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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

Lady in Denmark

OCT 19-NOV 18

Goodman Theatre

Lady in Denmark

by Dael Orlandersmith

After the death of her husband, a Danish American woman finds solace in the hauntingly beautiful music of their favorite singer, Billie Holiday. A journey through the past—from the smoky jazz clubs of post-war Copenhagen, to the home they shared in present-day Chicago—Lady in Denmark is a passionate reflection on life and love.

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Miss Saigon

NOV 14-DEC 8

Broadway In Chicago at the Cadillac Palace Theatre

Miss Saigon

with concept, book and music by Claude-Michel Schönberg and book & lyrics by Alain Boublil

During the Vietnam War, 17-year-old Kim is forced to work in a bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer. There she falls in love with an American G.I. named Chris but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For three years, Kim goes on an epic journey to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he has a son.

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Cosmologies

OCT 19-DEC 9

The Gift Theatre

Cosmologies

by David Rabe

Put the whimsical humor of the Keystone Cops and Bugs Bunny into a particle collider with the philosophy of Soren Kierkegaard and George Berkeley and you’re getting close to the style of this existential absurdist comedy. When a young man’s negotiation for a date goes very wrong, we are transported through kaleidoscopic worlds of possibilities, identities, and loves.

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Caroline, or Change

SEP 22-NOV 11

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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Frankenstein

NOV 1-DEC 2

Court Theatre

Frankenstein

by Manual Cinema adapted from the novel by Mary Shelley

Love, loss, and creation merge in unexpected ways in this thrilling classic gothic tale conceived by Manual Cinema. Stories of Mary Shelley, Victor Frankenstein, and his Monster expose how the forces of family, community, and education shape personhood—or destroy it by their absence.

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A Shayna Maidel

AUG 30-DEC 2

TimeLine Theatre

A Shayna Maidel

by Barbara Lebow

Rose and her father Mordechai Weiss, escaped Poland shortly before World War II and have adapted to life as new Americans in New York City. In their escape, they were forced to leave behind Rose's sister Lusia and her mother. When Rose and Lusia are reunited, Rose struggles with an older sister who now seems a stranger. And Lusia is uncertain about connecting with a family she’s never known.

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Rightlynd

NOV 9-DEC 23

Victory Gardens Theater

Rightlynd

by Ike Holter

Rightlynd is Chicago's 51st Ward. The L doesn't run here anymore and it is full of abandoned storefronts, crumbling apartment buildings, and its fair share of crime. A powerful real estate conglomerate is planning a massive redevelopment project that would gentrify the neighborhood and change Rightlynd forever. Only one woman stands in the way: Alderman Nina Esposito.

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The Steadfast Tin Soldier: A Christmas Pantomime

NOV 7-JAN 13

Lookingglass Theatre

The Steadfast Tin Soldier: A Christmas Pantomime

Conceived and Directed by Mary Zimmerman

Unlock this jewel-adorned music box for the whole family! Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Mary Zimmerman fashions an extravagant and exhilarating spectacle. The unlikely adventure of a tin soldier, brimming with love and bravery, is infused with Zimmerman’s dazzling blend of storytelling through image and movement, accompanied by live musicians.

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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