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Hamilton

CIBC Theatre Open Run

The exhilarating hit musical must close January 5, 2020!

Hamilton, CIBC Theatre, Chicago
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Winner of 11 Tony Awards

Don't miss Lin-Manuel Miranda's Pulitzer Prize-winning Hamilton, the exhilarating show that is changing the face of musicals. It's a rollicking historical epic, equal parts Sondheim and Notorious B.I.G.,...

Prices from: $95

Eddie Izzard

The Chicago Theatre May 30 - 31, 2019

British comedy royalty, Eddie's back for another round of Believe Me!

Eddie Izzard, The Chicago Theatre, Chicago
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A brand new tour! British comedian Eddie Izzard is often lauded as one of the most influential comics of the last 25 years. Now he returns Stateside five years after his last tour, Force Majeure, saw him...

Prices from: $85

Ms. Blakk for President

Steppenwolf Theatre May 23 - Jul 15, 2019

Inspired by America's first black drag queen presidential candidate.

Ms Blakk for President, Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago

Oscar winner Tarell Alvin McCraney stars in the world premiere of his Ms. Blakk for President! Based on the true story of America's first black drag queen presidential candidate, Meet Ms. Joan Jett Blakk...

Prices from: $140

Falsettos

James M. Nederlander Theatre May 28 - Jun 9, 2019

The acclaimed revival of James Lapine and William Finn's Tony winning musical is on tour!

Falsettos, James M Nederlander Theatre, Chicago
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After a triumphant return to Broadway in 2017, with five Tony Nominations and a PBS special, William Finn and James Lapine's Falsettos is back to light up stages across the country with a new national...

Prices from: $30

A Chorus Line

Ruth Page Center for the Arts Until May 26, 2019

The groundbreaking musical comes to town!

A Chorus Line, Ruth Page Center for the Arts, Chicago
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A Chorus Line shines a light on the ensemble; the fear, struggle and emotion that is behind every anonymous face in the crowd. Through a mixture of dramatic performance and a confessional score, Marvin...

Prices from: $190

Footloose

Marriott Theatre Until Jun 3, 2019

Footloose Showcases the Importance of Dance

Footloose, Marriott Theatre, Chicago

When Ren moves from the big city to a small town, he is shocked to discover that the town's Reverend has banned dancing and rock music. Ren becomes both a rebel and a hero when he attempts to loosen up...

Prices from: $90

Hamlet

Chicago Shakespeare Theater Until Jun 9, 2019

Maurice Jones stars as Shakespeare's Danish prince

Hamlet, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Chicago

Maurice Jones takes on the role of a lifetime in this new production of Hamlet, following in the footsteps of Olivier, Burton, and Cumberbatch. Arguably Shakespeare's greatest work, Hamlet is thick with...

Prices from: $115

The Children

Steppenwolf Theatre Until Jun 9, 2019

Lucy Kirkwood's sly post-apocalyptic drama

The Children, Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago

This intriguing drama from British playwright Lucy Kirkwood asks where our responsibility for the future of our planet ends and where it begins. The story begins in a remote coastal town in England, when...

Prices from: $100

Lyric Opera of Chicago - West Side Story

Civic Opera House Until Jun 2, 2019

The iconic musical theater is the jewel in the crown of Lyric Opera of Chicago's latest season

Lyric Opera of Chicago West Side Story, Civic Opera House, Chicago

With a silver screen remake helmed by Steven Spielberg rumoured to be on the horizon in the coming years, it's safe to say that West Side Story has secured an enduring place in the hearts of many. Composed...

Prices from: $105

Minnie's Boys

Ruth Page Center for the Arts May 22 - 23, 2019

The 'Porchlight Revisits!' series shines a spotlight on forgotten gem Minnie's Boys

Minnies Boys, Ruth Page Center for the Arts, Chicago

The Windy City's critically acclaimed Porchlight Music Theatre Company is turning back the clocks during the return of their ever popular 'Porchlight Revists!' series. Dedicated to shining the spotlight...

Prices from: $105

Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Hahn Plays Sibelius Violin Concerto

Symphony Center Orchestra Hall Until May 22, 2019

A trio of Finnish works lead by returning guest conductor Mikko Franck

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Hahn Plays Sibelius Violin Concerto, Symphony Center Orchestra Hall, Chicago

Finnish conductor Mikko Franck returns to the Chicago Symphony Center to lead the symphony through a program of works from his sonically fertile homeland. Things kick off with Einojuhani Rautavaara's A...

