Tickets in Chicago

47% Off Ice-Dancing Performance

McFetridge Sports Center

$47.04 $25

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World-class figure skaters—including an Olympic Bronze medalist—perform dazzling choreography during the Chicago debut of "Let's Dance"

The Dance Mile on Randolph Street – $10 Off

Chicago

$45 $35

Twirl and sashay your way down Randolph Street decked out in a costume or Dance Mile neon tank, then keep the fun going at an after party

Riverfront Mayfest – Up to 57% Off Festival

Chicago Tribune Festival Lot

$23.25 $10

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New outdoor music festival features '90s tribute acts on Friday, local bands on Saturday, and country music on Sunday

Up to 53% Off Standup Comedy

Near North Side

$30 $15

Upscale club partnered by Jim Belushi features local and nationally renowned comics

51% Off Painting and a Play with Wine at Live Purple Art

Chicago

$45 $22

Participants supplied with all-you-can-drink wine paint canvases; actors then interpret the art and brushstrokes in a performance

Up to 51% Off Rooftop Cubs Game

Lakeview

$141.17 $99

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Gaze over Wrigley Field's right-centerfield wall from a luxurious rooftop as the Cubs continue to charge through the 2014 season

The Plagiarists – Up to 53% Off "War Song"

Berger Park Coach House

$26.87 $12.50

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A story of an African-American sergeant in the Civil War comes alive through song, poetry, and writings by W.E.B. DuBois and Lincoln

Wrigley Field Rooftop Club—Up to 65% Off Cubs Game

Wrigley Field Rooftop Club

$185.37 $69

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Watch a Cubs game from rooftop seats overlooking Wrigley Field while enjoying unlimited beer, food, and amenities such as plasma TVs

Gorilla Tango Theatre – Up to 30% Off Burlesque

Bucktown

$70 $49

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Performers sling jokes and shed clothes during burlesque parodies of Batman and Star Wars

Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra – Up to 73% Off

Harris Theater for Music and Dance

$44 $12

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The national premiere of a symphony suppressed by the Nazis, a Vaughan Williams piece, and a collaboration with the lauded Avalon Quartet

50% Off "Fifty Shades of Grey" Parody

The Apartment

$86 $43

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Performers romp through the funny side of the hit erotic novel to the tune of Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Carly Rae Jepsen

$8 Off Movie Outing

Logan Square

$19 $11

Historic theater screens current releases and classic films

49% Off Pup Crawl

Hubbard Inn

$35 $18

Pub crawl that benefits PAWS Chicago takes revelers to five local bars, including Hubbard Inn and The Boss Bar

"Second City's Game Night" – Up to 46% Off

Near North Side

$31.50 $17

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Using audience suggestions, skilled improvisors create scenes that riff on TV game shows at the new cabaret theater

Wrigleyville Rooftops – Up to 50% Off Tickets

Wrigleyville

$135 $69

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Take in a Cubs game from the rooftop while enjoying a complete food and beverage menu; access to climate-controlled suites included

Uncover the Secrets of the Human Body at an Autopsy Seminar

Bucktown

$50 $50

The founder of the Autopsy Center of Chicago fields questions about death and the body during a slideshow

Up to 51% Off Movie Package at The Harper Theater

Hyde Park

$40 $20

Renovated historical theater screens blockbuster films in high-def digital projection

52% Off Murder-Mystery Dinner Show

Multiple Locations

$60 $29

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

Chicago White Sox – Up to 39% Off Game & Patio Party

U.S. Cellular Field

$57 $38

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White Sox games quench thirst for Major League Baseball action while a pre-game patio party sates hunger for barbecued buffet and beers

Trippin Billies – Up to 42% Off Dave Matthews Band Tribute

Cubby Bear

$26 $15

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Popular group pays tribute to Dave Matthews Band with spot-on instrumentation and vocals

LePercolateur – Up to 57% Off Gypsy Jazz

Mayne Stage

$28 $12

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High-energy gypsy-jazz quintet gets swinging with energetic showmanship and soulful singing; includes an unreleased live CD

Up to 66% Off Concerts or St. Patrick's Fest

The Abbey Pub

$9.99 $5

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Acclaimed Beatles tribute act, classic-rock cover concert, or St. Patrick's Day Fest with beer

"Triumphant Love" – Up to 43% Off Dramatic Dance

Bronzeville

$26.62 $17

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Three couples face love's challenges and celebrate its triumphs through drama and dance

Up to 31% Off Dance Performance

Harold Washington Cultural Center

$27.37 $19

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Choreography and monologues weave together in an evening examining body image and celebrating women

Up to Half Off Concert for Two at The Elbo Room

Lakeview

$20 $10

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Intimate music venue hosts diverse schedule of local and national performers, including former member of Prince's New Power Generation

Up to 40% Off R&J Productions' "Desperate"

Harold Washington Cultural Center

$50 $30

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Groupon salutes Black History Month with R&J Productions and Richard Gallion's third show—a tale of personal ambition and family duty

