Best Chicago plays to see now

The best shows in Chicago theater right now.

Photograph: Marc Monaghan for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
The Neo-Futurarium

Chicago theater offers a vast array of plays and musicals every week of the year, from Broadway in Chicago's downtown touring shows to the storefront theaters sprinkled throughout the city's neighborhoods. More than 200 producing theaters in Chicago and its suburbs, including five winners of the Tony Award for regional theater, serve five million audience members a year, according to the League of Chicago Theatres. With so much variety, it can be hard to know what to see. Here's a selection of the best-reviewed shows currently running.

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Port Authority at Writers Theatre

Three Dublin men reflect on what might have been in Conor McPherson's interlocking monologues.

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An Inspector Calls at Remy Bumppo Theatre Company

J.B. Priestley's 1945 socially-conscious whodunit still resonates.

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The Little Prince at Lookingglass Theatre

Lookingglass stages a charming, kid-friendly adaptation of Saint-Exupéry's fable.

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