Prices from: $155

Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez

Symphony Center Orchestra Hall May 24 - 27, 2019

An evening of sizzling Spanish and Latin American music

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez, Symphony Center Orchestra Hall, Chicago

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra welcomes six time Grammy Award-winning Costa Rican conductor Giancarlo Guerrero for a sizzling program of Spanish and Latin American flavour. Now in his tenth season as Music...

Prices from: $190

Matilda - The Musical

Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook Terrace Until Jun 24, 2019

Denis Kelley and Tim Minchin's triumphant Tony Award-winning Broadway blockbuster comes to Chicago

Matilda The Musical, Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook Terrace, Chicago

First making a buzz on London's West End, Matilda garnered seven 2012 Olivier Awards before ruling the Broadway roost from 2013 to 2017, winning five Tony Awards including the award for Best Book Of A...

Prices from: $45

Florence and the Machine

Huntington Bank Pavilion May 23, 2019

Florence and the Machine return!

Florence and the Machine, Huntington Bank Pavilion, Chicago

Florence and the Machine have returned! After a hiatus that left fans bereft, Florence Welch's soulful vocals made a comeback with the single Sky Full Of Song, ahead of a June release for new record, High...

Prices from: $100

Judas Priest

Rosemont Theater May 25 - 26, 2019

The British rock superstars are back on tour in 2019!

Judas Priest, Rosemont Theater, Chicago

Judas Priest are heading back to the US for their 2019 tour which continues to support their critically acclaimed recently released album, Firepower. This tour will feature the band's latest line up of...

Prices from: $45

Cirque Du Soleil - Volta

Soldier Field Stadium Until Jul 6, 2019

Cirque du Soleil harness the adrenaline rush of sports in their latest show

Cirque Du Soleil Volta, Soldier Field Stadium, Chicago
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Cirque du Soleil returns with their spectacular VOLTA! Drawing inspiration from the world of street sports, the troupe's usual array of supremely talented aerialists, acrobats and dancers will be joined...

Prices from: $70

The Who

Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre IL May 21 - 22, 2019

One of the all time greatest Rock 'n' Roll bands!

The Who, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre IL, Chicago

The Who remain a potent force on the rock music scene. Fans will be delighted to hear that the worlds most untameable rock back, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are returning to the road! The North American...

Rodrigo Y Gabriela

The Chicago Theatre May 24 - 25, 2019

The dynamic Latin duo have gone from busking talent to international stars - hear why!

Rodrigo Y Gabriela, The Chicago Theatre, Chicago
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Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo Y Gabriela are back on the road for their Mettavolution Tour! They first came to international attention when they traveled to Dublin in 2002 when Damien Rice noticed them busking...

Prices from: $75

Brett Dennen

Evanston Space May 31 - Jun 2, 2019

Californian folk sophomore Brett Dennen is back on the road

Brett Dennen, Evanston Space, Chicago

Californian folk sophomore Brett Dennen is back on the road! A self-taught singer and musician from an early age, Dennen's creative upbringing at home allowed him to compose his own music during his teens,...

Prices from: $50

Johnnyswim

Riviera Theater May 25 - 26, 2019

The ultimate soul-folk power couple are live on tour!

Johnnyswim, Riviera Theater, Chicago

Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano Ramirez make up Johnnyswim. After meeting in Nashville in 2005 the pair clicked, not only creatively but also romantically. After releasing various EPs the couple created...

Prices from: $60

Steve Martin & Martin Short

Genesee Theater May 24 - 25, 2019

Comedy Legends Steve Martin & Martin Short join forces

Steve Martin Martin Short, Genesee Theater, Chicago

Martin meets Martin in this extraordinary meeting of two of modern comedy's greatest entertainers. Steve Martin and Martin Short present 'Now You See Them, Soon You Won't', a Q&A style conversation between...

Prices from: $190

Victor Manuelle

Rosemont Theater May 31 - Jun 1, 2019

The Latin salsa singing superstar heads out on tour again!

Victor Manuelle, Rosemont Theater, Chicago

Known to his fans as El Sonero de la Juventud ("The Singer Of Youths"), Manuelle is part of the highly successful group of Latin singers that came to prominence during the Nineties, that also included...

Prices from: $110

Gospel Brunch

House of Blues May 26 - 27, 2019

A regular musical treat for the whole family!

