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Your Guide to Chicago Theatre Week in the Loop

The fifth annual Chicago Theatre Week is upon us! From February 9-19, over 120 productions are being showcased throughout Chicago with a special ticket price of either $15 or $30 (or less!). The Loop, which is home to the world-renowned Chicago Theatre District, is taking the limelight with an exciting lineup of productions.

GAME CHANGERS

(Photo: Game Changers, The Joffrey Ballet and Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University)

Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
50 E. Congress Pkwy.
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INFRA
Choreographer: Wayne McGregor
Music: Max Richter
An exploration of looking beneath the surface, INFRA pushes the bold, stylized movement of visionary McGregor to new heights amid a soundscape at once haunting and hopeful. Declared "one of the most sought after choreographers in the ballet world" by the New York Times. 

Fool's Paradise
Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon
Music: Joby Talbot 
Dancers bring flawless classical technique to an exquisite rendering of solos, duets, and trios in this work of intense beauty from Tony Award®-winning choreographer Wheeldon. "Fool's Paradise...travels confidently, both choreographically and emotionally," says the Chicago Tribune.

Year of the Rabbit
Choreographer: Justin Peck
Music: Sufjan Stevens
Set to a classical orchestration of Stevens' electronic song cycle Enjoy Your Rabbit, Year of the Rabbit weaves its ensemble of dancers into intricate and architectural forms with grace to produce a visually arresting work. Peck, 28, has been hailed as an important new voice in 21st-century dance thanks to his brilliantly innovative choreography.

GLORIA

(Photo: Carol Rosegg)

Goodman Theatre
170 N. Dearborn St.
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A workplace nightmare paves the way for “sharp-toothed…whip-smart satire” (The New York Times) in Obie Award winner Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ dark comedy.

Style. Status. Success. A group of twenty something editorial assistants are pursuing it all at one of New York’s most esteemed cultural magazines. When a seemingly normal day at the office turns out to be anything but, these cubicle captives and aspiring journalists recognize an opportunity to become the next “big thing.” But whose account is most valid, and to what lengths will each go to own the story? In this shrewd new comedy, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins skewers the cutthroat culture of modern media. 

MENDELSSOHN ON FIRE; CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER

(Photo: Mendelssohn on Fire, The Harris Theater)

The Harris Theater for Music and Dance
205 E. Randolph Dr.
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Mendelssohn’s dazzling first trio raised the bar of excitement for all piano trios to come. Before listeners rise to their feet at the finale’s conclusion, they’ll be left breathless by Schubert’s and Mendelssohn’s turbulent string quartets. Mozart’s sublimely meditative Adagio briefly breaks this program’s whirlwind pace before the fleet-fingered Mendelssohn has the final word.

Program: 
Schubert Quartettsatz in C minor for Strings, D. 703 (1820)
Mendelssohn Quartet in E minor for Strings, Op. 44, No. 2 (1837)
Mozart Adagio in B minor for Piano, K. 540 (1788)
Mendelssohn Trio No. 1 in D minor for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 49 (1839)

NORMA

(Photo: Norma, Lyric Opera of Chicago)

Lyric Opera of Chicago
20 N. Wacker Dr., Ste. 860
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Join us for this Italian masterpiece and witness the ultimate capabilities and purest elegance of the human voice in this gripping story of love vs. loyalty. 

Druid priestess Norma betrays her faith and country when she falls in love with the enemy of her people, a Roman soldier. The pain of betrayal will mingle with the perfection of the voice as Norma discovers love is fickle and she has risked everything for nothing.

UNCLE VANYA

(Photo: Uncle Vanya, The Goodman Theater)

Goodman Theatre
170 N. Dearborn St.
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Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Baker (The Flick, Circle Mirror Transformation) injects a “distinctly contemporary American sound” (Variety) into Chekhov’s masterpiece with a new adaptation helmed by Artistic Director Robert Falls. 

A secluded country estate becomes the setting for unrequited love, renewed rivalries, and ruminations both absurd and tragic on roads barely taken and passions left unfulfilled. Chekhov’s timeless study of the agonizing intersections of youth and mid-life finds contemporary immediacy in Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Baker’s fresh and compelling new adaptation.

Already have your tickets? Check out the ways these iconic theatres have shaped Chicago’s history!

  • The Chicago Theatre was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 6, 1979 and was officially listed as a Chicago Landmark January 28, 1983. 
  • The Auditorium Theatre played host to many political figures in its early years including Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Booker T. Washington. In 1912, Teddy Roosevelt told the Auditorium crowd, he felt "as strong a bull moose", during his notorious run for an additional term as president.
  • The Goodman Theatre is the city's oldest currently active nonprofit theater organization. The theatre was founded in 1925 in honor of Kenneth Sawyer Goodman, a Chicago playwright who died in the Great Influenza Pandemic in 1918.
  • The Cadillac Palace Theatre originally opened in 1926 as the New Palace Theatre but in 1999 was renovated and renamed the Cadillac Palace Theatre after Cadillac bought the right to name the theater.
  • The Oriental Theatre was built on the same grounds as the former Iroquois Theatre which was the victim of a tragic 1903 fire that claimed over 600 lives. It closed in 1981 and was renovated and reopened in 1998 which many credit as the spur of restoration of theaters in Chicago.
  • The Private Bank Theatre opened in 1906 as the Majestic Theatre which served as a popular vaudeville theater offering 12-15 vaudeville acts running from 1:30 pm to 10:30 pm, six days a week. In 1932, the theater closed during the Great Depression but reopened in 1945.
  • The Harris Theater is mostly underground due to Grant Park-related height restrictions. In 2006, the theater hosted the New York City Ballet's first visit to Chicago in over 25 years. The theater has been positively reviewed for its acoustics, sightlines and for providing a home for many performing organizations.

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