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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!

A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder

Bank of America Theater

Opens Sep 29

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Direct from Broadway!

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!

Cirque du Soleil - Kurios

Grand Chapiteau

Booking until Sep 20

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Seeing is disbelieving in this incredible steampunk cirque spectacular!

Million Dollar Quartet

Apollo Theater Mainstage

Now Showing

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

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!

The Book of Mormon

Bank of America Theater

Opens Jun 28, 2016

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Winner of NINE Tony Awards including Best Musical!

A Christmas Carol

Albert Goodman Theater

Opens Nov 14

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A moving piece of homegrown Chicago theater that never fails to touch one's soul

Mamma Mia!

Cadillac Palace Theater

Opens Nov 10

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Get your dancing shoes on - the global smash hit ABBA musical is swinging into town!

N The Queen Of Paris

Bank of America Theater

Opens Nov 24

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A seductive new musical from Monlove Enterprises

Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker

Auditorium Theatre

Opens Dec 04

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A theatrical event of irresistible power

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What's happening in Chicago

Just Announced

The SpongeBob Musical coming to Chicago!

Booking from June 7th

Join SpongeBob Squarepants in his first ever stage musical, featuring all of the iconic characters from Nickelodeon's smash hit animation. This Broadway-bound musical boasts original music from numerous rock and pop greats, including David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper and The Flaming Lips. Read more Buy Tickets

Just Announced

Dates announced for Theresa Caputo

Dates from October 26th

America's favorite spiritual medium! 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

Catch Cirque du Soleil - Kurios before it ends

Last night September 20th

Seeing is disbelieving in this incredible steampunk cirque spectacular! Read more Buy Tickets

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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Booking from December 1st

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

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The Lion King

Dates from December 2nd

The Tony Award-winning Disney masterpiece is on tour! Read more Buy Tickets

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Abbey Pub

Across the Street from Goose Island Brewery

Addison Trail Auditorium

Adventure Stage Chicago!

AFC World Outreach Center

Akoo Theatre

Albert Goodman Theater

All State Arena

Angel Island Theatre

Apollo Theater Chicago

Apollo Theater Mainstage

Apollo Theater Studio

Aragon Ballroom

Arie Crown Theater

Athenaeum Theater

Auditorium Theatre

B

Back Porch Stage

Baconfest

Bailiwick Theatre

Bank of America Theater

Beat Kitchen

Beverly Arts Center

Black Ensemble Theater

Black Ensemble Theater

Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center

Black Orchid Classic Nightclub

Bobaks Signature Events

Boho Theater at Heartland Studio

Bottom Lounge

Briar Street Theater

Broadway Playhouse

Buddy Guys Legends

Burstein Mainstage

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Cadillac Palace Theater

Cahn Auditorium

Caribbean Festival

Center East Theatre

Charter One Pavillion

Chase Auditorium

Chicago Architecture Foundation

Chicago Hilton & Towers

Chicago International Film Festival

Chicago Lakeside

Chicago Loop

Chicago Marriott O

Chicago Montrose Beach

Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Chicago Theater

Chicagoland Speedway

Chopin Theatre

Chromium Night Club

Church Of The Epiphany

Circus Nightclub

City Lit Theater Company

City Pass - Chicago IL

City Winery

Civic Opera House

Cobra Lounge

Comedysportz Theatre

Congress Theater

Copernicus Center Theater

Copernicus Foundation

Cornerstone Park

Court Theatre

Cubby Bear

D

Darkroom

Devry Institute

Dionises Restaurant & Café

Diversey River Bowl

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Donny's Skybox Studio

Double Door

Douglas Park

Drake Hotel Chicago

Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook Terrace

E

East Stage

Eclipse Theatre Company Downstairs Studio

Empty Bottle

Evil Olive

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Festival Hall A

Field Museum

First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

FirstMerit Bank Pavilion

Ford Center for the Performing Arts

Fourth Presbyterian Church

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Gallery Theatre

Genesee Theater

Gentile Center

Goose Island Barrel Warehouse

Grand Ballroom

Grand Chapiteau

Great Room - Royal George Theater

Green Dolphin Street

Green Mill

Greenhouse Theater Downstairs Studio

Gregor Mendel Exhibit

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Harold Washington Cultural Center

