Free Street Theater

Upcoming Events

57 Blocks
Experimental
Runs Jun 01Jun 18, 2022
“If we could create portals to new realities, what would we find?”
57 Blocks is an experimental, innovative play by Free Street Theater.
Free Street HQ
Pulaski Park
1419 W Blackhawk St
Chicago, IL 60622

Storyfront Location
4346 S Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60609

7737727248
Free Street creates original, joyful and thought-provoking theater by, for, about, with, and in Chicago’s diverse communities.

Free Street Theater

Upcoming Events

Winnie the Pooh
Children’s/Family, Musical
Runs Mar 15Jun 12, 2022

All the puppets featured in the show were designed and constructed within the walls of Rockefeller Productions by a talented team of artists, designers, patternmakers, builders, welders and …

Blue Man Group
Performance Art
Runs Mar 04Jul 31, 2022

Blue Man Group is a wildly popular entertainment phenomenon currently in an open-ended run. The production provides its audience with a unique and thrilling multi-sensory experience that fuses …

Dennis Watkins’ The Magic Parlour
Magic
Runs Feb 25Jul 30, 2022
Celebrating 10 Magical Years at Palmer House Hilton
Drunk Shakespeare
Comedy, Improv
Runs Mar 03Jun 30, 2022
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!
Grandma’s Jukebox
Musical
Runs May 21Jun 26, 2022

The spirit of Grandma B. lives on! Without her the family feels lost until they start playing her old jukebox. It is the music from the jukebox that …

Hades Danse Macabre
Experimental
Runs May 13Jun 04, 2022

Danse Macabre is seeking joyful souls to join an immersive journey into the nightscape to reveal the unexpected. Come play with dreadful things and rescue their lost souls. Join …

On The Greenbelt
Comedy/Drama, New Work
Runs Apr 22May 28, 2022

On The Greenbelt is an exploration of family, love, memory and the question of ​“How do we process loss and grief?” Jules saw something terrible in the Idaho …

Teatro ZinZanni
Circus, Performance Art
Runs Jan 27Aug 28, 2022
Join us for an evening of music, magic, and mayhem! The Teatro ZinZanni restaurant is about to be rocked by a new arrival but don’t worry, Madame ZinZanni and her staff of characters will still serve up a multi-course feast for all the senses!
The Best Decision You’ve Ever Made
Comedy, Improv
Runs Mar 04Jun 12, 2022

The Second City has no time for regrets in the 45th e.t.c. revue, The Best Decision You’ve Ever Made. This choose-your-own comedy (mis)adventure explores the choices we make and how they …

The Second City’s 110th Revue
Comedy, Improv
Runs Apr 28Dec 31, 2022

The Second City is ready to take on our world, one laugh at a time! Come witness comedy history in the making as our ensemble creates The Second …

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Drama
Runs May 12Jun 12, 2022

George, a professor at a small college, and his wife, Martha, have just returned home, drunk from a Saturday night party when Martha announces that she has invited …

Wildcats
Comedy/Drama
Runs Apr 28May 28, 2022

In 1960, Lucille Ball took to the stage in her very first Broadway musical. Despite having been on television for over a decade, she found herself extremely unprepared …

After the Blast
Drama
Runs May 13Jun 11, 2022

Generations after a global disaster has driven humankind into underground cities, partners Anna and Oliver are hoping to have a child – even though Anna’s struggles with depression …

Ain’t Too Proud
Musical
Runs May 24Jun 05, 2022
Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations is the electrifying, new smash-hit Broadway musical that follows The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
All’s Well That Ends Well
Literary Adaptation
Runs Apr 22May 29, 2022
Shakespeare’s rarely seen dark comedy is brought to new life in the uniquely intimate setting of the Courtyard Theater.
Athena
Comedy/Drama, Physical Theater
Runs May 05Jul 10, 2022
Mary Wallace and Athena are both seventeen-year-old fencers training for Nationals. Mary Wallace lives in a house in New Jersey, loves marine biology and practices at home. Athena lives in an apartment in New York City, takes acne medication and Athena is not her real name. Follow their journey from competitors to confidantes as they form a bond navigating the milestones of adolescence, training together only to learn the future is only certain for one of them.
Collected Stories
Drama
Runs Apr 28Jun 04, 2022

Gossip is a neglected art form. Prominent author Ruth takes her fiction student Lisa under her wing – until Lisa’s success comes in the form of a story …

Emma’s Child
Drama
Runs Apr 15May 29, 2022

One of the great Chicago plays. By City Lit’s resident playwright, author of Voice of Good Hope and The Safe House, it won the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize …

Last Hermanos
Drama, New Work
Runs Apr 21Jun 12, 2022

Reunited and on the run; Miguel and Julio are fleeing an America where being Latinx is a life sentence. Sequestered in a Texas state park, the arrival of …

Lookingglass Alice
In association with The Actors Gymnasium
Children’s/Family, Circus
Runs Apr 30Jul 31, 2022
Returning to the stage is Lookingglass Alice, the circus-infused production The New York Times calls “eye-catching entertainment.”
Meeting Points
Drama
Runs May 18May 29, 2022

​Four lonely people navigate what it means to live meaningful lives in the forseeable future. They try to find hope, happiness, and normalcy in a story about LGBTQ+ …

