Theater & Shows in Frankfort

Yakov Smirnoff at Rialto Square Theatre on Saturday, September 27, at 8 p.m. (Up to 41% Off)

Yakov Smirnoff

Rialto Square Theatre

$47.25 $28

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Soviet-born comedy icon who found fame comparing the US with the USSR is still yukking it up with society-deconstructing wordplay

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

The Murder Mystery Company

Multiple Locations

$60 $29

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

"Hank Williams: Lost Highway" at Greenhouse Theater on August 2-31 (Up to 44% Off)

"Hank Williams: Lost Highway"

Greenhouse Theater Center

$43 $24

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The tumultuous, short life of Hank Williams unfolds alongside renditions of more than 20 of his most beloved songs with a full live band.

Navy Pier Four Star Comedy Presents Morning Show Comedians at Pepsi Skyline Stage at Navy Pier (Up to 62% Off)

Navy Pier Four Star Comedy presents Morning Show Comedians

Pepsi Skyline Stage At Navy Pier

$33.30 $12.50

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WGN Morning News' Mike Toomey, Ana Belaval, and Pat Tomasulo moonlight as standup comedians, showing off their skills at Navy Pier

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

$24.50 $17

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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

"When You Cry, I Cry" a Stage Play at Harold Washington Cultural Center on Saturday, August 23 (Up to 40% Off)

"When You Cry, I Cry"

Harold Washington Cultural Center

$65 $39

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One family struggles with the aftermath of violence in this dramatic play that stars Silk’s Gary “Lil G” Jenkins and and BerNadette Stanis

Sideshow Theatre Company's "Stupid F*cking Bird" for Two (Up to 57% Off)

"Stupid F*cking Bird"

Richard Christiansen Theatre at Victory Gardens

$47 $20

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The Chicago premiere of Aaron Posner's acclaimed, fourth-wall-breaking take on Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull"

Storytelling Show and Class with the Founder of Story Club

Storytelling Show and Class with the Founder of Story Club

Uptown

$20 $20

At Uptown's Holiday Club, Dana Norris hosts an evening of storytelling before the performers take to the audience to help you craft a story

"Bible Bingo" at Royal George Theatre on August 8–September 20 at 8 p.m. (Up to 43% Off)

"Bible Bingo"

ROYAL GEORGE THEATRE

$30 $17

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The creator of Late Nite Catechism mixes Bingo, Catholic humor, and improvised audience interaction into a new event

Comedy Night with Benji Brown or The African King of Comedy Michael Blackson Live at Castle (Up to 54% Off)

Comedy Night with Benji Brown

Castle

$53.74 $25

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Star of Wild ‘N Out and The Rickey Smiley Show and Ghana-born comedian get crowds rolling

Mind Reading Show at The Bar Below on September 4–24 or October 1 at 8 p.m. or 10 p.m. (Up to 52% Off)

Mark Toland

The Bar Below

$25 $12

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Mark Toland blends fast-paced humor with mind reading and sideshow stunt capabilities for an unforgettable night of entertainment

"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

$33 $20

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

Tickets to See "Beauties & Beaus" for 2, 4, 6, or 10 with Champagne at Hydrate Nightclub Chicago (Up to 65% Off)

Hydrate Nightclub Chicago

Lakeview

$36 $16

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

"Generations of Divas: The Musical" at Harold Washington Cultural Center on August 7 at 10 a.m. (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

$29 for a Murder-Mystery Dinner or an Art-and-Wine Party ($60 Value). Six Options Available.

TraRocks Promotions

Gary

$60 $29

All food, drinks, and supplies are included

Standup or Improv Comedy Show at The Comedy Shrine Theater (Up to 50% Off)

The Comedy Shrine Theater

The Comedy Shrine Theater

$20 $10

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Comics and resident improvisers fill standup showcases and a Whose Line Is It Anyway? tribute

Jennifer Nettles at RiverEdge Park on Friday, August 29, at 7 p.m. (Up to 57% Off)

RiverEdge Park

RiverEdge Park

$46 $20

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The lead singer of Sugarland tours behind new solo work with iconic folk duo the Indigo Girls and Nashville singer-songwriter Brandy Clark

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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 St
Park Forest,
IL
US

Designed to mimic the French palace of Versailles, Rialto Square Theatre's magnificent interior awes showgoers with its gilded opulence. In the regal inner lobby, a 20-foot, 250-light chandelier?dubbed The Duchess?illuminates a circular series of delicate reliefs that depict allegories of man triumphing through labor and scenes from Greek mythology. A scaled-down replica of Paris's Arc de Triomphe leads from the lobby to the rotunda, adding to the space's grandeur and commemorating miniature Napoleon's victory at the adorable Battle of miniature Austerlitz.

15 E Van Buren St
Joliet,
IL
US

The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studio, which was cofounded by legendary toe tapper Fred Astaire himself, shepherd students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or mambo. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the Summer Dance Open House provides a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking. During the event, guests sip complimentary glasses of white wine and nibble on snacks as they take mental notes during rumba and swing classes. Professional performances will set a fleet-footed example as guests practice steps with new and familiar partners and shimmy the night away. Apprentice foot flashers can develop their skills and confidence in three group classes, during which they'll trip the light fantastic with fellow students without tripping on the light itself.

212 Burr Ridge Pkwy
Burr Ridge,
IL
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 W Clark St
Crown Point,
IN
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 W Polk St
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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