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Jingle Bell Rock with Michael Ingersoll and Christopher Kale Jones
Cabaret, Holiday
Runs Dec 04Dec 05, 2022

Join fellow Jersey Boys and PBS stars Michael Ingersoll and Christopher Kale Jones for a holiday party that rocks! Ingersoll and Jones’ hilarious and heartfelt camaraderie creates a …

Night of Classic and Unique One-Acts
Comedy/Drama
Runs Nov 18Dec 18, 2022

Please join us as we take 4 different one act plays and transform them each into their own T.V. genre. A Dollar by David Pinski as a sci-fi …

Best of the Holidays
Holiday, Improv
Runs Nov 21Dec 31, 2022

We guarantee yule laugh a whole latke as The Second City unwraps the most wonderful time of the year in our nut-cracking-est, jingle-bell-ing-est revue ever! Celebrate over sixty …

A Christmas Carol in the Dark
Audio Play/Podcast, Holiday
Runs Nov 17, 2022Jan 01, 2023

Streaming audio drama using Theatre in the Dark’s signature audio style recreating Ebenezer Scrooge’s infamous Christmas Eve journey from darkness into light. A Christmas Carol in the Dark …

A Murder in the Court of Xanadu
Audio Play/Podcast, Comedy
Runs Nov 03Dec 31, 2022

In this original drama, the court of Kublai Khan’s Xanadu is transposed into the 21st century as one of the largest international corporations on the planet. However, the …

Winnie the Pooh: A Holiday Tail
Children’s/Family, Holiday
Runs Dec 05Dec 07, 2022

The classic A.A. Milne stories with a holiday twist! Join Winnie the Pooh, Piglet and all their pals as they embark on a winter adventure to find Christopher Robin! …

A Christmas Carol
Children’s/Family, Holiday
Runs Nov 19Dec 31, 2022
Chicago’s favorite holiday tradition for four decades.
A Chanticleer Christmas
Holiday, Music
Runs Dec 06Dec 07, 2022

The beloved, Grammy-winning men’s chorus brings its “rich, intricately blended sound” (Washington Post) to its signature holiday celebration. The centuries-spanning program, ranging from Renaissance polyphony to jazz and …

A Magical Cirque Christmas
Circus, Holiday, Musical
Runs Dec 06Dec 11, 2022

The world’s greatest entertainers unite for a spell-binding and incredible holiday production – A Magical Cirque Christmas! Experience the enchantment of Christmas as Magical Hostess Lucy Darling takes …

Snowy Puppet Scene from Manual Cinema's Christmas Carol
Manual Cinema’s
Christmas Carol
Holiday, Puppetry
Runs Nov 29Dec 24, 2022
Told through puppetry and music, this striking holiday experience comes to brilliant life on stage for the first time.
Dear Evan Hansen
Musical
Runs Dec 06Dec 31, 2022

DEAR EVAN HANSEN has struck a remarkable chord with audiences and critics everywhere, including The Washington Post who says DEAR EVAN HANSEN is “Theatrical magic. One of the most remarkable shows in musical …

Do the Right Thing, No Worries If Not
Comedy, Improv
Runs Apr 28Dec 31, 2022

The Second City is sorry not sorry for making you laugh with the 110th Mainstage revue, Do the Right Thing, No Worries If Not. Leave your worries at …

Stravinsky, Beethoven & Sibelius 2
Music
Runs Dec 01Dec 06, 2022

Sibelius’ intense love of nature is mirrored in his Second Symphony, which inhabits a world of rugged, windswept beauty. In his kaleidoscopic choral masterpiece, Stravinsky creates an otherworldly …

Drury Lane Theatre for Young Audiences
A Christmas Carol
Children’s/Family, Holiday
Runs Nov 25Dec 30, 2022

Set in Victorian-era London, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol tells the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts that visit him one fateful Christmas Eve hoping to change his …

A Christmas Story, the Musical
Holiday, Musical
Runs Nov 02, 2022Jan 01, 2023

The New Holiday Classic!

From the songwriting team behind Dear Evan Hansen, La La Land, and The Greatest Showman, A Christmas Story, The Musical, brings the beloved 1983 movie …

Georgiana & Kitty: Christmas at Pemberley
Rolling World Premiere
Classic, Holiday
Runs Nov 25Dec 24, 2022
The youngest Darcy and Bennet sisters have become fast friends, and await the arrival of Georgiana’s secret correspondent. Mixups of manners and an overprotective brother keep romance at bay. But music, ambition, and friendship build happiness – and a love story that spans a lifetime.
Elf the Musical
Children’s/Family, Holiday, Musical
Runs Nov 09, 2022Jan 08, 2023
After discovering he is really a human raised as an elf, Buddy makes the journey from the North Pole to New York City to find his birth father, sharing the true meaning of Christmas along the way. Elf the Musical brings heart, hilarity, and holiday joy—after all, “the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!” Based on the hit Christmas film, the musical adaptation was nominated for one Drama League Award. Elf The Musical is rated PG.
The Sound Of Music
Musical
Runs Nov 09, 2022Jan 15, 2023
One of the most beloved musicals of all time and a holiday favorite, The Sound of Music has enchanted audiences for more than 50 years.
Disney’s The Lion King
Children’s/Family, Musical
Runs Nov 17, 2022Jan 14, 2023

Giraffes strut. Birds swoop. Gazelles leap. The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before. And as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. This …

Luminaire
Cabaret, Circus
Runs Sep 07, 2022Apr 23, 2023
AMAZING FEATS AND INCREDIBLE EATS
Cabaret ZaZou’s premier production, Luminaire, takes immersive entertainment to a new level of artistry. Housed in an extraordinary Belgian Spiegeltent on the 14th floor of the Cambria Hotel, Luminaire creates a world where the laughs come faster and talented international performers will capture your attention.
The Steadfast Tin Soldier
Children’s/Family, Dance, Holiday
Runs Nov 13, 2022Jan 08, 2023
Chicago’s beloved holiday tradition returns to the stage this holiday season, a classic the whole family will treasure! Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s story about a little tin soldier who never gives up, Ensemble Member Mary Zimmerman’s production is a gorgeous spectacle of music and movement that the Chicago Tribune calls “★★★★ A treat for all ages! It’s transformational, truly. Barely more than an hour-long, this is one holiday experience you don’t want to miss.”
Bald Sisters
Comedy/Drama, New Work
Runs Dec 01, 2022Jan 15, 2023

Ma is dead; now what happens? Vichet Chum’s world premiere follows two sisters—at odds since birth—as they settle the affairs of their strong-willed, wise-cracking mother while reconciling their family’s Cambodian …

