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Welcome to the Year of Chicago Theatre

The Year of Chicago Theatre is a citywide celebration of the Chicago’s vibrant theatre scene, featuring performances, free events, and special exhibits throughout 2019.

This year-long initiative, the first of its kind in the nation, will welcome visitors and locals to experience the city’s dynamic theatre community at hundreds of cultural venues, theaters, parks and neighborhoods throughout the city.

Year of Chicago Theatre events

Fulfillment Center

Summer Film Series in Millennium Park

Look for a theatre-themed film line up at this popular outdoor movie series.

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Chicago!

Chicago! The Play, The Movies, The Musical...The Murders

Explore artifacts from the musical’s evolution and the real crimes that inspired it.

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Tgoat island archive

goat island archive – we have discovered the performance by making it

A collection of new work inspired by Chicago’s groundbreaking performance group

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Featured shows

Fulfillment Center

JAN 31-MAR 24

A Red Orchid Theatre

Fulfillment Center

In the New Mexico desert, a down-on-her-luck folk singer takes a job at a giant retailer’s shipping center. Her young manager struggles to connect with his newly relocated girlfriend. A drifter living at a local campground dangerously links them all. Four lonely lives come together in the search for fulfillment in this raw, surprising, and funny Chicago premiere.

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How I Learned to Drive

FEB 7-MAR 24

Raven Theatre

How I Learned To Drive

Rural Maryland, 1960s. From behind the wheel of a ‘56 Chevy, a woman named Li’l Bit navigates the tangled boulevards of her adolescence, reflecting on her complex and troubling relationship with her family. But old secrets and fresh discoveries abound as she struggles to accept her past and the demons that live there. An artful, surprising, and often-funny memory play that explores how we are shaped by the people who hurt us.

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The Abuelas

FEB 9-MAR 17

Teatro Vista at Victory Gardens Theater

The Abuelas

Gabriela is an Argentine concert cellist living in Chicago with her American husband and adjusting to life as a new mom. Life is good until a visit from two strangers upends everything. This play, about the devastating repercussions of Argentina’s military dictatorship from 1976-1983, asks how one goes on after discovering their life is a lie.

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Act(s) of God

FEB 13-APR 7

Lookingglass Theatre

Act(s) of God

Three siblings, two parents, and one very unexpected dinner guest. As a family gathers for an overdue dinner, a mysterious envelope arrives with astonishing news. They soon find themselves scrambling to welcome a visitor of cosmic proportion. Absurdity reigns as ancient fissures open wide and long-held certainties crumble. Will this nuclear family explode?

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La traviata

FEB 16-MAR 22

Lyric Opera of Chicago

La traviata

Within the social whirl of sophisticated Paris, the courtesan Violetta lives purely for pleasure but longs for true love. She finds the right man in Alfredo, but their happiness is cut short. Her spirit broken, her heart shattered, Violetta now lives only with the hope that Alfredo will return to her. La traviata gives us one of opera’s most glorious heroines, a woman of boundless humanity and emotional depth. Sung in Italian with projected English translations.

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Doubt: A Parable

FEB 27-MAR 31

The Gift Theatre at Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theatre

Doubt: A Parable

In this brilliant and powerful drama, Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students.

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Corduroy

MAR 1-APR 20

Emerald City Theatre at the Athenaeum Theatre

Corduroy

A small bear’s quest for a missing button leads to the friendship of a lifetime! Learn the importance of empathy and unconditional love along with a young girl and her mother in this sweet adaptation of the beloved book by Don Freeman. Corduroy is a Chicago premiere and a playful adventure that will delight ages 3 and up!

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Little Shop of Horrors

MAR 1-APR 28

Mercury Theater Chicago

Little Shop of Horrors

Assistant at Mushnik’s flower shop, orphan Seymour Krelborn is in search of an escape from his poverty-stricken life on an urban skid-row, and in love with his co-worker, Audrey. After obtaining a mysterious carnivorous plant, whom he names Audrey II, he discovers that it survives only by blood. As the shop’s popularity grows, so does Audrey II’s hunger for blood, along with Audrey’s love for Seymour. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

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Not for Sale

MAR 5-APR 7

UrbanTheater Company

Not for Sale

With the Puerto Rican Festival months away, Humboldt Park prepares for the big event. With new neighbors looking to make changes, those that have lived in the community have to work together to either brace for change or let go of the legacies laid out by those that are long gone. A story about community, family, and politics, the question persists, who gets to lay claims to a neighborhood? Performed in English with sprinkles of Spanish.

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Sweat

MAR 9-APR 14

Goodman Theatre

Sweat

Direct from Broadway comes a Pulitzer Prize-winning collision of race, class and friendship at a pivotal moment in America. A group of friends in a Rust Belt town has spent their lives sharing secrets and laughs on the factory floor. But when layoffs begin to chip away at their trust, they’re pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight.

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A Bronx Tale

MAR 12-24

Broadway In Chicago at the James M. Nederlander Theatre

A Bronx Tale

Broadway’s hit crowd-pleaser takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s-where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be. Bursting with high-energy dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes from Alan Menken, the songwriter of Beauty and the Beast, A Bronx Tale is an unforgettable story of loyalty and family. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

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Anastasia

MAR 26-APR 7

Broadway In Chicago at the James M. Nederlander Theatre

Anastasia

Inspired by the beloved films, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

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For more information about the Year of Chicago Theatre and to see a full list of shows, visit ChicagoPlays.com.