Through spellbinding drama and whimsical musical performances, the Chicago Kids Company showcases familiar and imaginative children's stories that enchant kids and adults alike. Based on the classic tale, the musical recounts the story of a wandering puppet who must find his way home to his father, the toymaker Gepetto. Along the way, Pinocchio learns what it means to be a real boy, the value of truth, and the importance of never judging anyone based on the finish of their skin. Colorful costumes, hilarious characters, and audience participation will captivate youthful imaginations as professional actors and up-to-date references pique parents' interest until the final curtain. This vibrant performance is geared toward children ages 2–12, making it suitable for wholesome family outings and creative play dates. Buyers can combine two Groupons to entertain up to eight siblings, students, or envious fairy-tale dwarves.
Occupying a building that sprang up at the turn of the 20th century, the Irish American Heritage Center (IAHC) somehow manages to cram Ireland into one of Chicago’s city blocks. Work from Irish artists hangs in the building’s art gallery, books from Irish authors fill its library, Irish plays light up its 658-seat theater, and Irish food and drinks delight the crowd on the main floor at the Fifth Province Pub. The IAHC also has a knowledgeable staff of instructors, who teach classes on everything from Irish dance and music to Irish language and genealogy.