MFA Collaboration Series: Men On Boats
Comedy
Runs May 27May 29, 2022

MFA Collaboration Series: MEN ON BOATS
By Jaclyn Backhaus
Directed by Katie Lupica
May 27–29, 2022
Hal & Martha Hyer Wallis Theater
1949 Campus Drive
Fri., 5/27 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sat., 5/28 @ 2 p.m. …

Middle Passage
Drama
Runs Apr 15Jun 05, 2022

Rutherford Calhoun, a newly freed Illinois slave eking out a living in 1830 New Orleans, stows away aboard The Republic, an outbound rigger, to evade debtors enforcing marriage. …

Notes and Letters
Musical, New Work
Runs May 10May 28, 2022

Notes and Letters follows Joe’s journey from war-torn Prague to Williams Piano Shop in Chicago in 1917. He quickly befriends the owner Charlie, his girlfriend Nora, and composer …

Richard III
Drama
Runs May 20Jun 25, 2022

The crown:  the symbol of ultimate power and the goal of one of Shakespeare’s most extravagantly charming (and despicable) creations, Richard of Gloucester. As literature’s most infamous outcast …

Seagull
Classic, Drama
Runs Apr 28Jun 12, 2022
In a giant country house filled to overflow on a long summer weekend in the Russian countryside, three generations collide in Yasen Peyankov’s extraordinarily funny and magical adaption of Anton Chekhov’s Seagull, the play that will open Steppenwolf’s NEW Round Theater.
SHOUT! The Mod Musical
Musical
Runs Apr 28Jun 11, 2022

An irresistible array of powerhouse songs, far out fashion, and groovy dance moves, SHOUT! The Mod Musical transports audiences to the 1960s. This musical revue rolls out arrangements of the …

Six
Musical
Runs Mar 29Jul 03, 2022
Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived.

Vogue proclaims SIX is “a riotous explosion of wit that speaks strongly and vibrantly to today. ALL HAIL!”

Somewhere Over The Border
Musical, New Work
Runs May 12Jun 12, 2022
Teatro Vista is thrilled to present the Chicago premiere of Somewhere Over The Border with Book, Lyrics and Music by Emmy-nominated artist Brian Quijada; directed by Denise Yvette Serna.
The Luckiest
Comedy/Drama
Runs May 05Jun 26, 2022

Lissette and Peter are best friends living their best lives. But when an out-of-nowhere diagnosis shatters Lissette’s world, Peter is left trying to pick up the pieces. Suddenly …

The Magnolia Ballet
Drama, New Work
Runs May 12Jun 11, 2022

Ezekiel is a Black teenager with a secret that threatens to destroy his already broken home. He’s haunted by the ghosts of racism, homophobia, and toxic masculinity–the same …

The New 13th Annual Living Newspaper Festival
New Work
Runs May 27Jun 12, 2022

After an all-digital Living Newspaper Series last season (you can view the short films on our YouTube page for free), Jackalope is proud to return to an in-person …

The Pavilion
Drama
Runs Apr 30Jun 05, 2022

Old wounds, time, and the cosmos collide under the pavilion in Craig Wright’s beautiful play about long lost love trying to reclaim itself at the reunion. A humorous, …

The Secretaries: A Parable
New Work
Runs May 05Jun 11, 2022

World Premiere
by Omer Abbas Salem, directed by Laura Alcalá Baker

Berlin, 1944: four women in Aryan drag vie to be the Führer’s personal secretary as he heads into a …

The Tragedy of King Christophe
Drama
Runs Apr 28May 29, 2022

Written in 1963 by West Indian poet and activist Aimé Césaire, The Tragedy of King Christophe is set after the Haitian Revolution in 1804. It follows the true historical figure …

The Year of Magical Thinking
Drama
Runs Apr 27Jun 05, 2022

In 2003, Joan Didion’s life irrevocably changed when she was stuck with a double tragedy. As she grieves, she finds herself gripped by a magical sense that the deceased …

To Kill a Mockingbird
Drama
Runs May 17May 29, 2022
The New York Times Critic’s Pick TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is “the most successful American play in Broadway history. It has not played to a single empty seat” (60 Minutes).
Two Trains Running
Drama
Runs May 13Jun 12, 2022

Amidst the Civil Rights Movement, Memphis Lee’s restaurant is slated for demolition. While Memphis fights to sell his diner for a fair price, the rest of the restaurant’s …

Water by the Spoonful
Drama
Runs May 26May 29, 2022

Water by the Spoonful is a heartfelt, poetic meditation on people at the brink of redemption and self-discovery during a time of heightened uncertainty. Working in a sandwich …

When We Were Young and Unafraid
Drama
Runs May 13Jun 12, 2022

Chicago Premiere

by Sarah Treem
directed by Sara Pavlak McGuire

In the early 1970s, before Roe v. Wade, before the Violence Against Women Act, Agnes has turned her quiet bed and …

Bible Bingo
Comedy
Runs Apr 22Jun 25, 2022

Now in its 11th year, Bible Bingo is a hit, long-running, interactive comedy play, written by Vicki Quade. The premise is that Mrs. Mary Margaret O’Brien, a former …

ComedySportz
Improv
Runs May 20Jul 02, 2022

ComedySportz is back and better than ever. Come see their new live experience, complete with laughter AND clapping. ComedySportz is a show for everyone – no matter what …

Hand to God
Puppetry
Runs May 25Jul 10, 2022
A small church ministry therapy group in Texas is the unlikely setting for this darkly humorous horror shocker that perfectly blends Avenue Q and Little Shop of Horrors.
Medea Material
Dance, Performance Art
Runs May 05Jun 04, 2022

