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Kinky Boots

Cadillac Palace Theater

Opens Jul 07

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The fabulous smash hit musical, which won six Tonys, heads out on tour

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!

Disney's The Little Mermaid

Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Booking until Aug 16

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An unforgettable adventure under da' sea!

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!

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!

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 Jul 26

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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!

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!

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Mamma Mia! dates for your diary

Dates from November 10th

The current North American Tour has played over 3,600 performances in over 135 cities with 145 repeat visits. Mamma Mia collects a group of hit songs by the Swedish supergroup ABBA and shapes them around the story of a single mother coping with her young daughter's marriage on a picturesque Greek isle. Read more Buy Tickets

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Elf dates for your diary

Dates from December 17th

ELF is happy enough for families, savvy enough for city kids and plenty smart for adults Read more Buy Tickets

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Chicago welcomes Kinky Boots

Opens July 7th

The fabulous smash hit musical, which won six Tonys, heads out on tour 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

Don't Miss

Last chance to see Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Closes July 26th

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

Opening Soon

Pippin hits Chicago

Opens July 29th

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

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Dirty Dancing

Booking 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

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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

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

Kinky Boots

Opens Jul 07 at Cadillac Palace Theater

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: Pinocchio

Jul 9, 2015 at Marriott Theatre

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 Jul 26 at Albert Goodman Theater

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Family Shows

American Idol Live

Aug 8, 2015 at Chicago Theater

Blue Man Group

Now Showing at Briar Street Theater

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

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

Nov 13, 2015 at I Wireless Center

Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences: Pinocchio

Jul 9, 2015 at Marriott Theatre

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 6, 2015 at Rosemont Theater

Move Live on Tour: Julianne Hough & Derek Hough

Jul 25, 2015 at Chicago Theater

MythBusters: Jamie & Adam Unleashed

Nov 19, 2015 at Rosemont Theater

Peter and the Starcatcher

Opens Aug 27 at Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook Terrace

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

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Comedy & Stand-up

Bill O'Reilly & Dennis Miller

Oct 24, 2015 at Rosemont Theater

Brian Regan

Dec 5, 2015 at Genesee Theater

Capitol Steps

Opens Jan 21, 2016 at Center East Theatre

Comedysportz

Now Showing at Comedysportz 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

Joe Rogan

Jul 24, 2015 at Chicago 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

Sebastian Maniscalco

Nov 28, 2015 at Chicago Theater

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Concerts

311

Jul 11, 2015 at Aragon Ballroom

5 Seconds of Summer

Opens Aug 01 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

Alabama

Jul 10, 2015 at Rosemont Theater

American Idol Live

Aug 8, 2015 at Chicago Theater

Aretha Franklin

Jul 11, 2015 at Ravinia Pavillion

Ariana Grande & Prince Royce

Oct 2, 2015 at United Center

Australian Pink Floyd & Led Zeppelin 2

Jul 30, 2015 at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion

Awolnation

Opens Jul 23 at House of Blues

Beach Boys

Jul 29, 2015 at I Wireless Center

Beirut

Nov 10, 2015 at Riviera Theater

Billy Joel

Aug 27, 2015 at Wrigley Field

Boney James & Brian Culbertson

Jul 17, 2015 at Chicago Theater

Brandon Flowers

Sep 11, 2015 at Riviera Theater

Brian Wilson & Rodriguez

Jul 6, 2015 at Ravinia Pavillion

Bryan Adams

Jul 25, 2015 at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion

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

Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Lang Lang

May 21, 2016 at Symphony Center Orchestra Hall

Chris Cornell

Oct 6, 2015 at Chicago Theater

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

Fall Out Boy, Wiz Khalifa & Hoodie Allen

Jul 11, 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

Harry Connick Jr.

Aug 7, 2015 at Ravinia Pavillion

Ian Anderson: Jethro Tull's The Rock Opera

Nov 1, 2015 at Chicago Theater

Idina Menzel

Aug 16, 2015 at Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Indigo Girls

Jul 21, 2015 at Vic Theater

J. Cole, Big Sean, YG & Jeremih

Jul 28, 2015 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

Jackson Browne

Sep 5, 2015 at Ravinia Pavillion

Janet Jackson

Opens Nov 03 at Chicago Theater

Joan Armatrading

Opens Oct 07 at City Winery

John Fogerty

Jul 8, 2015 at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion

John Prine

Nov 13, 2015 at Genesee Theater

Josh Groban

Opens Oct 16 at Chicago Theater

Juanes & Ximena Sarinana

Aug 15, 2015 at Rosemont Theater

Kelly Clarkson, Pentatonix & Eric Hutchinson

Aug 1, 2015 at All State Arena

Kid Rock & Foreigner

Jul 26, 2015 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

Kristin Chenoweth

Oct 24, 2015 at Chicago Theater

Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes & Sam Hunt

Aug 22, 2015 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

Leon Bridges

Oct 27, 2015 at Vic Theater

Lollapalooza

Opens Jul 31 at Hutchinson Field Grant Park

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

Nov 13, 2015 at I Wireless Center

Marc Anthony & Carlos Vives

Sep 25, 2015 at All State Arena

Marco Antonio Solis & Camila

Jul 25, 2015 at All State Arena

Mark Knopfler

Oct 2, 2015 at Chicago Theater

Meghan Trainor

Jul 12, 2015 at Aragon Ballroom

Milky Chance & X Ambassadors

Jul 24, 2015 at Aragon Ballroom

Modest Mouse

Sep 3, 2015 at V Live

Morrissey

Jul 9, 2015 at Civic Opera House

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

Outcry Tour: Hillsong United, Jesus Culture & Kari Jobe

Jul 24, 2015 at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion

Patty Griffin

Oct 13, 2015 at Vic Theater

Postmodern Jukebox

Nov 18, 2015 at Riviera Theater

R5 & Ryland

Mar 10, 2016 at Chicago Theater

Rick Springfield, Loverboy & The Romantics

Sep 10, 2015 at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion

Ricky Martin

Oct 11, 2015 at All State Arena

Rise Against, Killswitch, Engage & Letlive

Jul 17, 2015 at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion

Rob Thomas

Jul 18, 2015 at Ravinia Pavillion

Ry Cooder, Sharon White & Ricky Skaggs

Jul 18, 2015 at Thalia Hall

Santana

Opens Aug 29 at Ravinia Pavillion

Scorpions & Queensryche

Sep 26, 2015 at All State Arena

Shania Twain & Gavin DeGraw

Jul 26, 2015 at I Wireless Center

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

Star Trek - The Ultimate Voyage

Mar 19, 2016 at Chicago Theater

Steely Dan

Opens Jul 24 at Ravinia Pavillion

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

Taylor Swift, Vance Joy & Shawn Mendes

Opens Jul 18 at Soldier Field Stadium

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 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

Van Halen & Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Jul 24, 2015 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

Vans Warped Tour

Jul 25, 2015 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

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

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

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 6, 2015 at Rosemont Theater

Move Live on Tour: Julianne Hough & Derek Hough

Jul 25, 2015 at Chicago Theater

Red Bull Flying Bach

Opens Sep 25 at Chicago 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

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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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