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 sidesplitting comedies, you could fill every night of your visit with a front-row performance.

And if you’re thinking of planning your visit to Chicago in February, don’t miss CHICAGO THEATRE WEEK from February 8-18, when over 120 shows offer tickets for only $15 or $30!

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

1. We’re Gonna Be Okay

American Theater Company
1909 W. Byron St. in North Center
Now playing through March 4 Click here for the Chicago Theatre Week (Feb 8-18) deal!

We're Gonna Be Ok - ATC

In the midst of the Cuban Missile Crisis, President Kennedy addressed the nation, “My fellow citizens: let no one doubt that this is a difficult and dangerous effort on which we have set out… But the greatest danger of all would be to do nothing.” Well, Efran and Leena and Mag and Sul are thinking about doing something. Something big. We’re Gonna Be Okay confronts the fears of the American middle class as two families wrestle with macrame, female empowerment, and a shared property line.
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2. Blind Date

Goodman Theatre
170 N. Dearborn St. in Chicago’s Loop
Now playing through February 25 Click here for the Chicago Theatre Week (Feb 8-18) deal!

Blind Date - Goodman

Before Twitter, Tinder and 24/7 news, two of history’s most enigmatic leaders—Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev—meet to halt the arms race. A crafty game of one-upmanship ensues, while their wives engage in a passive-aggressive tango over tea. This play is a compulsively fascinating, slyly comic backstage glimpse of a 20th century landmark event.
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3. Merrily We Roll Along

Porchlight Music Theater at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts
1016 N. Dearborn St. on the Near North Side
Now playing through March 11 Click here for the Chicago Theatre Week (Feb 8-18) deal!

Merrily Roll Along - Torchlight

Set over three decades of friendship and business, the landmark musical Merrily We Roll Along charts the highs and lows of a relationship among three very close friends. Starting from adulthood and traveling back in time to the idealistic intentions of youth, this powerful and emotionally moving story of looking at your life from the vantage point of having lived it features some of Stephen Sondheim’s best known songs including “Good Thing Going,” “Not a Day Goes By” and “Old Friends.”
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4. Five Mile Lake

Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit
1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Lakeview
Now playing through February 24 Click here for the Chicago Theatre Week (Feb 8-18) deal!

Five Mile Lake

Five young adults approaching thirty navigate an unexpected reunion in a small Pennsylvania town: the kind of claustrophobic place that most kids grow up ready to leave. On the banks of a frozen lake, each struggles to make a new choice – the “right” choice – and comes face-to-face with the choices they have already made. Five Mile Lake is a funny, intimate portrait of unrequited love, tension among siblings, the discomfort of self-reflection, and the consequences of words left unsaid.
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5. Short Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater
800 E. Grand Ave. on Navy Pier
Now playing through March 10 Click here for the Chicago Theatre Week (Feb 8-18) deal!

Liz Lauren

Saturdays only! This smartly abridged, 75-minute production promises to cast its spell on audience members from ages 9 to 99. Join in the merriment as four young lovers set out for the forest, where an amateur theater troupe is rehearsing. But when the Fairy Court discovers mortals in their midst, mischief ensues until dawn. Following each performance, you are invited to stay for a discussion with the entire cast and to mingle with them in the lobby. Start your weekend with an enchanting visit to a realm where love wins—every time.
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6. Hatfield & McCoy

The House Theatre of Chicago at the Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division St. in Wicker Park
Now playing through March 11 Click here for the Chicago Theatre Week (Feb 8-18) deal!

Hatfield & McCoy

On the border of Kentucky and West Virginia, North and South, fact and fiction, two cabins both alike in dignity wage a whip-smart war of words and bullets. Hatfield & McCoy is inspired by the true tale of the most infamous family feud in American history. Set at the close of the Civil War, a battle of Us versus Them catches two young lovers in a deadly cycle of violence. New music created for the show represents Americana styles across generations, from bluegrass to 2017 pop and features a live band on stage. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

7. You Got Older

Steppenwolf Theatre
1650 N. Halsted St. in Lincoln Park
Now playing through March 11 Click here for the Chicago Theatre Week (Feb 8-18) deal!


Mae's life is kinda falling apart. Her boyfriend dumped her, she got fired from her job, and she's moved back home to take care of her dad. As if that weren't enough, she has this weird rash and a fantasy cowboy that just won't leave her alone. What happens when your life path leads you right over a cliff? In this bawdy, irreverent and touching new play, up-and-coming playwright Clare Barron masterfully blends reality and fantasy in a dark comedy about falling apart as you're failing to launch, and what you might find instead.
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8. All My Sons

Court Theatre
5535 S. Ellis Ave. in Hyde Park
January 11 – February 11 Click here for the Chicago Theatre Week (Feb 8-18) deal!

All My Sons - Court

All My Sons established playwright Arthur Miller as an American theater icon, and won the 1947 Drama Critics’ Award for Best New Play. Local businessman and manufacturer Joe Keller developed a bitter history with his business partner after dealing with profound tragedy during World War II. Despite the odds, love blossoms between Joe’s son Chris and his partner’s daughter Ann. Joe is destined to face old dilemmas and defend his decisions in this electrifying family drama.
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9. Potted Potter

Broadway In Chicago at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place
175 E. Chestnut Ave. along the Magnificent Mile
Now playing through February 25 Click here for the Chicago Theatre Week (Feb 8-18) deal!

Potted Potter 2018

Potted Potter takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into 70 hilarious minutes. This fantastically funny show features all your favorite characters, a special appearance from a fire-breathing dragon, endless costumes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic. Recommended for ages 6 and up.
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10. Hinter

Steep Theatre
1115 W. Berwyn Ave. in Edgewater
Now playing through March 3 Click here for the Chicago Theatre Week (Feb 8-18) deal!

Hinter - Sleep

Whispers and rumors had been swirling around the Gruber family farm long before the bodies were discovered on that cold April day. It's 1922, and a remote community in Bavaria is reeling in the aftermath of World War I: gender roles are shifting, a generation gap is emerging, and farmers are battling poverty in the shadow of a growing urban intelligentsia. Inspired by a chilling and true unsolved crime, Hinter is a darkly comic thriller by one of Chicago’s most exciting new playwrights.
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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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