Summer’s Splendid Theater Fare

Chicago’s summer theater scene runs the gamut—from serious to silly, musical to moving.

We’ve got a comprehensive roundup of the season’s fare, perfect for pulling out when relatives or friends are in town for a visit.

Cirque Du Soleil: Dralion

June 6 – 24 | 
Allstate Arena
June 27 – July 1 | United Center


It’s not summer without Cirque Du Soleil. This year’s production draws its inspiration from 3,000 years of Chinese acrobatic arts, and has scheduled stops at both Allstate Arena and the United Center.

Stuffed and Unstrung 

June 12 – 17 | Bank of America Theatre, 18 West Monroe St.,
Chicago | 800-775-2000


It’s puppets, but it’s not for kids—from the house that Henson built comes this innovative piece of improvisational theater. Henson Alternative created this show for adults only in 2005 and its been met with acclaim at every stop.

Kristin Chenoweth
June 16 | Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St.,
Chicago | 800-775-2000


I’ll let you in on a little secret—Kristin and I are cousins. Well, 7th cousins, but still! Kristin Chenoweth is a top-notch entertainer, best known for her Broadway turn in “Wicked” and more recently as April Rhodes on “Glee.”

Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles
June 26 – July 1 | Ford Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St.,


If you are tired of your kids saying, “Who’s Ringo?” then perhaps a trip downtown is in order. “Rain” is the closest you’ll come to actually seeing the Beatles live.

The Blonde, The Brunette, and the Vengeful Redhead

Through July 29 | Writers’ Theatre, 664 Vernon Ave.,
Glencoe | 847-242-6000


Perfect summer fare—passions boil over and consequences come to bear. A single performer tells the tale from all sides. Don’t miss Writers’ final show of the season!

Theater Guide

Goodman Theatre
June 30 – August 5
312-443-3800 |

Lookingglass Theatre
“Eastland: An Original Musical”
June 6 – July 29
312-337-0665 |

Marriott Theatre
“Hero: A New Musical”
June 20 – August 19
847-634-0200 |

Northlight Theater
“[title of show]”
Through June 10
847-673-6300 |

Second City
“The Second City’s 100th Revue: Who Do We Think We Are?”
Through August 1
312-337-3992 |

Steppenwolf Theatre
“Three Sisters”
June 28 – August 5
312-335-1650 |

Timeline Theatre
“My Kind of Town”
Through July 29
773-281-TIME |

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