Drunk Shakespeare
Comedy, Improv
Runs Mar 03, 2022Jan 08, 2023
Five classically-trained actors meet as members of “The Drunk Shakespeare Society.” One drinks at least 5 shots of whiskey and then attempts to perform a major role in a Shakespearean play. Hilarity and mayhem ensue while the four sober actors try to keep the script on track. Each show is different depending on who is drinking…and what they’re drinking!
Jack Off the Beanstalk
Cabaret, Comedy
Runs Nov 28Dec 18, 2022

PrideArts brings the British theatrical genre of panto to Chicago for the company’s holiday show. A tradition with roots going back to Commedia Dell’Arte, panto (short for pantomime, …

Johnny Mathis Christmas Tribute
Holiday, Music
Dec 07, 2022

David Robbins has been a professional entertainer, impersonator, and recording artist for over ten years. He has headlined various shows throughout the U.S. and Canada for audiences in …

Porchlight Revisits ‘The Apple Tree’
Music
Runs Dec 07Dec 08, 2022
Porchlight Music Theatre, Chicago’s home for music theatre, is proud to announce its first Revisits production of its 28th season, The Apple Tree!
TROUBLE IN MIND at TimeLine Theatre
Trouble in Mind
Drama
Runs Nov 02Dec 18, 2022

A cutting yet humorous behind-the-curtain drama that examines pervasive racial dynamics within the American theatre and the tolls of superficial representation on stage.

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Blue Man Group
Experimental, Performance Art
Runs Aug 18, 2022Jan 01, 2023

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Clue
Comedy, Halloween
Runs Oct 13, 2022Jan 01, 2023

Based on the iconic 1985 Paramount movie which was inspired by the classic Hasbro board game, Clue is a hilarious farce-meets-murder mystery. The tale begins at a remote …

Live Nation & Auditorium Theatre Present: The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Show
Holiday, Variety
Dec 07, 2022

You better watch out, you better not cry, because “The queens of Christmas” (Entertainment Weekly) are coming back to Chicago with the wildly successful, internationally acclaimed “Jinkx & …

The Wizard of Oz
Children’s/Family, Musical
Runs Nov 15Dec 31, 2022

Relive the classic tale of four unlikely friends on the adventure of a lifetime! Join Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow (and little Toto too) as …

A Christmas Carol
Children’s/Family, Holiday
Runs Dec 01Dec 24, 2022

This adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic is filled with warmth, humor, music and holiday cheer. Ebenezer Scrooge holds much of the world in contempt and has sacrificed everything …

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Halloween, Musical
Runs Sep 08Dec 18, 2022
Sondheim’s macabre masterpiece returns to Chicago! Sweeney Todd has become a bloody, worldwide success since being awarded eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical for its Broadway premiere.
a trailer surrounded by vodka bottles watched by a crowd of Whos
Who’s Holiday!
Comedy, Holiday
Runs Nov 25Dec 30, 2022
Remember little Cindy-Lou Who who was not more than two.
What became of that tot, after that Grinch and what-not?
Come join us for this grown-up Who’s holiday fete!
Leave your kids at home (that’s the safest bet.)
Among the Dead
Comedy/Drama
Runs Nov 04Dec 11, 2022
A riveting time warp from acclaimed playwright Hansol Jung, directed by Artistic Director Kaiser Ahmed.
Adamson Road Theatre Company Presents
Cabin Fever
Drama
Runs Nov 18Dec 18, 2022

When Macy arrived at a beautiful retreat centre in the Rocky Mountains, she was expecting a relaxing marriage retreat and a quiet time to reconnect with her husband. …

Hilary Hahn, Tchaikovsky & Bartók
Music
Runs Dec 08Dec 10, 2022

Dalia Stasevska surveys three concertos, from Bartók’s glittering late masterpiece — which shows off every section of the orchestra — to the scampering, playful sounds of Tarrodi’s Birds of …

It Runs in the Family
Comedy
Runs Nov 16Dec 18, 2022

Set in a hospital, 3 days before Christmas, It Runs in the Family contains the usual assortment of farcical nuts running in and out of doors mistaking everybody …

It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!
Holiday
Runs Nov 23Dec 23, 2022

George Bailey – the Everyman from small town Bedford Falls whose dreams of escape and adventure were stopped by family obligation and civic duty – has fallen onto …

Mosque4Mosque
Comedy, Drama, New Work
Runs Nov 17Dec 17, 2022
Mosque4Mosque is a family comedy about a queer Arab-American Muslim man navigating his first real relationship while his relentlessly caring immigrant mother tries to find the perfect man for him to marry.
Our Dear Dead Drug Lord
Comedy
Runs Oct 22Dec 10, 2022

In an abandoned treehouse, four teenage girls armed with a Ouija board call to order a meeting of the Dead Leaders Club to summon the ghost of Pablo …

The Christmas Schooner
Children’s/Family, Holiday
Runs Dec 08Dec 11, 2022

Beverly Arts Center proudly announces the return of a Chicago family favorite when The Christmas Schooner sails into the Baffes Theatre this December.  Based on the true story of …

The Christmas Schooner
Children’s/Family, Holiday, Musical
Runs Dec 02Dec 11, 2022
Take a ride on The Christmas Schooner! The whole family will enjoy this heart-warming story of the first Christmas tree ship and the family who risked their lives to fill Chicago with the Christmas spirit. This critically acclaimed musical features a powerfully moving story and an exquisite score of both original music and traditional holiday favorites.
The Eight: Reindeer Monologues
Holiday
Runs Dec 01Dec 17, 2022

If the idea of one more sugary Christmas cookie or saccharine carol turns your stomach, then buckle-up and join us in the Wilcanic Lab Theatre for a completely …

The Twenty-Sided Tavern
Comedy
Runs Oct 27, 2022Jan 15, 2023
The theatrical journey you’ve been waiting for.
Choose the characters, Play the story,
Become the hero.
Title X, by Julie Proudfoot
Drama, New Work
Runs Nov 26Dec 18, 2022
Title X, by Julie Proudfoot, is a world premiere play about the history of abortion rights in America told thru the lens of eight radically different female characters.
Twelfth Night
Classic, Comedy, Holiday
Runs Dec 01Dec 18, 2022

Midsommer Flight’s seventh annual holiday season staging of Shakespeare’s comedy in the beautiful Lincoln Park Conservatory.

The twins Viola and Sebastian, travelling to Elyria by sea, are separated in …

A Mile in the Dark
Drama, New Work
Runs Nov 10Dec 11, 2022

Jess’s stepmother Carol was a cheerful woman whose unexpected passing has left Jess searching for answers. Can something in Carol’s life explain her untimely death? A Mile in …

Great Altercations
Comedy, Improv
Runs Aug 12Dec 31, 2022

The Second City e.t.c. comes out swinging with another knock-out, interactive show! Great Altercations faces off against all the little reasons we come apart…and brings us back together …

It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
Holiday
Runs Nov 25Dec 30, 2022

The performance runs approximately two hours with an intermission.