Resident Director Max Truax returns to Trap Door to direct another Heiner Müller piece, after his triumphant production of Hamletmachine, which “calculated chaos and mastered madness with purpose, …

Naperville
Drama
Runs Apr 28May 29, 2022

It’s Naperville, 2012. Anne works on a new project, T.C. is working her first shift as a new manager and Candice and son Howard are back from Seattle, …

Never The Bridesmaid
Comedy/Drama
Runs May 19Jul 02, 2022

Maria and Anthony are a pair of adult twins whose happily-married parents Elmer and Doris are about to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. Unfortunately, these young adults haven’t …

MPAACT Presents
Pulled Punches
Drama, New Work
Runs Apr 15May 29, 2022

A world premiere new play presented by MPAACT.

On an express train home to watch Scandal, Isis gets all the elements of her favorite show – drama, passion and …

Rasheeda Speaking
Drama
Runs Apr 22Jun 04, 2022

Whether it’s the doctor’s inability to remember her name, or the toxic fumes radiating from the Xerox machine and lab next door, Dr. Williams’ office is not made for …

Rock of Ages
Musical
Runs Apr 13May 29, 2022
Nominated for five Tony Awards® including Best Musical, Rock of Ages will take you back into the iconic music era of the 80’s.
Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man
Comedy
Runs Apr 08Jul 02, 2022

Voted Best Comedy for Couples, Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man has been sharing its interactive, upbeat brand of comedy with theater audiences all across …

LDK Productions LLC presents
SKATES, A New Musical
Musical
Runs May 24Aug 28, 2022

Rock star Jacqueline Miller is headlining her first national tour, has a hit record, and she’s agreed to kick off the gala re-opening of her beloved childhood roller …

Spring Awakening
Musical
Runs Apr 23Jun 02, 2022

The winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Porchlight’s production will thrill you with a story over 130 years in the making! Set against the backdrop of a repressive …

The Chinese Lady
Drama
Runs May 08Jun 18, 2022
This story of the first Chinese woman to arrive in the United States unearths hidden history with humor and insight, asking us to explore the way we consider both ourselves and others.
The Sound of Music
Musical
Runs Apr 13Jun 05, 2022
The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world’s most beloved musical. This Holiday Season join the family Von Trapp in the true-life telling of one of history’s most thrilling and inspirational stories. Featuring the Tony, Grammy and Academy Award-winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.
The Best of The Second City
Comedy
Runs Apr 16Dec 31, 2022
The Best of The Second City features some of the best sketch comedy and songs from our comedy vaults updated for the modern era, as well as some of our newest classics and our trademark improvisation performed by The Second City Touring Company’s best and brightest…and funniest!
Late Nite Catechism
Comedy
Runs Jan 08Sep 04, 2022

Sister says, “Let’s get back in the habit!”

Call it Loretta Young meets Carol Burnett and Whoopi Goldberg.

Call it part catechism class, part stand-up routine. Written by Vicki Quade …

The Infinite Wrench
Experimental, New Work
Runs Feb 19Jun 19, 2022
At THE INFINITE WRENCH you’ll see thirty original plays in sixty minutes; written and performed by The Neo-Futurist Ensemble.
Improv Brunch
Improv
Runs Mar 20, 2022Jan 01, 2023

Bottoms up in UP Comedy Club! Join The Second City for some hair of the dog comedy during this totally improvised experience from the city’s finest. We’re serving …

Clear, a New Musical Experience
Drama, New Work
May 31, 2022
Porchlight Music Theatre’s 27th season continues with a staged reading of Clear, written by Paul Oakley Stovall who is currently performing as “Washington” in the national tour of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton!”
Look Me Over: Liberace
Virtual
Runs Jun 01Jun 08, 2022

Streaming of a new documentary feature about the famed and flamboyant pianist Liberace. He was an icon, flamboyant pianist, egomaniac, showman par excellence: Liberace – the King of …

Lorca, Living the Experience
Espanol
Runs May 25Jun 01, 2022

Water People Theater, in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes Chicago and Whatako Productions, presents Lorca, Living the Experience created and directed by Artistic Director Iraida Tapias. It is …

57 Blocks
Experimental
Runs Jun 01Jun 18, 2022
“If we could create portals to new realities, what would we find?”
57 Blocks is an experimental, innovative play by Free Street Theater.
Disney’s The Little Mermaid
Children’s/Family, Musical
Runs Jun 02Jun 26, 2022
Enter an immersive world that brings love and adventure together under the sea!
Don Quixote
Dance
Runs Jun 02Jun 12, 2022

A family-friendly ballet full of bravery, fantasy, and love, Yuri Possokhov’s fresh interpretation of this revered ballet classic centers on Don Quixote, an aging and eccentric nobleman, who …

Queer Eye: The Musical Parody
Comedy, Improv
Runs Jun 02Aug 28, 2022

Follow everybody’s fave Fab Five as they help an Average Joe manifest their full potential through aggressive self-love, laugh-out-loud comedy, and more songs than you can handle, henny! …

