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"Flanagan's Wake": "Flanagan's Wake" Interactive Comedy with Dinner Option (February 26–April 16)

"Flanagan's Wake" Interactive Comedy with Dinner Option (February 26–April 16)

"Flanagan's Wake"

Chicago Theater Works

Join the colorful denizens of Grapplin, Ireland, as they (and you) toast the departed with a raucous evening of stories, songs, and stouts

$39 $23

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

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

Hydrate Nightclub Chicago

Chicago

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

$36 $16

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"Bronzeville - The Musical": "Bronzeville - The Musical" on Saturday, February 27, at 7:30 p.m.

"Bronzeville - The Musical" on Saturday, February 27, at 7:30 p.m.

"Bronzeville - The Musical"

The Chicago Theatre

An original musical brings to life the journeys of Chicago’s African American residents with a score of jazz, blues, and gospel numbers

$120.51 $72

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I Hate/Love/Hate Valentines Day: LaNita Joseph Dance & Cultural Center Presents "I Hate/Love/Hate Valentine's Day" on February 13 or 14

LaNita Joseph Dance & Cultural Center Presents "I Hate/Love/Hate Valentine's Day" on February 13 or 14

I Hate/Love/Hate Valentines Day

Lanita Joseph Dance & Cultural Center

Contemporary dance company dedicated to underrepresented communities weaves dance, poetry, and R&B into Valentine’s performance

$22.09 $15

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"The Explorers Club": "The Explorers Club" (January 31–February 29)

"The Explorers Club" (January 31–February 29)

"The Explorers Club"

Windy City Playhouse

Historical comedy looks at a an all-male club challenged by changing times, a missing bartender, and above all, the woman who wants to join

$90 $54

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"Late Nite Catechism" or "Bible Bingo": "Bible Bingo" or "Late Nite Catechism", January 8–May 28

"Bible Bingo" or "Late Nite Catechism", January 8–May 28

"Late Nite Catechism" or "Bible Bingo"

Royal George Theatre

Two comedies from Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan skewer Catholic traditions and sensibilities in a lighthearted, interactive romp

$30 $18

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Tommy Gun's Garage Dinner Theater: One or Two Tickets to a Roaring '20s Dinner Show at Tommy Gun's Garage Dinner Theater (40% Off)

One or Two Tickets to a Roaring '20s Dinner Show at Tommy Gun's Garage Dinner Theater (40% Off)

Tommy Gun's Garage Dinner Theater

South Loop

After a sit-down dinner, an interactive 1920’s musical comedy review complete with gangsters and flappers unfolds; appropriate for all ages

$65 $39

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The Chicago Magic Lounge: The Chicago Magic Lounge (Thursday Nights at 8 p.m. Through June 25)

The Chicago Magic Lounge (Thursday Nights at 8 p.m. Through June 25)

The Chicago Magic Lounge

The Chicago Magic Lounge at the Uptown Underground

Step back in time to an era when close-up, table-side, and parlor magic were all the rage in Chicago

$25 $15

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Signal Ensemble Theatre: The Consultant at Signal Ensemble Theatre

The Consultant at Signal Ensemble Theatre

Signal Ensemble Theatre

North Center

$23 $15.25

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Stage 773: Incendium at Stage 773

Incendium at Stage 773

Stage 773

Lakeview

$20 $14.75

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Richard Christiansen Theater: A Widow of No Importance at Richard Christiansen Theater

A Widow of No Importance at Richard Christiansen Theater

Richard Christiansen Theater

DePaul

$30 $19.75

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Athenaeum Theatre Studio One: Bronte at Athenaeum Theatre Studio One

Bronte at Athenaeum Theatre Studio One

Athenaeum Theatre Studio One

Lakeview

$24 $17.75

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Heartland Studio: Fugitive Songs at Heartland Studio

Fugitive Songs at Heartland Studio

Heartland Studio

Rogers Park

$25 $16.50

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Rivendell Theatre: Body/Courage at Rivendell Theatre

Body/Courage at Rivendell Theatre

Rivendell Theatre

Edgewater

$32 $20.75

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Raven Theatre East Stage: The Old Friends at Raven Theatre East Stage

The Old Friends at Raven Theatre East Stage

Raven Theatre East Stage

Edgewater

$42 $26.50

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Under the Gun Theater: Space Warps: Revenge of the Recaps at Under the Gun Theater

Space Warps: Revenge of the Recaps at Under the Gun Theater

Under the Gun Theater

Chicago

$20 $13.75

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The Side Project Theatre: Silent Sky at The Side Project Theatre