Don’t miss the final year and production of everyone’s favorite holiday tradition, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.  Only …

Malapert Love
Comedy, New Work
Runs Nov 05Dec 11, 2022
A world premiere, gender-bending romantic comedy, Malapert Love is a modern response to the tropes, style and structure of Shakespeare’s comedies-“a rebellion against taking heteronormative society too seriously” as playwright Siah Berlatsky puts it. It follows the tangled and farcical pursuits of a group of people who have all fallen in love with the wrong person.
Season’s Greetings
Comedy/Drama, Holiday
Runs Nov 17Dec 18, 2022
Friends and family gather at Neville and Belinda’s home to celebrate the holidays. Hilarious mayhem is quickly unleashed due to a tryst under the Christmas Tree, an unforgettable puppet show and maybe even a murder. Season’s Greetings offers a seriously entertaining look at the anxiety and high jinks of an average family during the holidays.
The Buttcracker: A Nutcracker Burlesque
Cabaret, Holiday
Runs Dec 01Dec 31, 2022
“‘The Buttcracker: A Nutcracker Burlesque’ should be your new holiday tradition. Go to one show or go to all of them for unique holiday memories you will never forget! Each show will be a new gift and different performers to unwrap!” — Buzznews.net

From a boring-AF holiday party to the Land of the Sweets, come follow Clara, her Buttcracker, and a rotating cast of over 25 of the best of Chicago’s nightlife entertainment in this “completely inappropriate tale of unimaginable naughtiness!” (Urban Matter).

Now celebrating six years of one of Chicago’s favorite holiday shows, this alternative night out begins with a cocktail party where audiences can enjoy local artisan vendors (Thursday nights), tableside entertainment (Fridays and Saturdays) or Butt Brunch with one of our restaurant partners (Sundays), followed by the stage performance of The Buttcracker: A Nutcracker Burlesque.

What The Elf?
Holiday, Improv
Runs Nov 17, 2022Jan 01, 2023

It’s just not the holidays without hot cocoa…and hot takes! Make merry at The Second City with this original sketch, variety, and improv celebration of the season. After …

The Nutcracker
Dance, Holiday
Runs Dec 03Dec 27, 2022

Magic is on the horizon for young Marie and the Nutcracker Prince, thanks to a visit from the charming but mysterious Great Impresario. At the stroke of midnight …

Ballet Chicago Presents
The Nutcracker
Children’s/Family, Dance, Holiday
Runs Dec 09Dec 18, 2022
Ballet Chicago’s “The Nutcracker” is celebrating 20 years at the Athenaeum! For adults, this magical ballet is a time to relive cherished memories. For children, it is the opportunity to create new memories. For everyone, it is a time for sharing and giving among family and friends.
A Christmas Story, the Musical
Holiday, Musical
Runs Nov 25Dec 10, 2022
Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts—an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle.
Family Holiday
Comedy, Holiday
Runs Dec 02Dec 17, 2022

Returning home for the holidays, RJ is anticipating a relaxing time spend with his loved ones. Everything is turned upside down though when everyone in his family seems …

Pianist Jeffrey Siegel in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
Keyboard Conversations: My Favorite Brahms
Music
Dec 09, 2022
A concert with commentary, exploring passionate rhapsodies, charming waltzes, and intimate intermezzos.
Masters of Sketch: I Want a Sketchopotamus for Christmas
Comedy, Holiday
Runs Dec 02, 2022Jan 14, 2023

The Masters of Sketch return for a special holiday/winter/snow themed smorgasbord of comedy. Laugh with us during the worst months of the year (BLECH, WINTER). Let’s try to …

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Musical
Runs Dec 02, 2022Jan 29, 2023
Nominated for 6 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, this bawdy-but-wholesome crowd-pleaser skewers pretension, celebrates life and touches the heartstrings.
The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes, The Obligatory Holiday Special
Comedy, Holiday, New Work
Runs Nov 26Dec 30, 2022
Chicago’s leading campy parody theater.
Christmas Bingo: It’s a Ho-Ho-Holy Night
Children’s/Family, Holiday
Runs Nov 25Dec 31, 2022

Christmas Bingo: It’s a Ho-Ho-Holy Night reopens at Greenhouse Theater Center for the 2022 holiday season.

In this interactive comedy, audience members play bingo while also answering questions about …

RENT
Musical
Runs Oct 29Dec 11, 2022
Porchlight Music Theatre, Chicago’s home for music theatre, is proud to announce its first Mainstage production of its 28th season, RENT!
Holiday Party
Holiday, Improv
Runs Nov 04Dec 30, 2022

This holiday we want to welcome you into our home at Piper’s Alley with an all new interactive holiday show…Holiday Party! Each night we’ll invite two lucky audience …

The Infinite Wrench
Experimental, New Work
Runs Feb 19Dec 11, 2022
At THE INFINITE WRENCH you’ll see thirty original plays in sixty minutes; written and performed by The Neo-Futurist Ensemble.
The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party
Children’s/Family, Holiday
Runs Nov 19Dec 24, 2022

Four adorable Beatrix Potter favorites come to life in this mesmerizing, interactive trunk and puppet show, complete with original music. Levers are pulled and cranks are turned to …

Dooby Dooby Moo
Children’s/Family, Literary Adaptation
Runs Nov 12Dec 11, 2022

The County Fair is coming, and the grand prize in the talent competition is a trampoline! Duck wants that prize, but with Farmer Brown watching around every corner, …

FORTS: Build Your Own Adventure
Children’s/Family
Runs Nov 19, 2022Jan 08, 2023
Filament Theatre’s hit immersive play experience for families, FORTS: Build Your Own Adventure, returns for the holidays! Conceived by Filament Theatre’s founding artistic director Julie Ritchey, FORTS: Build Your Own Adventure welcomes families to build, imagine and play together in an interactive playspace.
Presented by Apollo Chorus of Chicago
Handel’s Messiah
Holiday, Music
Runs Dec 10Dec 11, 2022

One of Chicago’s greatest holiday traditions, audiences flock to hear the thrilling renditions of Händel’s Messiah by the Apollo Chorus, performed every December since 1879—a track record unmatched …

Jackie Taylor’s
Joy To The World
A Holiday Celebration
Cabaret, Holiday
Runs Dec 10Dec 18, 2022

This Holiday celebration is an uplifting, inspirational and fun musical tribute to the Holiday Season.