Eclectic Full Contact Theatre Presents
Blithe Spirit
Classic, Comedy
Runs Jun 03Jun 26, 2022
As research for his new book, author Charles Condomine asks Madame Arcati, who he believes to be a complete fake, to hold a seance in his home. Unfortunately for Charles, Madame Arcati manages to summon the spirit of Charles’ first wife, Elvira, who decides she likes being back among the living and wants to pick up their relationship where they left off. This is problematic, for not only has Charles remarried, but he’s the only one who can see or hear Elvira. What follows is one of Noël Coward’s funniest farces, as Charles tries to deal with the worst case of a clingy ex that ever existed!
Legacy In Concert at Madison Theater
Dance, Music
Runs Jun 03Jun 04, 2022
This show will get you up on your feet – Legacy will take you through the decades with songs you know and love, performed by internationally renowned artists!
The Creators
Drama
Runs Jun 03Jun 25, 2022

Deirdre, Piper, and Will work for a mysterious artistic prodigy named Gene, creating all the works of art and culture he claims as his own. Also, they’re not …

Mamma Mia!
Musical
Runs Jun 03Jun 19, 2022

Prepare to have the time of your life at Mamma Mia! Sophie, a 20-year-old bride-to-be, is on the search for her father. After reading her mother’s diary, she discovers …

Straight No Chaser
Music
Jun 04, 2022
If the phrase “male a cappella group” conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties and khakis singing traditional college songs on ivied campuses… think again.
Home
Comedy/Drama
Runs Jun 04Jun 19, 2022

Cephus Miles has inherited a small farm in South Carolina from his family and he is content to work the land until his childhood sweetheart rejects him and …

The Schoolmaster Games
Virtual
Jun 08, 2022

The St. Sebastian Academy, an all-male school where homosexuality is the norm, is the setting for this most unusual new film. Two teachers who had been bullied in …

Moonset Sunrise
Outdoor, Performance Art
Runs Jun 08Jun 18, 2022
Through healing ritual, storytelling, song and dance, Moonset Sunrise honors the sacred moment between the setting full moon and the rising sun…reconciling the past and celebrating our new NOW on the banks of Lake Michigan. Tickets at collaboraction.org/moonset-sunrise
Cruel Intentions: The 90s Musical
Musical
Runs Jun 09Aug 07, 2022
Cruel Intentions: The 90s Musical is a “fun, sexy and seductive” experience—and the ultimate 90s throwback party!
10-Minute Play Festival
New Work
Runs Jun 09Jun 12, 2022

8 plays ranging from comedy to drama,

from cultural to social justice-themed

…and more!

June 9–12

Thursday, Friday, Saturday 7:30 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m.

 

 

Footholds Vol. 3
New Work
Runs Jun 10Jun 19, 2022
In its third installment, Footholds intertwines The Impostors Theatre Co.’s unique vision with local voices.
Godspell
Musical
Runs Jun 10Jul 31, 2022
The timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love, based on the Gospel of St. Matthew. The songs by Grammy and Academy award winner Stephen Schwartz include such favorites as “Day by Day” and “All Good Gifts.”
Run for Your Wife
Comedy
Runs Jun 10Jun 19, 2022

This play was hugely popular back in the day. Dated now but still daft and very funny it’s the antidote to difficult times – a little light relief. …

Tommy on Top
Comedy
Runs Jun 10Jul 17, 2022

Tommy Miller, closeted Hollywood heartthrob is nominated for an Oscar and is a shoo-in to win Best Actor. His bibulous sister Molly and musical theater obsessed hair stylist …

2022 Pivot Arts Festival
Dance, New Work
Runs Jun 10Jun 18, 2022

A Celebration of Contemporary Performance + Film

Come gather in person for a celebration of contemporary performance + film in live space. You’ll find adventurous dance, theater, opera, music, …

Steel Magnolias
Comedy/Drama
Runs Jun 10Jul 30, 2022

In a beauty parlor in northwestern Louisiana, life is anything but boring. Steel Magnolias follows six women over the course of three years as they face life’s challenges …

For Your (Re)Consideration: The Woman of Colour
Literary Adaptation, Staged Reading
Jun 11, 2022

An ongoing staged reading series, For Your (Re)Consideration will explore the works of historically overlooked female playwrights. Featuring a variety of distinct voices and styles from different historical …

cullud wattah
Drama, New Work
Runs Jun 11Jul 17, 2022
Thanksgiving, 2016: Flint, Michigan has been without clean water for 936 days. Marion, a third-generation General Motors assembly line worker, worries over impending layoffs while struggling to fight the poison that floods her home–and her family’s bodies.
Giordano Dance Chicago
Dance
Jun 11, 2022

For 59 seasons, Giordano Dance Chicago (GDC) has served as “a prime example of a company that can simultaneously revel in the past and the present” (Chicago Tribune). Considered “jazz dance royalty” (Chicago Tribune), …

Paris
Comedy
Runs Jun 11Jul 23, 2022

Returning home to the small town of Paris, Vermont, Emmie tries to make ends meet while navigating the challenges of being Black in a predominantly white community. After …

Sister Act
Musical
Runs Jun 11Jun 19, 2022

The feel-good smash comedy based on the hit movie. A woman hiding in a convent helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she rediscovers her own.

