Theater & Shows in Des Plaines

Up to 50% Off Improv Show with Popcorn

Laugh Out Loud Theater

Streets of Woodfield

$22 $11

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Improvisers can perform a show with spontaneous scenes, games, and songs

Up to 78% Off Standup at The Improv Comedy Club

The Improv Comedy Club

Chicago Improv of Schaumburg

$177.95 $39

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Nationally known comics such as Adam Ferrara, Dave Coulier, and Loni Love, paired with appetizers such as crispy jalapeño ravioli

Medieval Times – Up to 44% Off Dinner Show

Medieval Times

Schaumburg

$43.78 $29

Ironclad knights joust atop horses and battle with swords while viewers feast on a four-course meal; VIP package with DVD and banner

"Lost In Time" – Up to 40% Off Drama

Magnified Gift Theater and Dance Company presents "Lost In Time"

Madison Street Theater

$25 $15

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Drama from Chicago director Rosette Jarriet depicts a woman overcoming her past and a family's struggle with death and abuse

Up to 64% Off "Dreamgirls"

"Dreamgirls"

Harold Washington Cultural Center

$31.74 $17

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The rise and split of a 1960s girl group unfolds in a Tony-winning musical full of soulful Motown showstoppers

"Generations of Divas: The Musical" – Up to 50% Off

"Generations of Divas: The Musical"

Harold Washington Cultural Center

$40 $20

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The stories of Diana Ross, Beyonce, Chaka Khan, and other powerful female artists come to life with the help of a live band

Uncover the Secrets of the Human Body at an Autopsy Seminar

Autopsy Seminar

Near North Side

$50 $50

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

Michael Blackson – Up to 50% Off Standup

The African King of Comedy Michael Blackson

Castle

$50 $25

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With his own unique lingo and style of dress, "The African King of Comedy" nabs laughs with skills he honed on Chappelle's Show and HBO

Up to 53% Off Standup Comedy

The Comedy Bar

Near North Side

$30 $15

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

52% Off Murder-Mystery Dinner Show

The Murder Mystery Company

Multiple Locations

$60 $29

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

Original Mothers Show – Up to 50% Off

"Who Can Do It?" A Live 1970s Improv Comedy Show or "Naughty Little Cabaret" Burlesque Show

The Original Mothers

$30 $18

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Male and female burlesque revue dazzles with acrobatics, teasing, and titillating dance moves

Kiss Kiss Cabaret – Up to 50% Off Burlesque

Kiss Kiss Cabaret

The Greenhouse Theater Center

$20 $10

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A vaudevillian host, magic acts, and a troupe of teasing dancers fill an old-fashioned burlesque show

Lanita Joseph Dance & Cultural Center – Up to 40% Off

"White Supremacy: A Black Experience"

Links Hall

$15 $9

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Animated projections and dance fuse into an exploration of the gender-based and racial prejudices that can shape history

Stand-Up Throw Down – Up to 37% Off

Stand-Up Throw Down

Township

$14.25 $9

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Weekly showcase produced by Chicago comics features established and up-and-coming standups

Sideshow Theatre Company – Up to 50% Off "Tyrant"

Sideshow Theatre Company presents "Tyrant"

Theater Wit

$40 $20

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Drama takes an incisive look at economic disparity by positing a future where homeless people are forced to work in wealthy people's homes

"Girls Night: The Musical" – Up to 50% Off

"Girls Night: The Musical"

The Apartment at Lion Head Pub

$66 $33

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Girls Night: The Musical follows five women sharing life stories during a night of karaoke filled with bawdy laughs and classic songs

"Living Without Love" – Up to 47% Off Theatrical Drama

"Living Without Love"

Harold Washington Cultural Center

$75 $40

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Actor/writer/director Richard Gallion revives his uplifting debut fable of families and faith, featuring a star turn from singer Kymm Lewis

Up to 53% Off Theatrical Comedy

"101 Ways to...Fall in Love"

Studio BE

$32 $15

A soon-to-be divorced writer narrates 101 true tales of love, acted out by comedic performers

Organic Theater Company – Up to 57% Off

"The Diviners" or "Macbeth"

Lincoln Park

$46 $20

One of Shakespeare's most gripping tragedies runs in repertory with Jim Leonard's tale of a troubled young man with an otherworldly gift