Gospel Brunch, House of Blues, Chicago

Head down to the House Of Blues on selected Sunday mornings for a celebration of the Lord with a gospel concert as well as a delicious brunch served up for the whole family to enjoy! Offering a wide selection...

Prices from: $75

George Clinton

Aragon Ballroom May 31 - Jun 1, 2019

Gran-daddy of P-Funk, record producer and multi-colored musician!

George Clinton, Aragon Ballroom, Chicago

The principle founder of P-Funk, George Clinton has a talent for founding bands as well being was responsible for the formation of the groups Parliament-Funkadelic. Releasing many records himself, he has...

Prices from: $35

I Prevail

House of Blues May 21 - 22, 2019

Metalcore heroes I Prevail hit the road on the 2019 Trauma Tour

I Prevail, House of Blues, Chicago

American metalcore pioneers I Prevail burst our of their hometown of Southfield, Michigan in a surprising way... Formed in 2013, it was only a year later that they gained notoriety when their gritty cover...

Prices from: $35

Jim James

Vic Theater May 23 - 24, 2019

My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James heads out on an intimate acoustic tour

Jim James, Vic Theater, Chicago

Perhaps best known as the heart and soul of reverb-friendly indie rockers My Morning Jacket, frontman Jim James has cultivated a solo career just as prolific as his Kentucky-hailing outfit. One of the...

Prices from: $65

Juice Wrld

Aragon Ballroom May 30 - 31, 2019

The Chicago rapper takes 'Lucid Dreams' and other hits on tour again!

Juice Wrld, Aragon Ballroom, Chicago

Born and raised in Calumet Park, Illinois, Jarad Higgins AKA Juice WRLD fuses elements of trap, emo rap and R&B with distinctive melodic hip hop, taking his place alongside fellow genre-bending forerunners...

Prices from: $105

Kali Uchis and Jorja Smith

Aragon Ballroom May 28 - 29, 2019

American songstress Kali Uchis & English singer songwriter Jorja Smith hit the road together

Kali Uchis and Jorja Smith, Aragon Ballroom, Chicago

Gifted Colombian-American left-field pop songstress Kali Uchis is genre-defying in all senses of the the word, rising to mainstream attention via a series of mix-tapes that blended early soul, doo-wop,...

Prices from: $55

Marianas Trench

House of Blues May 24 - 25, 2019

Fun pop rockers Marianas Trench tour Canada once again this winter!

Marianas Trench, House of Blues, Chicago

Keep warm this winter with Marianas Trench, the Canadian pop-rock purveyors of effervescent, feel-good anthems about love, life and all things in between! Don't miss out on their infectious energy as they...

Prices from: $120

Sum 41

Bottom Lounge May 26 - 27, 2019

Get Up Close and Personal with Sum 41!

Sum 41, Bottom Lounge, Chicago

If you came of age in the early 2000s, there's a good chance that Sum 41's Does This Look Infected? formed part of the soundtrack to your teen angst and rebellion. Don't miss the chance to hear the songs...

Prices from: $80

The Architects

Concord Music Hall May 25 - 26, 2019

Join Architects on Their Holy Hell Tour

The Architects, Concord Music Hall, Chicago

Architects prepare to head on tour across America, kicking off in Anaheim, California. Founded in Brighton England in 2004, the band consists of five members but was established by twin brothers Dan and...

Prices from: $50

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me

Chase Auditorium May 23 - Jun 7, 2019

NPR's highly popular (and incredibly funny) weekly quiz program hits the road!

Wait WaitDont Tell Me, Chase Auditorium, Chicago

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! is NPR's highly popular (and incredibly funny) weekly quiz program. Each week on the radio you can test your knowledge against some of the best and brightest in the news and...

Prices from: $160

Criss Angel

Genesee Theater May 31 - Jun 1, 2019

Criss Angel's magic gets stripped down and raw

Criss Angel, Genesee Theater, Chicago

The biggest name in American magic, Criss Angel burst onto the scene in the late 1990s. For his latest show however, Criss is dialling back the spectacle. Raw reinvents his bestselling Mindfreak routine...

Prices from: $90

Blue Man Group

Briar Street Theater Open Run

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

Blue Man Group, Briar Street Theater, Chicago
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Unlike anything you've ever seen before, the Blue Man Group's show is a dazzling audio-visual delight, throwing dance, performance art, music and comedy into a big melting pot and giving it a mighty stir....

