Tickets & Events in Chicago

"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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SuicideGirls: "Blackheart Burlesque" at House of Blues Chicago on October 22 at 9 p.m. (Up to 40% Off)

SuicideGirls

House of Blues Chicago

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Alternative burlesque celebrates Game of Thrones and Pulp Fiction with slinky comedy, exposed skin, tattoos, and piercings

$36.55 $22

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"Don Giovanni" or "Capriccio" at the Civic Opera House on October 14 or 22 (Up to 50% Off)

"Don Giovanni" or "Capriccio"

Civic Opera House

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1920s-set “Don Giovanni” emphasizes the “anti” in “antihero”; comic “Capriccio” stars Renée Fleming as a countess torn between two lovers

$34 $17

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A Nightmare on Hubbard Street - Halloween Costume Bar Crawl on Saturday, November 1 (Up to 47% Off)

A Nightmare on Hubbard Street

John Barleycorn

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Annual Halloween-themed bar crawl weaves through River North, with costume contests, drink specials, and live DJs along the way

$22.79 $12

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Songs for Sound – Hear the Music Tour with Jim Collins on Saturday, October 25, at 6 p.m. (Up to 43% Off)

Songs for Sound - Hear the Music Tour w/ Jim Collins, Andrew Pates, and Wendell Mobley

Moonlight Studios

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Jim Collins, Andrew Pate, and Wendell Mobley use their lauded pipes and lyrics to raise awareness for cochlear implants

$85 $50

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"A Bright Room Called Day" at Chemically Imbalanced Theater on November 7, 8, or 9 (Up to 42% Off)

"A Bright Room Called Day"

Chemically Imbalanced Theater

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Artists in 1930s Germany fail to take action against a rising dictatorship, while a woman in 1980s America struggles with a similar dilemma

$33.04 $19

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Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players – cp2 at Jazz Showcase on November 3 at 8 p.m. Up to 40% Off)

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Jazz Showcase

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The Chicago Philharmonic’s jazz chamber ensemble dives into the work of one of its own: composer and saxophonist Jim Gailloreto

$20 $12

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Latino Comedy Night Starring Gina Brillon at Castle on November 9 at 7 p.m. (Up to 55% Off)

Latino Comedy Night starring Gina Brillon

Castle

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Popular New York comedian seen on Comedy Central and in The Fluffy Movie scores huge laughs in a chic nightclub

$22.09 $10

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"Desperate 2" at Carver Military Academy High School on November 8 or 9 (Up to 47% Off)

"Desperate 2"

Carver Military Academy High School

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Award-winning singers star in world-premiere drama exploring themes of family, love, and faith

$75 $40

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$12 for a Movie for Two with Popcorn at The Logan Theatre ($20 Value)

The Logan Theatre

Logan Square

Historic theater features current releases and classic films

$20 $12

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The 80's & 90's Flashback Jam at Riviera Theatre on Saturday, November 8, at 9 p.m. (Up to 30% Off)

The 80's & 90's Flashback Jam

The Riviera Theatre

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Enjoy the biggest dance hits of the ’80s and ’90s performed by C+C Music Factory’s Freedom Williams, Sequal, and Shannon

$40.08 $28

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents “Legends” at United Center (Up to 40% Off). November 20–28

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents LEGENDS

United Center

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Unicorns, wooly mammoths, and even a pegasus perform unbelievable feats alongside acrobats, cossack riders, clowns, and lion tamers

$28.57 $17

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ComedySportz or The Blue Show Improv Show for One or Two with Drinks Through December 13 (Up to 53% Off)

ComedySportz

Lakeview

Comedians add a dash of competitiveness to short-form improv shows, with teams vying for the most audience laughs

$41.25 $24

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The Second City's Deep Cuts or Improv All-Stars at UP Comedy Club on September 1–November 10 (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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Uncover the Secrets of the Human Body at an Autopsy Seminar

Autopsy Seminar

International Museum of Surgical Science

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

$50 $50

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The Last Speakeasy at Chicago History Museum on Thursday, December 4

Chicago History Museum: The Last Speakeasy

Chicago History Museum

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Celebrate the 81st anniversary of Prohibition’s repeal with live music, dancing, craft cocktails, and guest speaker

$55 $55

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Ivan Amodei's "Intimate Illusions" on November 28–30 (Up to 47% Off)

"Ivan Amodei's Intimate Illusions"

Ritz-Carlton Chicago

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An award-winning magician dazzles with carefully wrought illusions and witty banter, accompanied by a live cellist

$85 $45

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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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Scotch Tasting for One or Two from EventGeekUSA at Revel on Saturday, December 13, at 6 p.m. (Up to 80% Off)

EventGeekUSA

West Loop

Spend two hours sampling scotch whiskey from six distilleries, listening to smooth jazz, and snacking on light appetizers

$149 $39

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A nonprofit theater helmed by passionate cinephiles, Facets Cinematheque instills a love of film in its youngest moviegoers through its groundbreaking children's programs. Since establishing their first children's film exhibition series in 1975, the theater's stewards have branched out into education and outreach, introducing students to positive films and the inspiring stories behind them through channels including family film events, in-school screenings, and the Facets Kids Film Camp. They also oversee the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, which presents hundreds of films from around the globe during its annual autumn run. Though the festival caters to its smallest attendees, its scope is impressively large; welcoming over 20,000 attendees each year, the festival often offers the first screenings of award-winning fare, such as recent Academy Award winner The Fantastic Flying Books Of Mr. Morris Lessmore.

In addition to their children's programming, the theater also lights up its silver screen with indie films, award winners, foreign flicks, and documentaries. Celluloid-caretakers curate a collection of reels that seldom see screenings elsewhere in Chicago, frequently enjoying their city debut within the intimate 125-seat theater. Occasionally, production-team members or film experts join audiences immediately following the show for Q&A sessions—known as film dialogues—taking questions, exploring themes, and providing tips for removing stubborn popcorn kernels from teeth. Upcoming films can be found on Facets’ website.

Eyeballs absorb moving pictures thanks to the dual capabilities of Facets’ projection system, which handles digital and 35 mm films with equal aplomb. While the ephemeral stories fill brains with new ideas, soda and popcorn—acquirable at the old-fashioned concession stand—fill mouths with flavors that have defined every classic moviegoing experience since Orson Welles first invented the snack.

1517 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago,
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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
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Hershey Theatre

The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats. ####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.

1300 S Lynn White Dr
Chicago,
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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 caf?, and a resource center.

909 West Armitage Avenue
Chicago,
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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,
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Simply put, Players Sport & Social Group helps more than 60,000 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 dodge ball 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,
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