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Happy to be Here
Comedy, In-Person, Indoor
Runs Jul 01 - Jul 31, 2021
You’re gonna want to sit down for this news. We’re warming up the bentwood chairs and ready to invite you back inside our theater! Join humans on stage making humans in the audience laugh as we toast being together again. Our Mainstage performances are a celebration of our resilience, our relationships, and our mutual need to get back into the habit of making eye contact. We’ve been pushed apart both physically and politically for way too long…now it’s time to enjoy some good, clean (or at the very least…ultra-hygienic) togetherness.
7:00PM Tue, Jul 27, 2021
7:00PM Wed, Jul 28, 2021
7:00PM Thu, Jul 29, 2021
7:00PM Fri, Jul 30, 2021
10:00PM Fri, Jul 30, 2021
7:00PM Sat, Jul 31, 2021
10:00PM Sat, Jul 31, 2021
The Miscellany
Comedy/Drama, Experimental, New Work, Virtual
Runs Jul 01 - Aug 15, 2021
A triangle, an etching from 1891, and...spoons? Comprising six chapters helmed by different directors and devised by one ensemble, THE MISCELLANY is a virtual anthology wherein disparate parts come together to create something whole. Each chapter will work within the same limitations and be inspired by the same set of objects (read: spoons). While the six pieces may stand on their own, they will ultimately coalesce into one 90-minute collage greater than the sum of its parts.
7:00PM Tue, Jul 27, 2021
Free – $20
7:00PM Wed, Jul 28, 2021
Free – $20
7:00PM Thu, Jul 29, 2021
Free – $20
7:00PM Fri, Jul 30, 2021
Free – $20
7:00PM Sat, Jul 31, 2021
Free – $20
7:00PM Sun, Aug 01, 2021
Free – $20
7:00PM Mon, Aug 02, 2021
Free – $20
7:00PM Tue, Aug 03, 2021
Free – $20
7:00PM Wed, Aug 04, 2021
Free – $20
7:00PM Thu, Aug 05, 2021
Free – $20
7:00PM Fri, Aug 06, 2021
Free – $20
7:00PM Sat, Aug 07, 2021
Free – $20
7:00PM Sun, Aug 08, 2021
Free – $20
7:00PM Mon, Aug 09, 2021
Free – $20
7:00PM Tue, Aug 10, 2021
Free – $20
7:00PM Wed, Aug 11, 2021
Free – $20
7:00PM Thu, Aug 12, 2021
Free – $20
7:00PM Fri, Aug 13, 2021
Free – $20
7:00PM Sat, Aug 14, 2021
Free – $20
7:00PM Sun, Aug 15, 2021
Free – $20
National Merit
Virtual
Runs Jul 10 - Jul 31, 2021

NATIONAL MERIT By Valen-Marie Santos Directed by Stephen Schellhardt in association with Northwestern’s Next Step Project Streaming 24/7 through July 31 Six high school students are forced into the world of standardized testing. …

12:00AM Wed, Jul 28, 2021
$Free Admission – $Donations gladly accepted
12:00AM Thu, Jul 29, 2021
$Free Admission – $Donations gladly accepted
12:00AM Fri, Jul 30, 2021
$Free Admission – $Donations gladly accepted
12:00AM Sat, Jul 31, 2021
$Free Admission – $Donations gladly accepted
PrideArts Summer Film Festival - Program B
Virtual
Runs Jul 25 - Jul 31, 2021

A film festival of 29 films from eight countries that will stream online in four separate programs, each available online for one week. The unusually diverse selection of …

12:00AM Wed, Jul 28, 2021
$$12.00
12:00AM Thu, Jul 29, 2021
$$12.00
12:00AM Fri, Jul 30, 2021
$$12.00
12:00AM Sat, Jul 31, 2021
$$12.00
Logo for Why Dogs Don't Talk. A yellow labrador wearing a flannel shirt and glasses.
Why Dogs Don't Talk
Comedy, Virtual
Runs Jul 27 - Aug 08, 2021

Man's best friend is his dog. So it must follow, then, that a dog's best friend is...well, his human, right? What happens to the relationship when that assumption is …

