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Chicago theater critics' picks

Our theater critics recommend the best Chicago theater to see now

Photograph: James SteinkampChicago Shakespeare Theater interior

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



Carlton F

Whether Actor for Actor, Director for Director, Designer for Designer, Play for Play, Dollar for Dollar, or Pound  for Pound, A Red Orchid Theatre is undoubtedly the best venue--and best value in Blackbox Theatre in Chicago, and arguably, the English-speaking World.  Pair it with dinner and/or drinks at Kamahachi's (a favorite hangout of AROT performers and patrons alike),and your evening will likely be shaken and stirred!