Chicago Theatre Week (#CTW18), an annual celebration of the rich tradition of theatre-going in Chicago, is now offering value-priced tickets for a wide variety of family-friendly theatre productions. Theatre Week tickets, priced at $30, $15, or less than $15, are now on sale at www.ChicagoTheatreWeek.com.
Chicago Theatre Week will take place February 8 – 18, 2018, spanning a week and two full weekends. Heading into its sixth year, Chicago Theatre Week is a program of the League of Chicago Theatres in partnership with Choose Chicago. Over 120 theatre productions are participating in neighborhoods throughout the city and suburbs. A list of participating productions is available online at www.ChicagoTheatreWeek.com.
This year, Chicagoland audiences will have a number of family-friendly options during Theatre Week, including classic plays and crazy comedies. From short Shakespeare to pirates, and puppets to Potted Potter, there is something for every child (or the child within).
The following is a selection of family-friendly shows participating in Theatre Week 2018:
X barks the spot in the new tour PAW PATROL LIVE! THE GREAT PIRATE ADVENTURE! at The Chicago Theatre, February 17 & 18. Ryder and his team of pirate pups need all paws on deck for this new pirate adventure. CTW18 Offer Details: https://www.choosechicago.com/event/paw-patrol-live!-the-great-pirate-adventure!/43345/
Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents SHORT SHAKESPEARE! A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, a 75-minute abridgment of William Shakespeare's riotous tale of mismatched love among mischievous fairies, young lovers and an amateur theatrical troupe of local workers. Tickets available for performances February 10 & 17. CTW18 Offer Details: https://www.choosechicago.com/event/short-shakespeare!-a-midsummer-nights-dream/43022/
In a Land Beyond the Rainbow, in a room overflowing with beautifully wrapped presents, three children explore their friendship, similarities, and differences at a magical birthday party. MY WONDERFUL BIRTHDAY SUIT! at Chicago Children’s Theatre features music, puppetry and a visit to the splendiferous Thinking Tree, February 10, 11, 17 & 18. CTW18 Offer Details: https://www.choosechicago.com/event/my-wonderful-birthday-suit!/43060/
Full of Hamilton-style hip-hop beats, Emerald City’s MAGIC TREE HOUSE: SHOWTIME WITH SHAKESPEARE at the Apollo Theater is a tuneful tale of time travel and theater. Tickets available for performances February 11, 17 & 18. CTW18 Offer Details: https://www.choosechicago.com/event/magic-tree-house%3a-showtime-with-shakespeare/42965/
A self-directed creative play experience for children and parents FORTS! BUILD YOUR OWN ADVENTURE at Filament Theatre uses theatrical design elements to inspire the imagination and get families playing together, February 11, 17 & 18. CTW18 Offer Details: https://www.choosechicago.com/event/forts!-build-your-own-adventure/42920/
Take a leap into the unknown and realize your full potential with MONTAUCIEL TAKES FLIGHT, a world premiere musical inspired by the story of the first living creatures to take to the skies in a human-made flying machine, at Lifeline Theatre, February 11, 17 & 18. CTW18 Offer Details: https://www.choosechicago.com/event/montauciel-takes-flight/42942/
Junie B. Jones, the star of Barbara Park's sassy and spirited children's book series, takes the stage for a new adventure, JUNIE B. JONES IS NOT A CROOK, presented by DePaul University Theatre School at the Merle Reskin Theatre, February 8, 9, 10, 13, 15 & 17. CTW18 Offer Details: https://www.choosechicago.com/event/junie-b-jones-is-not-a-crook/42953/
Stupendous sagas and terrific tales. Adventure Stage Chicago presents the first ADVENTURES IN STORYTELLING festival, February 16 & 17. Stories from tellers of all ages will be on display as you’re whisked into unique worlds and narratives. Discover new cultures with bilingual bards, witness the budding talents of youth tellers, participate in numerous workshops, and more. CTW18 Offer Details: https://www.choosechicago.com/event/adventures-in-storytelling/42964/
Other productions fun for audiences of all ages include:
BLUE MAN GROUP is a multi-sensory experience that combines theatre, percussive music, art, science and vaudeville into a form of entertainment that is like nothing else. BLUE MAN GROUP is performed at the Briar Street Theater, with discount tickets available for performances February 8-11, 15, 17 & 18. CTW18 Offer Details:https://www.choosechicago.com/event/blue-man-group/43029/
The comedy, magic and mayhem of POTTED POTTER (presented by Broadway In Chicago at the Broadway Playhouse) makes for an entertaining and hilarious visit to the theatre. The fast-paced show, which has made audiences aged 6 to Dumbledore roar with laughter all over the world, is perfect for the entire family. Tickets available for performances February 9-11 and 16-18. CTW18 Offer Details: https://www.choosechicago.com/event/potted-potter/43296/
Barrel of Monkeys is pleased to present THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA: Stories for Change, an evening of stories showcasing the fascinating, poignant and often hilarious ideas students have for the change they’d like to see in their lives and their communities. Tickets available for February 12 performance at The Neo-Futurarium. CTW18 Offer Details:https://www.choosechicago.com/event/thats-weird-grandma%3a-stories-for-change/42689/
Chicago Theatre Week is presented by the League of Chicago Theatres in partnership with Choose Chicago. The official hashtag for Chicago Theatre Week 2018 is #CTW18.
About Chicago theater
Chicago theater is the leader in the U.S. with more than 250 theaters throughout Chicagoland, comprising a rich and varied community ranging from storefront, non-union theaters to the most renowned resident theaters in the country, including 5 which have been honored with Regional Tony Awards, and the largest touring Broadway organization in the nation. Chicago’s theaters serve 5 million audience members annually and have a combined budget of more than $250 million. Chicago produces and/or presents more world premieres annually than any other city in the nation. Last year alone Chicago theater companies produced more than 100 world premiere productions and adaptations. Each year Chicago theaters send new work to resident theaters across the country, to Broadway, and around the world.
The League of Chicago Theatres’ Mission Statement
The League of Chicago Theatres is an alliance of theaters which leverages its collective strength to promote, support and advocate for Chicago's theater industry locally, nationally and internationally. The League of Chicago Theatres Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the art of theater in the Chicago area through audience development and support services for theaters and theater professionals.
For a comprehensive list of Chicago productions, visit the League of Chicago Theatres website, ChicagoPlays.com. Half-price tickets to the current week’s performances as well as future performances are available at HotTix.org and at the two Hot Tix half-price ticket locations: across from the Chicago Cultural Center at Expo72 (72 E. Randolph) and Block Thirty Seven (108 N. State).
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