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Our theatres are where you’ll find the soul of our city. From the biggest blockbusters to improv to intimate storefronts — there’s a seat waiting for you in Chicago.

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Year of Chicago Theatre

Join us for a year-long celebration of our one-of-a-kind theatre.

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Fearless theatre

There’s nothing quite like Chicago theatre.

Burnham’s Dream: The White City, Lost and Found Productions

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See the latest hits with Broadway in Chicago

award winning shows

Experience award-winning theatre companies

neighborhood theatres

Don’t miss our neighborhood theatres

broadway in chicago

See the latest hits with Broadway in Chicago

broadway in chicago

First North American tour of Dear Evan Hansen, photo by Matthew Murphy

Broadway in Chicago

You don’t need to leave the Midwest to see Broadway hits, long-running favorites, and exciting world premieres. Broadway in Chicago brings the biggest shows to our bustling downtown theatre district.

This year’s show-stopping schedule includes the latest blockbusters like Tony-award winning Oslo, the Britney-Spears-inspired Once Upon a One More Time, hilarious hit musical Mean Girls, and international sensation Hamilton. You can also see timeless classics, like Les Miserables, Cats, and The Phantom of the Opera.

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award winning shows

Experience award-winning theatre companies

award winning shows

Fun Home, Victory Gardens Theater

Award-winning theatres

Our city is home to an unprecedented five Tony-award winning theatres, more than any other city. The prestigious award recognizes the achievements of not-for-profit theatre companies from across the country.

At Navy Pier, Chicago Shakespeare Theater is making iconic works accessible in a cutting-edge venue. Steppenwolf Theatre boasts an all-star ensemble with big names like Laurie Metcalf, Gary Sinise, John Malkovich, and more. And the Lookingglass Theatre Company features dazzling productions with circus-inspired stunts. See the full list for more Tony-winning Chicago theatres.

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neighborhood theatres

Don’t miss our neighborhood theatres

neighborhood theatres

Small Mouth Sounds, A Red Orchid Theatre

Neighborhood theatres

Chicago’s storefront theatres are the backbone of our thriving theatre community. These neighborhood gems offer an intimate experience, where every seat in the house gets you up close and personal with the action on stage.

But the size of the theatre says nothing about the caliber of the performance. A Red Orchid Theatre, co-founded by Oscar-nominee Michael Shannon, presents new plays from all over the world. The Wit’s productions are simultaneously entertaining and provocative. Or see radical takes on the classics with The Hypocrites. No matter which you choose, you’re in for an innovative experience you won’t soon forget.

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Comedy & improv

Take your seat at Chicago’s legendary improv, stand-up, and sketch comedy clubs.

She The People, The Second City

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Laugh it up at our comedy clubs

comedy clubs

Laugh it up at our comedy clubs

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Up Comedy Club at The Second City

Comedy clubs

Chicago’s comedy scene is revered around the world. On any given night, you can catch stand-up, sketch, and improv acts from well-known names and the latest crop of comedy talent. One of Chicago’s (and comedy’s) most famous venues is The Second City, which served as a training ground for many of today’s stars (think Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, and more).

If you’re into standup, check out the national and local acts taking the mic at Zanie’s. The iO Theatre is known for their improv, The Annoyance Theatre for their uncensored shows, and The Comedy Bar for their cheap seats and big laughs. We’re also home to comedy events and fests throughout the year, like the largest sketch comedy fest in the country.

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10 hot shows to see this month

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Tap Dogs, Nederlander Theatre

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