The Second City: “Jingle Bell Ruckus”
Comedy, Holiday
Dec 10, 2022
The Second City’s “Jingle Bell Ruckus” delivers a generous serving of seasonal satire that is a perfect alternative to those same old holiday shows. Nothing is sacred. Even Rudolph gets a wicked holiday slant in this fast-paced, interactive comedy revue filled with style wit, and plenty of that famous Second City improv. Please note: This show may contain adult language and themes.  
Late Nite Catechism
Comedy
Runs Aug 06Dec 17, 2022
Call it Loretta Young meets Carol Burnett and Whoopi Goldberg. Call it part catechism class, part stand-up routine. Written by Vicki Quade & Maripat Donovan, it’s an interactive comedy, one of the longest running shows in Chicago and U.S. theater history.
Dennis Watkins’ The Magic Parlour
Magic
Runs Feb 25, 2022Mar 31, 2023
Celebrating 10 Magical Years at Palmer House Hilton
Trapped in a Holiday Musical!
Holiday, Improv
Runs Nov 05Dec 17, 2022

It’s that time of year again, the air is colder, the Starbucks drinks are out of control and Candace Cameron Bure is in full gear. It’s time to …

Improv Holiday Brunch
Holiday, Improv
Runs Nov 27, 2022Jan 01, 2023

From uproarious laughter to limitless libations, The Second City’s Holiday Improv Brunch is the gift that keeps on giving! Bring your band of merrymakers as we scramble together …

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins
Children’s/Family, Holiday
Runs Dec 11, 2022Jan 01, 2023
This holiday family favorite Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins, returns for its fifth year. Based on the award-winning book by Eric Kimmel.
Holiday Cabernet
Cabaret, Holiday, Variety
Dec 11, 2022
The Holiday Cabernet is back for a fourth year! Enjoy an evening of holiday classics (or not-so-classics) by favorite G.E.T. performers, emerging artists and surprise guests in a cabaret-style setting. One night only!
Celtic Woman: A Christmas Symphony
Holiday, Music
Dec 11, 2022

We invite you to feel the Christmas spirit. This holiday season, listen to the enchanting harmonies of Celtic Woman, complete with the majestic sound of a full symphony …

Voctave: The Spirit of the Season
Holiday, Music
Dec 11, 2022
VOCTAVE lights up the holiday season with their incredible a Capella harmony and a program filled with holiday favorites including “O Holy Night,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Carol of the Bells of Notre Dame” and more. “Voctave brings vocal magic,” says the Orlando Sentinel and Lemon Wire says, “With only 11 voices, Voctave fills a room and makes hearts soar.” Tickets: $65 – $75. For tickets or more info, visit AtTheMAC.org or call 630-942-4000.
Someday at Christmas: John Mark McGaha Sings Stevie Wonder
Music
Runs Dec 12Dec 13, 2022

Celebrate the season as acclaimed singer, storyteller, and multi-instrumentalist John-Mark McGaha shares Stevie’s musical messages of Joy, Love, and Peace on Earth. Talented, joyful, and generous, McGaha (The …

Cluebaret!
Cabaret, Holiday
Dec 13, 2022

An in-person holiday fundraiser to benefit Season of Concern. In partnership with the Mercury Theater and The Venus Cabaret Theater, the theatre hopes to start the tradition of …

The 12 Dames of Christmas with Angela Ingersoll
Holiday, Music
Dec 13, 2022

Emmy nominee Angela Ingersoll captures the voices of a dozen divas in a hilarious and heartwarming holiday romp. “The actress with the astonishing voice” (Chicago Sun-Times) delivers a haunting …

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
Holiday, Musical
Runs Dec 14, 2022Jan 01, 2023
Based on the heartwarming classic film, Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” from Music Theater Works is a holiday favorite for the whole family. With a sparkling new book by David Ives and Paul Blake, the musical delight features such classic Berlin songs as “Blue Skies,” “I Love a Piano,” “How Deep is the Ocean,” and of course the perennial holiday favorite, “White Christmas”.
Two female musicians wear long dresses and seven male musicians wear black suits. They are performing to an audience on the stage.
Brandenburg Concertos
Holiday, Music
Dec 14, 2022

If Johann Sebastian Bach had only left the world his six Brandenburg Concertos, he would still reside in the pantheon of the great composers. With their stunning variety of …

Sam Fazio Sings the Christmas Crooners
Holiday, Music
Dec 14, 2022

Chicago-based vocalist Sam Fazio has made a name for himself in the music scene over the past several years. Sam’s holiday CD was named one of the best holiday jazz …

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Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women
Children’s/Family, Literary Adaptation
Runs Dec 14, 2022Jan 15, 2023

Adapted for the stage By Heather Chrisler

Directed by Melanie Keller

Four young women, gathered together in an attic, inhabit the beloved Louisa May Alcott tale of the March sisters …

Ovation Academy for the Performing Arts Presents
Elf The Musical, JR.
Children’s/Family, Holiday, Musical
Runs Dec 15Dec 18, 2022
Ovation Academy For The Performing Arts is elated to be bringing the beloved holiday classic, Elf The Musical, JR. to Madison Street Theater stage December 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th. Featuring a cast of all ages, Ovation’s production of Elf The Musical, JR. is family-friendly fun for everyone this holiday season!
The Nutcracker
Children’s/Family, Holiday
Runs Dec 15Dec 18, 2022
Mudlark’s beloved Nutcracker is back! Everyone in 12-year-old Marie’s family thinks she needs to grow up and stop living in the imaginary world of her toys. Little do they know, that world is real… Written by Christina Lepri, directed by Jamie Macpherson.
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice & Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony
Music
Runs Dec 15Dec 18, 2022

Iconoclastic organist Cameron Carpenter, “one of the rare musicians who changes the game of his instrument” (Los Angeles Times), takes on Poulenc’s sparkling, Baroque-infused concerto, followed by the …

From National Public Radio and WBEZ Chicago
Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!
Audio Play/Podcast, Comedy
Runs Jul 14, 2022Feb 16, 2023
Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me! The National Public Radio’s Peabody Award-winning comedy news quiz show.
Christmas with the Peppermint Patties
Cabaret, Holiday
Runs Dec 03Dec 16, 2022

The Peppermint Patties return to the Venus Cabaret Theatre with a 90-minute lineup of holiday favorites and classic close-harmony hits made famous by The Andrews Sisters, Lennon Sisters …

Merry, Merry Chicago!
Children’s/Family, Holiday, Music
Runs Dec 16Dec 23, 2022

Symphony Center’s joyous musical celebration of the season is the perfect holiday tradition for the entire family. Join members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony …

Ruth Page’s “The Nutcracker”
Children’s/Family, Dance, Holiday
Dec 17, 2022

The quintessential and beloved family classic returns for our annual holiday tradition. Audiences will be transported to the beautiful Land of Snow and the delightful magical Kingdom of …

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Comedy, Holiday
Dec 17, 2022

In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids–probably the most inventively awful kids in …

Salt Creek Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” with New Philharmonic
Dance, Holiday
Runs Dec 17Dec 18, 2022
MAC welcomes back Salt Creek Ballet for their traditional staging of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.” This magical full-scale production with more than 50 dancers including guest artists features live accompaniment from New Philharmonic – a rare opportunity to see this magnificent ballet performed to live music.
Resilience: A Broadway Cabaret
Cabaret
Dec 17, 2022

Uptown Music Theater of Highland Park presents Resilience, its fourth annual Broadway Cabaret. This special one-night-only performance celebrates the strength, character, and perseverance of the Highland Park community. …

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass
Holiday, Music
Dec 18, 2022

Internationally recognized for its clarion power and gleaming brilliance, the legendary CSO brass section presents a virtuosic showcase of traditional favorites and symphonic masterworks arranged for brass ensemble.

