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.

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

Chicago Theater Top Picks are listed in order of run end dates.  Those ending soonest are on top.

What do Picture this Post rankings mean??

Any regular reader of the Picture This Post knows that a ranking system is antithetical to the matchmaker mission that is the main task for any Picture This Post review.  We always attempt to answer the question- Recommended for Whom? Our reviews are heavy on description and light on criticism in the traditional sense because we aim to empower you and all readers to make your own decisions as to whether a production is a good match for your interests and time.

That said, we now include a ranking in ALL Chicago reviews - which is a prerequisite for being included in Theater in Chicago roundups, where you will usually find Picture this Post reviews as the last excerpt.

Here are our current Picture this Post definitions: Highly Recommended vs. Recommended vs. Somewhat Recommended. 

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED means our reviewer is telling you – “Change your life. Change your busy schedule. Find time to see this!”

RECOMMENDED means our reviewer is telling you- “You will likely find this a good use of your time. This is worthwhile with many positive qualities.”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED means our reviewer is saying that you may be someone who will really enjoy this. – “This will likely have strong appeal to X, Y, Z audiences despite flaws.”

CLICK TO READ THESE REVIEWS BELOW OF PICTURE THIS POST BEST PLAY PICKS!

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