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

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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.

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  • Writers Theatre NEXT TO NORMAL Review – desperation and love

    Writers Theatre NEXT TO NORMAL
    Thru 06/30/19

    Writers Theatre presents NEXT TO NORMAL Review – desperation and love, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED by Susan Lieberman, Now through June 30

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  • Chicago Shakespeare Theatre SIX Review - Queens Are In The Building

    Chicago Shakespeare Theatre SIX
    Thru 06/30/19

    Chicago Shakespeare Theatre presents SIX, the musical all about the six wives of King Henry VIII, now through June 30, 2019. Read our review here!

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  • Firebrand Theatre Presents QUEEN OF THE MIST Review

    Firebrand Theatre QUEEN OF THE MIST
    Thru 07/06/19

    Firebrand Theatre Presents QUEEN OF THE MIST Review – Clawing Her Way to Fame , Recommended by Amy Munice

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  • Griffin Theatre FOR SERVICES RENDERED Review

    Griffin Theatre FOR SERVICES RENDERED
    Thru 07/06/19

    Griffin Theatre FOR SERVICES RENDERED Review - What About After the War? RECOMMENDED by Alexis Bugajski and Now through July 6, 2019

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  • Victory Gardens Theater IF I FORGET Review - Jewish Family Drama

    Victory Gardens IF I FORGET
    Thru 07/07/19

    Victory Gardens Theater presents IF I FORGET now through July 7, 2019. A Jewish family clashes over different ideas of their identity. Read the review here!

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  • Lifeline Theatre Presents EMMA Review - Misadventures in Matchmaking

    Lifeline Theater EMMA
    Thru 07/14/19

    Lifeline Theatre Presents EMMA Review - Misadventures in Matchmaking - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - through July 14, based on Jane Austen novel

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  • Underscore Theatre THE BALLAD OF LEFTY & CRABBE Review

    Underscore Theatre Company THE BALLAD OF LEFTY & CRABBE
    Thru 07/14/19

    Underscore Theatre Company Presents THE BALLAD OF LEFTY & CRABBE Review – Lots of Bits, RECOMMENDED by Amy Munice

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  • Sideshow Theatre and Rivendell Theatre Present SOMETHING CLEAN

    Sideshow Theatre Company & Rivendell Theatre SOMETHING CLEAN
    Thru 07/21/19

    Sideshow Theatre and Rivendell Theatre present SOMETHING CLEAN Review – relearning intimacy-- RECOMMENDED and reviewed by Susan Lieberman- thru 7/21/19

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  • Lookingglass Theater Company MARY SHELLEY’S FRANKENSTEIN

    Lookingglass Theatre MARY SHELLEY’S FRANKENSTEIN
    Thru 08/04/19

    Lookingglass Theater Company presents MARY SHELLEY’S FRANKENSTEIN Review – A Tragedy of Loneliness, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, Through August 4, 2019

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  • House Theatre THE MAGIC PARLOUR Review - Celebrating 1,000 Shows

    House Theatre THE MAGIC PARLOUR
    Open Run

    House Theatre Presents The Magic Parlour, celebrating its 1,000th performance and is as amazing as ever. Read our review of this special performance here!

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  • Second City ALGORITHM NATION OR THE STATIC QUO Review

    Second City ALGORITHM NATION OR THE STATIC QUO
    Open Run

    Second City ALGORITHM NATION OR THE STATIC QUO Review - Topical & Punchy, RECOMMENDED by Alexis Bugajski as a Best Play Pick

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  • Briar Street Theatre Presents THE BLUE MAN GROUP SHOW

    Briar Street Theatre THE BLUE MAN GROUP SHOW
    Open Run

    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.

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  • Chicago Magic Lounge Grand Opening - Review

    Open Run

    The Chicago Magic Lounge's grand opening at its new location at 5050 N. Clark was as historic as it was magical. Featuring magicians seven nights a week the Chicago Magic Lounge is a welcome addition to Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood.

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

    Hamilton Chicago
    Open Run

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

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