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  • 1. Neo-Futurists

    Far North | Theater

    Neo-Futurists perform their long-running, late-night hit Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind in a space—oddly enough—above a former funeral...Read More

  • 2. Redmoon Theater

    Pilsen | Theater

    Telling imaginative, almost magical stories is Redmoon Theater's specialty. The company's “spectacles” take a number of forms but can best be...Read More

  • 3. Steppenwolf

    Lincoln Park | Theater

    Steppenwolf's alumni roster speaks for itself: John Malkovich, Gary Sinise, Joan Allen, and Laurie Metcalf all honed their chops with this troupe...Read More

  • 4. About Face Theatre

    Far North | Theater

    The city's best-known gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender performing group has garnered awards for original works, world premieres, and...Read More

  • 5. Apollo Chorus of Chicago


    Formed in 1872, the Apollo Chorus of Chicago is one of the country's oldest oratorio societies. Don't miss the annual Handel's Messiah if...Read More

  • 6. Athenaeum Theatre

    Lakeview | Theater

    The 1,000-seat Athenaeum Theatre, adjacent to St. Alphonsus Church, stages comedy, dance, children's theater performances, and more. ...Read More

  • 7. Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University

    South Loop | Theater

    Designed by notable architects Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler, the 4,300-seat, Romanesque Revival–style Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University...Read More

  • 8. Bailiwick Chicago


    New and classical material is staged at various locations throughout the city by Bailiwick Chicago. ...Read More

  • 9. Bank of America Theatre

    Loop | Theater

    After debuting as the Majestic in 1906, this 1,800-seat theater became a major stop on the vaudeville circuit. Today, after a series of name...Read More

  • 10. Bella Voce


    Bella Voce —"beautiful voices," indeed. Formerly known as His Majestie's Clerkes, the 20-person a cappella group performs a variety of sacred...Read More

  • 11. Black Ensemble Theater

    Far North Side | Theater

    The Black Ensemble Theater has a penchant for long-running musicals based on popular African American icons. Founder and executive producer...Read More

  • 12. Brew and View

    Lakeview | Film

    The Vic Theatre attracts a rowdy crowd on Brew and View nights, thanks to cheap flicks—both newer releases and cult faves—and beer specials. ...Read More

  • 13. Briar Street Theatre

    Lakeview | Theater

    Originally built as a horse stable for Marshall Field, Briar Street Theatre is the spot to catch the long-running hit Blue Man Group. ...Read More

  • 14. Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place

    Near North | Theater

    Formerly known as Drury Lane, the 550-seat theater in Water Tower Place was taken over in 2010 by the Broadway in Chicago group, which modernized...Read More

  • 15. Cadillac Palace Theatre

    Loop | Theater

    Designed by famed theater architects the Rapp Brothers, the Cadillac Palace opened to much fanfare in 1926. The ornate, gilded interior was...Read More

  • 16. Chicago Air & Water Show


    Thrill-seekers and families flock to the Chicago Air & Water Show, a lakefront spectacle featuring aerial acrobatics and daredevil water...Read More

  • 17. Chicago Blues Festival


    The Chicago Blues Festival, in Grant Park, is a popular three-day, four-stage event in June starring blues greats from Chicago and around the...Read More

  • 18. Chicago Children's Choir


    A performance by the Chicago Children's Choir is the closest thing we can imagine to hearing angels sing. Its members—ages 8 to 18—are culled...Read More

  • 19. Chicago Cultural Center

    Loop | Theater

    This block-long landmark building houses several performance spaces. The most magnificent is the top-floor Preston Bradley Hall, with its Tiffany...Read More

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  • 20. Chicago Jazz Festival


    The Chicago Jazz Festival holds sway for four days during Labor Day weekend in Millenium and Grant Parks. ...Read More

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