As summer approaches, some Chicago theatres are beginning to re-open for long awaited in-person performances. Not ready to return to the theatre yet? Check out the hundreds of online performances, classes, podcasts, and workshops that Chicago theatre has to offer by searching online with Hot Tix.

Out of the House Party

Indoor performance
The Second City e.t.c Theater

Open run beginning July 1

The Second City’s favorite e.t.c. stage is back, live, and in-person! Join their raring-to-go cast of comedians for this laugh-packed adventure. From improv games to classic sketches from the archives, this experience is a great way for us all to laugh our way into the new normal. The Second City e.t.c can’t wait to welcome you back to their theatre where laughs (and masks!) are mandatory.
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Stories Under the Sun

Play Makers outdoor show

Outdoor performance
PlayMakers Laboratory & Chicago Park District

July 6 – 8

PlayMakers Laboratory presents Stories Under the Sun, a series of free, family-friendly performances presented across the city this summer through the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks initiative. Performed in the style of PML’s much-lauded sketch comedy revue That’s Weird, Grandma, the stories featured in Stories Under the Sun are written by Chicago elementary school students, adapted for the stage and performed by PlayMakers Laboratory company members and directed by Artistic Director Brandon Cloyd.
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Teatro ZinZanni

Indoor performance
Spiegeltent ZaZou at Cambria Hotel

Open run beginning July 8

Teatro ZinZanni is back! An experience unlike any other, Teatro ZinZanni is a whirlwind of international cirque, comedy, and cabaret all served with a fabulous four-course feast. The fast-paced action unfolds all around you as acrobats, illusionists, and aerialists fill the intimate Spiegeltent ZaZou. This unique jewel box mirror tent has a history all its own and is constructed within a tucked-away space in the new Hotel Cambria-Theatre District.
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ABT Across America

Ballet Dancer ABT Across America (1)

Outdoor performance 
Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park
July 8, 7:30 p.m.

Presented by the Auditorium Theatre, ABT will bring 20 acclaimed artist-athletes to a live performance outdoors at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park as part of the company’s cross-country road trip, ABT Across America, traveling to 8 U.S. cities this July. This FREE 50-minute performance features the Chicago premiere of Lauren Lovette’s La Follia Variations; Jessica Lang’s Let Me Sing Forevermore set to the music of Tony Bennett; the famous pas de deux from Don Quixote; and Indestructible Light created by Darrell Grand Moultrie.
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The Miscellany

Virtual performance
The Passage Theatre

Streaming July 1 – Aug. 15

Comprising six chapters helmed by different directors and devised by one ensemble, The Miscellany is a virtual anthology wherein disparate parts come together to create something whole. Each chapter will work within the same limitations and be inspired by the same set of objects (read: spoons). While the six pieces may stand on their own, they will ultimately coalesce into one 90-minute collage greater than the sum of its parts.
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Henchpeople: A World Premiere Play

Indoor and virtual performance
Theatre Above the Law  and Jarvis Square Theater

July 8 – Aug. 1

A self-obsessed supervillain is mere minutes away from unleashing their simmering vengeance upon a helpless city, and right-hand helpers Oona and Jarlath are there every step of the way. Unfortunately (for them at least), something goes very, very wrong. Now these bewildered baddies must face an army of blood-thirsty foot soldiers, a formidable superhero, and their own feelings of distrust, self-worth, and burgeoning friendship in this new comedy. For those not comfortable with these precautions or unvaccinated audience members, a streaming ticket option is available.
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Virtual performance
Interrobang Theatre Project

Streaming now – July 18

Dingleberries, a dark comedy written by Susan Chenet and directed by Georgette Verdin, is streaming now via BroadwayWorld! Jonie, a middle school theatre teacher, is standing at the threshold of her playwriting dreams when a regional company selects her new, avant-garde work to debut. Rehearsals seem to be going smoothly until the week before previews when she receives a video call from the artistic director. What happens next would be funny if it weren’t so sad. This crappy comedy is based on actual events.
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Ride Share

Virtual performance
Writers Theatre

Streaming now – July 25

One more ride. The night darkens. The mystery deepens. Written and directed by Black Lives, Black Words co-founders Reginald Edmund and Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway respectively, Ride Share steps on the gas and takes you along for the dangerous, thrilling ride.
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Grant Park Music Festival

Grant Park Music Festival

Outdoor performance
Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park
July 2 – Aug. 21

A Chicago tradition returns! The Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus return to Millennium Park with a thrilling lineup of Festival favorites, including the Grieg Piano Concerto, the New World Symphony, the William Tell Overture, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun plus plenty of family fun with Carnival of the Animals, Classic Broadway, and the annual Independence Day Salute. Visit for more information!

I Hate it Here

Live stream performance
Goodman Theatre

July 15 – 17

If there’s one thing Americans can agree on, it’s that 2020 was not the best way to begin a new decade. With guts and humor, punctuated with story and song, Ike Holter asks who we are in a world on the brink of explosion in this “sharp and satisfyingly foul-mouthed” (The New York Times) rallying cry for our times. I Hate It Here is part of Goodman’s Live series. Performances will be live streamed from Goodman’s historic Owen Theatre stage straight into your home ­ in real time. Check for half-price tickets on Hot Tix!

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