Harold Washington Library Center

Harpo Studios

Harris Theater

Hideout

His Way Theatre At NBC Tower

Hothouse

House of Blues

House Of Hope

Humboldt Park

Hutchinson Field Grant Park

Hyatt Regency Chicago

Hyatt Regency O'Hare

Hyde Park Art Center

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Musicals

A Christmas Carol

Opens Nov 14 at Albert Goodman Theater

A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder

Opens Sep 29 at Bank of America Theater

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

Dancing In The Streets - Motown Revue

Mar 18, 2016 at Rosemont Theater

Gotta Dance

Opens Dec 13 at Bank of America Theater

If/Then

Opens Feb 23, 2016 at Oriental Theatre

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: Elf

Opens Oct 21 at Marriott Theatre

Marriott Theatre: October Sky

Booking until Oct 11 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

Newsies

Opens Jul 28, 2016 at Oriental Theatre

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Opens Dec 18 at Rosemont Theater

The Book of Mormon

Opens Jun 28, 2016 at Bank of America Theater

The Lion King

Opens Dec 02 at Cadillac Palace Theater

The SpongeBob Musical

Opens Jun 07, 2016 at Oriental Theatre

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Plays

Bible Bingo - an Act of Charity

Booking until Nov 21 at Great Room - Royal George Theater

Disgraced

Opens Sep 12 at Albert Goodman Theater

Intimate Illusions

Opens Nov 27 at Omni Chicago Hotel

Peter and the Starcatcher

Booking until Oct 18 at Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook Terrace

Potted Potter

Opens Dec 01 at Broadway Playhouse

Sherlock Holmes

Opens Nov 24 at Oriental Theatre

The Tempest

Opens Sep 08 at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Unspeakable

Opens Oct 06 at Broadway Playhouse

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Family Shows

A Christmas Carol

Opens Nov 14 at Albert Goodman Theater

Alvin And The Chipmunks

Opens Nov 20 at Rosemont Theater

America's Got Talent

Oct 10, 2015 at Genesee Theater

America's Got Talent

Oct 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

Booking until Sep 20 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 On Ice: Treasure Trove

Opens Dec 03 at I Wireless Center

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: 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

MythBusters: Jamie & Adam Unleashed

Nov 19, 2015 at Rosemont Theater

Newsies

Opens Jul 28, 2016 at Oriental Theatre

Peter and the Starcatcher

Booking until Oct 18 at Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook Terrace

Potted Potter

Opens Dec 01 at Broadway Playhouse

Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus

Booking until Sep 07 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

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Opens Dec 18 at Rosemont Theater

Salt Creek Ballet: The Nutcracker

Opens Dec 12 at Center East Theatre

So You Think You Can Dance?

