From Feb. 8-18, Chicago theater lovers will kick the cold to the curb to enjoy exciting productions all over the city.
Discount tickets, a broad spectrum of theaters, and the chance to check out more than 120 productions make this annual two-weekend Chicago Theatre Week event an eagerly anticipated winter highlight for both locals and visitors.
Celebrating its sixth year, Chicago Theatre Week’s mission is to provide opportunities for patrons from all walks of life to discover new theater companies by making pricing and location accessible for all. That translates into the ability to experience world-class performances and premieres that bridge every genre—musicals, comedies, dramas—and every type of venue—historic theaters, neighborhood storefronts, community centers, immersive spaces, and more.
Wondering what to pick? Consider one (or two, or three) of these Chicago Theatre Week standouts:
February 8-17, City Lit Theater, 1020 W Bryn Mawr
Dedicated to using stage combat to tell women’s stories, Babes With Blades’ premiere, The Good Fight, tackles the riveting history of England’s Women’s Social and Political Union, which battled for women’s suffrage in the United Kingdom. The group targeted property as a method of protest, and formed the Bodyguard, an all-female security unit trained in jiu jitsu.
February 9-18 (some performances sold out), Goodman Theatre, 170 N Dearborn
A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, The Wolves examines the battles and concerns of a girls’ suburban soccer team. Filled with wit and insight, the drama sheds light on American society and the lives of adolescent girls.
February 8-18, Second City Chicago Mainstage, 1616 N Wells
In the 106th revue of the legendary Second City sketch comedy troupe, Dream Freaks Fall From Space delivers a surreal comedy production that mirrors the bizarre times that we live in.
February 14-17, Berger Park Coach House, 6205 N Sheridan
Crazily blending the film classic Some Like It Hot with Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, and sprinkling in 80s tunes and riffs on the totalitarian state, Some Like It Red is a comic musical that entertains with sly pop and political references.
February 10 & 17, The Revival, 1160 E 55th St
The Revival’s Winter Sketch Comedy Revue, Hyde Ya Kids, Hyde Ya Park, features a collection of skits and sketches that riff on the Hyde Park South Side neighborhood. Scenes include a sitcom based on Barack Obama’s law school days and a women’s rap rebuttal to male privilege.
February 18, Black Ensemble Theater, 4450 N Clark St
Black Ensemble Theater pays tribute to the father of rock n’ roll with Hail, Hail Chuck, a musical showcase that presents Chuck Berry’s life story, as well as iconic tunes like Maybelline, Johnny B Goode, and Roll Over Beethoven.
February 8-18, Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave
Based on never-before-heard interviews compiled by distinguished Kennedy biographer Laurence Leamer, Rose is an intimate portrait of Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, Camelot’s “queen mother,” as she retraces the rise and fall of her great family.