Go small or go big, but go to the theater—or opera, or ballet—in America’s ‘theater capital.’
Lyric Opera of Chicago
Opera aficionados and newcomers alike won’t want to miss a chance to see the divas at one of the globe’s very best opera companies. A famed opera house for 75 years and running, the cast has performed popular new scores and all the greats: from “Madame Butterfly” and “Don Giovanni” to “The Ring Cycle” and “The Barber of Seville.” Universal themes speak to the human condition; that is, betrayal, love, murder, mayhem and love. Take a backstage tour or dine at the opera, too.
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Joffrey is synonymous with uncompromising excellence in traditional and modern dance. This boundary-pushing ballet company, an international leader, is known for innovative choreography that blends classic tradition with avant-garde. Watch a performance like “Jane Eyre” or something classic like “The Nutcracker” or “Swan Lake.”
In the Loop —the official Chicago Theater District—the 1921 Chicago Theatre is an icon. If you like glamorous theaters, don’t miss this opulent treasure in French baroque style. The marquee itself on State Street warrants a visit. All the greats stop here—Mariah Carey and Jerry Seinfeld—plus indie podcasters. If you’re going to see a legend in concert, see it here.
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The landmark Goodman is your choice for a little bit classic, a little bit contemporary. Traditional shows like “The Music Man,” “Death of a Salesman” and “A Christmas Carol” unfold here starring the city’s best-known actors, directed by a Tony-winner. And its award-winning musicals and productions are big crowd-pleasers for a reason. This is also Chicago’s largest, oldest non-profit theater and one of the country’s most ethnically diverse.
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