Nov 27, 2015 at Chicago Theater

The Lion King

Opens Dec 02 at Cadillac Palace Theater

The SpongeBob Musical

Opens Jun 07, 2016 at Oriental Theatre

Wild Kratts - Live

Apr 10, 2016 at Rosemont Theater

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Comedy & Stand-up

Bill Burr

Opens Oct 29 at Chicago Theater

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

Cast Of Impractical Jokers & The Tenderloins

Nov 11, 2015 at Rosemont Theater

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 Jefferies

Opens Nov 13 at Vic Theater

John Oliver

Opens Dec 30 at Chicago Theater

Last Comic Standing

Oct 2, 2015 at Star Plaza Theater

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

Ralphie May

Sep 10, 2015 at Genesee Theater

Roseanne Barr

Oct 7, 2015 at Center East Theatre

Sebastian Maniscalco

Nov 28, 2015 at Chicago Theater

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Concerts

Aaron Lewis

Nov 13, 2015 at Joes Bar On Weed Street

Aaron Neville

Opens Oct 12 at City Winery

Al Di Meola

Oct 26, 2015 at City Winery

Alejandro Fernandez

Nov 25, 2015 at Rosemont Theater

Ariana Grande & Prince Royce

Oct 2, 2015 at United Center

Arlo Guthrie

Nov 8, 2015 at Harris Theater

Beirut

Nov 10, 2015 at Riviera Theater

Benise

Nov 13, 2015 at Chicago Theater

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Sep 27, 2015 at City Winery

Brandon Flowers

Sep 11, 2015 at Riviera Theater

Brian Setzer Orchestra: Christmas Rocks

Nov 17, 2015 at Genesee Theater

Buddy Guy

Nov 14, 2015 at Star Plaza Theater

C.C. Catch & Bad Boys Blue

Oct 17, 2015 at Copernicus Center Theater

Catfish And The Bottlemen

Oct 10, 2015 at House of Blues

Chris Cornell

Oct 6, 2015 at Chicago Theater

Chvrches

Oct 24, 2015 at Metro Smart Bar

City and Colour & Hurray For The Riff Raff

Nov 6, 2015 at Metro Smart Bar

Colin Hay

Nov 6, 2015 at Vic Theater

Darius Rucker

Nov 14, 2015 at I Wireless Center

Darius Rucker

Oct 8, 2015 at All State Arena

Dave Koz Christmas Tour

Dec 12, 2015 at Chicago Theater

David Gilmour

Apr 6, 2016 at Auditorium Theatre

David Gilmour

Opens Apr 04, 2016 at United Center

Dir En Grey

Nov 9, 2015 at Bottom Lounge

Disclosure

Oct 15, 2015 at Festival Hall A

Don Henley

Nov 8, 2015 at Chicago Theater

Ed Sheeran & Christina Perri

Sep 16, 2015 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

FFS (Franz Ferdinand & Sparks)

Oct 8, 2015 at Riviera Theater

G.E.M.

Nov 18, 2015 at Chicago Theater

Garbage

Oct 17, 2015 at Riviera Theater

Ghost B.C.

Oct 3, 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

Ian Anderson: Jethro Tull's The Rock Opera

Nov 1, 2015 at Chicago Theater

Il Volo

Feb 26, 2016 at Chicago Theater

Indigo Girls

Oct 16, 2015 at Genesee Theater

J Balvin & Becky G

Oct 8, 2015 at Aragon Ballroom

James Bay

Nov 20, 2015 at Riviera Theater

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

Julian Casablancas

Oct 7, 2015 at Metro Smart Bar

Justin Hayward

Opens Sep 06 at City Winery

Kenny Rogers: Christmas and Hits

Nov 28, 2015 at Star Plaza Theater

Kid Rock & Foreigner

Sep 12, 2015 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

King Diamond

Nov 27, 2015 at Aragon Ballroom

Kristin Chenoweth

Oct 24, 2015 at Chicago Theater

Leon Bridges

Oct 27, 2015 at Vic Theater

Lucinda Williams

Opens Sep 23 at City Winery

Luke Bryan, Randy Houser & Dustin Lynch

Opens Oct 28 at United Center

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

Mark Knopfler

Oct 2, 2015 at Chicago Theater

Melody Gardot

Oct 3, 2015 at Vic Theater

Michael Jackson Tribute Concert

Jan 23, 2016 at Rosemont Theater

Odesza

Nov 21, 2015 at Aragon Ballroom

Patty Griffin

Oct 13, 2015 at Vic Theater

Postmodern Jukebox

Nov 18, 2015 at Riviera Theater

Puscifer

Nov 21, 2015 at Riviera Theater

R5 & Ryland

Mar 10, 2016 at Chicago Theater

Raheem Devaughn & Leela James

Oct 15, 2015 at Portage Theater

Rick Springfield, Loverboy & The Romantics

Sep 10, 2015 at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion

Ricky Martin

Oct 11, 2015 at All State Arena

Scorpions & Queensryche

Sep 26, 2015 at All State Arena

SoMo

Sep 23, 2015 at House of Blues

Squeeze

Opens Nov 27 at Park West

Star Trek - The Ultimate Voyage

Mar 19, 2016 at Chicago Theater

Stevie Wonder

Oct 16, 2015 at United Center

Straight No Chaser

Dec 19, 2015 at Civic Opera House

Stromae

Sep 21, 2015 at Riviera Theater

The 1975

Dec 8, 2015 at Riviera Theater

The Fab Faux

Nov 14, 2015 at Chicago Theater

The Fab Four - The Ultimate Tribute

Feb 12, 2016 at Star Plaza 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 Rat Pack Is Back

May 7, 2016 at Rosemont Theater

The Weeknd

Nov 6, 2015 at United Center

The Who

Oct 15, 2015 at United Center

The Zombies

Oct 16, 2015 at Star Plaza Theater

Tommy Emmanuel

Dec 11, 2015 at Park West

Vienna Boys Choir

Nov 28, 2015 at Symphony Center Orchestra Hall

Warren Haynes

Sep 26, 2015 at Riviera Theater

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

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Opens Mar 06, 2016 at Auditorium Theatre

Ballet Folklorico de Mexico

Sep 25, 2015 at Genesee Theater

Benise

Nov 13, 2015 at Chicago Theater

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

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

So You Think You Can Dance?

Nov 27, 2015 at Chicago Theater

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Classical & Opera

Il Volo

Feb 26, 2016 at Chicago Theater

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

Booking until Sep 20 at Grand Chapiteau

Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus

Booking until Sep 07 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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