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  • Escape to Margaritaville

    Nov 9 - Dec 2, 2017

  • Lore Podcast

    Dec 3, 2017

  • Wicked

    Dec 6, 2017 - Jan 21, 2018

  • The Color Purple

    Jul 17 - 29, 2018

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Escape to Margaritaville

Oriental Theatre

November 9 - December 2, 2017

Featuring Jimmy Buffett songs old and new, Escape to Margaritaville is a sunny new jukebox musical which debuts in Chicago before heading off to Broadway. Set on an idyllic island paradise, the show follows the burgeoning romance behind laid-back bartender Tully and a career-minded tourist who steals his heart.

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Lore Podcast

Oriental Theatre

December 3, 2017

One of the most interesting and unnerving podcasts out there, Aaron Manke's true-life scary tale compendium Lore embarks on a series of live shows this season, featuring three never released stories told in the style of good old-fashioned campfire fright fest. Meticulously researched and beautifully produced, expect a fascinating journey into the macabre that you're unlikely to forget in a hurry.

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Wicked

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Winner of 3 Tony Awards

Oriental Theatre

December 6, 2017 - January 21, 2018

Once upon a time in the Land of Oz, there was a girl and her dog - no, scrub that. This musical goes way before the arrival of Dorothy Gale and her pooch Toto. THIS is the story of two magically inclined women, one blonde, and one green of skin - and their coming-of-age as the forces of good and (perceived) 'wicked'. Discover the musical phenomenon of the new century, based on the critically acclaimed novel by Gregory Maguire, which explores the foundation of the Oz legend, of what made Glinda and Elphaba become the icons of good and bad, and whether all is what it appears to be in later stories.

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The Color Purple

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Winner of 2 Tony Awards

Oriental Theatre

July 17 - 29, 2018

The Tony & Grammy-winning The Color Purple arrives fresh from Broadway for this acclaimed production's first US tour. This iconic story follows Celie, a young woman living in early 1900s America. Both heart-warming and heart-wrenching, you'll find yourself moved by her tale as much as you are by the show's incredible music. Find tickets or get more info with us!

Ford Center for the Performing Arts

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24 West Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601

Also known as the Oriental Theatre (its original name), The Ford Center has seen legendary performers, including The Three Stooges and Judy Garland, take to its stage. When the theatre's doors opened in 1926, it took the form of a grand movie palace with exotic architecture inspired by India. Although it is no longer a luxurious cinema, the center has thrived as a live performance venue, hosting the finest Broadway productions. A night out at the Ford Centre is just as glamorous an affair as it was in the theatre's early days as its vintage grandeur has been lovingly restored and maintained.

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Petterino's
0.05 mi away at 150 North Dearborn

The Walnut Room - Chicago
0.07 mi away at 111 North State Street

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Burnham Hotel Valet
0.11 mi away at 1 W. Washington St.

ABM Parking Services
0.14 mi away at 60 E. Randolph St.

LAZ Parking
0.15 mi away at 1 E. Wacker Dr.

Black and White Valet
0.15 mi away at 111 N. Wabash Ave.

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0.1 mi away at 1 West Washington
3 Star, Prices from $110


0.11 mi away at 201 North State Street
4 Star, Prices from $139

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