Theater & Shows in Oak Lawn

"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

"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

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

Evening with Mr. Dick Gregory or Comedy Night With Luenell at Castle on Nov. 16 or Dec. 14 (Up to 69% Off)

An Evening with Mr. Dick Gregory or Comedy Night With Luenell

Castle

$53.74 $25

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Sets from comedy legend Dick Gregory or popular standup and actress Luenell

Standup Show at UP Comedy Club (Up to 38% Off)

UP Comedy Club

Near North Side

$27.50 $17

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Nick Thune, Moshe Kasher, Todd Glass, and other regulars on the club circuit take the stage at The Second City's standup venue

"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

"Million Dollar Quartet" at the Apollo Theater on September 7–October 12 (Up to 52% Off)

"Million Dollar Quartet"

Apollo Theater

$87.75 $47

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Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, and Johnny Cash gathered together for one incredible jam session re-created by this musical

John Leguizamo in "Ghetto Klown" at The Chicago Theatre on Saturday, September 13, at 8 p.m. (Up to 40% Off)

John Leguizamo in "Ghetto Klown"

The Chicago Theatre

$73.81 $44

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The magnetic and manic Leguizamo unleashes mesmerizing and hysterical tales from his career in his latest award-winning one-man show

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

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"

"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.

Pre Bud Billiken Pep Rally and Drumline Showcase for Two on Friday, August 8 (Up to 81% Off)

Pre Budbilliken Pep Rally And Drumline Showcase

Harold Washington Cultural Center

$80 $15

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A pep-rally and drum-line showcase rev up the community the night before the back-to-school Bud Billiken Parade

Broken Nose Theatre Presents "My First Time" at Greenhouse Theater Center on Friday, August 8 (Up to 53% Off)

Broken Nose Theatre presents "My First Time"

Greenhouse Theater Center

$74 $35

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Four actors retell others' real-life stories of losing their virginity in a show that ranges from hilarious to heartbreaking

Naughty Little Cabaret at Original Mothers on Friday, August 1, at 8 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

"Naughty Little Cabaret"

The Original Mother's

$30 $15

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

Eleven Madison Park Chef Hosts Pop Up Dinner in Historic Industrial Building on Friday, July 11, at 7 p.m. or 8 p.m.

Chef Kwame Onwuachi

Near North Side

$70 $70

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5-course dinner from a chef who trained at the Culinary Institute of America, worked at Eleven Madison Park, and spent his youth in Nigeria

Lanita Joseph Dance & Cultural Center's "White Supremacy: A Black Experience" on July 11–13 (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

"Dreamgirls" at the Harold Washington Cultural Center, July 25–27 (Up to 64% Off)

"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

Dinner and Drinks for Two or Four at Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club (Up to 53% Off). Three Options Available.

Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club

Lakeview

$95 $45

Female impersonators put on a show every 30 minutes as diners clink martini glasses and trade bites of savory entrees

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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,
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

For more than 40 years, the professionally trained instructors at Celeste Dance Studio have helped students 12 and up learn to shuffle and twirl during ballroom-, Latin-, and contemporary-dance classes. Students land on their feet during tumbling classes, move to the beat during hip-hop sessions, and explore an ever-evolving art during modern-dance lessons. Ballet students don slippers and flutter through class with style and grace, while tap classes teach intrepid soft-shoers to communicate in Morse code. Specialized classes in ballet, tap, and acrobatics are also available for younger dancers ages two-and-a-half to six. Intricately choreographed dance routines are performed on stage at the studio's yearly recital. Check the schedule to see a full list of current class days and times.

9500 S Avers Ave
Evergreen Park,
IL
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
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The Chicago Actors Studio encourages imagination and emotional exploration as it educates aspiring thespians in the dramatic arts. With affiliates in New York and Los Angeles, the studio welcomes students of all ages and experience to hone their skills through practiced scene study and individual monologues. The 10-week Acting as a Craft class showers a broad curriculum of skills upon actors-in-training, teaching them the nuances of acting onstage, on camera, or on top of a speeding train. Classes cover cold readings, as well as the initial steps toward becoming a master manipulator of voice and movement. Students ready to share their skills can benefit from expert wisdom in the Audition Power class, where instructors teach the tiny tricks necessary to quickly build relationships with scene partners, handle callbacks, and dress appropriately for the role.

2040 N Elston Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

Inside Visceral Dance Center’s old brick warehouse on Elston Avenue, dancers prowl, leap, and pirouette their way to fitter frames and flawless technique. Founder and artistic director Nick Pupillo and his agile instructors lead students through steps in myriad dance styles⎯including ballet, contemporary jazz, hip-hop, modern, and movement and improvisation⎯teaching them to dance solo or perfect a waltz with their shadows. Each Visceral Dance Center instructor specializes in one or two methods of dance, and they impart their expertise to students ranging in age from 2.5 years to adulthood during weekly classes. The space also hosts performances by the training center’s progressive-house company, Visceral Dance Chicago, and the Visceral Studio Company, a group of 15 youth dancers from the greater Chicago area.

2820 N Elston Ave
Chicago,
IL
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