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.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company

The Tony winning Chicago ensemble is iconic in the world of performance art, especially in the Chicago realm.

Studio L’Amour Burlesque

The West Loop’s Studio L’Amour is run by Chicago’s own Michelle L’Amour, a burlesque goddess known all over the country. In response to pleas from her fans, she opened the instructional studio in June of 2008.

The Moth StorySLAM

The Moth Story Slam happens at Martyrs’ Bar in Chicago on the last Tuesday of every month. Ten brave souls who have dropped their names in a hat at the door, are chosen to come on stage to deliver a 5 minute story.

Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind: A Neo-Futurist Production

Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind: A Neo-Futurist Production

“Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind”  is performed by the Neo Futurists and is currently the longest running show in Chicago. Plays are written by the cast members themselves with only one rule: brutal honesty.

The Baton Show Lounge

For over 40 years the Baton Club has been making Bachelorette parties and birthdays more fun, providing a drag show that will have you and your friends dancing in your seats and cheering for more.

Bye Bye Liver: A Comedy Show for the Lush in All of Us

Love to laugh? Love to drink? Yeah, we thought so. If you’re looking for something different to spice up your weekend, head up to the Pub Theater at Fizz Bar for some comedy and booze.

Sing-a-longs, Poop Jokes & Tambourines: Musical Comedy in Chicago

We love to laugh. We love music. We love poop jokes and Lady Gaga. If you love these things, too, then you need more musical comedy in your life. Check out two of our local favorites: Smith & Grimm and Happy Karaoke Fun Time!

The Chicago Theatre

Since the 1920s the theater has hosted great musicians, comedians, and entertainers including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Robin Williams, Prince, and many more.

Musical of the Living Dead

If you’re looking for some new Halloween entertainment this October, check out this new “Musical Zom-com” and the Charnel House theater. The performance is a delightful mash-up of zombie films, comedy and musical theatre.

The Annoyance Theatre & Bar

The Annoyance is home to a casual bar in the front and a cozy theater space in the back. Seven nights a week you can see some of the funniest sketch, improv, and musical shows that Chicago has to offer.

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

What do writer David Sedaris, painter Jeff Koons, fashion designer Halston, and painter Georgia O’Keefe have in common? They are all notable alumni of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Second City Comedy: 50 Years of Funny

For the past fifty years, Second City Comedy Troupe and school, whose main focus is improv-based sketch comedy routines, has been grooming some of the funniest comedians of our time.

Theater on the Lake

Every summer a small brick building on Chicago’s lakefront provides a home for eight productions over eight weeks, inviting the city’s world-class off-Loop theater companies to showcase their talents.

Lincoln Park Theater District

The Lincoln Park Theater District is one of the most significant community theater districts in the country, offering amazing entertainment in the neighborhood.