Presented …

The Second City’s Jingle Bell Ruckus
Comedy, Holiday
Runs Dec 19Dec 31, 2022

The Second City’s Jingle Bell Ruckus delivers a heaping serving of seasonal satire that’s the perfect alternative to those same old holiday shows. Nothing’s off-limits: holiday film classics, …

Junior Claus
Children’s/Family, Holiday
Runs Dec 20Dec 30, 2022
Citadel Theatre presents their Winter 2022 TYA Show: Junior Claus, book and lyrics by Christopher Dimond & music by Michael Kooman. Get your tickets at www.citadeltheatre.org!
Cirque Dreams Holidaze
Children’s/Family, Circus, Holiday
Runs Dec 22Dec 24, 2022

Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the stage in this popular and dazzling family holiday spectacular. This annual tradition wraps a whimsical, Broadway-style musical infused with contemporary circus artistry …

New Year’s Eve – Pops & Viennese Celebration
Holiday, Music
Dec 31, 2022
New Philharmonic and Maestro Muspratt ring in the New Year with a celebratory program of Pops and Viennese works, champagne toast and more. The concert features guest baritone Mischa Bouvier hailed by Opera News for his “soothing, cavernous baritone that can soar to heights of lyric beauty;” and special guests, members of the pop/rock violin ensemble, The CoverGirls.
Calidore String Quartet with Xavier Foley
Music
Jan 06, 2023
Double bassist Xavier Foley joins the Calidore String Quartet for the first performance of the 2023 Winter Chamber Music Festival.
Alsop Conducts Wolfe: Her Story
Music
Runs Jan 06Jan 07, 2023

Conductor Marin Alsop leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in three pivotal works by 21st-century women composers. This Midnight Hour, a single-movement orchestral composition by former Mead Composer-in-Residence Anna Clyne, …

Once Upon a Symphony: Stone Soup
Children’s/Family, Music
Runs Dec 03, 2022Feb 25, 2023

Once Upon a Symphony programs combine vibrant music played by CSO musicians, storytelling and enchanting visuals for a playful concert experience.

A hungry traveler arrives at a village with …

An Afternoon of Brahms
Music
Jan 08, 2023
Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra present a selection of chamber music masterpieces concluding with Brahms’s celebrated Piano Quintet in F Minor.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ in Concert
Children’s/Family, Music
Runs Jan 12Jan 14, 2023

More than twenty years ago, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ enchanted our screens and now it’s returning with the music of a live symphony orchestra. Momentous scenes from …

tick, tick…BOOM!
Musical
Runs Jan 12Feb 05, 2023

Before Rent, there was tick, tick…BOOM!

Written by the late Jonathan Larson and directed by BoHo Artistic Associate Bo Frazier, tick, tick…BOOM! tells the autobiographical story of Jonathan, a …

Princess Ivona
Comedy/Drama
Runs Jan 12Feb 18, 2023
Ivona, a woman of few words, is forcibly entangled into the intrigues of a dysfunctional royal court when she becomes Prince Philip’s fiancée. Soon, Ivona becomes a royal spoiler revealing to each courtier their vices and blemishes.
Originally from Chicago, Jenny Beacraft returns from Spain to direct this Gombrowicz piece confronting ideas of personal identity, and the failure of existing value systems. Princess Ivona is a meditation on status, cruelty, and desire.
St. Lawrence String Quartet
Music
Jan 13, 2023
The Grammy-nominated St. Lawrence String Quartet performs on the 2023 Winter Chamber Music Festival.
The Birthday Party
Drama
Runs Jan 13Feb 26, 2023

Harold Pinter’s comedy of menace. Stanley may or may not play the piano, and today may or may not be his birthday, and he may or may not …

The Golden Gals Live!
Comedy
Runs Jan 13Feb 12, 2023

Picture it, Chicago, 2023!

Join the award winning cast of The Golden Gals Live! for this all new, original show directed and starring Ginger Minj. This show will feature …

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A Co-Production with Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Drama
Runs Jan 13Feb 12, 2023
A family responds to injustice and a daughter reckons with her political inheritance in this new play by “a poet, a playwright to pay attention to” (Variety).
Step Afrika!
Drama
Jan 14, 2023

Feel the beat through the first professional dance company dedicated to the tradition of stepping. The compelling artistic experience is full-force energy that will have audiences on your …

New Orford String Quartet
Music
Jan 15, 2023
The Opus Award-winning New Orford String Quartet performs on the Winter Chamber Music Festival.
Chicago The Musical
Musical
Runs Jan 17Jan 29, 2023
As we celebrate our 25th anniversary —you’ve got to come see why the name on everybody’s lips is still…CHICAGO.
Musicians from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center lift their bows up in the air
Youthful Genius
Music
Jan 17, 2023

The mind of the musical prodigy is a thing of wonder, and it is only through the music itself that we might sense something of the divine light …

Dvořák’s Prophecy (Loop)
Music
Jan 20, 2023

Friday, January 20th The Cliff Dwellers, Chicago | 7:30 pm

In 1893 Antonín Dvořák prophesied that a “great and noble” school of American music would arise from “sorrow songs”—the …

Horszowski Trio
Music
Jan 20, 2023
The celebrated Horszowski Trio performs on the Winter Chamber Music Festival.
Dvořák’s Prophecy (Evanston)
Music
Jan 22, 2023

Sunday, January 22nd Nichols Concert Hall, Evanston | 3:00 pm

In 1893 Antonín Dvořák prophesied that a “great and noble” school of American music would arise from “sorrow songs”—the …

Jupiter String Quartet
Music
Jan 22, 2023
The Banff International String Quartet winners perform on the Winter Chamber Music Festival.
Hansel and Gretel
Children’s/Family, Opera
Runs Jan 25Feb 05, 2023
This rivetingly modern, astonishingly inventive view of the Brothers Grimm’s fairytale features an eye-popping production that does full justice to Humperdinck’s glorious score.
Big Fish
Musical
Runs Jan 25Mar 19, 2023

Dream, Live, Love… Bigger!

