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

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Picture this Post Guide to Best Plays in Chicago

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The Chicago plays selected by Picture This Post Theater Writers 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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