- Start: Chicago, IL
- End: Chicago, IL
- Last Modified: 2011-09-13 20:39:35
- Total Mileage: 18 Miles
- Number of stops: 11
Sure, you can go to the big Chicago theaters in the Loop and see the latest Broadway touring productions. Wicked, Jersey Boys, Phantom of the Opera and the like will always play the Oriental Theater Chicago, Cadillac Palace, Auditorium and other major downtown venues. But this is Chicago -- arguably the most vibrant theater town in the United States. Sure, you can try to get tickets for the latest offerings at the Goodman and Steppenwolf; they're two of the nation's most important regional theaters and their shows are always top notch and technically splendid. But this is Chicago -- where hundreds of fresh young actors flock each week to find work, get involved, form a company, and put on their first show. This is a theater town for adventurers. Pick up the latest Time Out, Chicago Reader or New City. You'll find literally hundreds of productions listed in all shapes and sizes. They're being done in well-established store fronts, restaurants and bars, church halls, and outdoors in the parks. With tickets going for 10 to 20 dollars (and sometimes free), you can see a lot for very little money. Take a chance. This is TheatreTown Chicago, where the quality of what you'll discover can be truly amazing. Put together your own tour from the smorgasbord of venues described here. Between matinee, evening, and late-night shows, you could spend an entire weekend stage-hopping. The League of Chicago Theatres's downtown Hot Tix locations offer half-price tickets for same-day performances during the week. On Friday and Saturday, you can get next-day performance tickets as well. Go to the historic Water Tower Theaters on North Michigan Avenue at Chicago or the 72 East Randolph location.