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Kinky Boots

Cadillac Palace Theater

Opens Jul 07

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The fabulous smash hit musical, which won six Tonys, heads out on tour

Jersey Boys

Cadillac Palace Theater

Booking until May 24

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This Tony-winning musical is swinging back into town - slick back your hair and get your dancing shoes on!

Once

Cadillac Palace Theater

Opens Jun 02

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Winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical!

On Your Feet!

Oriental Theatre

Opens Jun 02

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See it before it hotsteps its way to New York!

Rain - A Tribute to the Beatles

Bank of America Theater

Booking until May 24

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Every generation deserves its version of Beatlemania.

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!

Million Dollar Quartet

Apollo Theater Mainstage

Now Showing

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

Ring of Fire

Mercury Theater

Booking until Jun 28

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An intimate jukebox musical about Johnny Cash

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Oriental Theatre

Opens Dec 01

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Broadway's new smash is on tour!

The Lion King

Cadillac Palace Theater

Opens Dec 02

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Quit 'lion' around and book those tickets before it sells out!

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!

Pippin

Cadillac Palace Theater

Opens Jul 29

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The new Cirque show has critics raving

Enter the Cabinet of Curiosities... We dare you!

Cirque meets Steampunk! The Kurios acrobats, aerialists and contortionists are so adept at blending reality with fantasy it's easy to see why critics are calling it a "return to form for Cirque", as well as "Kinetic, whimsical and astounding". Read more Buy Tickets

Breaking News

Gloria Estefan will headline this year's Memorial Day Concert

Hosted by actors Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna for the 10th year running

Gloria will lead this year's prestigious Memorial Day concert with the help of fellow artists Tessanne Chin, Katherine Jenkins, and Russell Watson, conducted by Jack Everly in a star-studded tribute to fallen American troops. Read more Buy Tickets

Just Announced

Dates announced for Matilda - The Musical

Booking from March 22nd

The four-time Tony winning musical heads out on a US tour! Read more Buy Tickets

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Don't miss Jersey Boys

Closes May 24th

This Tony-winning musical is swinging back into town - slick back your hair and get your dancing shoes on! Read more Buy Tickets

Don't Miss

Catch Rain - A Tribute to the Beatles before it ends

Last night May 24th

Every generation deserves its version of Beatlemania. 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

Opening Soon

Once hits Chicago

Opens June 2nd

Winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical! Read more Buy Tickets

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Musicals

A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder

Opens Sep 29 at Bank of America Theater

Anything Goes

Booking until May 31 at Marriott Theatre

Beaches

Opens Jun 24 at Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook Terrace

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Opens Dec 01 at Oriental Theatre

Billy Elliot

Booking until Jun 07 at Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook Terrace

Bye Bye Birdie

Opens Jan 14, 2016 at Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook Terrace

Cabaret

Opens Feb 09, 2016 at Bank of America Theater

Dirty Dancing

Opens Aug 18 at Cadillac Palace Theater

Elf

Opens Dec 19 at Marriott Theatre

Gotta Dance

Opens Dec 13 at Bank of America Theater

If/Then

Opens Feb 23, 2016 at Cadillac Palace Theater

Irving Berlin's White Christmas

Opens Oct 29 at Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook Terrace

Jersey Boys

Booking until May 24 at Cadillac Palace Theater

Kinky Boots

Opens Jul 07 at Cadillac Palace Theater

Louis and Keely

Booking until May 31 at Royal George Theatre MainStage

Lyric Opera of Chicago: The King and I

Opens Apr 29, 2016 at Civic Opera House

Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences: Seussical

Opens Nov 11 at Marriott Theatre

Marriott Theatre: City of Angels

Opens Jun 10 at Marriott Theatre

Marriott Theatre: Elf

Opens Oct 21 at Marriott Theatre

Marriott Theatre: October Sky

Opens Aug 19 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

On Your Feet!