12:00AM Wed, Jul 28, 2021
12:00AM Thu, Jul 29, 2021
12:00AM Fri, Jul 30, 2021
12:00AM Sat, Jul 31, 2021
12:00AM Sun, Aug 01, 2021
12:00AM Mon, Aug 02, 2021
12:00AM Tue, Aug 03, 2021
12:00AM Wed, Aug 04, 2021
12:00AM Thu, Aug 05, 2021
12:00AM Fri, Aug 06, 2021
12:00AM Sat, Aug 07, 2021
12:00AM Sun, Aug 08, 2021
A Christmas Carol in the Dark
Audio Play/Podcast, Holiday, Virtual
Runs Feb 05 - Jul 31, 2021
A CHRISTMAS CAROL IN THE DARK is perfect for those who love the spookier elements of Scrooge’s ghostly journey through darkness. Audiences are encouraged to create dark, cozy spaces for themselves within their own homes.
8:00AM Wed, Jul 28, 2021
$20
8:00AM Thu, Jul 29, 2021
$20
8:00AM Fri, Jul 30, 2021
$20
8:00AM Sat, Jul 31, 2021
$20
A War of the Worlds
Audio Play/Podcast, Drama, Virtual
Runs Feb 05 - Jul 31, 2021
H.G. Wells enters the 21st century as a Chicago science journalist thrust into the events of an alien invasion after a meteor from the “Red Planet” Mars crashes outside the suburbs of Chicago at the start of the new decade. Separated from family, friends and everything they’ve ever known, the eclectic cast of Chicagoland characters must do everything in their power to survive as our world comes crashing down around them.
8:00AM Wed, Jul 28, 2021
$20
8:00AM Thu, Jul 29, 2021
$20
8:00AM Fri, Jul 30, 2021
$20
8:00AM Sat, Jul 31, 2021
$20
The Infinite Wrench Goes Viral
Comedy/Drama, Virtual
Runs Mar 08 - Jul 31, 2021
The Infinite Wrench Goes Viral! 30 Digital Plays in 60 Analog Minutes is an online adaptation of our in-the-flesh, ongoing, ever-changing attempt to perform thirty plays in sixty minutes for a live audience. Today we begin a new chapter of Neo-Futurist experimentation with new forms and new means of participation from you, our audience.
8:00AM Wed, Jul 28, 2021
$3
8:00AM Thu, Jul 29, 2021
$3
8:00AM Fri, Jul 30, 2021
$3
8:00AM Sat, Jul 31, 2021
$3
Three Stories Up
Audio Play/Podcast, Drama, Virtual
Runs Mar 08 - Jul 31, 2021
In THREE STORIES UP, Vancouver transit cop Beatrice Dulaurier has found her detective husband’s dead body. The police call it a suicide, but Beatrice doesn’t buy that explanation. To find the truth, she enlists the help of her late husband’s last known informant, a drug runner who carries secrets of his own. The two embark on a hair-raising investigation through the city’s colorful characters in search of justice…
8:00AM Wed, Jul 28, 2021
$20
8:00AM Thu, Jul 29, 2021
$20
8:00AM Fri, Jul 30, 2021
$20
8:00AM Sat, Jul 31, 2021
$20
Musical Theatre Bootcamp
Ages 11–13
Children's/Family, Class, Summer Camp
Runs Jul 26 - Aug 06, 2021

Intermediate actors build on the basics to learn about building an ensemble, singing in harmony, and creating more challenging characters. Actors will write their own final performance using …

9:00AM Wed, Jul 28, 2021
9:00AM Thu, Jul 29, 2021
9:00AM Fri, Jul 30, 2021
9:00AM Mon, Aug 02, 2021
9:00AM Tue, Aug 03, 2021
9:00AM Wed, Aug 04, 2021
9:00AM Thu, Aug 05, 2021
9:00AM Fri, Aug 06, 2021
Decomposed Theatre
Virtual
Runs Mar 31 - Jul 31, 2021

Eight episodes premiered weekly in a unique adaptation from Vişniec’s “dialogic spectacle of monologues” performed live between the resident Chicago ensemble and an international group of guest performers …

