 Productions to See During Chicago Theatre Week

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 12:00 AM by Liz Behler

Waiting for Godot

Chicago Theatre Week kicked off Feb. 12, offering discounted tickets to over 100 productions across the city through the 22nd. While a few shows are already sold out (like "Marie Antoinette" and The Who's "Tommy") there are still plenty of productions to choose from. Here are a few of our favorites.

A Clown Car Named Desire

Don't have Lollapalooza tickets? Don't feel bad -- there's plenty more to do in Chicago this weekend to keep you busy. How 'bout a show? Many think summer is a down time for Chicago theatre, but there is actually a lot of great stuff playing -- from family-friendly fare to art rock to split-yer-pants comedy. Here are some must-see shows and stages for this weekend, no jean shorts or wristband required.

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