Opens Jun 02 at Oriental Theatre

Once

Opens Jun 02 at Cadillac Palace Theater

Pippin

Opens Jul 29 at Cadillac Palace Theater

Rain - A Tribute to the Beatles

Booking until May 24 at Bank of America Theater

Ring of Fire

Booking until Jun 28 at Mercury Theater

The Lion King

Opens Dec 02 at Cadillac Palace Theater

The Little Mermaid

Booking until Jun 06 at Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook Terrace

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Plays

Bible Bingo - an Act of Charity

Opens Jun 05 at Great Room - Royal George Theater

Peter and the Starcatcher

Opens Aug 27 at Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook Terrace

The Little Foxes

Booking until Jun 07 at Albert Goodman Theater

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Opens Jun 20 at Albert Goodman Theater

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Family Shows

American Idol Live

Aug 8, 2015 at Chicago Theater

Blue Man Group

Now Showing at Briar Street Theater

Cirque du Soleil - Kurios

Opens Aug 07 at Grand Chapiteau

Comedysportz

Now Showing at Comedysportz Theatre

Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales

Oct 16, 2015 at I Wireless Center

Elf

Opens Dec 19 at Marriott Theatre

Irving Berlin's White Christmas

Opens Oct 29 at Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook Terrace

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

Move Live on Tour: Julianne Hough & Derek Hough

Jul 25, 2015 at Chicago Theater

MythBusters: Jamie & Adam Unleashed

Nov 19, 2015 at Rosemont Theater

Peter and the Starcatcher

Opens Aug 27 at Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook Terrace

Pokemon: Symphonic Evolutions

Jun 20, 2015 at Chicago Theater

Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus

Opens Sep 04 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

The Lion King

Opens Dec 02 at Cadillac Palace Theater

The Little Mermaid

Booking until Jun 06 at Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook Terrace