UP Comedy Club – Up to 45% Off Standup

UP Comedy Club Presents: Kurt Braunohler, Donnell Rawlings, and The Sklar Brothers

Near North Side

$27.50 $15

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Chappelle's Show favorite Donnell Rawlings; frequent @midnight guests Kurt Braunohler and The Sklar Brothers

Up to 48% Off Comedic Burlesque Show

"Off Off Broadzway: Weight Loss Wishes and Dry Hump Dreams"

Stage 773

$28.75 $15

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Bawdy comedic burlesque troupe showcases new revue with audience interaction and plenty of double entendres

"Fault Lines" – Up to 55% Off Theatrical Drama

"Fault Lines"

The Den Theatre

$33.04 $15

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Inspired by a horrific kidnapping, this Midwest premiere follows the victim's friends as they make sense of the attack 20 years later

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

Hydrate Nightclub Chicago

Lakeview

$36 $15

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

Chicago Family Fun Expo – Up to 50% Off

Chicago Family Fun Expo

Dupage Expo and Convention Center

$14 $7

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Vendors and demos educate about health and wellness while face painting, obstacle courses, and magic shows entertain

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Terra Sounds doesn’t just look for book smarts when procuring its staff of expert instructors. The school of art and music places equal importance on backgrounds in stage performance, organizing art shows, and studying a foreign language. Here, instructors with a well-rounded approach to their subjects connect more easily with their students, introducing them to the Italian alphabet in a language class, helping them learn guitar chords during a music class, or instilling the proper way to make an origami swan out of a speeding ticket in an art class.

924 Waukegan Rd.
Glenview,
IL
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After 6 years of award winning instruction in dance and the performing arts, VPA has launched its brand new Adult Program. This exciting new program offers an array of dance and fitness classes suitable for all levels, from the beginner to the seasoned veteran.

3 Waukegan Rd
Glenview,
IL
US

Adapted from the popular animated film by DreamWorks, Madagascar Live! brings to life the furry adventures of the familiar cast of on-the-lam zoo animals as they break out of New York's Central Park Zoo and return to their ancestral homeland in the African isle of Madagascar. This frenetic fusion of music and dance celebrates friendship with original songs, imaginative sets, and vivid costumes, leaving audience members clamoring to stage their own inspired midmorning escapes from the carpool lane. With more than 4,000 seats—each with unobstructed views—Rosemont Theatre provides a much more stately venue to witness a dancing-animal show than the neighborhood dogs' backyard production of The Sound of Music. Seats will be located in balcony level A through S or floor level AA-HH. Ticket pick-up is available starting an hour before the performance. Groups should plan to pick up their tickets early for best chance of sitting together.

5400 North River Road
Des Plaines,
IL
US

Metropolis Performing Arts Center enriches the community with the beauty and culture of the theater, so it only makes sense that their version of a 5K is intensely theatrical. Dressed as a favorite stage, screen, or TV character, participants walk, jog, and monologue their way through a route that rolls by the verdant lawns and tree-lined streets of Arlington Heights. Twists and turns down Walnut and Maple and Chestnut streets breaks up Evergreen and Highland Avenue straightaways, and prizes at the finish line reward out-of-breath thespians for creating the best group or individual costumes.

111 W Campbell St
Arlington Hts,
IL
US

• Snapshots, playing September 16–October 23 • Season’s Greetings, playing November 11–December 18 • Black Pearl Sings!, playing January 13–February 19 • Ten Chimneys, playing March 9–April 15 • [title of show], playing May 4–June 10

9501 Skokie Blvd
Skokie,
IL
US

Kids rev up their imaginations inside Exploritorium, transforming into little inventors, climbers, or stars of the stage. Tykes caper through a slew of different interactive spaces, including a two-and-half story play structure chock full of tunnels and slides. A waterfall provides kids with a space to play with water toys, and includes a space for toddlers to sit and play in. Visual creations illuminate a giant light brite, and an engineering station crinkles new folds into little scientifically-minded brains. Nearby, a dress-up area wardrobes kids for stints as princesses and heros, readying them to act out adventures on the nearby stage.

More formal performances occur the third Tuesday of every month. On those days, a storyteller takes over the stage and spins exciting, family-friendly tales. Holidays usher in even more events, such as a Halloween party and an Itty Bitty New Year for families.

4701 Oakton St
Skokie,
IL
US

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