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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Oriental Theatre

Opens Dec 01

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The Broadway smash hit is now on tour, bringing the story of Carole King to life

The Lion King

Cadillac Palace Theater

Opens Dec 02

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The Tony Award-winning Disney masterpiece is on tour!

Pippin

Cadillac Palace Theater

Opens Jul 29

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The 2013 Tony Award-winning Broadway revival is a magical pop musical, now currently touring the US!

Dirty Dancing

Cadillac Palace Theater

Opens Aug 18

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Dirty Dancing is an explosive mix of music, romance and sensational dancing. Don't put baby in the corner!

Cirque du Soleil - Kurios

Grand Chapiteau

Opens Aug 06

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Seeing is disbelieving in this incredible steampunk cirque spectacular!

Blue Man Group

Briar Street Theater

Now Showing

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Musical genius at its most inventive - a unique experience for your ears and eyes!

Disney's The Little Mermaid

Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Booking until Aug 16

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An unforgettable adventure under da' sea!

Million Dollar Quartet

Apollo Theater Mainstage

Now Showing

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Great Balls of Fire! Here's a hit! A palpable hit!

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Albert Goodman Theater

Booking until Aug 02

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Christopher Durang's frolicsome mash-up of melancholy and regret!

Ring of Fire

Mercury Theater

Booking until Aug 30

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An intimate jukebox musical about Johnny Cash

Matilda - The Musical

Oriental Theatre

Opens Mar 22, 2016

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The four-time Tony winning musical heads out on a US tour!

A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder

Bank of America Theater

Opens Sep 29

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Dates announced for Elf

Dates from December 17th

Elf: The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan who accidentally crawls into Santa's sack of gifts and is taken to the North Pole. Buddy is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. The heartwarming musical follows Buddy on a task of impossible size - can he reunite his new family in happiness, as well as bring much-needed Christmas spirit to the city of New York? Read more Buy Tickets

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Dirty Dancing coming to Chicago!

Dates from August 18th

Dirty Dancing is an explosive mix of music, romance and sensational dancing. Don't put baby in the corner! Read more Buy Tickets

Just Announced

A Christmas Story coming to Chicago!

Dates from November 14th

The 1980's movie classic comes to life in this Tony-nominated production Read more Buy Tickets

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Last chance to see Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Last night August 2nd

Christopher Durang's frolicsome mash-up of melancholy and regret! Read more Buy Tickets

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Chicago welcomes Pippin

Opening July 29th

The 2013 Tony Award-winning Broadway revival is a magical pop musical, now currently touring the US! Read more Buy Tickets

Chicago Favorite

Million Dollar Quartet

Now Showing

Great Balls of Fire! Here's a hit! A palpable hit! Read more Buy Tickets

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Last chance to see Disney's The Little Mermaid

Closes August 16th

An unforgettable adventure under da' sea! Read more Buy Tickets

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A Christmas Story

Opens Nov 14 at Albert Goodman Theater

A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder

Opens Sep 29 at Bank of America Theater

Beaches

Booking until Aug 16 at Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook Terrace

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Opens Dec 01 at Oriental Theatre

Bye Bye Birdie

Opens Jan 14, 2016 at Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook Terrace

Cabaret

Opens Feb 09, 2016 at Bank of America Theater

Charlie Brown Christmas - The Musical

Opens Nov 14 at Broadway Playhouse

Dirty Dancing

Opens Aug 18 at Cadillac Palace Theater

Disney's The Little Mermaid

Booking until Aug 16 at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Elf

Opens Dec 17 at Marriott Theatre

Gotta Dance

Opens Dec 13 at Bank of America Theater

If/Then

Opens Feb 23, 2016 at Cadillac Palace Theater

Irving Berlin's White Christmas

Opens Oct 29 at Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook Terrace

Lyric Opera of Chicago: The King and I

Opens Apr 29, 2016 at Civic Opera House

Mamma Mia!

Opens Nov 10 at Cadillac Palace Theater

Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences: Seussical

Opens Nov 11 at Marriott Theatre

Marriott Theatre: City of Angels

Booking until Aug 02 at Marriott Theatre

Marriott Theatre: Elf

Opens Oct 21 at Marriott Theatre

Marriott Theatre: October Sky

Opens Aug 19 at Marriott Theatre

Matilda - The Musical

Opens Mar 22, 2016 at Oriental Theatre

Million Dollar Quartet

Now Showing at Apollo Theater Mainstage

N The Queen Of Paris

Opens Nov 24 at Bank of America Theater

Pippin

Opens Jul 29 at Cadillac Palace Theater

Ring of Fire

Booking until Aug 30 at Mercury Theater

The Lion King

Opens Dec 02 at Cadillac Palace Theater

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Plays

Bible Bingo - an Act of Charity

Booking until Nov 21 at Great Room - Royal George Theater

Intimate Illusions

Opens Nov 27 at Omni Chicago Hotel

Peter and the Starcatcher

Opens Aug 27 at Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook Terrace

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Booking until Aug 02 at Albert Goodman Theater