Silent Sky at The Side Project Theatre

The Side Project Theatre

Rogers Park

$20 $13.75

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Stage 773: Mary Poppins at Stage 773

Mary Poppins at Stage 773

Stage 773

Lakeview

$40 $26.25

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Chicago Theater Works: Flanagan's Wake at Chicago Theater Works

Flanagan's Wake at Chicago Theater Works

Chicago Theater Works

Lakeview

$49 $34.25

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Theater Wit: Le Switch at Theater Wit

Le Switch at Theater Wit

Theater Wit

Lakeview

$35 $22.50

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The Side Project Theatre: Other Letters at The Side Project Theatre

Other Letters at The Side Project Theatre

The Side Project Theatre

Rogers Park

$25 $16.50

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Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre: Domesticated at Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre

Domesticated at Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre

Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre

DePaul

$76 $45.50

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Profiles Theatre: Vices and Virtues at Profiles Theatre

Vices and Virtues at Profiles Theatre

Profiles Theatre

Uptown

$40 $25.25

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Court Theatre: Satchmo at the Waldorf at Court Theatre

Satchmo at the Waldorf at Court Theatre

Court Theatre

Hyde Park

$48 $29.75

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Prop Thtr: Dangerous at Prop Thtr

Dangerous at Prop Thtr

Prop Thtr

Avondale

$20 $13.75

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Athenaeum Theatre Studio One: Blueberry Toast at Athenaeum Theatre Studio One

Blueberry Toast at Athenaeum Theatre Studio One

Athenaeum Theatre Studio One

Lakeview

$12 $9.50

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Greenhouse Theater Center: No Wake at Greenhouse Theater Center

No Wake at Greenhouse Theater Center

Greenhouse Theater Center

Chicago

$35 $22.50

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The Den Theatre - Heath Main Stage: The Glass Menagerie at The Den Theatre - Heath Main Stage

The Glass Menagerie at The Den Theatre - Heath Main Stage

The Den Theatre - Heath Main Stage

Wicker Park

$36 $17.75

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Pendulum Space: Alaska at Pendulum Space

Alaska at Pendulum Space

Pendulum Space

North Center

$15 $10.50

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The Annoyance Theatre & Bar: Hitch Cocktails at The Annoyance Theatre & Bar

Hitch Cocktails at The Annoyance Theatre & Bar

The Annoyance Theatre & Bar

Lakeview

$20 $6

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Mary's Attic at Hamburger Mary's: Messina 3004 at Mary's Attic at Hamburger Mary's

Messina 3004 at Mary's Attic at Hamburger Mary's

Mary's Attic at Hamburger Mary's

Edgewater

$20 $13.75

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The Annoyance Theatre & Bar: Burlesque Is More at The Annoyance Theatre & Bar

Burlesque Is More at The Annoyance Theatre & Bar

The Annoyance Theatre & Bar

Lakeview

$20 $13.75

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UIC Theatre : SNAFU at UIC Theatre

SNAFU at UIC Theatre

UIC Theatre

University Village - Little Italy

$17 $11.50

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Civic Opera House: The King and I at Civic Opera House

The King and I at Civic Opera House

Civic Opera House

The Loop

$149 $127

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The Public House Theatre: Desert Cool at The Public House Theatre

Desert Cool at The Public House Theatre

The Public House Theatre

Lakeview

$10 $7.50

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The Public House Theatre: Real Deal Money or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Guy Fieri at The Public House Theatre

Real Deal Money or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Guy Fieri at The Public House Theatre

The Public House Theatre

Lakeview

$10 $7.50

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Under the Gun Theater: Kill, F#ck and Marry at Under the Gun Theater

Kill, F#ck and Marry at Under the Gun Theater

Under the Gun Theater

Chicago

$12 $9

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The Public House Theatre: Double Text at The Public House Theatre

Double Text at The Public House Theatre

The Public House Theatre

Lakeview

$10 $7.50

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Under the Gun Theater: The Greatest Rappers Alive at Under the Gun Theater

The Greatest Rappers Alive at Under the Gun Theater

Under the Gun Theater

Chicago

$12 $9

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Fullerton Stage: God's Ear at Fullerton Stage

God's Ear at Fullerton Stage

Fullerton Stage

DePaul

$10 $3.75

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Fizz Bar & Grill: Fifty Shades of Shakespeare at Fizz Bar & Grill

Fifty Shades of Shakespeare at Fizz Bar & Grill

Fizz Bar & Grill

Lakeview

$15 $10.50

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Strawdog Theatre: in a word at Strawdog Theatre

in a word at Strawdog Theatre

Strawdog Theatre

Lakeview

$15 $10.50

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Berry United Methodist Church: From These Fatal Loins at Berry United Methodist Church

