For newcomers to the theatrical glory that is Chicago Theatre Week created by the League of Chicago Theatres and Choose Chicago, the premise is marvelous. From Feb. 11-21, theater tickets will be priced at $30, $15, or even less all across town. That means those shows at the Goodman, Steppenwolf and Second City--you know, the ones you normally can't budget all in the same week--are entirely wonderfully affordable.
Last year's Theatre Week featured 116 theater companies and welcomed nearly 10,000 Chicagoans. And with a range of touring and pre-Broadway shows, new musicals, old favorites and the brand of comedy for which Chicago is famous, you're guaranteed an incredible array of performances.
Our family-friendly picks for 2016:
Two shows at Chicago Children's Theatre are on board, including the mesmerizing, beautiful (and wordless) Snow Angel, which tells the story of two children who discover a magical winter wonderland, as well as Gale LaJoye's devised play, Snowflake, an impressive and hilarious piece that elevates everyday objects into treasures.
Skippyjon Jones in the Cirque de Ole takes center ring at Emerald City Theatre. Fans of the book series by Judy Schachner will adore this story of circus stunts, self-acceptance and more Chihuahuas than you can wag a tail at.
And for an intro into the world of classic Broadway, we highly recommend Drury Lane's Bye Bye Birdie. A rock n' roll mania tale of heartthrob Conrad Birdie, an unexpected draft, and the prize of a "farewell" kiss on the Ed Sullivan Show will more than resonate with any media-happy tweens in your household.