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Family Shows

A Christmas Story

Opens Nov 14 at Albert Goodman Theater

Alvin And The Chipmunks

Opens Nov 20 at Rosemont Theater

American Idol Live

Aug 8, 2015 at Chicago Theater

Blue Man Group

Now Showing at Briar Street Theater

Charlie Brown Christmas - The Musical

Opens Nov 14 at Broadway Playhouse

Cirque du Soleil - Kurios

Opens Aug 06 at Grand Chapiteau

Comedysportz

Now Showing at Comedysportz Theatre

Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales

Oct 16, 2015 at I Wireless Center

Disney On Ice: 100 Years of Magic

Opens Jan 27, 2016 at United Center

Disney On Ice: 100 Years of Magic

Opens Jan 20, 2016 at All State Arena

Disney's The Little Mermaid

Booking until Aug 16 at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Elf

Opens Dec 17 at Marriott Theatre

Imagination Movers

Aug 23, 2015 at Center East Theatre

Irving Berlin's White Christmas

Opens Oct 29 at Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook Terrace

Joffrey Ballet: Cinderella

Opens Apr 20, 2016 at Auditorium Theatre

Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker

Opens Dec 04 at Auditorium Theatre

Lyric Opera of Chicago: Cinderella

Opens Oct 04 at Civic Opera House

Mannheim Steamroller

Dec 16, 2015 at Heartland Events Center

Mannheim Steamroller

Nov 13, 2015 at I Wireless Center

Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences: Seussical

Opens Nov 11 at Marriott Theatre

Marriott Theatre: Elf

Opens Oct 21 at Marriott Theatre

Marvel Universe Live!

Opens Sep 10 at United Center

Marvel Universe Live!

Opens Sep 18 at All State Arena

Matilda - The Musical

Opens Mar 22, 2016 at Oriental Theatre

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

Dec 30, 2015 at Youkey Theatre

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

Dec 6, 2015 at Rosemont Theater

MythBusters: Jamie & Adam Unleashed

Nov 19, 2015 at Rosemont Theater

Peter and the Starcatcher

Opens Aug 27 at Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook Terrace

Rascal Flatts

Sep 26, 2015 at Laughlin Events Center

Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus

Opens Sep 04 at I Wireless Center

Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus

Opens Nov 18 at United Center

Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus

Opens Nov 05 at All State Arena

Salt Creek Ballet: The Nutcracker

Opens Dec 12 at Center East Theatre

The Lion King

Opens Dec 02 at Cadillac Palace Theater

Wild Kratts - Live

Feb 18, 2016 at Youkey Theatre

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Comedy & Stand-up

Bill O'Reilly & Dennis Miller

Oct 24, 2015 at Rosemont Theater

Bob Marley - Comedian

Aug 15, 2015 at Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion At Meadowbrook

Brian Regan

Dec 5, 2015 at Genesee Theater

Capitol Steps

Opens Jan 21, 2016 at Center East Theatre

Comedysportz

Now Showing at Comedysportz Theatre

D.L. Hughley

Dec 18, 2015 at Youkey Theatre

David Sedaris

Oct 30, 2015 at Auditorium Theatre

Frank Caliendo

Nov 6, 2015 at Genesee Theater

Jay Leno

Oct 29, 2015 at Genesee Theater

Jim Gaffigan

Aug 6, 2015 at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion

Jim Jefferies

Opens Nov 13 at Vic Theater

Kevin Hart

Opens Jul 30 at United Center

Late Nite Catechism

Booking until Jan 02 at Great Room - Royal George Theater

Lewis Black

Oct 10, 2015 at Chicago Theater

Margaret Cho

Oct 3, 2015 at Chicago Theater

Miranda Sings

Aug 8, 2015 at Copernicus Center Theater

Norm Macdonald

Aug 21, 2015 at City Winery

Ralphie May

Sep 10, 2015 at Genesee Theater

Rodney Carrington

Sep 19, 2015 at Youkey Theatre

Sebastian Maniscalco

Nov 28, 2015 at Chicago Theater

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Concerts

5 Seconds of Summer

Opens Aug 01 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

Alabama Shakes & Drive By Truckers

Sep 19, 2015 at West Side Tennis Club

American Idol Live

Aug 8, 2015 at Chicago Theater

Ariana Grande & Prince Royce

Oct 2, 2015 at United Center

Australian Pink Floyd & Led Zeppelin 2

Jul 30, 2015 at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion

Barenaked Ladies & Alan Doyle

Oct 26, 2015 at Cranbrook Rec Plex

Beach Boys

Jul 29, 2015 at I Wireless Center

Beirut

Nov 10, 2015 at Riviera Theater

Benise

Nov 13, 2015 at Chicago Theater

Billy Joel

Aug 27, 2015 at Wrigley Field

Brad Paisley, Justin Moore & Mickey Guyton

Aug 9, 2015 at Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion At Meadowbrook

