Chicago Performing Arts

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.


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.

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About Face Theatre

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

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...

Athenaeum Theatre

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

Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University

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

Bailiwick Chicago

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

Bank of America Theatre

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

Bella Voce

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

Black Ensemble Theater

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

Brew and View

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

Briar Street Theatre

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


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