Chicago theater critics' picks

Our theater critics recommend the best Chicago theater to see now
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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.

Time Out recommends

Theater, Musicals

Hamilton

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Nobody’s throwing away their shot in this top-shelf Chicago staging of the most talked-about new musical in years

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Buddy—The Buddy Holly Story
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Theater, Musicals

Buddy—The Buddy Holly Story

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This surface-level bio is more interested in musical fan service than actual insights, but the music, and its star, are top of the line

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