2:00PM Wed, Jul 28, 2021
2:00PM Thu, Jul 29, 2021
2:00PM Fri, Jul 30, 2021
2:00PM Sat, Jul 31, 2021
Moby Dick
Audio Play/Podcast, Drama, Virtual
Runs May 16 - Jul 31, 2021
The three famous words opening Herman Melville’s infamous American novel likewise open Theatre in the Dark’s thrillingly experimental MOBY DICK IN THE DARK, live online audio theatre created from Chicago’s most innovative theatre company.
2:00PM Wed, Jul 28, 2021
$20
2:00PM Thu, Jul 29, 2021
$20
2:00PM Fri, Jul 30, 2021
$20
2:00PM Sat, Jul 31, 2021
$20
Grant Park Music Festival
In-Person, Music, Outdoor
Runs Jul 02 - Aug 21, 2021
A Chicago tradition returns! The Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus return to Millennium Park with a thrilling lineup of Festival favorites, including the Grieg Piano Concerto, the New World Symphony, the William Tell Overture, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun plus plenty of family fun with Carnival of the Animals, Classic Broadway and the annual Independence Day Salute.
6:30PM Wed, Jul 28, 2021
Free
6:30PM Fri, Jul 30, 2021
Free
6:30PM Sat, Jul 31, 2021
Free
6:30PM Wed, Aug 04, 2021
Free
6:30PM Fri, Aug 06, 2021
Free
6:30PM Sat, Aug 07, 2021
Free
6:30PM Wed, Aug 11, 2021
Free
6:30PM Fri, Aug 13, 2021
Free
6:30PM Sat, Aug 14, 2021
Free
6:30PM Wed, Aug 18, 2021
Free
6:30PM Fri, Aug 20, 2021
Free
6:30PM Sat, Aug 21, 2021
Free
Teatro Zinzanni
Circus, In-Person, Indoor, Magic
Runs Jul 08 - Sep 22, 2021

Come up to the 14th floor, leave your coat and worries at the door, and float through the beautiful lobby where you can enjoy a drink, find a …

