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.

  • Timeline Theatre Company Presents THE AUDIENCE Review - Queen Elizabeth through the years

    Timeline Theatre Company presents THE AUDIENCE thru December 4 , recreating Queen Elizabeth's weekly meetings with Britain's PMs through history

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  • Windy City Playhouse Presents BECKY SHAW Review- A Sharp Comedy

    Windy City Playhouse Becky Shaw

    Windy City Playhouse presents Becky Shaw, a sharp comedy about a setup gone wrong. The show runs from September 27 to December 17.

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  • Porchlight Music Theatre Presents BILLY ELLIOT- Review

    Porchight Music Theatre BILLY ELLIOT

    Porchlight Music Theatre presents BILLY ELLIOT, a musical that launches its 23rd season and its new home at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, thru 12/31.

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  • Nothing Without a Company presents BOBBY PIN GIRLS

    Nothing Without a Company presents BOBBY PIN GIRLS, an LGBTQA focus story presented in site immersive style, now thru December 3

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  • Briar Street Theater updates its long run of BLUE MAN GROUP

    Briar Street Theater has hosted The Blue Man Group for twenty years. The group announced new changes to the show and are still colorful! Open run

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  • Pivot Arts play CAN'T LOOK BACK/DON'T LOOK BACK

    Pivot Arts presents an immersive play- 'Can't Look Back/Must Look Back' - Understanding the Refugee Experience. Thru November 19

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  • CHICAGO MAGIC LOUNGE presents magic show at Uptown Underground

    FEATURE

    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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  • Red Orchid Theatre Presents AN EVENING AT THE TALK HOUSE Review

    Red Orchid Theatre presents AN EVENING AT THE TALK HOUSE, vintage Wallace Shawn capture of the cruelty of today's zeitgeist thru November 19

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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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  • 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. Thru 1/7/18

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  • Lookingglass Theatre presents HARD TIMES FOR THESE TIMES Review

    To launch their 30th season, Lookingglass Theatre brings back Heidi Stillman's HARD TIMES FOR THESE TIMES thru January 14, 2018

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  • TimeLine Theatre Company Presents IN THE NEXT ROOM, OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY

    TimeLine Theatre Company presents a revival of Sarah Ruhl's IN THE NEXT ROOM, OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY, playing now through December 16.

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  • Royal George Theater presents Late Nite Catechism from Nuns4Fun Inc.

    Nuns4Fun Entertainment, Inc. LATE NITE CATECHISM

    Royal George Theater hosts Nuns4Fun's Late Nite Catechism Review- Fun no matter what your religion. Runs through December 30, 2017.

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  • Firebrand Theatre Presents LIZZIE Review - Dark, Energetic Rock Opera

    Firebrand Theatre - LIZZIE

    Firebrand Theatre Presents LIZZIE Review - Dark, Energetic Rock Opera now playing through December 17, 2017 at the Den 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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  • BoHo Theatre presents MARIE CHRISTINE musical at Theater Wit

    BoHo Theatre stages Michael John LaChiusa's Tony Award winning musical MARIE CHRISTINE thru December 10 -magnetic music! Review

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  • Promethean Theatre presents MARISOL Review thru 11/26

    Promethean Theatre presents MARISOL, the magical realist story of a woman caught up in an apocalyptic New York City, now through November 26

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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 SIGNIFICANT OTHER Review - Here Comes Love

    About Face Theatre SIGNIFICANT OTHER

    About Face Theatre and Theater Wit present Significant Other now through December 9th, 2017. Facing singledom alone. Read the review here!

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  • Gift Theatre A SWELL IN THE GROUND Review- Nabers

    The Gift Theatre A SWELL IN THE GROUND

    Gift Theatre presents the world premiere of A Swell in the Ground by Janine Nabers now through December 10th. Read the review here!

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  • Neo-Futurists presents Tangles & Plaques Review

    Neo-Futurists present Created present TANGLES & PLAQUES - an exploration of a memory's life and dementia, thru November 18

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  • Cuckoo’s Theater Project Presents TICK, TICK...BOOM!! Review

    The Cuckoo's Theater Project TICK, TICK...BOOM!!!

    Cuckoo’s Theater Project Presents TICK, TICK...BOOM!! Review - INTIMATE MUSICAL THEATRE now playing through December 17,2017

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  • Artistic Home Presents WEDDING BAND: LOVE/HATE STORY IN BLACK AND WHITE

    Artistic Home Presents WEDDING BAND: LOVE/HATE STORY IN BLACK AND WHITE Review, now thru December 17, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BEST PLAY PICK

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  • American Theater Company WELCOME TO JESUS Review

    American Theater Company presents WELCOME TO JESUS, by Janine Nabers, and directed by American Theater Company Artistic Director Will Davis, thru 12/3

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  • Theatre Y and Red Tape Theatre Present YERMA

    Theatre Y and Red Tape Theatre Present YERMA, THRU 12/10, written in 1934 reflecting a reality current today as it was when Federico G. Lorca first wrote it

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