A fantastical musical adventure inspired by a father’s incredible stories. Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim …

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And Neither Have I Wings to Fly
Comedy/Drama
Runs Jan 25Feb 26, 2023

In 1950’s Ireland, family means everything. So when Eveline Donnelly abandons her dream of a university education to care for her widowed father, it seems only right and …

Albert Herring
Opera
Runs Jan 26Jan 29, 2023
What happens when you’re looking for a suitable May Queen who is virginal, obedient, upstanding, AND moral but none of the teens in town match that description? You call on Albert. Yes, the grocer’s son, Albert Herring. As the newly crowned May King surely nothing bad will happen…
The Legend of Georgia McBride
Comedy/Drama
Runs Jan 26Mar 04, 2023

Times are tough for Elvis impersonator Casey; he’s young, he’s broke, his landlord’s knocking at the door, and he’s just found out his wife is going to have …

Blood Wedding
Drama
Runs Jan 27Feb 05, 2023

When a young bride-to-be receives a visit from a former paramour on her wedding day, a family blood feud threatens the celebration and sparks a deadly dance of …

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
With Wynton Marsalis and Special Guest Naseer Shamma: Fusing Traditions
Music
Jan 27, 2023

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis joins forces with Naseer Shamma, Iraqi oud virtuoso, composer, educator and UNESCO Artist for Peace. Featuring new works by …

Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar and Grill
Cabaret, Musical
Runs Jan 27Mar 26, 2023

Turn back the clock to 1956 for an intimate cabaret performance with the greatest jazz vocalist of all time, Billie Holiday. More than a dozen musical numbers are …

National Geographic Live – Greenwood: A Century of Resilience
Jan 29, 2023

Uncover stories of resilience in the hundred years since one of the worst episodes of racial violence in American History. Tulsa native and archaeologist Dr. Alicia Odewale shares …

Leif Ove Andsnes
Music
Jan 29, 2023

Leif Ove Andsnes, “one of the most eloquent and incisive keyboardists of our time” (Chicago Sun-Times), frames Beethoven’s transcendent Op. 110 sonata with two jewels of the Czech …

Opera Up Close: Happy Birthday, Mozart!
Cabaret, Music
Jan 29, 2023
Celebrate Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s 266th Birthday with a special repertoire, great company, birthday cake and a champagne toast!
Juan Diego Flórez
Music
Jan 31, 2023

Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez brings his signature virtuosity, elegance and boundless charm to a selection of favorite opera arias and songs, accompanied by pianist Vincenzo Scalera. Find …

Into the Woods
Musical
Runs Feb 01Mar 19, 2023
One of the most astounding and original fairytale retellings the stage has ever seen.
Boulevard of Bold Dreams
Comedy/Drama, New Work
Runs Feb 01Mar 19, 2023

Set on the night in 1940 that Hattie McDaniel made history at the Oscars, a story of dreamers striving to overcome considerable obstacles and fighting for recognition amidst …

Andy Warhol’s Tomato
Comedy/Drama
Runs Feb 02Mar 05, 2023

It’s 1946 in Pittsburgh. 18-year-old Andy Warhol finds himself in the basement of a working-class bar. Over the course of a summer, Andy gives and gets inspiration, guidance …

The Factotum
New Work, Opera
Runs Feb 03Feb 12, 2023
A new work inspired by Rossini’s The Barber of Seville that has grown into a joyful, original piece all its own, commissioned by Lyric. Updating the action to a Black barbershop on Chicago’s South Side, this gifted duo has created an irresistibly upbeat work that celebrates the strength of community.
Pianist Jeffrey Siegel in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
Keyboard Conversations: Musical Valentines
Music
Feb 03, 2023
A concert with commentary, exploring the love-inspired music of Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, and Mendelssohn.
DRUMLine Live!
Music
Feb 04, 2023
DRUMLine Live, the show-stopping attraction created by the musical team behind 20th Century Fox’s hit movies, Drumline and Drumline: A New Beat, has already paraded onto some of the biggest theatre stages in America, Japan, and Korea. After performing over 300 shows since 2009, it’s time for a BRAND NEW show, with new music and choreography. 
Mavis Staples
With Special Guest Celisse
Music
Feb 04, 2023

Civil rights icon and living legend Mavis Staples returns to Symphony Center for one night only. With a presence “so unfailingly joyful that you never take your eyes …

Anna in the Tropics
Drama
Runs Feb 08Mar 19, 2023

In a Cuban American cigar factory just outside Ybor City in 1929, a charismatic lector reads Anna Karenina aloud to pass the hours. As Anna’s passions are enunciated, …

Villette
Literary Adaptation, New Work
Runs Feb 08Apr 23, 2023
From the author of the reader-favorite Jane Eyre comes this undiscovered gem, Charlotte Brontë’s Villette, adapted by Artistic Associate Sara Gmitter (In the Garden) and directed by Ensemble Member Tracy Walsh (The Old Curiosity Shop).
Right To Be Forgotten
Comedy/Drama, New Work
Runs Feb 09Mar 26, 2023
Don’t miss this striking Chicago premiere about human forgiveness in the age of the internet.
Shani Conducts Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances
Music
Runs Feb 09Feb 11, 2023

In a program celebrating the 150th anniversary of Sergei Rachmaninov’s birth, Lahav Shani conducts the composer’s Symphonic Dances, which marries diabolical, jazzy melodies with plush, old-world grandeur. Italian pianist …

Trial In The Delta: The Murder of Emmett Till
Drama
Runs Feb 10Feb 19, 2023
A world-premiere production co-adapted by Willie Round & G. Riley Mills, based on the transcripts of the Mississippi vs. Milam & Bryant trial.
Fen
Drama
Runs Feb 10Mar 05, 2023
On the marshy fens of eastern England in the 1980s, ghosts of the past haunt the women who labor as tenant farmers. When Val seizes on a new relationship as a path to escape the crushing bonds of work, poverty, and family, she is confronted with the explosive repercussions of her decision.
The Christians
Drama
Runs Feb 10Mar 12, 2023

Twenty years ago, Pastor Paul’s church was nothing more than a modest storefront. Now he presides over a congregation of thousands, with classrooms for Sunday School, a coffee …

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
Dance
Feb 11, 2023

Fall in love with the world’s leading all-male ballet company as they showcase a playful parody of traditional ballet. No one can do it like the Trocks, who …

Sara Davis Buechner
Music
Feb 11, 2023
A top prizewinner in the Tschaikowsky Competition in Moscow and the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, Sara Davis Buechner performs on the Skyline Piano Artist Series.
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Music
Feb 14, 2023

Perfect for Valentine’s Day, selections from Prokofiev’s masterpiece about Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers are paired with Lalo’s salute to the sultry dance rhythms of Spain, featuring Menuhin Competition winner …

Les Misérables
Musical
Runs Feb 15Mar 05, 2023
Cameron Mackintosh presents the acclaimed production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, LES MISÉRABLES.
The Mountaintop
Drama
Runs Feb 16Mar 19, 2023

A gripping reimagination of events the night before the assassination of the civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On April 3, 1968, after delivering one of …

Mäkelä Conducts López Bellido & Mahler 5
Music
Runs Feb 16Feb 18, 2023

In his Fifth Symphony, Mahler embraces all aspects of life. After a tumultuous funeral march, the work’s five movements include folk-inspired dances, a tender love song and a …

One in Two
Drama
Runs Feb 16Mar 19, 2023

One in Two is an autobiographical play named for the shocking statistic that one in two gay or bisexual Black men in America will be diagnosed with HIV …

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Children’s/Family, Musical
Runs Feb 17Apr 01, 2023

Happiness is great musical theatre! Catch up with the “Peanuts” bunch.