The Rising …

Life After
Musical
Runs Jun 11Jul 17, 2022
“Musical theater perfection…exquisite from start to finish” (BroadwayWorld).
Souvenirs
Music
Jun 12, 2022

Our closing concert Souvenirs pays homage to treasured memories and discovers a new favorite in a clarinet quintet of Bernard Herrmann, a composer best known for his film …

PrideArts Cabaret with Scott Gryder & Nick Sula
Cabaret
Jun 13, 2022

PrideArts Cabaret Series – SONGS THAT KEPT ME SANE WHEN THE WORLD MET THE PANDEMIC 

Monday, June 13 – 7:30 pm

Scott Gryder with Nick Sula – “Gryder and Sula …

Strawberry Moon Affair
Experimental
Jun 15, 2022

ABOUT

Celebrate the next full moon with us at our special benefit performance, the Strawberry Moon Affair. The evening will feature a live performance of Moonset Sunrise, along with …

A Fine Feathered Murder: A Miss Marbled Mystery
New Work
Runs Jun 16Jul 31, 2022

Written by Handbag Artistic Director, David Cerda, this wild whodunit inspired by everybody’s favorite British mystery features Handbag favorite Ed Jones as Miss Jane Marbled, an unassuming spinster …

Ayodele Drum and Dance
Dance, Music
Jun 16, 2022

Ayodele Drum and Dance presents an energizing West African cultural experience. Let the live drumming, song, and dance feed your soul and move your body!

Thursday, June 16, 2022 …

Choir Boy
Drama
Runs Jun 16Jul 24, 2022

Pharus Young, now a senior at the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys, an institution committed to building “strong, ethical black men,” endeavors to be the best …

Blues On The Fox
Music, Outdoor
Runs Jun 17Jun 18, 2022
Celebrating the annual Blues on the Fox festival with a killer line-up to start off summer right!
Hurricane Diane
Comedy
Runs Jun 17Jul 31, 2022

The cosmic clock is already at 11 f**king 45 and the flood waters are lapping Jersey Shore. Dionysus—in the guise of Diane, a permaculture landscape gardener—is staging a …

Ensemble Español presents
Flamenco Passion
Dance
Runs Jun 17Jun 19, 2022

The elegance and passion of Spain’s dance, music and culture is showcased by Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, in Residence at Northeastern Illinois University, with their annual American …

Higher and Higher: A Rock ‘n Soul Party with Chester Gregory
Cabaret, Music
Jun 17, 2022

Broadway star and recording artist Chester Gregory expertly honors the legends of Rock and Soul. The star of Motown: The Musical, Hairspray, and Dreamgirls won acclaim for his outstanding portrayal of Jackie …

Elvis My Way at Metropolis
Elvis My Way Starring Brandon Bennett
Music
Runs Jun 18Jun 19, 2022

Celebrate the King of Rock ‘n Roll with internationally acclaimed touring star Brandon Bennett (Chicago’s Million Dollar Quartet). Magnetic, authentic, and radiating southern charm, Bennett is the winner …

Gayme Changers
New Work
Runs Jun 18Jun 25, 2022

Gayme Changers is a new immersive comedy about climate change activism from About Face Youth Theatre that blends reality TV with a dash of call to action.

Lionel Richie Tribute, All Night Long
Cabaret, Music
Jun 18, 2022

Recreating all the hit songs of a living music legend, Lionel Richie, is Gregory James and the “All Night Long Show Band.” Together they capture the look and …

Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular
Music
Jun 18, 2022
Back By Popular Demand: The Best Elvis Tribute Show In The Country
PrideArts Cabaret with Kyra Leigh
Cabaret
Jun 20, 2022

Monday, June 20 – 7:30 pm

Kyra Leigh performs perform an eclectic set of songs ranging from pop to rock to TV/film music.

Plus, screenings of two short films:

GOD’S DAUGHTER …

It Came From Outer Space
Musical, New Work
Runs Jun 22Jul 24, 2022
Based on the ‘50s sci-fi film, this World Premiere musical comedy will be out-of-this-world fun.
Antigone
Drama
Runs Jun 23Jul 31, 2022
A woman suddenly against the world, Antigone just wants to give her brother a fair burial — and she isn’t afraid to fight the patriarchy to do it.
Liz Callaway: Broadway and Beyond
Cabaret
Jun 23, 2022

Chicago’s own Liz Callaway returns home in a concert featuring music from The Great White Way, as well as the pop and film worlds. An Emmy winner and …

Pearl’s Rollin’ With the Blues
WORLD PREMIERE
Cabaret, New Work
Runs Jun 23Jul 24, 2022
Singing the Blues is what Pearl was born to do, and she can’t wait to be back in front of a crowd with her band. For Pearl, it’s about the music—where it’s been, where it is and where it wants to be. She’s made it her mission in life to take the stage and share how the Blues paved the way for generations of musicians to come.
BiG SUiT: A Tribute to Talking Heads
Music
Jun 24, 2022

BIG SUIT is a group of like-minded, exemplary musicians who are on a unique global streak of meteoric music mastery. Make room for BIG SUIT. In fact, FOLLOW …

Downtown Alive! The Chicago Experience
Music
Jun 24, 2022
A concert that will bring you back to when you first fell in love with Chicago.
The Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company Production of
Where We Belong
In Association with the Folger Shakespeare Library
New Work
Runs Jun 24Jul 24, 2022
An indigenous theatre-maker journeys across geographic borders, personal history, and cultural legacies; in search of a place to belong.
Leaders of the Pack
Music
Runs Jun 25Jun 26, 2022

Chicago-based rockers The Lovettes celebrate the great girl groups from the golden era of pop, as seen on PBS’ Doo-Wop Generations. This talented trio’s upbeat retrospective of the …

