Theater & Shows in Maywood

Blue Man Group at Briar Street Theatre on February 5–March 1 (Up to 40% Off)

Blue Man Group

Briar Street Theatre

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Acclaimed trio specializes in multimedia theatrical shows that combine music and comedy with unconventional percussion and colorful visuals

$77.75 $47

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Improv or Scripted Comedy for One, Two, or Four at Under the Gun Theater (Up to 50% Off)

Under the Gun Theater

Lakeview

Improv inspired by video confessions, card games, and online dating, solo shows about romance, and other innovative forms of stage comedy

$12 $8

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Culinary Fight Club – 2014 End of Year Celebration! at HUB Studio Lofts on December 29 at 6 p.m. (Up to 4% Off)

Culinary Fight Club - 2014 End of Year Celebration!

HUB Studio Lofts

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Year-end celebration of cooking challenges features local chefs, celebrities, and gourmet light bites

$52.24 $50

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Naughty Little Cabaret at She-nannigan's on Select Dates, December 6–27 at 8 p.m. (Up to 33% Off)

Naughty Little Cabaret

She-nannigans

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

$30 $20

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The Second City's Improv All-Stars or Game Night at UP Comedy Club on January 4–February 25 (Up to 40% Off)

UP! Comedy Club

UP Comedy Club

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Annoyance Theatre founder Mick Napier directs a cast of top improv talent; game night tosses the improv cast into a gameshow medley

$33.50 $20

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"Hitch*Cocktails" at The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, November 21–February 27 (Up to 40% Off)

"Hitch*Cocktails" at The Annoyance Theatre & Bar

The Annoyance Theatre

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Skilled improvisors and live jazz pianist create a feature-length thriller in the style of Hichcock using suggestions from the audience

$20 $12

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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

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

$36 $16

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

The Murder Mystery Company

Multiple Locations

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

$60 $29

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Murder Mystery Dinner Show Tickets for Two or Four at the AFC Center on December 26 or 27 (Up to 53% Off)

AFC Center Dinner & Show

Chicago

The dinner show encourages audience members to use their sleuthing skills to solve the crime: a murder in a church

$100 $49

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Standup for Two and Tickets to a Future Show at Riddles Comedy Club (Up to 75% Off)

Riddles Comedy Club

Riddles Comedy Club

Weekend sets from nationally touring comedians such as Damon Williams and Meechie Hall

$75 $19

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Steve Trevino at Chicago Improv of Schaumburg on December 26–28 (Up to 48% Off)

Steve Trevino

Chicago Improv of Schaumburg

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Texas native displays the comedic skills that landed him Comedy Central and late-night TV spots

$23 $12

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Dance Classes, Belly Dance, Hip Hop, West African, Dance Fitness ZUMBA fitness, Piloxing, private classes and parties!

7518 Madison St
Forest Park,
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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 N River Rd.
Des Plaines,
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Bursting with two fully equipped dance studios and a philosophy of noncompetitive learning, Dance Center of LaGrange brings skilled teachers and a miscellany of dance types to the feet of dancers both young and old. Tykes can twirl toward the 45–60 minute summer-session classes to introduce tentative toes to preballet and creative movement (ages 3–4), learning new moves and gaining confidence while composing a rhythmic symphony with their 10-toed orchestra. The Storycise class (ages 3–5) combines storytelling and exercise to produce a hybrid fitness adventure filled with heart-pumping moves and poses that spell entire novel chapters. Teens can hit up the modern/jazz class for a medley of Broadway-style shimmying, and grown-up steppers can twist into adult tap, lacing up specialty shoes to conquer rapid routines and drum out grocery lists onto the hardwood floor.

539 S La Grange Rd
La Grange,
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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.

212 Burr Ridge Pkwy.
Burr Ridge,
IL
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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 West Polk Street
Chicago,
IL
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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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