Theater & Shows in Chesterton

$35 for a Ticket to The Dinner Party with Celebs and host Elysabeth Alfano on Monday, Dec. 1 ($49 Value)

The Dinner Party

West Loop

Join host Elysabeth Alfano for dinner and conversation with a best-selling author, a theater critic, an actor, and a famous chef

$49 $35

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"You Had Me at En Vogue" for Two at The Second City on November 1–December 6 (Up to 42% Off)

"You Had Me at En Vogue"

Donny's Skybox Theatre

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Cast of Urban Twist skewers pop culture and stereotypes in their latest revue

$26 $15

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The Great Love Debate at Royal George Theatre on December 8 at 8 p.m. (Up to 40% Off)

The Great Love Debate

Royal George Theatre

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Town Hall–style dating event pairs love experts with 200 singles for an evening of advice, fun, and flirting

$41.99 $25

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"Miracle on 47th Street" for Two at Harold Washington Cultural Center on December 6–13 (Up to 73% Off)

"Miracle on 47th Street"

Harold Washington Cultural Center

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Interactive musical based on Miracle on 34th Street combines sing-alongs with holiday spirit to share the importance of community

$150 $40

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The Second City's Deep Cuts or Improv All-Stars at UP Comedy Club on September 1–December 15 (Up to 43% Off)

The Second City's Deep Cuts or Improv All-Stars

UP Comedy Club

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Annoyance Theatre founder Mick Napier directs a cast of top improv talent; revue about living in the Internet age collects past sketches

$24.50 $17

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Comedy Show for Two or Four at iO Theater Through January 14 (Up to 50% Off)

iO Chicago

iO Improv

The troupe has spawned hordes of comic luminaries in the last 30 years, including Mike Myers, Chris Farley, and Tina Fey

$28 $14

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"Urban Nutcracker" at Fuller Park on Saturday, December 20, at 2 p.m. (Up to 40% Off)

Urban Nutcracker

Fuller Park

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Enjoy the classic Nutcracker story with a modern urban twist

$20 $12

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Orchestral or Choral Concert at Harris Theater for Music and Dance on November 17–December 18 (Up to 50% Off)

Harris Theater for Music and Dance

Harris Theater for Music and Dance

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Seasonal oncerts include the opera “William Tell” sung in Italian, a children’s holiday concert, and all six of Bach’s Brandenburg concertos

$95 $47.50

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"The Empire Brings Sexy Back: A Star Wars Burlesque" or "Holy Bouncing Boobies: A Batman Burlesque" (Up to 39% Off)

"Empire Brings Sexy Back" or "Holy Bouncing Boobies: A Batman Burlesque"

Gorilla Tango Theatre

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Performers sling jokes and shed clothes during burlesque parodies of “Batman” and “The Empire Strikes Back”

$33 $20

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Tickets to See "Beauties & Beaus" for 2, 4, 6, or 10 with Champagne at Hydrate Nightclub Chicago (Up to 71% Off)

Hydrate Nightclub Chicago

Lakeview

Audiences watch a rotating guest lineup of drag performers strut their stuff onstage while sipping champagne

$36 $14

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Dinner Show for One or Two from The Murder Mystery Company (52% Off)

The Murder Mystery Company

Multiple Locations

Interactive dinnertime murder mystery that stars professional actors tests diners’ sleuthing skills throughout a multicourse meal

$60 $29

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"Hitch*Cocktails" at The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, November 21–February 27 (Up to 40% Off)

"Hitch*Cocktails" at The Annoyance Theatre & Bar

The Annoyance Theatre

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Skilled improvisors and live jazz pianist create a feature-length thriller in the style of Hichcock using suggestions from the audience

$20 $12

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Standup for Two and Tickets to a Future Show at Riddles Comedy Club (Up to 75% Off)

Riddles Comedy Club

Riddles Comedy Club

Weekend sets from nationally touring comedians such as Damon Williams and Meechie Hall

$75 $19

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The studio offers all new students one complimentary private lesson, so this Groupon covers the subsequent lessons.