Brandon Flowers

Sep 11, 2015 at Riviera Theater

Catfish And The Bottlemen

Oct 10, 2015 at House of Blues

Chayanne

Aug 23, 2015 at All State Arena

Chicago - The Band

Opens Aug 22 at Ravinia Pavillion

Chris Cornell

Oct 6, 2015 at Chicago Theater

David Gilmour

Opens Apr 04, 2016 at United Center

Def Leppard, Styx & Tesla

Sep 5, 2015 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

Diana Krall

Aug 9, 2015 at Ravinia Pavillion

Ed Sheeran & Christina Perri

Sep 16, 2015 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

Foo Fighters

Aug 29, 2015 at Wrigley Field

G.E.M.

Nov 18, 2015 at Chicago Theater

Garbage

Oct 17, 2015 at Riviera Theater

Gladys Knight & The O'Jays

Sep 11, 2015 at Ravinia Pavillion

Glen Hansard & Aoife O'Donovan

Nov 21, 2015 at Chicago Theater

Grace Potter

Oct 23, 2015 at Chicago Theater

Harry Connick Jr.

Aug 7, 2015 at Ravinia Pavillion

Huey Lewis And The News

Sep 4, 2015 at Heartland Events Center

Ian Anderson: Jethro Tull's The Rock Opera

Nov 1, 2015 at Chicago Theater

Idina Menzel

Aug 16, 2015 at Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Jackson Browne

Sep 5, 2015 at Ravinia Pavillion

James Taylor

Aug 4, 2015 at West Side Tennis Club

Janet Jackson

Opens Nov 03 at Chicago Theater

Jesse Cook

Oct 22, 2015 at Center East Theatre

Joan Armatrading

Opens Oct 07 at City Winery

Joe Jackson

Opens Nov 02 at Thalia Hall

John Prine

Nov 13, 2015 at Genesee Theater

Josh Groban

Opens Oct 16 at Chicago Theater

Juan Gabriel

Oct 18, 2015 at All State Arena

Juanes & Ximena Sarinana

Aug 15, 2015 at Rosemont Theater

Julian Casablancas

Oct 7, 2015 at Metro Smart Bar

Justin Hayward

Opens Sep 06 at City Winery

Keith Urban

Aug 29, 2015 at Heartland Events Center

Kelly Clarkson, Pentatonix & Eric Hutchinson

Aug 1, 2015 at All State Arena

Kid Rock & Foreigner

Sep 12, 2015 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

Kristin Chenoweth

Oct 24, 2015 at Chicago Theater

Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes & Sam Hunt

Aug 16, 2015 at Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion At Meadowbrook

Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes & Sam Hunt

Aug 22, 2015 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

Lenny Kravitz

Sep 3, 2015 at Ravinia Pavillion

Leon Bridges

Oct 27, 2015 at Vic Theater

Lollapalooza

Opens Jul 31 at Hutchinson Field Grant Park

Loretta Lynn

Oct 24, 2015 at Alabama Theatre

Lucinda Williams

Opens Sep 23 at City Winery

Luke Bryan, Randy Houser & Dustin Lynch

Opens Oct 28 at United Center

Lyle Lovett & His Acoustic Group

Aug 1, 2015 at Chicago Theater

Madonna

Sep 28, 2015 at United Center

Mannheim Steamroller

Dec 16, 2015 at Heartland Events Center

Mannheim Steamroller

Nov 13, 2015 at I Wireless Center

Marc Anthony & Carlos Vives

Sep 25, 2015 at All State Arena

Mark Knopfler

Oct 2, 2015 at Chicago Theater

Meghan Trainor

Sep 9, 2015 at Aragon Ballroom

Modest Mouse

Sep 3, 2015 at V Live

Motley Crue & Alice Cooper

Aug 8, 2015 at All State Arena

Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill & Rae Sremmurd

Aug 9, 2015 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

One Direction

Aug 23, 2015 at Soldier Field Stadium

Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club

Aug 12, 2015 at Ravinia Pavillion

Patty Griffin

Oct 13, 2015 at Vic Theater

Postmodern Jukebox

Nov 18, 2015 at Riviera Theater

R5 & Ryland

Mar 10, 2016 at Chicago Theater

Rascal Flatts

Sep 26, 2015 at Laughlin Events Center

Rick Springfield, Loverboy & The Romantics

Sep 10, 2015 at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion

Ricky Martin

Oct 11, 2015 at All State Arena

Santana

Aug 14, 2015 at West Side Tennis Club

Santana

Opens Aug 29 at Ravinia Pavillion

Scorpions & Queensryche

Sep 26, 2015 at All State Arena

Scorpions & Queensryche

Sep 13, 2015 at Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion At Meadowbrook

