Thanksgiving Weekend in Chicago – Make-a-Note from Picture this Post

Lyric Opera Les Trojans

Recently, we’ve met many a Chicagoan enjoying top-notch performances of opera, dance  and theater who have the mistaken notion that Chicago’s thriving entertainment scene shuts down on Thanksgiving weekend.

Not so!

True, not much is happening on Thanksgiving Day proper (November 24), but there is no shortage of stellar entertainment of all kinds during that long holiday weekend.

Click a “READ MORE” button below for reviews and previews of selected music, dance, theater and other entertainment that Picture This Post suggests you Make-a-Note.


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  • Lyric Opera Les Troyens (The Trojans)–Awe Inspiring Review

    Lyric Opera Les Troyans

    Lyric Opera Les Troyens (The Trojans) by Hector Berlioz is an awe-inspiring production with David Govertsen, Susan Graham, more

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  • Theatre Y presents MACBETH-Fear in the Night Review

    Theatre Y MACBETH

    French Director Georges Bigot directs Theatre Y ensemble in MACBETH-Fear in the Night, with eerie resonance and insight into US culture

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  • About Face Theater presents I AM MY OWN WIFE Review

    About Face I AM MY OWN WIFE

    About Face Theater presents a real-life story of a transgender woman who survives Nazi and Communist rule, in I AM MY OWN WIFE

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  • Porchight Theater End of the Rainbow Review—Judy Garland Story

    End of the Rainbow

    Porchlight Theater presents End of the Rainbow, the story of Judy Garland's tragedy filled life that started when she was a child star

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  • Eclipse Theatre The Little Flower of East Orange Review

    Eclipse Theatre The Little Flower of East Orange

    Eclipse Theatre The Little Flower of East Orange by playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis showcases superb actors & compelling script

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  • Marriott Lincolnshire Singing in the Rain Directors' Dimension Review

    Marriott Lincolnshire Singing in the Rain

    Marriott Lincolnshire Singing in the Rain showcases a storm of outstanding talent according to Directors' Dimension reviewer Jim Schneider

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  • Agency Theater Collective revives Chagrin Falls by Mia McCullough

    Agency Theater Chagrin Falls

    Agency Theater Collective revives Mia McCullough's Chagrin Falls, exploring the human experience in the setting of a town with a death penalty prison

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  • Factory Theater's Zombie Broads Review in Picture This Post

    Factory Theater Zombie Broads

    Factory Theater's Zombie Broads is a comic horror account of the Zombie Apocalypse with stand out fight choreography and a Halloween season fit

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  • Lifeline Miss Holmes

    Lifeline Theatre pay homage to Sherlock Holmes in the feminist retelling of the classic detective story.

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  • Porchlight brings us Lin-Manuel Miranda's "In the Heights"

    Porchlight "In the Heights"

    Porchlight brings Tony Award-Winning musical "In the Heights" by LIn-Manuel Miranda and directed by Brenda Didier to Chicago's Stage 773

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  • HAMILTON production by Broadway in Chicago lives up to its reputation

    Hamilton Chicago

    HAMILTON production by Broadway in Chicago lives up to and exceeds its reputation. Top recommendation for Chicago musical.

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  • Jackalope Theatre OCTAGON gives us a view of the slam poetry scene

    Jackalope Theatre OCTAGON

    Jackalope Theatre OCTAGON gives us a view of the slam poetry scene, quickly teaching us to speak the language of the slam poetry genre

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  • Marriott Theatre NEWSIES Review - Kings of the Stage

    Marriott Theatre NEWSIES

    The Marriott Theatre presents Newsies now through December 31, 2017. Newsies take on newspaper giant Joseph Pulitzer - read the review here!

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    About Face Theatre Bright Half Life Play Theater Wit

    About Face - BRIGHT HALF LIFE

    About Face Theatre presents BRIGHT HALF LIFE at Theater Wit. Run ends on July 1, 2017 evoking discussion on sexual identity.

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    Writers Theatre Presents PARADE Review- A Gripping Education

    Writers Theatre PARADE

    Writers Theatre presents PARADE, a gripping education. The story of a Jewish man in the south in the 1940's. Now thru July 2.

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    Three Brothers Theatre presents TAKING TURNS

    Three Brothers Theatre TAKING TURNS

    Theatre Brothers Theatre in Waukegan, Illinois presents the world premiere of Madelyn Sergel's intimate family drama, TAKING TURNS. April 6-28

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    The Hypocrites CINDERELLA IN THE THEATER OF POTATOES is a whimsical take on the classic fairy tale with opera singing and singing parody

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  • Interrobang Theatre Project takes on gun violence in THE AMISH PROJECT

    Interrobang THE AMISH PROJECT-3

    Interrobang Theatre Project takes on gun violence in THE AMISH PROJECT, with remarkable acting by Sarah Gise in this one-woman show

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  • Victory Gardens Theater Roz and Ray

    Victory Gardens ROZ AND RAY-4

    Victory Gardens Theater ROZ AND RAY tells a story about a little known aspect of the AIDS epidemic, with excellent acting

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