Based on the beloved Charles Schulz comic strip, Charlie Brown and the entire Peanuts gang explore life’s great …

Violet
Musical
Runs Feb 17Feb 26, 2023

As a girl, Violet was struck by a wayward axe blade when her father was chopping wood, leaving her with a visible scar across her face. With enough …

Extra Yarn
Children’s/Family, Musical, New Work
Runs Feb 18Mar 19, 2023

While her parents work tirelessly at the local factory, Annabelle discovers a small wooden box in the snow filled with yarn that seemingly never ends.  Armed with her …

CSO MusicNOW: Inspiring Voices
Music
Feb 20, 2023

Inspiring Voices connects composer and cellist Andrea Casarrubios with one of her inspirations, former Mead Composer-in-Residence Osvaldo Golijov. Casarrubios performs two of her own pieces, including a world …

Cats
Musical
Runs Feb 21Feb 26, 2023
Rediscover CATS!
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HT Presents: The Hamburg Ballet
John Neumeier’s The Glass Menagerie
Dance, Performance Art
Runs Feb 23Feb 25, 2023

Hope, dreams and an insatiable desire – Tom Wingfield’s father has left the family a long time ago. All he has left back is a photo, a few …

Muti, Fischer & Tchaikovsky Manfred
Music
Runs Feb 23Feb 25, 2023

Tchaikovsky’s turbulent Manfred Symphony takes its inspiration from Lord Byron’s dramatic poem about a world-weary traveler who wanders the Alps and is bewitched by supernatural forces. German violinist Julia Fischer, …

Imagine U: The Snowy Day and Other Stories
Children’s/Family
Runs Feb 24Mar 12, 2023

The wonder of a fresh snowfall, the delight of whistling for the first time, being inclusive in one’s friendships, and the awe in finding a special treasure. These …

Álvaro Pierri
Music
Feb 25, 2023
A top prizewinner in multiple international guitar competitions, Álvaro Pierri performs on the Segovia Classical Guitar Series.
Marc-André Hamelin
Music
Feb 26, 2023

The intrepid Marc-André Hamelin offers a characteristically fascinating program, pairing Beethoven’s olympian Hammerklavier Sonata with Dukas’ monumental sonata of 1901. The Guardian calls Dukas’ work “one of the underappreciated masterpieces of the …

1776
Musical
Runs Feb 28Mar 12, 2023

What will it take to get two dozen powerfully passionate, exceedingly complicated, and all-too-human individuals to settle their differences, while they hold the very future of a nation …

Joshua Bell & Daniil Trifonov
Music
Mar 02, 2023

Two luminaries of their instruments team up for this joint recital at Symphony Center. Bell, whose recent Chicago performance was “profoundly lyrical and unflagging in emotional intensity” (Chicago …

Danceworks 2023
Dance
Runs Mar 03Mar 05, 2023

Join for Northwestern’s annual dance showcase featuring new works by acclaimed and nationally recognized guest choreographers and faculty.

Annie
Musical
Runs Mar 07Mar 19, 2023
This celebration of family, optimism and the American spirit remains the ultimate cure for all the hard knocks life throws your way.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Dance
Runs Mar 08Mar 12, 2023

Trailblazing, living history returns to Chicago with an abundance of stunning new programs, as well as beloved classics including Alvin Ailey’s masterpiece Revelations. Continuing its long legacy, this …

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Twelfth Night
Classic
Runs Mar 08Apr 09, 2023

After being shipwrecked on the shores of Ilyria, Viola re-invents herself in order to survive. When she becomes enamored with Duke Orsino, however, Viola must choose between love …

GSU Dance Company presents
Rise Up! Truth to Power
Dance
Runs Mar 10Mar 11, 2023
Join the GSU Dance Company as they dance for social justice. Choreographed by GSU faculty, students, and alumni, Rise Up! features provocative performances that encourage dialogue and action that address inequity.
Bandini-Chiacchiaretta Duo with the Dalí Quartet
Music
Mar 11, 2023
The Bandini-Chiacchiaretta guitar and bandoneón duo, together with the Dalí string quartet, celebrate the music of Astor Piazzolla.
Carmen
Opera
Runs Mar 11Apr 07, 2023
The immortal tale of the restless, free-spirited heroine and Don José, the soldier who’s drawn to her in a truly “fatal attraction,” Carmen has long been one of the world’s favorite operas.
Tina
Musical
Runs Mar 14Apr 02, 2023

THERE IS ONLY ONE. HER VOICE IS UNDENIABLE. HER FIRE IS UNSTOPPABLE. HER TRIUMPH IS UNLIKE ANY OTHER.

An uplifting comeback story like no other, TINA – The Tina Turner …

The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing
New Work, Opera
Runs Mar 23Mar 25, 2023
Alan Turing, a brilliant computer scientist, saves England from Nazi U-boats during World War II. Despite his innovative feat he was chemically castrated after being found guilty of gross indecency for a homosexual relationship. Turing was found poisoned alongside a cyanide-laced apple just two years later. While his death was ruled a suicide, there are alternative theories to the cause.
Proximity
New Work, Opera
Runs Mar 24Apr 08, 2023
 Proximity is a gripping, powerful trio of new works that confronts head-on some of the greatest challenges affecting us as a society: yearning for connection in a world driven by technology; the devastating impact of gun violence on cities and neighborhoods; and the need to respect and protect our natural resources.
I Will Always Love You: Katie Deal Sings Dolly Parton
Katie Deal Sings Dolly Parton
Cabaret
Runs Mar 25Mar 26, 2023

Celebrate beloved American icon Dolly Parton with award-winning country artist and actress Katie Deal (9 to 5, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline). Leading a sublime band, Deal …

National Geographic Live: How to Clone a Mammoth
Mar 26, 2023

Journey through the astonishing and controversial science of de-extinction with an evolutionary biologist that is a pioneer in ancient DNA research.

