For theatergoers, season ticket subscriptions offer savings on ticket costs, the ability to change seats or performance dates, and the chance to put some outings on the calendar months ahead of time. And, subscriptions are a way of putting your money behind a group you like.
Here’s a look at several superb Chicago-area theater subscription options:
You can subscribe to five shows in the large Albert Theatre, three plays in the smaller Owen Theatre, or all eight. (Eight-play “platinum” subscriptions start at $195.)
A five-play season ranges from $100 to $350 – or if you want VIP treatment with guaranteed best seats, you can enter the “Directors Circle” for a $1,500 contribution. If you’re under 30, a $100 “Red” card will get you six tickets you can use when you want.
The Glencoe group offers four-play weekend performance subscriptions for $259 (weekend tickets), $199 (weekday tickets) or $179 (tickets to early preview performances before official opening night). And there’s also a $229 flexible package – guaranteeing tickets to each show but allowing you to decide later about the dates when you’re going.
The Lyric offers two subscriptions – one where you get the same seats every time, and one where you choose a date and seating section for each opera. Subscriptions offer as much as 50 percent off individual ticket prices.
This group, which presents shows at Loop theaters, offers six-show subscriptions ranging from $150 to $958.
The Skokie theatre offers five-play subscriptions for $109 to $245 (or $320, if you attend on opening night, which includes a reception), four-play subscriptions for $98 to $206, or you may buy three vouchers – to use as your schedule allows – for $108 to $138.