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Chicago’s must-see theatre and performing arts

Immerse your group in Chicago’s world-renowned theatre and performing arts scene. Discover everything from award-winning plays to stunning music and dance performances on stages throughout the city. Get a preview here of some of the best shows coming to Chicago.


Hadestown by Broadway in Chicago; Photo by T Charles Erikson
Broadway In Chicago, photo by T Charles Erikson

Reserve group tickets for one of the thrilling productions in the Broadway In Chicago series. A highlight in 2024 is Peter Pan (March 26 – April 7, 2024). This new musical that tells the magical tale of a mischievous boy, his fairy friend Tinker Bell, and the Darling children will be at the Nederlander Theatre. All ages will love Bluey’s Big Play (May 3 – 5, 2024) at the Auditorium Theatre; the 50-minute stage show is an adaptation of the popular children’s TV series. Sign up for behind-the-scenes tours at the Nederlander Theatre, in addition to other Broadway In Chicago venues that include the Cadillac Palace Theatre and CIBC Theatre.

The nonprofit Steppenwolf Theatre Company once again presents an intriguing, innovative lineup of plays. Phylicia Rashad directs Purpose (March 14 – April 21, 2024), a drama centered around an influential Black family, civil rights, and radicalism. The Thanksgiving Play (April 25 – June 2, 2024) is a comedy about the behind-the-scenes efforts to create an elementary school pageant that won’t offend anyone. Tickets are discounted $10 per person for groups of six or more.

Take your group to see Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (April 13 – May 12, 2024) at the Goodman Theatre. It’s a revival of the masterful play about a man’s self-discovery as he searches for his estranged wife. Or see the musical adaptation of the haunting Southern tale Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (June 25 – Aug. 4, 2024). Groups save up to 50% on ticket prices.

Come From Away
Chicago Theatre Week, photo by Matthew Murphy

Your group can affordably explore the city’s theatre scene during the 12th annual Chicago Theatre Week. Choose from some 100 discounted shows presented over 10 days at venues throughout the city. Dates and details for the February event will be announced soon.

Music and dance

One of the world’s most popular operas — Verdi’s Aida (March 9 – April 7, 2024) — commands the Lyric Opera of Chicago stage as the company’s final offering of the season. Your group will be dazzled by the love story, costumes, and talent on show at the Lyric Opera House. The opera will be sung in Italian; English titles will be projected. Priority seating, backstage tours, and discounted tickets are offered for groups of 10 or more. The new opera season opens in September 2024.

The Joffrey Ballet at the Lyric Opera House, photo by Cheryl Mann

Midsummer Night’s Dream (April 25 – May 5, 2024) closes the current Joffrey Ballet season at the Lyric Opera House. Choreographer Alexander Ekman transforms Shakespeare’s work into a delightful and surreal celebration of the summer solstice. Dancers mix both classical and contemporary ballet as they frolic around the maypole. Groups of 10 or more receive special pricing. The company’s new season opens in October 2024.

For a variety of group entertainment options, check out the full lineup of concerts and dance performances, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (April 17 – 21, 2024), scheduled at the Auditorium Theatre. Groups can arrange for private backstage tours of this national landmark.

The strains of classical music from the internationally acclaimed Chicago Symphony Orchestra and esteemed guest artists can be heard during its season from September through June. Inquire about exclusive offers for groups of 10 or more.

Grant Park Music Festival
Grant Park Music Festival

Sit on the Millennium Park lawn and listen to classical music presented in 30 shows over 10 weeks during the free Grant Park Music Festival. The series at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion opens in mid-June and ends in mid-August. Groups can arrange for premium seating close to the stage.

If your group is interested in seeing an outstanding music or dance performance, peruse the season calendar of the Harris Theater at Millennium Park. Groups ranging from 10+ people can be accommodated.

Variety shows

Blue Man Group
Blue Man Group

Be amazed by the trio of bald blue men performing in Blue Man Group Chicago. They present their dynamic show combining art, music, and comedy year-round at the Briar Street Theatre. Inquire about special perks and discounts for groups of 10 or more. There are no spoken parts, so the show is a great option for international guests.

Experience cirque-style dinner theatre at the Cambria Hotel Chicago Loop. Teatro ZinZanni impresses with its cuisine, circus acts, comedy, musical performances, and more.

Looking ahead

Get up-to-date information about future shows as organizations and venues add performance dates to their calendars. See what’s new at the League of Chicago Theatres and See Chicago Dance websites.

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