LIVE TO ROCK-Skid Row, Warrant, Quiet Riot
Music
Jun 25, 2022
Get ready to rock with some of the biggest and best bands of the ’80s. Sit back and strap in for a rocking and wild night with Skid Row, Warrant and Quiet Riot!
Summer of Love, The Hits from 1967 & More
Music
Jun 26, 2022

SoundTracks Of A Generation presents the Summer of Love 1967 and the rock concert that changed music: The Monterey International Pop Festival. It was the high point of a …

My Fair Lady
Musical
Runs Jun 28Jul 10, 2022
MY FAIR LADY tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady.” But who is really being transformed?
Marie Antoinette & the Magical Negroes
Comedy/Drama, New Work
Runs Jun 30Jul 17, 2022
Using trap music, fashion shows and the backdrop of the French Revolution, Governing Ensemble member Terry Guest’s Marie Anoinette & The Magical Negroes reimagines the myth of the lost monarchy and put it into the hands and mouths of Black people.
August Wilson's Fences
Fences
Drama
Runs Jul 01Aug 06, 2022

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. This is the sensational drama about Troy Maxson, a former star of the Negro Baseball League, who now works as a garbage man …

The Playboy of the Western World
Comedy
Runs Jul 01Aug 14, 2022

Controversial when first produced (Sinn Fein types felt it depicted the Irish as glamorizing violence so they, um, rioted at the premiere), it stands today as one of …

Light Falls
Drama
Runs Jul 02Aug 14, 2022

For one clear moment, rain and light fall from a cloudless sky. For one clear moment, Christine sees the lives of her family, her town, her world stretched …

PrideArts Summer Film Festival – Week 1
Virtual
Runs Jul 05Jul 12, 2022

Five short queer-themed films from the US, Canada, South Africa, and Tunisia.

A BLOOM (Republic of South Africa, 24:00). Directed by Antony Rangel Coll.

Nick just got back home after …

Homecoming
Drama, New Work
Runs Jul 06Jul 23, 2022
Albany Park Theater Project celebrates its 25th anniversary and return to live performance with Homecoming
Dear Jack, Dear Louise
Comedy/Drama
Runs Jul 07Aug 07, 2022
U.S. Army Captain Jack Ludwig, a military doctor stationed in Oregon, and Louise Rabiner, an aspiring actress and dancer in New York City, are complete strangers. When they meet by letter during World War II, a love story begins.
Next to Normal
Musical
Runs Jul 07Jul 10, 2022

To the outside world, the Goodman family are picture perfect: doting father Dan, his brilliant wife Diana and their two teenagers seem to be living the American Dream. …

The Wizard of Oz
Children’s/Family, Musical
Runs Jul 08Dec 31, 2022

A musical adventure for all ages!

Relive the classic tale of four unlikely friends on the adventure of a lifetime! Join Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow …

Avenue Q: The Musical
Musical
Runs Jul 08Aug 07, 2022
A bright-eyed college grad named Princeton moves the city with big dreams but a tiny bank account, and must learn to make his way with the help of his saucy neighbors (the puppets).
Get Out Alive
Experimental, Musical
Runs Jul 08Aug 07, 2022
Get Out Alive is a new interdisciplinary musical by independent artist, actor and activist Nikki Lynette.
The Evolution of Joni Mitchell
Music
Jul 08, 2022

Lauren Fox created The Evolution of Joni Mitchell, after being inspired by David Yaffe’s passionate, brilliant biography, “Reckless Daughter.” In chronological order, Lauren takes us on a captivating …

Downtown Alive! SATISFACTION The International Rolling Stones Show
Music
Jul 08, 2022
“Satisfaction/The International Rolling Stones Show” is the international touring tribute show to the World’s Greatest Rock & Roll Band.
PrideArts Summer Film Festival – Week 2
Virtual
Jul 12, 2022

Eight short queer-themed films from the US, Canada, and Ireland.

DON’T TEXT YOUR EX (Canada, 13:52). Directed by Jo Güstin.

Surviving a global pandemic being queer, cute and still in …

Roe v US
Drama, New Work
Runs Jul 14Jul 17, 2022
Artemisia Theatre returns to live theatre with this summer’s theatrical workshop of “Roe v US” a new work written and directed by Kelcey Anyá. Roe v Us puts judgment on trial in this new heartbreaking and empowering work surrounding a woman’s right to choose.
Sister Act
Musical
Runs Jul 14Aug 27, 2022

Based on the hit film, Sister Act is the musical smash that has audiences jumping to their feet. Featuring music by Tony and Oscar winner Alan Menken, this uplifting …

The Winter’s Tale
Classic, Outdoor
Runs Jul 14Aug 20, 2022
This Romance play plunges most deeply into tragedy before finding joy and redemption.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lincoln Park)
Classic, Outdoor
Runs Jul 15Aug 07, 2022

Midsommer Flight’s annual summer production of free Shakespeare in Chicago parks. One of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, it concerns young lovers who must fight stubborn and controlling fathers …

Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Musical
Runs Jul 15Sep 11, 2022

A rollicking good time in sequins, Priscilla Queen of the Desert follows the story of three drag queens as they journey across the Australian outback. They hop aboard …

