Chicago Theatre Week guide

The sixth annual celebration of Chicago theater puts a spotlight on new stages

Now in its sixth year, Chicago Theatre Week aims to do for theater what Restaurant Week does for dining—driving traffic and tourism to the city’s stages with discounted tickets, special events and travel deals. Browse through our best bets here and check ticket availability at

What is Chicago Theatre Week?

More than 100 participating productions at venues from Steppenwolf to the Second City, from the downtown Theater District to the suburbs and everywhere in between, will offer tickets at discounted price points of $15 or $30 (or less!) during the promotion. Tickets go on sale January 9, 2018.

When is Chicago Theatre Week?

Chicago Theatre Week is February 8–18, 2018.

Photograph: Evan Hanover
Theater, Children's

That’s Weird, Grandma

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Want to look cool to your favorite pipsqueak (and adult friends, too)? Introduce them to Barrel of Monkeys’ joyously long-running public show. The troupe conducts writing workshops with CPS grade school students by day, then transforms the kids’ stories into hilarious or heartfelt skits and songs, performed with abandon by a spirited ensemble. The current edition of the show, Stories for Change, prompted the young scribes to write the change they want to see in their communities.

Glass Pieces performed by Pacific Northwest Ballet
Photograph: Angela Sterling

Joffrey Ballet: Modern Masters

Joffrey’s winter program features a new work by company ballet master Nicolas Blanc; rising choreographer Myles Thatcher’s Body of Your DreamsGlass Pieces, created by the late Jerome Robbins to music by Philip Glass and never before performed in Chicago; and the Joffrey premiere of George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments

Dream Freaks Fall from Space
Photograph: Todd Rosenberg

Dream Freaks Fall from Space

The Second City’s 106th mainstage revue features an outstanding ensemble of Chicago writers and comedians, delivering a surreal, high-energy show that manages to outdo the wackiness of the modern world.

Photograph: Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera
Music, Classical and opera

Così fan tutte

The Lyric Opera takes on Mozart’s fiancée swapping comedy, in which two young men don disguises and try to seduce each other’s wives-to-be. Though it only consists of two acts, this complex tale takes its time—you'll be in your seat for more than 3 hours with a single intermission.

Photograph: Kirsten Miccoli
Comedy, Sketch shows

She the People : Girlfriend's Guide to Sisters Doing it for Themselves

Created, written, designed and performed entirely by the women of the Second City, She the People: Girlfriends’ Guide to Sisters Doing It for Themselves tackles women’s issues with cheek and wit. The two-act sketch show features Carisa Barreca, Alex Bellisle, Katie Caussin, Maria Randazzo, Alexis J. Roston and Kimberly Michelle Vaughn.