Theater & Shows in River Forest

Uncover the Secrets of the Human Body at an Autopsy Seminar

Autopsy Seminar

Near North Side

The founder of the Autopsy Center of Chicago fields questions about death and the body during a slideshow

$39

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Lanita Joseph Dance & Cultural Center's "Black: Expressions of Love" on Saturday, February 28 (Up to 38% Off)

"Black: Expressions of Love"

South Side Community Art Center

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Multigenre performance focuses on the stories of 100 black boys and men during this homage to Black History Month

$40 $25

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Naughty Little Cabaret presents "Naughty Little Valentine's Day Show" on February 12, 13, or 14 (Up to 33% Off)

Naughty Little Valentines Day Show

Original Mothers

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Male and female burlesque revue celebrates Valentine’s Day with clothes-shedding belly dancers, contortionists, fire-breathers, and more

$30 $20

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Ian Karmel or Chris Gethard at UP Comedy Club, January 22–30 (Up to 38% Off)

Ian Karmel or Chris Gethard

UP Comedy Club

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See Chelsea Lately’s Ian Karmel or the star of The Chris Gethard Show

$27.50 $17

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"Broadway Soul" VIP Package for Two at Harold Washington Cultural Center on February 13–15 (Up to 80% Off)

"Broadway Soul"

Harold Washington Cultural Center

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Hits from Cinderella, Shuffle Along, and Carmen Jones fill a musical homage to African-American Broadway performers

$150 $30

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Sinbad at The Chicago Theatre on Saturday, February 14, at 8 p.m. (Up to 44% Off)

Chicago Theatre

The Chicago Theatre

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Veteran standup named to Comedy Central’s Top 100 Greatest Standups of All Time performs an animated, dynamic set

$53.84 $30

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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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Burlesque Shows at Gorilla Tango Theatre, January 16–March 28 (Up to 39% Off)

Gorilla Tango Theatre

Gorilla Tango Theatre

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Performers sling jokes and shed clothes during burlesque parodies of “Star Trek,” “Batman,” and “Indiana Jones”

$33 $20

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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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The Plagiarists' "These Saints Will Burn – A Tale of Joan of Arc" on March 22–April 16 (Up to 50% Off)

"These Saints Will Burn – A Tale of Joan of Arc"

The Den Theatre

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The Plagiarists reimagine the tale of Joan of Arc as a tragically farcical war epic enhanced by giant puppets and a talking crow

$20 $10

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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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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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Murder Mystery Dinner Show Tickets for Two or Four at the AFC Center on February 13 or 14 (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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"Click, Clack, Moo" at McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage on Saturday, February 14 (Up to 63% Off)

"Click, Clack, Moo"

McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage

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Children’s book about cows and chickens on strike from a stingy farmer springs to life with musical numbers and lessons about sharing

$43.50 $16

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$5 for a Movie Ticket at Studio Movie Grill (Up to $10.50 Value)

Studio Movie Grill

Wheaton

A wide selection of new releases and cult classics is projected on towering screens as viewers watch from leather recliners and tables

$10.50 $5

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Laugh Link Entertainment/Comedy Show at The Dorchester on Friday, February 27 (Up to Half Off)

Laugh Link Entertainment/ comedy show

The Dorchester

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Standup comedy from five comics, along with entertainment that might include live music or spoken-word poetry

$40 $20

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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,
IL
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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,
IL
US

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

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,
IL
US

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 North Elston Avenue
Chicago,
IL
US

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