As you probably know, Chicago is one of the birthplaces of jazz. So to feel it it's not necessary to go to night clubs and listen to professionals (though it's desirable), but sometimes it's enough to stand near street black band. What an energy, what an art, what a show!
If you're in town during their regular season and like classical music, you must see a Chicago Symphony Orchestra performance. Orchestras don't get any better than this, and Symphony Center (formerly Orchestra Hall) is a wonderful place to hear them.
Simply the best in classical music!
Chicago is known for its arts and has a wide array of museums, galleries as well as world class musical performers. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is led by current music director, Daniel Barenboim. See the website for more information.
This comedy club was probably the best event in my latest trip to Chicago. The talent was amazing and the service was exceptional. For $18 US you are treated to two hours of hilarious skits with excellent actors. The Second City has spawned such great comics as Mike Myers, John Candy, Jim Belushi, and many other well known characters.
one of the architectural wonders in Wacker Area near the Chicago River due to the Art Deco Motif of the Building and on the Inside and a fine destination for Opera Lovers (unfortunately, I'm not fond of opera plays). They have assorted plays going on everyday and each play would lst from 1 1/2 to 4 hours depending on the motif and the prices will be like $ 600 for a mezzanine box for a play or $ 79 for an upper balcony seat. The Civic Opera House has 3,563-seats, making it the second-largest opera auditorium in North America. Built for the Chicago Civic Opera, today it is the permanent home of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, which also owns the building.
I agree Hancock tower is always a place I take out of towners--go to the Signature Lounge on the 96th floor. drinks are pricey--$6 for a beer--but view makes it totally worth it.
Chicago is the comedy capitol of the world, so make sure you check out a comedy show while here. Shows I have seen and loved: Bye Bye Liver (a show about boozin' in the Windy City--hilarious!), Second City (a Chicago staple), any show at the Annoyance Theater.
Musical: "Next to Normal" -- this is one depressing evening -- made all the worse if Alice Ripley's understudy is playing Diana. I have a preference for drama over musicals and making this a musical was a huge mistake. The music alternates between acrid rock and the worst of sing-songy Taylor Swift. Pearl Sun was substituted for Alice Ripley on a SATURDAY NIGHT! She doesn't have the pipes to make this at all palatable. Creditable performances from Curt Hansen (Gabe), Emma Hunton (Natalie) and Preston Sadleir (Henry) couldn't pull this production out of the pits. It rightly damns medical professionals who are all too quick to prescribe pill cocktails and demonstrate immense callousness about patient quality of life -- but that's hardly "entertainment".
Never ceases to amaze me how midwestern audiences give a performance a standing ovation just because New Yorkers liked it. Save your money.
Eventhough they haven't played very well the last couple of years, it was great to see a hockeygame and to see them play. The atmosphere was very special and for people who are used to soccergames....this is something completely different. Lots of show, the American way.
It is not very expensive and at no time i felt threatened by the crowd, so a great place to take your kids to, also.
Everybody knows Chicago is rich in history and culture. But ghost stories? You bet! And in "Supernatural Chicago," you not only hear some of the best, you experience them interactively. The performer (Neil Tobin, Necromancer) involves the audience in demonstrations that are sometimes magical, sometimes psychic, but always related to the story at hand. It's creepy, educational and fun! And it all takes place in a place that's supposed to be one of the more haunted in town: Excalibur nightclub.
As for the price, it's a steal -- the show, cover charge to the club for the night, plus two drinks, all for $25! (When you consider that cover charge alone is $10 on a Friday night, the show comes out to practically FREE.)
If you have a taste for the unusual and want a personalized theater experience while learning things about Chicago you might never know otherwise, this show is for you.
Note: "Supernatural Chicago" is at Excalibur nightclub every Friday night at 8pm. (Other days, times, and even locations may be possible for groups; see website for details.)
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