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To truly fall in love with Chicago, you must go to our theatres.

This is where the city bares its fearless soul.

Home to a community of creators, risk-takers, and big hearts, Chicago theatre is a hotbed for exciting new work and hundreds of world premieres every year.

From Broadway musicals to storefront plays and improv, there’s always a seat waiting for you at one of our 200+ theatres.

Learn more about some of our shows below. For a full listing of performances, visit chicagoplays.com

A Sample of Upcoming Theatre Productions

We’re Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time

NOW-Oct 21

Goodman Theatre

We’re Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time

by David Cale

Growing up in an industrial English town, writer/performer David Cale escaped his parents’ fraught marriage by singing in his bedroom and tending to wounded birds — until a tragedy struck. Lushly arranged songs and an intimate portrait of his mother unite in Cale’s vivid testament of connecting to life when adversity is suddenly everywhere.

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Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Oct 2-21

Broadway In Chicago at the Oriental Theatre

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

with music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Shaiman and Scott Wittman, book by David Greig

Willy Wonka is opening his marvelous and mysterious chocolate factory… to a lucky few. That includes Charlie Bucket, whose bland life is about to burst with color and confection beyond his wildest dreams. He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerizing joyride through a world of pure imagination!

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Roald Dahl’s CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY. Photo by Joan Marcus, 2017.

La bohème

OCT 6-20

Lyric Opera of Chicago

La bohème

by Giacomo Puccini

Mimì and Rodolfo are young lovers we all understand, and when they suffer, our hearts break for them. Their romance ultimately leads to tragedy, but along the way are treasured moments of pure ecstasy. We get to know this endearing pair and their Bohemian friends in Puccini’s unforgettable opera. La bohème remains forever youthful, eternally fresh.

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Caroline, or Change

Now-OCT 28

Firebrand Theatre and TimeLine Theatre at The Den Theatre

Caroline, or Change

with music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by Tony Kushner

Caroline, or Change is set in Lake Charles, Louisiana: the end of 1963. America is changing. Caroline Thibodeaux is a mother of four and a maid, working for the Southern Jewish Gellman family. Caroline struggles with changes monumental and mundane, and her relationship with the young, grieving boy who lives in the house she cleans.

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Swan Lake

OCT 17-28

Joffrey Ballet at Auditorium Theatre

Swan Lake

Art intertwines with life in Christopher Wheeldon's modern retelling of one of the most famous ballets of all time. Set in the studios of the Paris Opera Ballet, a company dancer falls in love with his beautiful partner, a star ballerina who is being pursued by an arts patron with bad intentions.

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Destinos

Now-NOV 4

Chicago Latino Theater Alliance at Various Theatre Locations

Destinos

The second Chicago International Latino Theater Festival will celebrate homegrown Latino theatre artists and companies, both emerging and established, from Chicago. Destinos will also showcase national and international artists and companies from Dallas and Los Angeles, Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Puerto Rico at presenting theatres all over the city.

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Indecent

Now-Nov 4

Victory Gardens Theater

Indecent

by Paula Vogel

Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel tells the deeply moving story of the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Jewish playwright Sholem Asch’s play God of Vengeance about a forbidden lesbian romance that enchanted and outraged audiences. Inspired by true events, Indecent charts an explosive moment in theatrical history and the artists who risked everything.

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Nell Gwynn

Now-Nov 4

Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Nell Gwynn

by Jessica Swale

Be transported to the flamboyant world of seventeenth-century London, dripping with decadent excess and bawdy amusements. Her quick wit and exceptional beauty propel Nell Gwynn from selling oranges on the streets of London’s burgeoning theatre district to performing on its stages. Nell captures the hearts of her audiences — and King Charles II.

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Hello, Dolly!

OCT 23-NOV 17

Broadway In Chicago at the Oriental Theatre

Hello, Dolly!

with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and book by Michael Stewart

Follow the classic story of Dolly Gallagher Levi, played by Tony Award® winner Betty Buckley, as she travels to Yonkers, New York, to find a match for the miserly Horace Vandergelder. In doing so she persuades his niece, his niece's intended, and Horace's two clerks to travel to New York City.

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Original Broadway Company of the 2017 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Revival. Photograph Julieta Cervantes 2017

Gypsy

Oct 12-Nov 25

Porchlight Music Theatre at The Ruth Page Center for the Arts

Gypsy

with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and book by Arthur Laurents

The heart-wrenching story of a mother who raises her daughters to assume the heights, whether they want to or not, features one of Chicago’s greatest divas, E. Faye Butler and songs from the gold-standard of musical scores including “Let Me Entertain You,” “Together (Wherever We Go),” “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” and others.

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Familiar

Nov 15-Jan 6

Steppenwolf Theatre

Familiar

by Danai Gurira

It's winter in Minnesota and a Zimbabwean-American family is preparing for the wedding of their eldest daughter. When an unexpected guest arrives and the bride surprises the family by insisting on a traditional African ceremony, pre-wedding stress explodes into a full-on family feud. Fiercely funny, and filled with love, Familiar is a brilliant portrayal of a tight-knit family.

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Hamilton

OPEN RUN

Broadway In Chicago at the CIBC Theatre

Hamilton

With book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, directed by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and musical direction and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton. A wildly entertaining musical about the birth of our nation – with a score that blends hip-hop, pop, blues, jazz, and Broadway.

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HAMILTON © Joan Marcus