Wild Kratts - Live

May 31, 2015 at Star Plaza Theater

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Comedy & Stand-up

Amy Schumer

Jun 18, 2015 at Harris Theater

Bill O'Reilly & Dennis Miller

Oct 24, 2015 at Rosemont Theater

Billy Gardell

Jun 5, 2015 at Genesee Theater

Brian Regan

Dec 5, 2015 at Genesee Theater

Comedysportz

Now Showing at Comedysportz Theatre

Craig Ferguson

May 29, 2015 at Star Plaza Theater

Craig Ferguson

May 31, 2015 at Genesee Theater

David Sedaris

Oct 30, 2015 at Auditorium Theatre

Frank Caliendo

Nov 6, 2015 at Genesee Theater

Garrison Keillor

Jun 20, 2015 at Ravinia Pavillion

Jane Lynch

Jun 20, 2015 at Star Plaza Theater

Jay Leno

Oct 29, 2015 at Genesee Theater

Jim Gaffigan

Aug 6, 2015 at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion

Jim Jefferies

Opens Nov 13 at Vic Theater

Joe Rogan

Jul 24, 2015 at Chicago Theater

John Mulaney

May 30, 2015 at Chicago Theater

Kevin Hart

Opens Jul 30 at United Center

Late Nite Catechism

Booking until Nov 22 at Great Room - Royal George Theater

Lewis Black

Oct 10, 2015 at Chicago Theater

Margaret Cho

Oct 3, 2015 at Chicago Theater

Miranda Sings

Aug 8, 2015 at Copernicus Center Theater

Ralphie May

Sep 10, 2015 at Genesee Theater

Sebastian Maniscalco

Nov 28, 2015 at Chicago Theater

Weird Al Yankovic

Jun 27, 2015 at Chicago Theater

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Concerts

311

Jul 11, 2015 at Aragon Ballroom

5 Seconds of Summer

Opens Aug 01 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

A.R. Rahman

May 31, 2015 at Auditorium Theatre

Alabama

Jul 10, 2015 at Rosemont Theater

American Idol Live

Aug 8, 2015 at Chicago Theater

Aretha Franklin

Jul 11, 2015 at Ravinia Pavillion

Ariana Grande & Prince Royce

Oct 2, 2015 at United Center

Awolnation

Opens Jul 23 at House of Blues

Barenaked Ladies, Violent Femmes & Colin Hay

Jun 16, 2015 at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion

Beach Boys

Jul 29, 2015 at I Wireless Center

Ben Folds & Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra

Jun 6, 2015 at Chicago Theater

Bette Midler

Jun 18, 2015 at United Center

Billy Joel

Aug 27, 2015 at Wrigley Field

Boney James & Brian Culbertson

Jul 17, 2015 at Chicago Theater

Brian Wilson & Rodriguez

Jul 6, 2015 at Ravinia Pavillion

Bryan Adams

Jul 25, 2015 at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion

Celtic Woman

Jun 16, 2015 at Rosemont Theater

Chayanne

Aug 23, 2015 at All State Arena

Chicago - The Band

Opens Aug 22 at Ravinia Pavillion

Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Lang Lang

May 21, 2016 at Symphony Center Orchestra Hall

Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Sarah McLachlan

Jun 16, 2015 at Symphony Center Orchestra Hall

Chris Botti

Jun 13, 2015 at Chicago Theater

Damien Rice

Jun 21, 2015 at Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Dark Star Orchestra

Opens Jul 02 at Vic Theater

David Gray & Amos Lee

Jun 28, 2015 at Ravinia Pavillion

Def Leppard, Styx & Tesla

Sep 5, 2015 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

Diana Krall

Aug 9, 2015 at Ravinia Pavillion

Doobie Brothers

Jun 30, 2015 at Ravinia Pavillion

Ed Sheeran & Christina Perri

Sep 16, 2015 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros

Opens Jul 03 at Thalia Hall

Esperanza Spalding

Opens Jun 28 at Lincoln Hall

Foo Fighters

Aug 29, 2015 at Wrigley Field

Gipsy Kings

Jun 17, 2015 at Ravinia Pavillion

Harry Connick Jr.

Aug 7, 2015 at Ravinia Pavillion

His Way - A Centennial Celebration Of Sinatra

May 30, 2015 at Auditorium Theatre

Ian Anderson: Jethro Tull's The Rock Opera

Nov 1, 2015 at Chicago Theater

Idina Menzel

Aug 16, 2015 at Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Iggy Azalea

Oct 2, 2015 at All State Arena

Imagine Dragons

Jun 15, 2015 at All State Arena

J. Cole, Big Sean, YG & Jeremih

Jul 28, 2015 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

Jackson Browne

Sep 5, 2015 at Ravinia Pavillion

Jimmy Buffett

Jun 27, 2015 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

John Fogerty

Jul 8, 2015 at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion

Josh Groban

Opens Oct 16 at Chicago Theater

Juanes & Ximena Sarinana

Aug 15, 2015 at Rosemont Theater

Kelly Clarkson, Pentatonix & Eric Hutchinson

Aug 1, 2015 at All State Arena

Kenny Wayne Shepherd & Jonny Lang

Jun 26, 2015 at Star Plaza Theater

Kid Rock & Foreigner

Jul 26, 2015 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

Kristin Chenoweth

Oct 24, 2015 at Chicago Theater

Lana Del Rey

May 30, 2015 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

Lindsey Stirling

Jun 5, 2015 at Chicago Theater

Lollapalooza

Opens Jul 31 at Hutchinson Field Grant Park

Luke Bryan, Randy Houser & Dustin Lynch

Opens Oct 28 at United Center

Lyle Lovett & His Acoustic Group

Aug 1, 2015 at Chicago Theater

Madonna

Sep 28, 2015 at United Center

Mana

Jun 23, 2015 at All State Arena

Mannheim Steamroller

Nov 13, 2015 at I Wireless Center

Marc Anthony & Carlos Vives

Sep 25, 2015 at All State Arena

Marco Antonio Solis & Camila

Jul 25, 2015 at All State Arena

Mark Knopfler

Oct 2, 2015 at Chicago Theater

Meghan Trainor

Jul 12, 2015 at Aragon Ballroom

Milky Chance & X Ambassadors

Jul 24, 2015 at Aragon Ballroom

Morrissey

Jul 9, 2015 at Civic Opera House

Motley Crue & Alice Cooper

Aug 8, 2015 at All State Arena

Mumford And Sons

Jun 17, 2015 at Chicago Montrose Beach

My Morning Jacket & Hiss Golden Messenger

Opens Jun 09 at Chicago Theater

My Morning Jacket - 3 Day Pass

Jun 9, 2015 at Chicago Theater

New Kids On The Block, TLC & Nelly

Opens May 23 at All State Arena

Nickelback

Jul 10, 2015 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill & Rae Sremmurd

