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It’s real, elevated to an intensity you cannot turn away from. Even on your first visit, you can feel it. From joy to heartache and every feeling in between, Chicago’s exceptional ensemble of talent provides exhilarating experiences that make audiences come alive.

Rising from a city of innovators, risk-takers, and big hearts, Chicago theatre is a hotbed for exciting new work and hundreds of world premieres every year. From the jaw-dropping productions of Broadway In Chicago to the intimate and honest storefront plays and improv, the spirit of the city can be found in our 200+ theatres.

To truly fall in love with Chicago, you must experience our theatre. This is where the city bares its fearless soul.

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The spirit of Chicago theatre is found in all of our neighborhoods, from downtown theatres to behind the storefronts, in a diverse collection of over 200 dynamic theatres. From musicals to plays to comedy, theatre is for everyone in Chicago.

The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes-The Valentine Edition
Runs Feb 08 - Mar 30, 2019
Not for Sale 2.0
Comedy/Drama, New Work
Runs Mar 05 - Apr 07, 2019
Detour Guide
Runs Mar 11 - Apr 07, 2019
Runs Mar 09 - Apr 14, 2019
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf
Runs Mar 14 - Apr 14, 2019
Children's/Family, Literary Adaptation
Runs Mar 01 - Apr 20, 2019
The Bridges of Madison County
Runs Mar 08 - Apr 21, 2019
Little Shop of Horrors
Runs Mar 01 - Apr 28, 2019

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More Year of Chicago Theatre Happenings

In addition to all of the incredible theatre to see during 2019, we also encourage you to check out these YOCT-related programs and initiatives.

Art on theMART

The spring program for Art on theMART is a commission in alignment with the Year of Chicago Theatre featuring a work by renowned lighting designer John Boesche. The second commission (coming soon!) in alignment with the Year of Chicago Theatre will be a result of a collaboration between scenic designer John Musial and Lucky Plush Artistic Director Julia Rhoads. Projections begin 15 minutes after sunset Wednesday – Sunday and are best viewed on the Chicago Riverwalk between Wells and Lake St.

Lincoln Park Night Out

To celebrate the Year of Chicago Theatre, this new monthly series from the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce showcases theatres in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. Each month, Lincoln Park neighbors and visitors are invited to explore one of the neighborhood’s amazing theatre companies.

Hot Tix Pop-Ups at McCormick Place

In addition to offering half-price theatre tickets online and at Loop locations, Hot Tix is partnering with McCormick Place during the Year of Chicago Theatre to offer half-price theatre tickets for select events and conventions. Visit the Hot Tix Locations page to see what’s next!

The Edgewater Theatre District Passport

Explore Edgewater’s incredible theatre with the Theatre District Passport. Just like a coffee shop punch card, the Theatre District Passport can be stamped each time you see a play, and after 5 stamps the 6th play will be free! The Theatre District Passport program is only valid with participating locations. Also, take the pledge to watch (at least) one play or performance in the Edgewater Theatre District this year.

Theatre Thursdays

Take pride in the unique, risky, bold, and incredible new work happening on Chicago stages year-round. Each monthly Theatre Thursday event features an inside look at the creative process behind a never-before-seen production. See a world premiere each month!

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The Year of Chicago Theatre is an initiative of the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) with the support of the League of Chicago Theatres and several other civic and arts partners.

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