The best shows to see during Chicago Theatre Week

Our critics' picks for the plays and musicals to see at a discount
Blues for an Alabama Sky at Court Theatre
Photograph: Michael Brosilow Blues for an Alabama Sky at Court Theatre

More than 100 shows are offering discounted tickets during this year's fifth annual Chicago Theatre Week running February 9 to 19, from musicals to sketch and improv comedy, storefront dramas, children's theater and more. It's a stark reminder of the incredible amount of activity on the city's stages year-round. Choosing what to use your precious discount days on can be daunting, so here we've gathered our reviews for those Theatre Week shows we've seen and designated Time Out critics' picks, along with some best bets for shows we haven't yet had the opportunity to review. Find all of our current theater reviews here, check ticket availability at, and share photos of your experience on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #CTW17 to be entered to win a dinner and theater prize package.