Prices from: $90

Late Nite Catechism

Great Room - Royal George Theater Open Run

Hilarious, well-written and inspired!

Late Nite Catechism, Great Room Royal George Theater, Chicago

The two-act solo performances feature Sister giving instruction to a roomful of students (AKA you the audience). Call it Loretta Young meets Carol Burnett. This is part catechism class, part stand-up routine....

Prices from: $60

Bedknobs and Broomsticks - The Musical

Chicago Shakespeare Theater May 30 - Jul 28, 2019

The beloved Disney film set to adapt into a full-throttle stage musical!

Bedknobs and Broomsticks The Musical, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Chicago

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

City Winery May 25 - 26, 2019

Get ready to swing!

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, City Winery, Chicago

Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Stravinsky and The Joffrey Ballet

Symphony Center Orchestra Hall May 30 - Jun 2, 2019

Music and dance collide in a whirlwind of classical reveries by Stravinsky and choreography by the Joffrey Ballet and Stephanie Martinez

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Stravinsky and The Joffrey Ballet, Symphony Center Orchestra Hall, Chicago

Prices from: $20

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Chromatics

Park West May 31 - Jun 1, 2019

This should be a spectacular event of both sound and vision.

Chromatics, Park West, Chicago

Prices from: $65

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Drunk Shakespeare

The Lion Theatre Open Run

Zany, Rowdy and Debaucherous

Drunk Shakespeare, The Lion Theatre, Chicago

Josh Ritter

Vic Theater May 22, 2019

Fever Breaks Tour

Josh Ritter, Vic Theater, Chicago

Prices from: $25

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Local Natives

Thalia Hall May 23 - 25, 2019

The L.A. band has long carried the flag for a particular strain of SoCal indie, but the follow-up to 2016's fashionably yearning Sunlit Youth sounds both more personal and more timeless.

Local Natives, Thalia Hall, Chicago

Prices from: $115

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Six

Chicago Shakespeare Theater Until Jun 30, 2019

The most uplifting piece of new British musical theatre!

Six, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Chicago

Prices from: $80

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The Damned

House of Blues May 30 - 31, 2019

The influential British punks

The Damned, House of Blues, Chicago

Prices from: $45

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The Distillers

Metro Smart Bar May 22 - 23, 2019

Brody Dalle's powerful sneer and incisive lyrics, backed by one of the tightest bands instrumentally who managed to cut their crushing heaviness with an unassailable eye for melody and hooks, ascended quickly in the pantheon of punk

The Distillers, Metro Smart Bar, Chicago

Prices from: $270

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Two Wings: The Music of Black America in Migration

Symphony Center Orchestra Hall May 24 - 25, 2019

With two accomplished musicians at the helm, and with such a diverse body of music to draw on, the aesthetic and sensory possibilities presented by Two Wings are endless.

Two Wings The Music of Black America in Migration, Symphony Center Orchestra Hall, Chicago

Garbage (21+ Event)

Riviera Theatre - IL May 20, 2019

Prices from: $60

Joanne Shaw Taylor

City Winery - Chicago May 20, 2019

Prices from: $55

L7 (18+ Event)

Metro Smart Bar May 21, 2019

Prices from: $55

Avatar (17+ Event)

House of Blues Chicago May 22, 2019

Prices from: $35

Josh Ritter (18+ Event)

Vic Theatre May 22, 2019

Prices from: $25

The Distillers (18+ Event)

Metro Smart Bar May 22, 2019

Prices from: $270

Deicide

Reggies Rock Club May 23, 2019

Prices from: $45

Jim James (18+ Event)

Riviera Theatre - IL May 23, 2019

Prices from: $85

Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Rodrigo Concierto Aranjuez

Chicago Symphony Center May 23, 2019

Prices from: $155

Cash Unchained - The Ultimate Johnny Cash Tribute (17+ Event)

House of Blues Chicago May 23, 2019

Prices from: $35

Roy Ayers

City Winery - Chicago May 22, 2019 - May 23, 2019

Prices from: $100

Local Natives (17+ Event)

Thalia Hall May 24, 2019

Prices from: $115

Basement

Metro Smart Bar May 24, 2019

Prices from: $45

Casey

Bottom Lounge May 24, 2019

Prices from: $40

Blood

Reggies Rock Club May 24, 2019

Prices from: $55

Tav Falcos Panther Burns (21+ Event)

