10 Hot Shows To See in Chicago



With more than 250 companies, Chicago is known across the world for its innovative and vibrant live theatre scene. Add a performance (or two!) to your Chicago itinerary – plus, experience many shows on a budget with half-price theater tickets from Hot Tix! From Broadway musicals to intimate dramas to sidesplitting comedies, every night you can choose from dozens of shows – including these top plays and musicals during the month of January.

1. A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Chicago Shakespeare Theater
800 E. Grand Ave. on Navy Pier
Now playing through Jan. 27, 2019

Chicago Shakespeare Theater takes on this spectacular tale of fairies and paramours. When a quartet of mismatched lovers and a gaggle of hapless actors cross paths with the king and queen of the fairies beneath the boughs of an enchanted wood, they experience the inexplicable magic of falling in love — and the wonder of waking up from the sweetest of dreams. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

2. La Ruta
La Ruta at Steppenwolf

Steppenwolf Theatre
1650 N. Halsted St. in Lincoln Park
Now playing through Jan. 27, 2019

To the U.S-owned factories in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, La Ruta is just a bus. But to the hundreds of women who live, work and often disappear along the route, it's so much more than that. Inspired by real testimonies, and using live music to evoke factory work and protest marches, La Ruta is a visceral unearthing of secrets buried in the desert and a celebration of the Mexican women who stand resiliently in the wake of loss. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

3. The Woman in Black
Woman in Black at Royal George Theatre Center

Royal George Theatre Center
1641 N. Halsted St. in Lincoln Park
Now playing through Jan. 17, 2019

Adapted for the stage, Susan Hill’s Gothic ghost story is set in an isolated windswept mansion with tragic secrets hidden behind its shuttered windows. There, a young lawyer encounters horrific visions in the house set amidst the eerie marshes and howling winds of England’s forbidding coast. With just two actors, The Woman in Black offers audiences an evening of unremitting drama and sheer theatricality as they are transported into a chilling and ghostly world. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

4. Photograph 51
Photograph 51 at Court Theatre

Court Theatre
5535 S. Ellis in Hyde Park  
Playing Jan. 17 – Feb. 17, 2019

History may well remember the work of Watson and Crick that shaped biology, but it was British chemist Rosalind Franklin who provided the key to understanding the structure of DNA. Photograph 51 shares the complex story of an ambitious female scientist in a world of men, her pursuit for the secret of life, and her forgotten accomplishments. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

5. Dada Woof Papa Hot

About Face Theatre at Theater Wit
1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Lakeview
Playing Jan. 10 – Feb. 16, 2019

This funny and sexy play introduces two gay couples and their circle of friends who have ventured into the world of modern-day parenting. As friendships deepen and vulnerabilities get exposed, the foundation of family and commitment are shaken. With same sex marriage the law of the land… what happens next? Dada Woof Papa Hot is a fast-paced glimpse into the world of 21st century parenthood. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

6. Little Women the Musical

Brown Paper Box Co. at Strawdog Theatre
1802 W. Berenice Ave. in North Center
Playing Jan. 11 – Feb. 9, 2019

Based on Louisa May Alcott’s life, Little Women the Musical follows the adventures of Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers aren’t interested. Her friend, Professor Bhaer, tells her that she has to write more from herself. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo tells the story of her sisters and their experiences growing up in Concord, Massachusetts during the American Civil War. The timeless story of the March sisters is brought to life in this Broadway chamber musical filled with personal discovery, heartache, hope, and love. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

7. I Know My Own Heart

Pride Films and Plays at The Buena
4147 N. Broadway in Uptown
Playing Jan. 10 – Feb. 10, 2019

Inspired by the secret coded diaries of Yorkshire gentlewoman Anne Lister, this play subverts all the conventions of Regency romance. Teasing out the entangled lives of Lister (nicknamed 'Gentleman Jack') and three of her many lovers, I Know My Own Heart explores the different choices women make in a time of limits and prohibitions. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

8. Between Riverside and Crazy

Redtwist Theatre
1044 W. Bryn Mawr in Edgewater
Playing Jan. 9 – Feb. 10, 2019

In this stunning Pulitzer Prize-winner, we meet an ex-cop and widower clinging to one of the last rent-controlled apartments in New York City. Pops is dealing with a never-ending swirl of demands from family, friends, former colleagues, and a shady church lady…until he resolves to draw the line and make some demands of his own. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

9. Fuente Ovejuna

City Lit Theater
1020 W. Bryn Mawr in Edgewater
Playing Jan. 4 – Feb. 17, 2019

In 1476, a young woman in the Spanish village of Fuente Ovejuna inspires and leads a rebellion against their military governor’s sexual exploitation of local women. Laurencia refuses to be a victim when she is attacked and rallies the town to do something, finally, about the oppression that has gone on too long. This classic play by Lope de Vega, a writer considered second only to Cervantes in the canon of Spanish literature, was first published in 1619. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

10. I Call My Brothers

Interrobang Theatre Project at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble
5779 N. Ridge Ave. in Edgewater
Playing Jan. 6 – Feb. 2, 2019

Stockholm, Sweden. A car bomb rocks the peaceful city, and leaves Amor, who is Arab-Swedish, on guard and on edge. But he doesn’t have time to let his fear get the best of him; he’s got places to be. As Amor attempts to run his errand and grapple with his own anxieties, we follow him through a fraught 24 hours, cautiously navigating the city he calls home. Balancing paranoia and humor, Jonas Khemiri's nuanced account dares us to question our own perceptions and prejudices, while offering a singular and harrowing take on the labyrinth of global identity politics. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!


St. Nicholas

Saint Nicholas

Goodman Theatre
170 N. Dearborn in the Loop
Now playing through January 27, 2019

When a jaded Dublin theater critic abandons his ordinary life in pursuit of a beautiful young actress, his desires lead him to strike an irreversible bargain with a band of modern-day vampires. Olivier Award-winner Brendan Coyle (“Mr. Bates” of Downton Abbey, Mary Queen of Scots, Paths to Freedom) stars in this intimate thriller by Conor McPherson—“the finest playwright of his generation” (The New York Times) and author of Shining City, The Weir and The Seafarer. A limited engagement direct from London’s internationally renowned Donmar Warehouse. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

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

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Get ready for Chicago Theatre Week 2019
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