With more than 200 theaters in town, there’s no better place than Chicago to get your dose of arts and culture — and you can do it on a budget. Our partners at the League of Chicago Theatres and Hot Tix curated this list of must-see shows for October. Check for half-price tickets by clicking each link or visit Hot Tix at Guest Services — and check back each month for more hot picks!
Through November , 2016
1650 N. Halsted in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood
A moving and enthralling world premiere about the enduring connection between a mother and her son. Edna has suffered a number of losses as she has aged, and now faces the stealthy advance of cancer embodied by an intimate figure that she could do without. Home for a visit, Edna’s son Andrew is trying to bridge the gulf between the childhood love they shared and the aggressively polite but baffling relationship they now live with.
CHEERS LIVE ON STAGE
Through October 23, 2016
Broadway In Chicago at the Broadway Playhouse
175 E. Chestnut along Chicago’s Magnificent Mile
A rousing new theatre comedy set in Boston’s iconic basement bar where WE know everybody’s name: Diane and Sam. Carla, Coach, Cliff… Norm! Utilizing the original award winning television scripts skillfully adapted from the first season of NBC’s long-running sitcom, the stage production gives modern audiences the chance to experience live for the first time since its original taping that rare sophisticated TV comedy that seamlessly combines slapstick comedy, romance, and drama.
October 1 – 22, 2016
Lyric Opera of Chicago
20 N. Wacker in Downtown Chicago
An extraordinary story told over the course of four individual operas. Lyric’s ambitious new Ring starts with Das Rheingold in 2016, conducted by Lyric’s own celebrated music director, Sir Andrew Davis. The Ring cycle is one of the greatest musical achievements in Western culture and an artistic journey that every opera lover should experience.
THE BARDY BUNCH
Through November 20, 2016
Mercury Theater Chicago
3745 N. Southport in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood
A musical, parody mash-up of a dozen Shakespeare plays, set in the 1970s and featuring the warring sitcom families. They sing. They dance. They tell corny sitcom jokes and they kill each other in acts of jealousy, vengeance and rage. It features songs made famous on The Partridge Family and The Brady Bunch, including “I Think I Love You”, “It’s a Sunshine Day”, “I Woke Up in Love This Morning,” and other groovy hits.
Through October 30, 2016
6912 N. Glenwood in Chicago’s Rogers Park
Two unconventional women, trapped in an era that refuses to accept them, must work together to uncover the secrets surrounding a corrupt police investigator whose wives have a habit of turning up dead. A thrilling murder mystery that re-introduces familiar characters from the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle under a brand new light.
HOW WE GOT ON
Through November 12, 2016
Haven Theatre at The Den Theatre
1333 N. Milwaukee in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood
In this remixed coming-of-age an all-knowing DJ loops you through the tracks of three Midwestern teen rappers stranded in suburbia. Determined to find their artistic voices, Hank, Julian, and Luann are forced to combat the discord of crude technology, family disfunction, and ruthless rivalries as this B-Side of 1980’s hip-hop history is spun.
Through October 16, 2016
170 N. Dearborn in Chicago’s Loop
Mary Zimmerman directs a lavish revival of Leonard Bernstein’s classic musical, featuring a company of 44 actors and musicians! Two sisters. Join Ruth and Eileen Sherwood as they leave behind their mundane Ohio lives in pursuit of making it big in New York City. Chock-full of swinging show tunes, breathtaking choreography and effervescent charm, Wonderful Town captures the thrill of chasing one’s dreams like no other musical.
Through November 6, 2016
821 N. Michigan along Chicago’s Magnificent Mile
Incurably lustful and lonely, hapless and hopeful, seven souls collide and stumble their way towards a new understanding that life sucks! Or does it? From the mind of Aaron Posner, author of Stupid F*#king Bird, comes this brash and revelatory reworking of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. Never has unhappiness been so much fun.
HAND TO GOD
Through October 23, 2016
Victory Gardens Theater
2433 N. Lincoln in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood
The God-fearing children of Cypress, Texas spend their after-school hours practicing Christian Puppet Ministry at the local church. When one devout young boy discovers that his hand puppet has a life of its own, all hell breaks loose. Literally. This satanic sock puppet comedy thrilled audiences on Broadway last season and received a Tony nomination for best new play.
Through November 5, 2016
1115 W. Berwyn in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood
Nobody from the town of Milton, Nebraska ever gave much thought to Bobbie before the tragedy in the cornfield. Two years later, it’s hard for them to think of much else. In the darkly comic Bobbie Clearly, a community opens up about life in the aftermath and making sense of senseless violence.
ABOUT HOT TIX
Hot Tix is run by the League of Chicago Theatres on behalf of the theatre industry in Chicago. We feature half-price tickets to a wide variety of shows and companies, from downtown houses to neighborhood storefronts to suburban theatres, and we provide friendly customer service at our three downtown Chicago locations. When you purchase tickets from Hot Tix, you help support a vibrant and growing theatre community.
HOT TIX LOCATIONS
Expo 72: 72 E. Randolph
Tues – Sat 10a-6p, Sun 11a-4p
Block Thirty Seven: 108 N. State
Mon – Sat 10a-6p, Sun 11a-5p
Water Works: 163 E. Pearson
Tues – Sat 10a-6p, Sun 11a-4p