Aug 9, 2015 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

May 29, 2015 at Riviera Theater

One Direction

Aug 23, 2015 at Soldier Field Stadium

Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club

Aug 12, 2015 at Ravinia Pavillion

Outcry Tour: Hillsong United, Jesus Culture & Kari Jobe

Jul 24, 2015 at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion

Paul Weller

Jun 17, 2015 at Vic Theater

Pepe Aguilar

Jun 26, 2015 at Auditorium Theatre

Pokemon: Symphonic Evolutions

Jun 20, 2015 at Chicago Theater

Rain - A Tribute to the Beatles

Booking until May 24 at Bank of America Theater

Richard Thompson Electric Trio

Jun 10, 2015 at Vic Theater

Rick Springfield, Loverboy & The Romantics

Sep 10, 2015 at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion

Ricky Martin

Oct 11, 2015 at All State Arena

Rise Against, Killswitch, Engage & Letlive

Jul 17, 2015 at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion

Rob Thomas

Jul 18, 2015 at Ravinia Pavillion

Romeo Santos

Jun 12, 2015 at All State Arena

Rush

Jun 12, 2015 at United Center

Santana

Opens Aug 29 at Ravinia Pavillion

Scorpions & Queensryche

Sep 26, 2015 at All State Arena

Shania Twain & Gavin DeGraw

Jul 26, 2015 at I Wireless Center

Shania Twain & Gavin DeGraw

Jul 29, 2015 at All State Arena

Smashing Pumpkins & Marilyn Manson

Aug 7, 2015 at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion

Social Distortion

Opens Aug 09 at House of Blues

Steely Dan

Opens Jul 24 at Ravinia Pavillion

Steven Wilson

Opens Jun 04 at Park West

Straight No Chaser

Dec 19, 2015 at Civic Opera House

Stromae

Sep 21, 2015 at Riviera Theater

Taylor Swift, Vance Joy & Shawn Mendes

Opens Jul 18 at Soldier Field Stadium

The Fab Faux

Nov 14, 2015 at Chicago 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 Piano Guys

Aug 26, 2015 at Ravinia Pavillion

The Script

Jun 6, 2015 at Riviera Theater

The Who

Oct 15, 2015 at United Center

Todd Rundgren

Aug 5, 2015 at Thalia Hall

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga

Opens Jun 26 at Ravinia Pavillion

Train The Fray & Matt Nathanson

Jul 3, 2015 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

U2

Opens Jun 24 at United Center

Umphrey's McGee

Aug 14, 2015 at Ravinia Pavillion

Van Halen & Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Jul 24, 2015 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

Vans Warped Tour

Jul 25, 2015 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

Vienna Boys Choir

Nov 28, 2015 at Symphony Center Orchestra Hall

Weird Al Yankovic

Jun 27, 2015 at Chicago Theater

WGCI Summer Jam

Jun 20, 2015 at United Center

Zac Brown Band

Sep 11, 2015 at Wrigley Field

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Dance & Ballet

Joffrey Ballet: Bold Moves

Opens Feb 10, 2016 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

Move Live on Tour: Julianne Hough & Derek Hough

Jul 25, 2015 at Chicago Theater

Red Bull Flying Bach

Opens Sep 25 at Chicago Theater

Royal Ballet: Don Quixote

Opens Jun 18 at Auditorium Theatre

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Classical & Opera

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

Opens Aug 07 at Grand Chapiteau

Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus

Opens Sep 04 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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