Chicago Theatre Week
29 January 2019
As one of the best big cities in the United States, Chicago has a wide range of world-class museums, award-winning restaurants and a spectacular theatre scene. And with 2019 officially dubbed as the Year of Chicago Theatre, we know we’re in for one spectacular year of shows and performances. Kicking off the new initiative will be Chicago Theatre Week, co-sponsored by the League of Chicago Theatres and Choose Chicago, and running Feb. 7-17, 2019.
Chicago theater has a rich history, dating back to the city’s early settlement days, with commercial productions and resident theater companies popping up in the mid-1800s. Over the years, various theaters and establishments contributed to the industry’s growth, including Hull House in the 1890s, the Goodman Theater in the 1920s and The Second City in the 1950s. Today, our city boasts theatre companies both large and small, and is a hub for exciting new work.
Home to nearly 250 theaters, Chicago welcomes and celebrates talented actors, actresses, producers and directors. Chicago Theatre Week gives theatergoers access to more than 100 productions at hugely discounted prices. Participating productions include “Mamma Mia!” (Drury Lane Theatre), “A Doll’s House, Part 2” (Steppenwolf Theatre); “Photograph 51” (Court Theatre) and Second City mainstage revue. The remainder of 2019’s Year of Chicago Theater will include pop-up theater performances and a theater-themed Millennium Park film series, theater-themed public programs and exhibitions at the Chicago Cultural Center and theater-themed events in all 77 community areas, as part of Chicago Park District’s “Night Out in the Park” series. With so many upcoming events, a handful of which are in the 1000M neighborhood, we’re excited to see what 2019 brings to the Chicago creative scene.
Between Chicago Restaurant Week (happening right now!) and Chicago Theatre Week, there are plenty of ways to stay busy until spring weather heads our way. Get your tickets for upcoming productions through the Choose Chicago website.