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Chicago theater critics' picks

Our theater critics recommend the best Chicago theater to see now


There’s so much theater in Chicago that it can be hard to know where to start when you’re looking for a show to see. From touring shows and musical theater to storefront startups, children’s theater, summer Shakespeare in the parks and more, there’s almost too much to choose from. To help you out, here you’ll find a running list of our critics’ current favorites, with links to full reviews. Bookmark this page and you’ll always have at a glance all of our recommendations right now.

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