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.

And here’s even more good news! 

The League of Chicago Theatres has launched its brand new Hot Tix website, featuring a sleek new look, user-friendly search options, geo-locating to find nearby half-price performances, and the ability to buy your half-price tickets straight from your mobile device.

Now back to this month's hot shows! Here are 10 top plays and musicals — both traditional favorites and main-stage headliners — with discount tickets during the month of April.

1. Lettie

Victory Gardens Theater
2433 N. Lincoln Ave. in Lincoln Park
Playing April 6 through May 6, 2018

After serving seven years in prison, Lettie is released and struggles to make a fresh start. Her children, who have been cared for by her half-sister, want little to do with her. Her re-entry job is anything but gentle, as she takes on the dark, harsh world of welding. Trying again and again to create a non-criminal life, Lettie is confronted by her past, and must make impossible choices to protect her future. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix! 

2. Women Laughing Alone With Salad

Theater Wit
1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Lakeview
Now playing through April 29, 2018

Trapped on a treadmill of dysfunctional relationships, warped body image and ludicrous pornography, our heroines try to carve their way through this suffocating, tangled mess. But every act of lashing out turns and lashes back, tying them tighter to their absurd predicament. Dangerous, fierce and funny, Women Laughing Alone with Salad bursts out of the bounds of internet meme-dom and onto the stage in a four-person comic tour de force about friendship, salad, sex, bodies, yoga, salad, men, envy, women, pharmaceuticals, diets, salad, uppers and salad. This play contains nudity and is recommended for ages 13 and up. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

3. A Taste of Things to Come

Broadway In Chicago at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place
175 E. Chestnut Ave. along the Magnificent Mile
Now playing through April 29, 2018

A Taste of Things to Come

It’s the 1950s in Winnetka, IL. Every Wednesday, best friends Joan, Connie, Dottie and Agnes enter a Betty Crocker cooking contest, dreaming of how the prizes might change their mundane lives. On this particular Wednesday, Joan replaces the cookbook with the Kinsey Report on female sexuality, and life begins to get very interesting! In A Taste of Things To Come, a slice-of-life original musical comedy, we watch as a cooking club becomes a turning point in four women’s lives. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

4. 9 to 5 The Musical

Firebrand Theatre at The Den Theatre
1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park
Playing April 7 through May 20, 2018

Based on the 1980 hit movie of the same name, 9 To 5 The Musical follows three unlikely friends as they take control of their office and learn there’s nothing they can't do, even in a man's world. Filled with Dolly Parton's signature songs and packed with laughs, this heartfelt story still rings true today. 9 to 5 The Musical is about women shattering stereotypes, lifting each other up and succeeding beyond their wildest dreams. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

5. Hang

Remy Bumppo Theatre at Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N. Lincoln Ave. in Lincoln Park
Now playing through April 29, 2018

Three people. One room. One woman’s unspeakable decision in the balance. As words break down in the face of human suffering, an unnamed woman is ushered into a strange government office in order to make a devastating decision. Debbie Tucker Green’s darkly humorous and shatteringly poetic 2015 hit from London’s Royal Court places us on the raw knife edge between justice and retribution. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

6. Plantation!

Lookingglass Theatre
821 N. Michigan Ave. along the Magnificent Mile
Now playing through April 22, 2018


A Texas matriarch, bless her heart, discovers that the history of the ancestral home is, well… complicated. When she reveals the news to her Southern Belle daughters, tempers rage hotter than the devil’s armpit and pandemonium runs amok on the pristine plantation… and that’s before the other set of sisters arrive. Lookingglass Ensemble Member and playwright Kevin Douglas returns with a sharp pen and sharper wit to slash into America’s thorniest underbrush and most enduring conundrum. Ensemble Member David Schwimmer directs this world premiere black (and white) comedy. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

7. How I Learned to Drive

The Artistic Home
1376 W. Grand Ave. in West Town
Now playing through May 06, 2018

How I Learned to Drive

With frankness, humor and hope, Paula Vogel's 1997 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama unashamedly places a woman in the driver's seat, allowing her to tell her own story of familial love, abuse, devastation and redemption. How I Learned To Drive, which premiered in 1997, is a pioneering drama, examining the themes of pedophilia and sexual abuse. It follows a young woman, named L’il Bit, from age 11 to 18, and her friendship and sexual affair with her uncle. The New York Times explained, "Ms. Vogel has written a lovely, harrowing guide to the crippling persistence of one woman's memories." Recommended for ages 13 and up. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

8. Birdland

Steep Theatre
1115 W. Berwyn in Edgewater
Playing April 5 through May 12, 2018

Paul has attained rock stardom and all the spoils that go with it. As his world tour winds its way home, the rewards of his fame are quickly diminishing. When you can have whatever you want, whenever you want it, what do you ask for next? When you've pushed every boundary until there's nothing left to hold you in, how do you find your way back home? Birdland is a sexy, searing exploration of empathy and the impact of unchecked privilege by Olivier and Tony Award winner Simon Stephens. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

9. The Luckiest People

Stage Left at Athenaeum Theatre
2936 N. Southport Ave. in Lakeview
Now playing through April 29, 2018

The Luckiest People

After the Hoffman family matriarch passes away, Richard is blindsided when his elderly father, Oscar, demands to leave his assisted living facility. With his sister Laura living in Shanghai, and Richard soon to become a first-time father with his partner David, he is less than thrilled at the prospect of housing his — to put it mildly — difficult father. Accusations begin to fly and defenses are raised, drawing father and son, brother and sister, and spouses into a heated game of finger pointing with unintended consequences. This is the first in a trilogy of plays about the Hoffman family. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

10. The Gentleman Caller

Raven Theatre
6157 N. Clark in Edgewater Glen
Now playing through May 27, 2018

The Gentleman Caller

The Gentleman Caller, based on historical truth, imagines what might have happened behind closed doors in the first two meetings between Tennessee Williams and William Inge. Williams and Inge are now regarded as two of America’s finest playwrights, but in the fall of 1944, Inge was a dissatisfied arts critic for the St. Louis Star Times, and Tennessee was an "emerging" playwright yet to experience anything close to success. 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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