Make/Believe 2022
Children’s/Family, Outdoor
Runs Jul 16Jul 30, 2022
Ghostlight Ensemble brings its popular Make/Believe short play festival for young audiences back to the stage in 2022. The seven stories that make up this year’s festival are filled with young people, plants, puppies and a blue balloon who must face great obstacles to discover who (or what) they’re meant to be. From the Filipino-American girl who is trying to find her way home in “Sunshine and the Sea of Lost Things” to the littlest fish in the ocean proving all sizes matter in “Krill’s Quest”, the protagonists in these plays face the types of struggles modern children will recognize from their own lives.
Jesus Christ Superstar
Musical
Runs Jul 19Jul 31, 2022
An album that inspired a REVOLUTION.
A REVELATION that changed the world.
A REINVENTION for this millennium.
In celebration of Jesus Christ Superstar’s 50th Anniversary, a new mesmerizing production comes to North America.
The Devil Wears Prada
Musical
Runs Jul 19Aug 21, 2022
A joyous, funny, and — of course — ultraglamorous story about navigating life’s runway to discover where you’re meant to be, The Devil Wears Prada is a new musical that gives the hit film a fabulously fresh makeover. The Devil Wears Prada models that getting want you want simply means chasing it down, even in four-inch heels.
Failure: A Love Story
Drama
Runs Jul 21Sep 04, 2022

By Philip Dawkins

By the end of 1928, all three Fail sisters will be dead — expiring in reverse order, youngest to oldest, from blunt object to the head, …

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lincoln Square)
Classic, Outdoor
Runs Jul 22Jul 24, 2022

Midsommer Flight’s annual summer production of free Shakespeare in Chicago parks. One of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, it concerns young lovers who must fight stubborn and controlling fathers …

American Side Efectos (Workshop Production)
Drama
Runs Jul 22Jul 31, 2022

Debbie’s second favorite holiday, right after Christmas, has always been the 4th of July, but this year she’s not even in the mood for a festive hot dog. …

Cowboy Bob
Performance Art
Runs Jul 22Jul 23, 2022

You wouldn’t look twice at Peggy Jo. She’s a good daughter, always tips, plays by the rules. But when she dons a fake beard, sunglasses, and a ten-gallon …

Marisol
Performance Art
Runs Jul 22Jul 24, 2022

Marisol, written by José Rivera and directed by Brian Balcom, will be performed in the Josephine Louis Theater July 22-24. The play follows Marisol, a young professional who …

STAYIN’ ALIVE One Night of the Bee Gees
Music
Jul 22, 2022
Grab your bell bottoms and disco ball. It’s time to party with the decade-defining music of the Bee Gees.
KANSAS
Music
Jul 24, 2022
With a legendary career spanning nearly five decades, KANSAS has firmly established itself as one of America’s iconic classic rock bands.
Tedeschi Trucks Band feat. Los Lobos & Gabe Dixon
Music
Jul 26, 2022
Tedeschi Trucks Band is back with a sound that defies genre and labels.
Art
Comedy
Runs Jul 28Jul 31, 2022

What happens when three close friends with fifteen years of shared history come face-to-face with an obscenely expensive all-white canvas? The answer? ART, the hilarious comedy by Yasmina …

Dance Nation
Dance
Runs Jul 29Jul 31, 2022

Somewhere in America, an army of pre-teen competitive dancers plots to take over the world. And if their new routine is good enough, they’ll claw their way to …

FUN HOME
Musical
Runs Aug 03Sep 18, 2022

Welcome to a funeral home unlike any other you’ve seen.

Memories linger in the air like snowflakes, and the truth is always opaque. Where finding yourself means looking to …

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Douglas)
Classic, Outdoor
Runs Aug 05Aug 07, 2022

Midsommer Flight’s annual summer production of free Shakespeare in Chicago parks. One of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, it concerns young lovers who must fight stubborn and controlling fathers …

Leading Ladies
Comedy
Runs Aug 05Aug 14, 2022

In 1952 Pennsylvania, two down-and-out itinerate British actors try to swindle an inheritance from a family by impersonating the family’s long lost cousins only they have pretend to be women, …

I LOVE THE 90s feat. Vanilla Ice, Coolio, Rob Base, Color Me Badd, Tone Loc, Young MC
Music
Aug 07, 2022
The biggest names from the ’90s unite for a powerhouse concert sure to bring you back in time.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (South Loop)
Classic, Outdoor
Runs Aug 12Aug 14, 2022

Midsommer Flight’s annual summer production of free Shakespeare in Chicago parks. One of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, it concerns young lovers who must fight stubborn and controlling fathers …

The Wrong Party Tour – Fitz and The Tantrums & Andy Grammer
Music
Aug 12, 2022
Fitz And The Tantrums and Andy Grammer are hitting the road together and taking their new tour to cities across North America in 2022.
The Yellow Rose Theatre Presents
Gigi’s Party
Drama
Runs Aug 17Sep 03, 2022
The play takes place in the year 2058. Technology is deeply imbedded in the healthcare profession. Healthcare professionals receive several years of training in technology. Fatal diseases are a thing of the past. Because of medical advances, life expectancy will have risen to 160 from 70 years.
Pro-Am
Comedy, New Work
Runs Aug 19Sep 25, 2022

Most careers don’t last longer than three months in Miami’s professional-amateur porn scene. But that’s about to change when rising star Chloe Kendall meets the driven trans performer …

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Rogers Park)
Classic, Outdoor
Runs Aug 19Aug 21, 2022

Midsommer Flight’s annual summer production of free Shakespeare in Chicago parks. One of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, it concerns young lovers who must fight stubborn and controlling fathers …

Get The Led Out A Celebration Of “The Mighty Zep”
Music
Aug 19, 2022
Get the Led Out is back with another sure-to-sell-out tribute to Led Zeppelin. Don’t wait to get your tickets!
Boz Scaggs: Out of The Blues Tour 2022 with Very Special Guest The Robert Cray Band
Music
Aug 20, 2022
Two masters of blues rock join forces for an unforgettable night at RiverEdge Park.
Sunday in the Park with Lyric’s Rising Stars
Opera, Outdoor
Aug 21, 2022

Join the Lyric for an evening of beautiful music as artists from The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center perform a variety of favorites from the …

Hello, Dolly!
Musical
Runs Aug 24Oct 16, 2022

This musical adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s hit play The Matchmaker bursts with humor, romance, and some of the greatest songs in musical theatre history.

