Chicago

If you're even mildly interested in the performing arts, Chicago has the means to put you in your seat—be it floor, mezzanine, or balcony. Just pick your preference (theater, dance, or symphony orchestra), and let an impressive body of artists do the rest. From critically acclaimed big names to fringe groups that specialize in e
If you're even mildly interested in the performing arts, Chicago has the means to put you in your seat—be it floor, mezzanine, or balcony. Just pick your preference (theater, dance, or symphony orchestra), and let an impressive body of artists do the rest. From critical
If you're even mildly interested in the performing arts, Chicago has the means to put you in your seat—be it floor, mezz

If you're even mildly interested in the performing arts, Chicago has the means to put you in your seat—be it floor, mezzanine, or balcony. Just pick your preference (theater, dance, or symphony orchestra), and let an impressive body of artists do the rest. From critically acclaimed big names to fringe groups that specialize in experimental work, there truly is a performance art for everyone.

Ticket prices vary wildly, depending on whether you're seeing a high-profile group or venturing into more obscure territory. Chicago Symphony tickets range from $15 to $200, the Lyric Opera from $30 to $180 (if you can get them). Smaller choruses and orchestras charge from $10 to $30; watch the listings for free performances. Commercial theater tickets cost between $15 and $75; smaller experimental ensembles might charge $5, $10, or pay-what-you-can. Movie prices range from $11 for first-run houses to as low as $1.50 at some suburban second-run houses.

Recommended Fodor’s Video

Sort by: 60 Recommendations {{numTotalPoiResults}} {{ (numTotalPoiResults===1)?'Recommendation':'Recommendations' }} 0 Recommendations
CLEAR ALL CLEAR ALL
Loading...
Loading...
  • 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

    Concerts

    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

    Theater

    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

    Concerts

    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

    Festivals

    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

    Festivals

    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

    Concerts

    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

    View Tours and Activities
  • 20. Chicago Jazz Festival

    Festivals

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

No performing-arts Results

Please try a broader search, or expore these popular suggestions:

Around the Web