The Indie Horror Film Festival – Up to 43% Off

The Assembly Hall at Schurz High School

$53 $30

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Gore, grime, and psychological terror reign for a weekend in independently produced horror movies from across the country

Up to 40% Off at Saint Patrick's Festival 2014

Irish American Heritage Center

$30 $18

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Chicago- and Ireland-based music and dance groups perform amid food and arts and crafts after the St. Patrick’s Day parade

Up to 43% Off Piano Concerto Competition

Chicago Symphony Center

$20 $12

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Full orchestra backs three young finalists of international music competition as they perform piano pieces

Up to 67% Off Drag Show and Drinks at Hydrate Nightclub Chicago

Lakeview

$36 $15

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

Third Rail Music Festival – Up to 39% Off

Chicago Tribune Festival Lot on Chicago River

$82.37 $55

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Chicago's newest electronic dance music festival hosts local and national underground artists including Animale, DJ Rozz, and RKTR

Hawthorne Race Course – Up to 59% Off Race-Day Package

Hawthorne Race Course

$37 $18

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Live competition at historic course with a slate of spring races; craft beer, racing program, and souvenir glass included

Bella Voce – Up to 50% Off Choral Concert

Grace Lutheran Church

$30 $15

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Choir rings in the spring with works by Renaissance composers Josquin and Ockeghem

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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 W Polk St
Chicago,
IL
US

Hailed as America's Company of Firsts, the world-renowned Joffrey Ballet has been blazing an artistic trail through media stereotypes since 1956 to redefine the global view of ballet. Through its maiden voyages as the first dance company to perform at the White House and on television, appear on the cover of Time, and commission a rock 'n' roll ballet, the Joffrey's artistically dynamic works have inspired a broad audience and a major motion picture. Its troupe of classically trained, world-class dancers oozes grace as they execute a diverse repertoire of classical masterpieces and cutting-edge performances. The company's annual Nutcracker performances have garnered global acclaim, and it attracts a wide audience in Chicago and around the world during national and international tours.

The Joffrey Ballet also bolsters the Windy City's arts education and dance training through the Joffrey Academy of Dance and community-engagement programs. The Chicago Philharmonic serves as the Joffrey’s official orchestra, bringing its diverse and innovative musical talent to the company's performances.

50 E Congress Pkwy
Chicago,
IL
US

Originally founded in 1957, Old Town School of Folk Music teaches and facilitates performances of arts rooted in the traditions of diverse American and global communities. More than 700 accredited music, dance, theater, and visual-arts courses expand the cultural horizons of students of all ages and abilities, and more than 300 concerts and events reach more than 200,000 audience members every year.

Founder Frank Hamilton hoped that through his nonprofit academy "teacher and student would be partners in learning." Today, the school continues that tradition, fostering supportive learning environments that draw from an accessible education model. The school also presents performances by internationally known touring artists and Chicago's local artists—as well as its own staff and students—nearly every weekend, with free world-music concerts on Wednesday nights. Old Town School operates three facilities in Lincoln Park and Lincoln Square, including one 425-seat and two 150-seat concert halls, 64 classrooms, two music stores, a café, and a resource center.

909 West Armitage Avenue
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.

205 East Randolph Street
Chicago,
IL
US

Simply put, Players Sport & Social Group helps more than 50,000 people each year get together, meet new friends, and have fun. The two-decade-old company has more than doubled in size in the last five years, due in no small part to the wide variety of sports leagues and clinics that it offers at venues throughout the city. Teams or individuals can sign up for sports ranging from dodgeball to beach volleyball to games of "bags," otherwise known as cornhole. Players can check their weekly standings online and review each sport's rules, learning exactly what is considered a foul in kickball or how to dispose of a football opponent's captured flag by burning it in a respectful ceremony.

The company also hosts and sponsors social events such as happy hours, fundraisers, and the Luau: a 55,900-participant grass-volleyball tournament with DJ music, food, and beer. Similarly, The Big Dig volleyball tournament offers the same mix of munchies, brews, and live entertainment, but on the sands of North Avenue Beach.

3617 N Ashland Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

At The ComedySportz Theatre, audience suggestions keep an all-ages, family-friendly and fast-paced vortex of scenes, games, and songs spinning in competitive shows that pit two improv teams against each other. Inside the intimate, 149-seat theater, spontaneity rules as a referee moderates the all-ages-appropriate hilarity pitched between the Chicago Bosses and The Evanston Express. At the end of each comedic duel, the points and audience votes are tallied to determine the winning team, sentencing the losers to feed the doves that live inside the winners' top hats.

The ComedySportz Training Center's seasoned instructors also teach six-week courses in the art of improvised hilarity and the essential virtues of spontaneity, risk taking, and engagement with the moment. Through scene work, ComedySportz games, and short- and long-form improv, students learn to keep audiences roaring in order to jump-start a career or become a more affable bank robber.

2054 West Irving Park Road
Chicago,
IL
US