Theater

You don’t have to go to the Big Apple to enjoy a Broadway-quality show. Chicago is full of excellent performance arts, including theatre, stand up comedy, and more.

Drinking and Writing Theater

Some things were just meant to be together. The Drinking and Writing Theater hits the nail on the head combining two acts that can play an influential and enhancing role in the experience of each.

Pickwick Theatre: A Modern Jazz-Age Marvel

The Pickwick is one of the few remaining movie palaces left in Chicago still open and operating today. It allows visitors to revel in the glamour of the Jazz Age as they take in the latest films Hollywood has to offer.

Sunday Night Poetry Slam at the Green Mill

Sunday Night Poetry Slam at the Green Mill

Mark Smith runs a tight ship at the poetry slam held on Sunday nights at the Green Mill.

5 Kickass… Holiday Shows in Chicago

5 Kickass… Holiday Shows in Chicago

Ready or not, the holiday season is upon us, and you know what that means… ugly Christmas sweaters and peppermint schnapps, of course! But for those searching for a little intellectual stimulation and entertainment between the white elephant exchanges and ornament hanging, there is no lack of holiday theater options.

The Harris Theater at Millennium Park

The Harris Theater at Millennium Park

Situated directly behind the Pritzker Pavilion, the Harris theater is one of the gems in the Millennium Park crown and, as of 2003, one of the great venues in Chicago for viewing dance and music events.

Redmoon Theater: Engaging Community Through Puppetry, Gadgetry, and Engineering Wonders

Redmoon Theater: Engaging Community Through Puppetry, Gadgetry, and Engineering Wonders

The Redmoon Theater defines its productions as equal parts pageantry, gadgetry, acrobatics, and ephemera. They’re creating out of the ordinary, daring productions that surprise you, dazzle you, and take place in unexpected and new locations.

Gene Siskel Film Center

Gene Siskel Film Center

Gene Siskel often ended his interviews by asking his subjects, “What do you know for sure?” What I know for sure is not only that Siskel had a lasting effect on Chicago and on film but also that the center is a fitting tribute to his legacy.

Cirque Shanghai Extreme

Cirque Shanghai Extreme

It’s not Cirque du Soleil. Less theater, more thrills; less art, more action. Cirque Shanghai is the other big circus which rolls through town every year.

Living on the Fringe: Chicago Fringe Festival 2011

The Chicago Fringe Festival runs September 1-11 in Pilsen, and will consist of 50 different hour-long productions by not only local companies, but also across the United States.

Medieval Times: Chivalry, Rivalry and Revelry All in One Place

Nestled in the countryside in the kingdom of Schaumburg, Illinois, lies a lone castle drawing noblemen and women, merchants and serfs alike to witness a battle of honor. They joust, they sword-fight, and they even eat with their hands.

Baby Wants Candy: A Completely Improvised Musical

Baby Wants Candy: A Completely Improvised Musical

With locations in Chicago, New York, London, and Edinburgh, Baby Wants Candy has spread musical and comedic joy to over 1,700 audiences.

Cirque du Soleil’s OVO

Cirque du Soleil’s OVO

As you know if you’ve seen any of the Cirque du Soleil productions, you’ll be captivated and delighted by all of the show’s hallmarks: amazing acrobats and contortionists, dazzling themed costumes, and oddball intergalactic clowns.

KISS Meets the Neo-Futurists

Fortunately, the good folks over at the Neo-Futurists never let bad movie scripts disappear. With their weekly series, “It Came from the Neo-Futurarium X,” running every Thursday, the talented troupe of actors resurrect the dead for the purpose of hilarity.

“That’s Weird Grandma”: A Barrel of Monkeys Production

‘That’s Weird Grandma” is an hour-long sketch show of physical and musical comedy based on the ideas of disadvantaged Chicago Public School students.