Shania Twain & Gavin DeGraw

Jul 29, 2015 at All State Arena

Smashing Pumpkins & Marilyn Manson

Aug 7, 2015 at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion

Social Distortion

Opens Aug 09 at House of Blues

Squeeze

Opens Nov 27 at Park West

Star Trek - The Ultimate Voyage

Mar 19, 2016 at Chicago Theater

Straight No Chaser

Dec 19, 2015 at Civic Opera House

Stromae

Sep 21, 2015 at Riviera Theater

Tame Impala

Aug 1, 2015 at Hutchinson Field Grant Park

The 1975

Dec 8, 2015 at Riviera Theater

The Fab Faux

Nov 14, 2015 at Chicago Theater

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra: Wynton Marsalis

Opens Jan 22, 2016 at Symphony Center Orchestra Hall

The Legend Of Zelda: Symphony of The Goddesses

Oct 1, 2015 at Auditorium Theatre

The Milk Carton Kids

Oct 30, 2015 at Fourth Presbyterian Church

The Piano Guys

Aug 26, 2015 at Ravinia Pavillion

The Rat Pack Is Back

May 7, 2016 at Rosemont Theater

The Tallest Man on Earth

Aug 30, 2015 at Thalia Hall

The Tenors

Feb 1, 2016 at Youkey Theatre

The War On Drugs

Jul 30, 2015 at Metro Smart Bar

The Who

Oct 15, 2015 at United Center

Tim McGraw, Billy Currington & Chase Bryant

Aug 8, 2015 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

Todd Rundgren

Aug 5, 2015 at Thalia Hall

Umphrey's McGee

Aug 14, 2015 at Ravinia Pavillion

Victor Manuelle & Willy Torres

Aug 29, 2015 at Auditorium Theatre

Vienna Boys Choir

Nov 28, 2015 at Symphony Center Orchestra Hall

Yes & Toto

Aug 16, 2015 at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion

Yo La Tengo

Nov 5, 2015 at Vic Theater

Zac Brown Band

Sep 11, 2015 at Wrigley Field

Zedd

Oct 29, 2015 at UIC Pavilion

ZZ Ward

Sep 27, 2015 at House of Blues

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Dance & Ballet

Ballet Folklorico de Mexico

Sep 25, 2015 at Genesee Theater

Benise

Nov 13, 2015 at Chicago Theater

Dance For Life

Aug 15, 2015 at Auditorium Theatre

Joffrey Ballet: Bold Moves

Opens Feb 10, 2016 at Auditorium Theatre

Joffrey Ballet: Cinderella

Opens Apr 20, 2016 at Auditorium Theatre

Joffrey Ballet: Millennials

Opens Sep 16 at Auditorium Theatre

Joffrey Ballet: Sylvia

Opens Oct 14 at Auditorium Theatre

Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker

Opens Dec 04 at Auditorium Theatre

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

Dec 30, 2015 at Youkey Theatre

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

Dec 6, 2015 at Rosemont Theater

Red Bull Flying Bach

Opens Sep 25 at Chicago Theater

Russian Grand Ballet: Swan Lake

Jan 22, 2016 at Genesee Theater

Salt Creek Ballet: The Nutcracker

Opens Dec 12 at Center East Theatre

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Classical & Opera

Lyric Opera of Chicago: Bel Canto

Opens Dec 07 at Civic Opera House

Lyric Opera of Chicago: Cinderella

Opens Oct 04 at Civic Opera House

Lyric Opera of Chicago: Der Rosenkavalier

Opens Feb 08, 2016 at Civic Opera House

Lyric Opera of Chicago: Nabucco

Opens Jan 23, 2016 at Civic Opera House

Lyric Opera of Chicago: The King and I

Opens Apr 29, 2016 at Civic Opera House

Lyric Opera of Chicago: The Marriage Of Figaro

Opens Sep 26 at Civic Opera House

Lyric Opera of Chicago: Wozzeck

Opens Nov 01 at Civic Opera House

The Tenors

Feb 1, 2016 at Youkey Theatre

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Cirque

Cirque du Soleil - Kurios

Opens Aug 06 at Grand Chapiteau

Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus

Opens Sep 04 at I Wireless Center

Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus

Opens Nov 18 at United Center

Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus

Opens Nov 05 at All State Arena

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