From Blockbuster Movies to Lollapalooza: How Chicago Philharmonic Is Breaking Genre Barriers and Changing the Game for Orchestras

The Chicago Philharmonic, now celebrating its 35th season, is asking a very important question: How do we make orchestra concerts for everyone? The orchestra, founded in 1989 by principal musicians of the Lyric Opera Orchestra, has long occupied a unique space within the city’s performing arts ecosystem.  The organization eschews the traditional audition/tenure system for […]

31 Best Things to Do in Chicago and the Suburbs This March 2024

Whether you’re celebrating Women’s History Month; the traditions of St. Patrick’s Day; or merely the resurgence of spring, Chicagoland is blossoming with events and celebrations of community, food, art and more — for everyone. For those who patiently waited for winter to pass, the time has come to explore the city once again. Read on for our […]

Q&A: Director Francesca Zambello on Bringing the Timeless Tale of 'West Side Story' to Lyric Opera of Chicago

Globe-trotting, internationally renowned opera and theatre director Francesca Zambello is back in Chicago at Lyric Opera of Chicago directing the universally beloved musical West Side Story — still relevant some 66 years since its Broadway debut — and how very lucky we are to have her here. She partnered previously with Lyric on productions of […]

Award-Winning Court Theatre Exemplifies the Classics and Defines the Future of Theatre in Chicagoland

Court Theatre is having a moment.  Court’s Resident Artist, Ron OJ Parson, was recognized by the Chicago Tribune as the 2022 Chicagoan of the Year for Theater, an acknowledgement that came just on the heels of him receiving the SDCF Zelda Fichandler Award. Court’s new Associate Artistic Director, Gabrielle Randle-Bent, was listed as one of […]

31 Things To Do in Chicago and the Suburbs This March

Whether you’re celebrating Women’s History Month; the traditions of St. Patrick’s Day; or merely the resurgence of spring, Chicagoland is blossoming with events and celebrations of community, food, art and more — for everyone. For those who patiently waited for the winter blues to pass, the time has come to explore the city once again. […]