2018 is poised to be a blockbuster year for theater in Chicago. With Broadway hits and world premieres on stages throughout the city, you’ll want to plan ahead and buy your group tickets now.

Also, from February 8-18, the 10-day annual extravaganza known as Chicago Theatre Week offers discounted tickets to more than 120 shows.

Here are some of the highly anticipated plays to put on your agenda,

Love Never Dies

Broadway In Chicago brings some of the world’s biggest plays to the stages of various historic Loop theaters. At the CIBC Theatre, you can catch the smash hip-hop musical Hamilton through September 2. Love Never Dies, Andrew Lloyd Weber’s spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, makes its premiere on February 14 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre (on show through March 4). Based on one of the most popular romantic comedies of all time, Pretty Woman: The Musical makes its pre-Broadway world premiere at the James M. Nederlander Theatre from March 13-April 15. The Cher Show comes to the Nederlander Theatre from June 12-July 15, taking the audience for a ride through the life of superstar singer-actress Cher, scored with her chart-topping hits. Groups can make reservations months before Broadway in Chicago tickets go on sale to the public.


Lookingglass Theatre Company on The Magnificent Mile pushes the boundaries of theater, incorporating dance and circus arts into its performances. Actor David Schwimmer, who played Ross on the hit TV show Friends, is a co-founder, ensemble member and director. Schwimmer will be back in Chicago to direct the world premiere of Plantation! from February 21-April 22. This witty play follows the fallout when a Texas matriarch reveals the complicated history behind her family’s ancestral home. Book a group of eight or more and save up to 25% off regular ticket prices.

Lincoln Park’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company was founded by actor Gary Sinise and features a star-studded ensemble that includes John Malkovich, Joan Allen and William Petersen. From April 5-May 27, the Steppenwolf presents the world premiere of The Doppelgänger, an irreverent farce that takes a timely look at the political back-room deals that shape our world. Ensemble member Gary Cole (from the hit HBO comedy Veep) stars. All groups of 10 or more receive a discounted ticket rate.

Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks

Goodman Theatre in the Loop is known for its culturally introspective plays. On stage from May 25-June 24, Father Comes Home From the Wars is a Civil War epic about a slave torn between following his master into the Confederate army to win his freedom or remaining enslaved on a plantation. The play was written by Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks. Make a group reservation for 10 or more and save up to 20% on select productions.

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