Top Picks for Theater in Chicago NOW – Chicago Plays PICTURE THIS POST Loves

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HAMILTON now playing at Privatebank Theater. Photo: Joan Marcus

Picture this Post Guide to Best Plays in Chicago

Click the READ MORE buttons in the thumbnail descriptions below to find picture-rich descriptive reviews of PICTURE THIS POST'S  writers' TOP PICKS FOR CHICAGO PLAYS ON CHICAGO STAGES NOW.

The Chicago plays selected for this roundup includes both RECOMMENDED and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Chicago theater options.  Our Chicago theater top picks select from dramas, comedies, musicals, and some off-the-beaten path live theater options such as puppet shows, magic shows, and more.

How do plays become our theater in Chicago top picks?

This is not a comprehensive guide to Chicago plays.  Rather, this is a short-list of Chicago theater events our writers pick.

You may notice that our writers tend to recommend plays more often than not.  This is not accidental.  Many PICTURE THIS POST theater writers are theater insiders-- playwrights, directors, actors, etc. with more of an inside track on theater in Chicago.  Picture this Post's writers always choose which plays they see and write about.  Just like you and me, they want to make the best use of their time and cherry pick the Chicago plays that they think they will like the most.

Chicago Theater Top Picks are listed here alphabetically.

Click the READ MORE button to find a descriptive and picture-rich review for the Chicago play you are interested in.

As much as Picture this Post loves and supports Chicago theater, we urge you to check out the many other talents you will find on Chicago stages and cultural venues now.  Click to read about Chicago dance, music, museums, and more.

  • Broadway in Chicago presents BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL

    Broadway in Chicago presents BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, an explosion of fun and tour thru 60's+ musical history, thru January 28

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  • Steppenwolf Theater presents BLKS, a comedy by Aziza Barnes

    Steppenwolf Theater BLKS

    Steppenwolf Theater presents BLKS, a comedy by playwright Aziza Barnes and directed by Nataki Garrett, now thru January 28, 2018

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  • Briar Street Theatre Presents THE BLUE MAN GROUP SHOW

    Briar Street Theatre THE BLUE MAN GROUP SHOW

    Briar Street Theatre in Chicago presents The Blue Man Group Show, a celebration of human connection. Mixing art, music, comedy and state-of-the-art technology, this open run show encourages audiences to reconnect with their inner child and see the world through a new perspective.

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  • TimeLine Theatre Company Presents BOY Review -Inspired by a true story

    TimeLine Theatre Company BOY

    TimeLine Theatre Company presents BOY in a very intimate staging setup at TimeLine Theatre. This play, written by Anna Ziegler, directed by Damon Kiely and inspired by a true story is an exceptional representation on the complexity of gender identity. Running through March 18, 2018 it is highly recommended.

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  • CHICAGO MAGIC LOUNGE presents magic show at Uptown Underground


    CHICAGO MAGIC LOUNGE at Uptown Underground revitalizes magic shows Chicago style with lots of HOW DID HE DO THAT?? awesome wonders. Open run

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  • Chicago Theater Works presents FLANAGANS WAKE Review

    Chicago Theater Works FLANAGAN'S WAKE

    Chicago Theater Works presents FLANAGANS WAKE review- Grab a Guinness and plan to laugh at this improv - party- theater mix. Open Run.

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  • Interrobang Theatre Project presents FOR THE LOYAL Review

    Interrobang Theatre Project presents the Chicago premiere of FOR THE LOYAL, thru 2/4, written by Lee Blessing. FOR THE LOYAL is a tense drama inspired by the Penn State sex scandals.

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  • Jackalope Theatre FRANKLINLAND Review - Touching the Key on the Kite

    Jackalope Theatre FRANKLINLAND

    Jackalope Theatre presents Franklinland now through February 24th. Franklinland tells the story of Benjamin Franklin and his son, William. Read the review here!

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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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  • Stage Left Theatre Company presents INSURRECTION Review

    Stage Left Theatre Company presents Robert O'hara's INSURRECTION: HOLDING HISTORY, directed by Wardell Jullius Clark, and running through February 11, 2018 at the Athenaeum Theatre.

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  • House Theatre presents THE MAGIC PARLOUR Review

    House Theatre of Chicago presents THE MAGIC PARLOUR for an open run at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel. A spellbinding magician performs an intimate show.

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  • Black Button Eyes Productions NEVERMORE - Edgar Allen Poe musical

    Black Button Eyes Productions presents NEVERMORE, a musical about Edgar Allen Poe written by Canadian playwright Jonathan Christenson thru 1/28

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  • Broadway in Chicago presents POTTED POTTER: THE UNAUTHORIZED HARRY POTTER EXPERIENCE Review: Seven Books in Seventy Hilarious Minutes

    Broadway in Chicago presents POTTED POTTER, written by and starring Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner. Through February 25, 2018 at Broadway Playhouse.

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  • Second City presents SHE THE PEOPLE Review - gender explored

    Second City SHE THE PEOPLE

    Second City presents SHE THE PEOPLE, a new all-female review that explores gender issues and female behavior with a generous spirit. Through 4/1.

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  • Lyric Opera presents Puccini's TURANDOT- SPECTACLE!

    Lyric Opera presents Puccini's TURANDOT - Spectacle! With performances through January 27. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED -music, set, costumes, all.

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