10 Hot Shows to See in Chicago


The League of Chicago Theatres rounds up this month's theatrical favs.

With more than 250 theater companies, Chicago is renowned around the world for its innovative and vibrant theater scene. Add a performance (or two or three) to your Chicago itinerary — plus, experience many shows on a budget with HALF-PRICE THEATER TICKETS FROM HOT TIX! From Broadway musicals and world premieres to intimate dramas and side-splitting comedies, you could fill every night of your visit with a front-row performance.

Here are 10 top plays and musicals — both traditional favorites and main-stage headliners — with discount tickets during the month of November. 

1. Miss Saigon

Broadway In Chicago at Cadillac Palace Theatre
151 W. Randolph St. in the Loop
Nov. 14 – Dec. 8, 2018

Experience the acclaimed new production of the legendary musical Miss Saigon, from the creators of Les Misérables. In the last days of the Vietnam War, 17-year-old Kim is forced to work in a notorious bar where she meets and falls in love with an American G.I. named Chris. The pair are torn apart by the fall of Saigon, spurring Kim to go on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he's fathered a son. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

2. Rightlynd

Victory Gardens Theater
2433 N. Lincoln Ave. in Lincoln Park
Nov. 9 – Dec. 23, 2018

Rightlynd is Chicago's 51st Ward. The L doesn't run here anymore, and it is full of abandoned storefronts, crumbling apartment buildings, and its fair share of crime. A powerful real estate conglomerate is planning a massive redevelopment project that would gentrify the neighborhood and change Rightlynd forever. Only one woman stands in the way: Alderman Nina Esposito. In award-winning local playwright Ike Holter's ambitious new work, one woman tries to use her street smarts and raw determination to save the Chicago neighborhood she loves. But will the political machine turn her into the very person she is trying to defeat? Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

3. Gypsy

Porchlight Music Theatre at Ruth Page Theater
1016 N. Dearborn St. in Old Town
Now – Dec. 29, 2018

A scene from Gypsy

Chicago’s E. Faye Butler adopts the mantle of Broadway’s legendary “stage mother” in this heart-wrenching story of a woman who pushes her daughters to become stars, whether they want to or not. The show features one of the gold-standard musical scores including “Let Me Entertain You,” “Together (Wherever We Go),” “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” and more. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

4. Master Class

TimeLine Theatre at Stage 773
1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Lakeview
Now – Dec. 9, 2018

Master Class at TimeLine Theatre

This glorious, raw, and bittersweet look at one of opera’s most formidable talents was the Tony Award winner for Best Play in 1996. Witness a master class conducted by legendary opera diva Maria Callas. Glamorous, demanding, and unapologetically herself, Callas critiques and regales a new crop of opera’s finest. Both frustrated and amazed by the students thrust before her, she escapes into recollections of the glories and failures of her past, remembering her rise as one of opera’s biggest underdogs. This authentic and musically rich Master Class presents a portrait of a faded star who refuses to be anything but the indomitable woman she once was. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

5. In The Canyon

Jackalope Theatre at Broadway Armory
5917 N. Broadway Ave. in Edgewater
Now – Nov. 24, 2018

In the Canyon at Jackalope Theatre

In The Canyon is a new American saga by Calamity West spanning from 2007 to 2067. In an exploration on the present attack on abortion, a time in which Roe v. Wade is overturned, this world-premiere imagines a broken society rapidly declining into a future world set in the rocks and walls of a canyon, where a story of resistance is birthed. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

6. Frankenstein

Court Theatre
5535 S. Ellis in Hyde Park
Nov. 1 – Dec. 2, 2018

Frankenstein at Court Theatre
Love, loss, and creation merge in unexpected ways in this classic gothic tale conceived by Manual Cinema. The show stitches together Mary Shelley's own life with her story of Victor Frankenstein and his monster to expose how the forces of family, community, and education shape personhood—or destroy it by their absence. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

7. Ghosts

Redtwist Theatre
1044 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. in Edgewater
Nov. 7 – Dec. 10, 2018

On the eve of affirming her late husband's prestigious legacy, Helen Alving strives to finally bury his long-festering secrets. The fiery desires of her estranged son, Oswald, drive all misdeeds into the light. Relentless in its examination of the white feminist, Erin Murray’s world premiere adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's masterpiece promises audiences the most incendiary Ghosts since 1882. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

8. An Oak Tree

Red Theater Chicago at Athenaeum Theatre
2963 N. Southport Ave. in Lakeview
Nov. 3 – Dec. 9, 2018

Two actors. One has rehearsed the play. The second has never even read it. Performed by a different person each night, the second actor will discover the play and their role at the same time as the audience. In this Midwest Premiere by Tim Crouch, An Oak Tree asks, how do we transform our world in order to survive our pain? How do we create our own reality? Anything can happen in this play that illuminates the magic of theater – a cheap trick and a genuine spell all at once. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

9. Frederick

Frederick at Chicago Children's Theatre

Chicago Children’s Theatre at The Station
100 S. Racine in the West Loop
Weekends through Dec. 1, 2018

While other mice are working hard gathering food for the winter, Frederick is daydreaming the summer away. But when dreary weather comes, it's Frederick who has stored up something special to help his companions survive the long cold winter. This family-friendly show, based on Lionni’s beloved book, encourages the idea that there's a place for all of us in this world and celebrating the role of artists in society. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

10. Bunnicula

Lifeline Theatre
6912 N. Glenwood Ave. in Rogers Park
Now playing – Nov. 25, 2018

At a showing of Dracula one dark and stormy night, the Monroe family discovers an abandoned rabbit. When they bring him home, resident know-it-all Chester the cat suspects the worst after spying gleaming fangs in the bunny’s mouth. And as vegetables start turning up mysteriously drained of their juices, even easygoing Harold the dog wonders if they have a supernatural menace on their hands. Brave the night and dare to embrace our differences in this family-friendly, musical adaptation of the 1979 book by Deborah and James Howe. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

Note: Schedules are subject to change; visit the Hot Tix website for up-to-the-minute dates and half-price ticket availability. Visit to find other exciting productions on stage while you're here, and get insider guides to all things performing arts and the Chicago theatre scene to create your Chicago itinerary.

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