7:00PM Wed, Jul 28, 2021
7:00PM Thu, Jul 29, 2021
7:00PM Fri, Jul 30, 2021
7:00PM Sat, Jul 31, 2021
12:00PM Sun, Aug 01, 2021
7:00PM Wed, Aug 04, 2021
7:00PM Thu, Aug 05, 2021
7:00PM Fri, Aug 06, 2021
7:00PM Sat, Aug 07, 2021
12:00PM Sun, Aug 08, 2021
7:00PM Wed, Aug 11, 2021
7:00PM Thu, Aug 12, 2021
7:00PM Fri, Aug 13, 2021
7:00PM Sat, Aug 14, 2021
12:00PM Sun, Aug 15, 2021
7:00PM Wed, Aug 18, 2021
7:00PM Thu, Aug 19, 2021
7:00PM Fri, Aug 20, 2021
7:00PM Sat, Aug 21, 2021
12:00PM Sun, Aug 22, 2021
7:00PM Wed, Aug 25, 2021
7:00PM Thu, Aug 26, 2021
7:00PM Fri, Aug 27, 2021
7:00PM Sat, Aug 28, 2021
12:00PM Sun, Aug 29, 2021
12:00PM Wed, Sep 01, 2021
7:00PM Thu, Sep 02, 2021
7:00PM Fri, Sep 03, 2021
7:00PM Sat, Sep 04, 2021
12:00PM Sun, Sep 05, 2021
7:00PM Wed, Sep 08, 2021
7:00PM Thu, Sep 09, 2021
7:00PM Fri, Sep 10, 2021
7:00PM Sat, Sep 11, 2021
12:00PM Sun, Sep 12, 2021
7:00PM Thu, Sep 16, 2021
7:00PM Fri, Sep 17, 2021
7:00PM Sat, Sep 18, 2021
7:00PM Sun, Sep 19, 2021
7:00PM Wed, Sep 22, 2021
Out of the House Party
Comedy, In-Person, Indoor
Runs Jul 01 - Jul 31, 2021
THIS NEWS MIGHT REQUIRE ALL-CAPS. The Second City’s favorite e.t.c. stage is back, live and in-person! Join our raring-to-go cast of comedians for this laugh-packed adventure. From improv games to classic sketches from the archives, this experience is a great way for us all to laugh our way into the new normal. We can’t wait to welcome you back to The Second City e.t.c, where laughs (and masks!) are mandatory.
8:00PM Wed, Jul 28, 2021
8:00PM Thu, Jul 29, 2021
8:00PM Fri, Jul 30, 2021
11:00PM Fri, Jul 30, 2021
8:00PM Sat, Jul 31, 2021
11:00PM Sat, Jul 31, 2021
Trigger Happy
Comedy, In-Person, Indoor
Runs Jul 21 - Sep 01, 2021
The show consists of a series of unrelated scenes that are inspired by a single suggestion from the audience. During the show the cast share an invisible language that will trigger certain events, as if by magic.
8:00PM Wed, Jul 28, 2021
from $$12
8:00PM Wed, Aug 04, 2021
from $$12
8:00PM Wed, Aug 11, 2021
from $$12
8:00PM Wed, Aug 18, 2021
from $$12
8:00PM Wed, Aug 25, 2021
from $$12
8:00PM Wed, Sep 01, 2021
from $$12
SuperHuman
Comedy, Improv, In-Person, Indoor
Runs Jul 21 - Sep 22, 2021
Described as a “splash zone of women,” Super Human prides itself on the team’s diverse personalities and playing styles, with an unmistakable focus on creating inclusive learning and performance spaces. They are Super Human and SO ARE YOU!
9:30PM Wed, Jul 28, 2021
from $$10
9:30PM Wed, Aug 04, 2021
from $$10
9:30PM Wed, Aug 11, 2021
from $$10
9:30PM Wed, Aug 18, 2021
from $$10
9:30PM Wed, Aug 25, 2021
from $$10
9:30PM Wed, Sep 01, 2021
from $$10
9:30PM Wed, Sep 08, 2021
from $$10
9:30PM Wed, Sep 15, 2021
from $$10
9:30PM Wed, Sep 22, 2021
from $$10
Cooking with Bubbie
Comedy, In-Person, Indoor, Musical
Runs Jul 10 - Aug 22, 2021
The world-premiere musical begins its national tour in Skokie.  Popular Chicago comedienne Jan Slavin and Gold Coast award-winner Carla Gordon alternately star at The Bubbie.  At a "taping" of her fictional TV cooking show, Bubbie entertains you with comedy skits, original songs, and the sage advice that only a Bubbie can dispense.
7:30PM Thu, Jul 29, 2021
2:00PM Fri, Jul 30, 2021
7:30PM Sat, Jul 31, 2021
2:00PM Sun, Aug 01, 2021
7:30PM Thu, Aug 05, 2021
2:00PM Fri, Aug 06, 2021
7:30PM Sat, Aug 07, 2021
2:00PM Sun, Aug 08, 2021
7:30PM Thu, Aug 12, 2021
2:00PM Fri, Aug 13, 2021
7:30PM Sat, Aug 14, 2021
2:00PM Sun, Aug 15, 2021
7:30PM Thu, Aug 19, 2021
2:00PM Fri, Aug 20, 2021
7:30PM Sat, Aug 21, 2021
2:00PM Sun, Aug 22, 2021
Marin Media presents
Maks & Val: Stripped Down Tour
Dance, In-Person, Indoor
Jul 29, 2021
With breathtaking dancing, deeply personal storytelling, and world class showmanship true to the Chmerkovskiy name, Maks and Val will have you laughing, crying, then laughing again.
7:30PM Thu, Jul 29, 2021
$$39 – $$69
My Way Metropolis
My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra
In-Person, Musical, Outdoor
Runs Jul 15 - Aug 28, 2021
My Way is an award-winning, finger-snapping revue featuring countless songs recorded by crooning legend Frank Sinatra. This classy tribute transports you into the swinging era of “Old Blue Eyes”, while showcasing some of the 20th century’s most beautiful and popular songs.
7:30PM Thu, Jul 29, 2021
$40
7:30PM Fri, Jul 30, 2021
$40
3:00PM Sat, Jul 31, 2021
$40
7:30PM Sat, Jul 31, 2021
$40
3:00PM Sun, Aug 01, 2021
$40
7:30PM Thu, Aug 05, 2021
$40
7:30PM Fri, Aug 06, 2021
$40
7:30PM Sat, Aug 07, 2021
$40
3:00PM Sun, Aug 08, 2021
$40
7:30PM Thu, Aug 12, 2021
$40
7:30PM Fri, Aug 13, 2021
$40
7:30PM Sat, Aug 14, 2021
$40
3:00PM Sun, Aug 15, 2021
$40
7:30PM Thu, Aug 19, 2021
$40
7:30PM Fri, Aug 20, 2021
$40
3:00PM Sat, Aug 21, 2021
$40
3:00PM Sun, Aug 22, 2021
$40
7:30PM Thu, Aug 26, 2021
$40
7:30PM Fri, Aug 27, 2021
$40
3:00PM Sat, Aug 28, 2021
$40
7:30PM Sat, Aug 28, 2021
$40
SHIPWRECKED! An Entertainment
Comedy, In-Person, Outdoor
Runs Jul 29 - Aug 29, 2021
Based on the true story of the Swiss explorer who claimed to have daring adventures in the Asian-Pacific, SHIPWRECKED! will take you to “a new uncharted realm of whimsy and adventure” (Montgomery News). Watch Louis de Rougemont take London at the turn of the nineteenth century by storm as he tells audacious tales of the high seas. Filled with exotic islanders, flying wombats, giant sea turtles, and a monstrous man-eating octopus, SHIPWRECKED! will leave you wondering “whether he [the explorer] is an inspirational figure touched by imaginative genius or a mere con man” (The New York Times).
8:00PM Thu, Jul 29, 2021
$28 – $45
8:00PM Fri, Jul 30, 2021
$28 – $45
3:00PM Sat, Jul 31, 2021
$28 – $45
8:00PM Sat, Jul 31, 2021
$28 – $45
3:00PM Sun, Aug 01, 2021
$28 – $45
8:00PM Thu, Aug 05, 2021
$28 – $45
8:00PM Fri, Aug 06, 2021
$28 – $45
3:00PM Sat, Aug 07, 2021
$28 – $45
8:00PM Sat, Aug 07, 2021
$28 – $45
3:00PM Sun, Aug 08, 2021
$28 – $45
8:00PM Thu, Aug 12, 2021
$28 – $45
8:00PM Fri, Aug 13, 2021
$28 – $45
3:00PM Sat, Aug 14, 2021
$28 – $45
8:00PM Sat, Aug 14, 2021
$28 – $45
3:00PM Sun, Aug 15, 2021
$28 – $45
8:00PM Thu, Aug 19, 2021
$28 – $45
8:00PM Fri, Aug 20, 2021
$28 – $45
3:00PM Sat, Aug 21, 2021
$28 – $45
8:00PM Sat, Aug 21, 2021
$28 – $45
3:00PM Sun, Aug 22, 2021
$28 – $45
8:00PM Thu, Aug 26, 2021
$28 – $45
8:00PM Fri, Aug 27, 2021
$28 – $45
3:00PM Sat, Aug 28, 2021
$28 – $45
8:00PM Sat, Aug 28, 2021
$28 – $45
3:00PM Sun, Aug 29, 2021
$28 – $45
The Tempest
Drama
Runs Jul 17 - Aug 21, 2021

