Nightlife in Evanston

Up to 53% Off Movie and Snacks at Pickwick Theatre

Park Ridge

$28 $15

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Historical building houses spacious auditoriums that showcase recently released Hollywood films as patrons snack on popcorn and soda

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

48% Off Pool and Snacks

Melrose Park

$25 $13

Retro pool hall gives players plenty of space to maneuver around its 17 billiards tables

Up to 50% Off One-Act Comedy

Mary's Attic

$24.06 $12

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Ensemble presents George Bernard Shaw's one-act comedy of adulterers discovering they've accidentally swapped spouses

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

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

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

"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

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 64% Off a Wine Tasting at Beviamo

West Town

$50 $19

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Two reds, two whites, and one bubbly from across the world recommended by a wine specialist; complimentary eats

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

$10 for Drinks at Glascott’s Saloon

Lincoln Park

$20 $10

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Bellied up to a wooden bar at an authentic speakeasy, guests sip on a selection of 18 draft beers, imported brews, and glasses of wine

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

Half Off Dessert for Two at The Solstice

DePaul

$26 $13

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Gelato paired with martinis in 20 dessert flavors such as crème brûlée, peanut butter cup, key lime pie, and Asian mint hibiscus

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 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

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The Next Theatre Company, celebrating its 30th anniversary, stages relevant, boundary-pushing performances in a cozy, 142-seat space. Adam Rapp, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, loosely based The Metal Children on his personal experience as an author. The story, which is set in a small midwestern town, follows a young adult novelist who is forced to defend his writing to the conservative townspeople by showing them an 18-hour PowerPoint presentation. The play had a successful Off-Broadway during its run not on Broadway.

927 Noyes St
Evanston,
IL
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Five Yelpers give Piven Theatre Workshop five stars:

927 Noyes St
Evanston,
IL
US

Founded by Dance Legend Gus Giordano, Gus Giordano Dance School offers a wide range of dance and fitness classes for All ages & levels. DISCOVER DANCE (age 2-12), DANCE ED (high school - adult students) Scholarship Program, & Giordano Juniors Performing Company Program.

Amy Giordano, School Director

614 Davis St
Evanston,
IL
US

In pubs across Ireland, the craic, which means enjoyable conversation and gossip, is everything. It's the same at The Curragh Irish Pub, with regular live music, Irish dancing, and live streaming of rugby and soccer matches from around the world. The Curragh's menu relies on its Irish ancestry, with traditional dishes such as corned beef and cabbage or chicken boxty. Beers follow suit, with dozens of Irish ales, including Smithwick's and Guinness, on tap. Whiskeys such as Jameson and Bushmills are also poured through tap-like spigots at the wood-paneled bar. In the summery months, The Curragh's patio radiates with warmth and conviviality, often humming with the cheer and snorted laughter of catered parties.

8266 Lincoln Ave
Skokie,
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