Speaker: Beth Shapiro

“A fully sensational experience in bringing …

The Book of Mormon
Musical
Runs Mar 28Apr 16, 2023
It’s The Book of Mormon, the nine-time Tony Award® winning Best Musical.
Yefim Bronfman
Music
Apr 02, 2023
Six-time Grammy nominee and 2010 winner of the Jean Gimbel Lane Prize, Yefim Bronfman performs on the Skyline Piano Artist Series.
A Soldier’s Play
Musical
Runs Apr 04Apr 16, 2023

A Soldier’s Play, the 1982 Pulitzer Prize-winning thriller by Charles Fuller, has rocketed back into the spotlight, thanks to this 2020 Tony Award®-winning Best Revival from Roundabout Theatre …

Galileo’s Daughter
Comedy/Drama, New Work
Runs Apr 05May 14, 2023

Rattled by a personal crisis, a playwright flees to Florence to study the letters between Galileo Galilei and his eldest daughter, Maria Celeste. Caught up in the threats …

Othello
Classic, Drama
Runs Apr 06Apr 08, 2023
This powerful tale of prejudice, inequity, discrimination, and jealousy is full of wit and action, and a few surprises as well. So, come see the show you’ve known for all these years in a whole new light…
Manuel Barrueco
Music
Apr 08, 2023
Latin Grammy Award-winning artist Manuel Barrueco performs on the Segovia Classical Guitar Series.
Jagged Little Pill
Musical
Runs Apr 11Apr 23, 2023
Some shows you see. This show you FEEL.
School of Rock
Musical
Runs Apr 12May 28, 2023
Based on the hit movie starring Jack Black, School of Rock inspires, entertains and flat-out rocks.
Damn Yankees
Classic, Musical
Runs Apr 12Jun 04, 2023

Broadway’s Home Run Hit Musical

Of the many shady trades in baseball history, none have equaled the dark brilliance of the offer in Damn Yankees, the devilishly clever musical …

American Ballet Theatre
Dance
Runs Apr 14Apr 16, 2023

The spell-binding internationally renowned ballet is back! With a dazzling mix-rep program, experience the beauty of story-telling through this perfect blend of music, movement, and drama.

“Aces of technique …

Airness
Comedy/Drama
Runs Apr 21May 21, 2023

When Nina enters her first air guitar competition, she thinks winning will be easy. But as she befriends a group of charismatic nerds all committed to becoming the …

Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Musical
Runs Apr 21Jun 11, 2023

Twain’s timeless classic sweeps audiences down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim escape from slavery to freedom at the mouth of the …

Acrobuffos Present
Air Play
Children’s/Family, Circus
Apr 22, 2023
Great for all ages, Air Play creates beauty and inspires laughter across cultures and continents. No translation necessary. Air Play is a visual poem, using no words, and brings to life the very air we breathe.
Dorrance Dance, Trinity Irish Dance Company, M.A.D.D. Rhythms
Dance
Apr 22, 2023

Three masters of rhythm take the stage for a percussive evening full of spirit. Experience the high-kicks, tap, and contemporary blends that will change your idea of dance …

From the Mississippi Delta
Drama, Literary Adaptation
Runs Apr 28Jun 18, 2023

Based on her memoir of the same title, Dr. Endesha Ida Mae Holland recounts her 20 year journey from humble beginnings in Greenwood, Mississippi to achieving her Ph.D. at …

Chicago Repertory Ballet Presents
Vibrant Variations
Dance
Runs Apr 29Apr 30, 2023

All-Ages event runs 80 minutes with a 20 minute intermission.

Join Chicago Repertory Ballet as they take the stage with an evening of new dance works by Founding Artistic …

National Geographic Live: Coral Kingdom and Empires of Ice
Apr 30, 2023

Dive into the hidden world beneath the surface of the Earth’s oceans and hear the underwater adventures and the reality of life behind the camera from the explorers …

Ragtime
Musical
Runs May 04Jun 10, 2023

Celebrating its 25th Broadway anniversary in 2023, Ragtime is a sweeping musical portrait of early 20th century America, winner of multiple Tony Awards, and both the Drama Desk and Outer …

Pianist Jeffrey Siegel in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
Keyboard Conversations: American Pianist Treasures
Music
May 05, 2023
A concert with commentary, featuring music of Gershwin, Bernstein, Copland, and Gottschalk.
Where the Sidewalk Ends
Music
May 07, 2023

Enter into childlike imagination in Rembrandt’s musical walk through life. Inspired by Shel Silverstein, a youthful work by Chicago composer Max Raimi begins the journey. Rembrandt travels through …

The Crucible
Classic, Drama
Runs May 11Jun 11, 2023

In Arthur Miller’s drama set among the Salem witch trials of 1692, a young servant-girl maliciously accuses a farmer’s wife of witchcraft. The farmer brings the girl to …

The October Storm
Comedy/Drama, New Work
Runs May 11Jun 25, 2023
From Joshua Allen, playwright of the smash-hit The Last Pair of Earlies, comes a story of family, with fresh characters, new drama, all set in the city of Chicago!
Disney’s Aladdin
Children’s/Family, Musical
Runs May 17May 28, 2023
This new production features a full score, including the five cherished songs from the Academy Award-winning soundtrack and more written especially for the stage.
Stewart Goodyear
Music
May 26, 2023
Acclaimed pianist Stewart Goodyear performs on the Skyline Piano Artist Series.
West Side Story
Musical, Opera
Runs Jun 02Jun 25, 2023
Tony and Maria are wide-eyed teenagers from two communities in conflict, who fall in love. As their friends and family battle with one another, Tony and Maria long for “a place for us…somewhere.”
South Chicago Dance Theatre
Dance, New Work
Jun 10, 2023

A multicultural organization seamlessly fusing classical and contemporary dance styles. Making their Auditorium Theatre debut, the esteemed Chicago company presents the world premiere of Memoirs of Jazz In …

Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story
Musical
Runs Jun 21Aug 13, 2023

Before The Beatles, Before The Stones, Rock & Roll Was Born

Buddy is the smash hit musical celebration of the life of Buddy Holly. In just three short years, …

Xanadu
Musical
Runs Jul 13Aug 19, 2023

Xanadu is all at once romantic comedy, celebration of ‘80s kitsch and a ridiculously moving, endlessly fun tale. This Tony Award-nominated, hilarious musical about following your dreams took audiences …

Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are in a Play”
Children’s/Family
Runs Jul 14Aug 13, 2023

From the beloved, best-selling books by Mo Willems!

‍Get ready for a musical experience, ripped from the pages of Mo Willems’ beloved, award-winning, best-selling children’s books, that will leave …

MJ
Musical
Runs Aug 01Sep 02, 2023

The music. The showmanship. The icon. Now, the unparalleled artistry of the greatest entertainer of all time comes to Chicago as MJ, the Tony Award®-winning new musical centering on …

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