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Chicago has a vibrant theatre scene that invites visitors to surround themselves with live performances. From Comedy to Cabaret, with over 200 theaters in Chicago, there’s a seat waiting for you.

Explore for a complete listing of performances, show descriptions, reviews, and ticket information to help you enjoy everything Chicago theatre has to offer.


Winner of Discontent - Second City

The Winner… of Our Discontent

Now Playing through September 29, 2017

  • Location: The Second City in Old Town
  • Tickets: $19-$46

The Second City’s latest revue The Winner… of Our Discontent asks if it’s broken, should we fix it? Chicago’s premier sketch comedy troupe finds big laughs in the country’s collective disappointment and fears. If you’re scared for the future of America, guess what? So are we! From pot smoking moms to Russians targeting Altoona, Iowa to a few suburban dads who are sure they have it all figured out, this show sifts through all of the divisiveness to find a winner. (Spoiler: It’s the Cubs and that’s it.)


Disney's Aladdin

Now Playing through September 10, 2017

  • Location: Cadillac Palace Theatre in the Loop
  • Tickets: Start at $42

From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite. Hailed by USA Today as “Pure Genie-Us,” Aladdin features all your favorite songs from the film as well as new music. Recommended for ages 6 and up.

The King & I

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King & I

Now playing through July 9, 2017

  • Location: Oriental Theatre in the Loop
  • Tickets: Start at $24

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score which features such beloved classics as "Getting To Know You," "I Whistle a Happy Tune," "Hello Young Lovers," "Shall We Dance" and "Something Wonderful."



Now playing through July 16, 2017

  • Location: Griffin Theatre Company at The Den Theatre in Wicker Park
  • Tickets: $30 – $39

A newly orchestrated chamber version of the Tony Award-winning musical performed with two pianos, a wind instrument, and 20 actors. Griffin premieres this new version created by director Scott Weinstein and music director Matt Deitchman. The musical, based on the 1975 novel by E.L. Doctorow, is set at the dawn of a new century where the lives of three distinct American families from different backgrounds intersect in their search for the American dream. Part history lesson—part family saga, Ragtime asks us think about racism, immigration, social justice, wage inequality and the role of women in society in a changing America.

Ah Wilderness!

Ah Wilderness!

Now playing through July 23, 2017

  • Location: Goodman Theatre in the Loop
  • Tickets: Starting at $20

On July 4, fireworks aren’t the only flames burning for 16-year-old Richard Miller—whose passion for poetry is rivaled only by affection for Muriel, the girl of his dreams. When her father forbids the young couple from dating, Richard embarks on an evening of unexpected rebellion. Eugene O’Neill’s "warm-hearted, welcome dose of love and laughter" (Los Angeles Times) delightfully captures the bliss, adventure and angst of young romance. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Paradise Blue

Paradise Blue

Now playing through July 23, 2017

  • Location: TimeLine Theatre in Lakeview
  • Tickets: Starting at $38

A dynamic and jazz-infused drama about what’s at stake when building a better future. In Detroit’s Black Bottom neighborhood in 1949, a gifted trumpeter and troubled owner of the Paradise jazz nightclub is contemplating a buyout offer for the city’s urban renewal plan. As the inhabitants of the famed but faltering jazz club ponder their options and dream of a better life, relationships are tested, new challengers emerge, and a mysterious woman arrives to turn their world upside down. As the fate of all their lives looms, they must decide whether to fight to save what’s theirs or risk it all for a chance at redemption.



On Sale through January 7, 2018

  • Location: The Private Bank Theatre in the Loop
  • Tickets: Start at $65

Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, told by America now. 

Moby Dick

Moby Dick

Now playing through September 3, 2017

  • Location: Lookingglass Theatre Company at the Water Tower Water Works along the Magnificent Mile
  • Tickets: Starting at $50

Fresh off a national tour, the critically-acclaimed Moby Dick returns to the Lookingglass stage in this harrowing and intoxicating exploration of revenge, obsession, and destiny. Madness rages like the angry sea when man pits himself against leviathan in Herman Melville’s epic and poetic tale, furiously reimagined by director David Catlin (Lookingglass Alice). Climb aboard the Pequod with Ishmael, Starbuck, and the intrepid crew on a voyage into the darkest reaches of the human psyche with an insatiably driven Captain Ahab at the helm in reckless pursuit of the legendary white whale.

An American in Paris

An American In Paris

July 25 – August 13, 2017

  • Location: Oriental Theatre in the Loop
  • Tickets: Start at $27

The new Tony Award®-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl, and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award®-winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2015 season! 



July 27 – September 17, 2017

  • Location: Mercury Theater Chicago in Lakeview
  • Tickets: Starting at $30

A celebration of life, a love letter to freedom, and a passionate cry for hope and change, Hair defined one generation and continues to inspire today. Join the tribe of the Age of Aquarius for the story of a group of friends choosing to speak up and sing out in celebration of love, life, and freedom. The first great rock musical, it has some of the most rousing and soulful songs ever written for the stage, including "Let the Sun Shine In," "Good Morning Starshine," "Aquarius," and the infectious title song, "Hair."


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