1205 W Lincoln Hwy
Merrillville,
IN
US

The instructors of Origins Dance Academy have traveled far and wide to learn and practice their craft, from choreographing in Los Angeles to dancing in prestigious European and Canadian ballet companies to appearing in area musicals. That wide range of experience allows them to teach youngsters in a wide variety of classes, including tap, ballet, and hip-hop. Origins also occasionally presents its students in performances and sends them to competitions judged by technique, difficulty, and how well the dancers perform sequences from Swan Lake while partnered with real swans.

120 West Clark Street
Crown Point,
IN
US

At FieldCrest School of Performing Arts, students ascend through three levels of stardom?I'm a Star (for toddlers through preteens), Fashion Plate (for toddlers through preteens), and Camera Ready (for teens)?through bundles of acting, modeling, and dance classes that build a solid foundation of arts education. Acting classes build upon pantomime and improv before moving into performance and technique, and modeling sessions teach students how to prowl and pose like a pro on the catwalk. Ballet, jazz, tap, and hip-hop lessons give pupils the grace and moves they need to perform classical and contemporary routines.

Since its founding in 1977, FieldCrest has cultivated a motivational environment that encourages self-expression and poise. Besides arts classes, it also offers etiquette courses that can convert even the most slovenly kids and adults into Miss Manners devotees.

201 Main Street
Park Forest,
IL
US

For more than 40 years, the professionally trained instructors at Celeste Dance Studio have helped students 12 and up learn to shuffle and twirl during ballroom-, Latin-, and contemporary-dance classes. Students land on their feet during tumbling classes, move to the beat during hip-hop sessions, and explore an ever-evolving art during modern-dance lessons. Ballet students don slippers and flutter through class with style and grace, while tap classes teach intrepid soft-shoers to communicate in Morse code. Specialized classes in ballet, tap, and acrobatics are also available for younger dancers ages two-and-a-half to six. Intricately choreographed dance routines are performed on stage at the studio's yearly recital. Check the schedule to see a full list of current class days and times.

9500 S Avers Ave
Evergreen Park,
IL
US

Chicago Elevated, run by effusive improv veteran Margaret Hicks, leads curious charges on eclectic group, private, and custom tours of the city. Jaunts lead natives and tourists alike through the city’s oft-overlooked nooks and crannies as Hicks’s jovial voice narrates every step, shedding light on secret areas and easily overlooked historic sites. Her pedway tour sojourns into Chicago’s tiled subterranean antecity, where retailers, restaurants, and mole people mingle. Tours explore sites of famous disasters, visit the ghostly red-light district that once stretched below what is now Printer’s Row, and gaze at downtown’s ornate architecture from the riverwalk.

Stationed in Wrigleyville after college, Hicks accrued the healthy sense of humor and comedic timing that pepper each tour at Second City, iO, and other theaters. Though she attempted a move to New York City, Hicks soon discovered she couldn’t stay away from Chicago’s majestic skyline or the skyscrapers’ subtly receding hairlines. A stint in the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s docent program, as well as acting as a tour guide for six years, arm her with insider’s knowledge that soon transfers to listeners’ brains.

47 West Polk Street
Chicago,
IL
US

Chicago Sinfonietta was already markedly different from its counterparts when it played its first notes in 1987. Its founder and conductor Paul Freeman wanted to create a symphony that actually reflected the community in which it existed. The ensemble he formed brought together musicians from diverse racial and cultural backgrounds, who interpreted both classical pieces and forgotten compositions from composers of color. His concept proved successful—the symphony toured Europe, played the Kennedy Center twice, and produced 14 albums, all while tunefully demonstrating the universality of music.

Today, Chicago Sinfonietta continues to perform unique programs, and supports music education and professional development opportunities for members of underrepresented communities. Freeman retired from his post at the end of the 2011 season, passing the reins new music director Mei-Ann Chen, but his legacy lives on in the music of performers he helped get started, including classical-music legend Yo-Yo Ma.

70 E Lake St
Chicago,
IL
US

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