Oak Park Festival Theatre (OPFT) triumphantly returns to its beloved Austin Gardens outdoor performance space this summer to present 21 in-person performances of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”. OPFT …

8:00PM Thu, Jul 29, 2021
8:00PM Fri, Jul 30, 2021
8:00PM Sat, Jul 31, 2021
7:00PM Sun, Aug 01, 2021
8:00PM Thu, Aug 05, 2021
8:00PM Fri, Aug 06, 2021
8:00PM Sat, Aug 07, 2021
7:00PM Sun, Aug 08, 2021
8:00PM Thu, Aug 12, 2021
8:00PM Fri, Aug 13, 2021
8:00PM Sat, Aug 14, 2021
7:00PM Sun, Aug 15, 2021
8:00PM Thu, Aug 19, 2021
8:00PM Fri, Aug 20, 2021
8:00PM Sat, Aug 21, 2021
Mud
MUD - Open Rehearsal
Drama
Runs Jul 09 - Jul 30, 2021

The Artistic Home is inviting the public to share in their process of play selection this summer by offering free admission each weekend to staged readings and open …

6:00PM Fri, Jul 30, 2021
$Free Admission – $Donations Gladly Accepted
Henchpeople: A World Premiere Play
Comedy, In-Person, Indoor, Virtual
Runs Jul 08 - Aug 01, 2021
A self-obsessed supervillain is mere minutes away from unleashing their simmering vengeance upon a helpless city, and right-hand helpers Oona and Jarlath are there every step of the way. Unfortunately (for them at least), something goes very, very wrong. Now these bewildered baddies must face an army of blood-thirsty foot soldiers, a formidable superhero, and their own feelings of distrust, self-worth, and burgeoning friendship in this new comedy.
8:00PM Fri, Jul 30, 2021
$15 – $23
8:00PM Sat, Jul 31, 2021
$15 – $23
3:00PM Sun, Aug 01, 2021
$15 – $23

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