Aztec Human Sacrifice
Musical
Runs Aug 26Oct 09, 2022

It’s the night before the beginning of the Aztec empire’s new millennium, and the Chosen One–so named because he is to be sacrificed in order to make the …

Richard III
Classic
Runs Aug 26Oct 15, 2022

Shakespeare’s classic tale of one of the most evil villains, Richard III, as only Babes With Blades Theatre Company can produce. BWBTC Shakespeare embraces nontraditional casting, but for …

TUSK
Music
Aug 26, 2022
The music of Fleetwood Mac filling the air is the perfect way to spend a beautiful night at RiverEdge Park.
Dreamgirls
Musical
Runs Aug 31Oct 16, 2022
It’s the 1960s where the sound of Motown is on the rise.
Murder on the Orient Express
Drama, Literary Adaptation
Aug 31, 2022

Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The next morning, an American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his …

Ernani
Opera
Runs Sep 09Oct 01, 2022
Ernani reveals Verdi at his most irresistibly melodic and dramatic. A persecuted nobleman forced to disguise himself as an outlaw, Ernani loves beautiful Elvira, but she’s pursued by two other men — her uncle, Silva, and the King of Spain, Carlo. This “love quadrangle” inspires grand-scale arias and ensembles, bursting with the unique energy and drive that were Verdi’s own.
Fiddler on the Roof
Opera
Runs Sep 17Oct 07, 2022
Experience a Fiddler like no other, with the full power of the Lyric Opera Orchestra and a production that is both grand in scale and intimate in its power to bring you directly to the heart of the village of Anatevka.
Anastasia
Musical
Runs Sep 20Sep 25, 2022

From the Tony Award®-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in …

Wicked
Musical
Runs Sep 28Dec 04, 2022
From the first electrifying note to the final breathtaking moment, WICKED—the untold true story of the Witches of Oz—transfixes audiences with its wildly inventive story that USA Today cheers is “a complete triumph! An original musical that will make you laugh, cry, and think.”
Bull: a love story
New Work
Runs Oct 05Nov 20, 2022

A world premiere play developed through Paramount’s Inception Project.

Bull dealt drugs, got caught, and served his time. For a decade, he’s thought about one thing: coming home. On …

Renée Fleming and Rod Gilfry in Concert
Opera
Oct 08, 2022
The incomparable Renée Fleming will be joined by charismatic baritone Rod Gilfry for an extraordinary musical event: the Chicago premiere of The Brightness of Light, composed by Pulitzer Prize winner Kevin Puts.
Shin Lim
Magic
Oct 08, 2022

Shin Lim is the 2015 world FISM CHAMPION for close-up card magic and winner of America’s Got Talent Season 13 and America’s Got Talent: The Champions.

A self-proclaimed “SLEIGHT OF HAND ARTIST”. …

Southern Nights: Michael Ingersoll Sings Glen Campbell
Music
Runs Oct 17Oct 18, 2022

Remember the warmth and genius of Glen Campbell with acclaimed actor and PBS touring star Michael Ingersoll. Leading a band of sensational musicians, Ingersoll relates Campbell’s rags to …

Wardruna
Music
Oct 21, 2022

Since its formation in the early 2000s, initiated by composer Einar Selvik, WARDRUNA has had vast worldwide success, transcending music genres, cultures, and languages while earning acclaim for its innovative and …

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 …

Don Carlos
Opera
Runs Nov 09Nov 25, 2022
The full stature of this epic opera will be revealed at Lyric as never before when performed in the full five acts, with the matchless eloquence of the opera’s original French text. Don Carlos is a tour-de-force experience for those who love Verdi in his prime.
The Sound Of Music
Musical
Runs Nov 09, 2022Jan 08, 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.
Le Comte Ory
Opera
Runs Nov 13Nov 26, 2022
The master of operatic comedy who created The Barber of Seville strikes again with this side-splitting comedy replete with onstage antics that match its high-energy music
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 …

Title X
Drama
Runs Nov 26Dec 18, 2022
Title X is a world premiere play about abortion rights from 1978 to now told thru the lens of eight radically different female characters.
Dear Evan Hansen
Musical
Runs Dec 06Dec 31, 2022

A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen …

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 …

Hansel and Gretel
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.
Into The Woods
Musical
Runs Feb 01Mar 19, 2023
Spectacle and extravagance awaits you in Stephen Sondheim’s brilliant reimagining.
The Factotum
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.
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.
Proximity
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.
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.
West Side Story
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.”
MJ
Musical
Runs Jul 15Sep 10, 2023

BROADWAY’S MOST ELECTRIFYING NEW MUSICAL!
He is one of the greatest entertainers of all time. Now, Michael Jackson’s unique and unparalleled artistry is finally coming to Broadway in a …

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