From These Fatal Loins at Berry United Methodist Church

Berry United Methodist Church

Ravenswood

$15 $10.50

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MCL Chicago: Blackfish The Musical at MCL Chicago

Blackfish The Musical at MCL Chicago

MCL Chicago

Lakeview

$10 $8

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Lifeline Theatre: Midnight Cowboy at Lifeline Theatre

Midnight Cowboy at Lifeline Theatre

Lifeline Theatre

Rogers Park

$40 $18.25

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Stage 773: Far From Heaven at Stage 773

Far From Heaven at Stage 773

Stage 773

Lakeview

$37.50 $25

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Provision Theater: Tuesdays With Morrie at Provision Theater

Tuesdays With Morrie at Provision Theater

Provision Theater

University Village - Little Italy

$25 $16.50

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Theater Wit: Mutt at Theater Wit

Mutt at Theater Wit

Theater Wit

Lakeview

$20 $9.75

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Supreme Love: "Supreme Love" on February 12

"Supreme Love" on February 12

Supreme Love

Harold Washington Cultural Center

50 years after the release of John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme, a tap troupe presents a critically lauded, spiritually-grounded tribute

$150 $40

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  • Chicago Opera Theater
    Four Things to Know About Chicago Opera Theater Sure, Chicago's other opera companies may be bigger, and may invest more in turning productions into full-blown, high-budget spectacles. However, if you’re looking for a fresher take on a classic or a provocative production of a cutting-edge new American opera, then the Chicago Opera Theater is for you. Founded in 1974, the group generally stages three productions a year, with performances at Millennium Park's Harris Theater. Before you catch a show, here’s some helpful background on the group: They’re big Mozart fans. In fact, their first production, in 1974, was Cosi fan tutte; over the years they’ve also run Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro, and other beloved works. In 2015, they even dug into the vault and staged Lucio Silla, a lesser-known work produced when Mozart was only a lad of 16. American operas have a prominent place in the repertoire. Although domestic operas are not as well-known as their classical European classical counterparts, the COT hopes to change that. Since first staging Virgil Thompson The Mother of Us All in 1976, they've also mounted productions by modern American masters including Philip Glass (The Fall of the House of Usher) and John Adams (Nixon in China). The general director isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. Andreas Mitisek isn’t just in charge, he’s a vital part of many of the shows. He was stage director and production manager for Lucio Silla and has also served as orchestra conductor to several of COT’s other shows. For all his work, he was named the Chicagoan of the Year in Classical Music by the Chicago Tribune in 2014. They're nurturing the next generation of opera fans (and composers). Among their many community programs is Opera for All, which sends company members to Chicago schools to help youngsters compose and perform their own opera.
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    205 East Randolph Street
    Chicago, IL US
  • Goodman Theatre
    Five Things to Know About the Goodman Theatre Its exterior may lack the glitz of the neighboring Oriental and Cadillac Palace, but don’t be mistaken: the Goodman is a major figure in the Chicago theater district. In a history spanning nearly a century, it has produced plays ranging from Shakespeare adaptations to groundbreaking experimental performances. Read on to learn more about the Goodman Theatre: It’s a Tony Award winner. The Goodman Theatre received the Special Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre in 1992. Since then, several actors and directors have won Tonys for their work at the Goodman. It’s not just one stage. The main stage, the Albert Theatre, seats about 850. The smaller Owen Theatre features open, courtyard-style seating; its productions are more intimate and, often, more avant garde. You can wear what you want. On any given night at the Goodman, you’re just as likely to see folks wearing suits as wearing sweatshirts. It’s easy to get to. The Goodman is within two blocks of all the major L trains. If you prefer to drive, you can go online to buy reduced parking at Government Center, which is just around the corner. You can dine next door. Petterino’s is so close, it has a door leading directly to the theater. The waitstaff will serve you rich Italian cuisine and get you out before curtain time. (Be sure to make a reservation, as it’s a popular pre-theater spot.)
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    170 N Dearborn St
    Chicago, IL US
  • Chicago Multicultural Dance Center
    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.
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    47 West Polk Street
    Chicago, IL US
  • Chicago Sinfonietta
    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.
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    70 East Lake Street
    Chicago, IL US
  • Chicago Actors Studio
    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.
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    2040 N Elston Ave.
    Chicago, IL US
  • Visceral Dance Center
    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.
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    2820 N Elston Ave.
    Chicago, IL US

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