Reggies Rock Club May 24, 2019

Prices from: $30

Camp Cope (17+ Event)

Subterranean May 24, 2019

Prices from: $35

TKA (21+ Event)

Concord Music Hall May 24, 2019

Prices from: $85

Planet Filth (18+ Event)

Park West May 24, 2019

Prices from: $45

Teri Bristol (21+ Event)

Metro Smart Bar May 24, 2019

Prices from: $50

Rahsaan Patterson

City Winery - Chicago May 24, 2019

Prices from: $90

Summer Mayhem Chicago - Yo Gotti, Soulja Boy

Credit Union 1 Arena at UIC May 25, 2019

Prices from: $55

The 5678's (21+ Event)

Reggies Rock Club May 25, 2019

Prices from: $40

Hudson Taylor (17+ Event)

Beat Kitchen May 25, 2019

Prices from: $45

90s Kick Back Concert

Chicago Theatre May 25, 2019

Prices from: $125

Whirled News Tonight

The Mission Theater May 25, 2019

Prices from: $40

Banda Jam (21+ Event)

House of Blues Chicago May 25, 2019

Prices from: $40

Jonnycatland

Beat Kitchen May 26, 2019

Prices from: $35

Devastation on the Nation

Concord Music Hall May 26, 2019

Prices from: $45

Full Of Hell (17+ Event)

Reggies Rock Club May 26, 2019

Prices from: $35

Murder Junkies

Reggies Rock Club May 26, 2019

Prices from: $30

IML Victory Party

House of Blues Chicago May 26, 2019

Prices from: $125

Enjambre

Joes on Weed Street May 26, 2019

Prices from: $65

Bears Den (17+ Event)

Thalia Hall May 27, 2019

Prices from: $40

Retirement Party (17+ Event)

Beat Kitchen May 27, 2019

Prices from: $35

IML Black and Blue Ball (21+ Event)

House of Blues Chicago May 27, 2019

Prices from: $85

Paul Gilbert (17+ Event)

Reggies Rock Club May 28, 2019

Prices from: $40

Ian Maksin

City Winery - Chicago May 28, 2019

Prices from: $70

Archspire (17+ Event)

Reggies Rock Club May 29, 2019

Prices from: $40

Frenship

Thalia Hall May 29, 2019

Prices from: $40

Tony MacAlpine (21+ Event)

Reggies Rock Club May 29, 2019

Prices from: $40

Smallpools

Park West May 29, 2019

Prices from: $35

Xavier Wulf

Bottom Lounge May 29, 2019

Prices from: $50

Laura Stevenson (17+ Event)

Beat Kitchen May 29, 2019

Prices from: $40

Nick Murphy (Chet Faker) (18+ Event)

Metro Smart Bar May 29, 2019

Prices from: $30

The Damned (17+ Event)

House of Blues Chicago May 30, 2019

Prices from: $45

Elvin Bishop

City Winery - Chicago May 30, 2019

Prices from: $100

Adam Jensen

Beat Kitchen May 30, 2019

Prices from: $35

Zveri (17+ Event)

Concord Music Hall May 31, 2019

Prices from: $85

Four Chords And A Gun

Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place May 21, 2019 - May 31, 2019

Prices from: $65

Remo Drive

Bottom Lounge May 31, 2019

Prices from: $40

Six - Play

Chicago Shakespeare Theatre May 24, 2019 - May 31, 2019

Prices from: $150

Miracle: A Musical 108 Years in the Making

Royal George Theatre May 22, 2019 - May 31, 2019

Prices from: $115

The Musical Armando

The Mission Theater May 31, 2019

Prices from: $40

The Clarks

Beat Kitchen May 31, 2019

Prices from: $45

Quiet Hollers

Subterranean May 31, 2019

Prices from: $35

Empire of the Sun (18+ Event)

Metro Smart Bar May 30, 2019 - May 31, 2019

Prices from: $85

The Winters Tale

Goodman Theatre - Albert May 22, 2019 - May 31, 2019

Prices from: $80

Mason Jennings

City Winery - Chicago May 31, 2019

Prices from: $80

Pile

Subterranean May 31, 2019

Prices from: $40

Chromatics (18+ Event)

Park West May 31, 2019

Prices from: $65

Derrick Carter

Metro Smart Bar May 31, 2019

Prices from: $40

Lee Burridge (21+ Event)

Spybar May 31, 2019

Prices from: $75

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