5 MIN READ – Chicago Theatre Week has become a staple in the city, but given the COVID-19 pandemic, there are new ways to enjoy performances and support your favorite institutions in 2021. Chicago Theatre Week takes place February 25-March 7. Even if you don’t tune in to virtual content, or if you’re interested in performances that are free, consider making a donation.
Typically during Chicago Theatre Week, value-priced theatre tickets are offered for $15 or $30. If you are so inclined, please consider continuing the celebration of Chicago theatre and making a donation in that amount to support some of your favorite organizations. Find our recommendations for celebrating Chicago Theatre Week in the Loop below.
In-person tours are back at the Auditorium Theatre! The Auditorium Theatre, designed by famed architects Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler, opened on December 9, 1889, and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1975. Historic Tours take patrons behind the scenes to view it as few do. This 60-minute tour includes legendary accounts of how and why the theatre was built; stories of the many artists who graced the historic stage; and a closer look at the brilliant 24-karat gold-leafed ceiling arches, hundreds of Sullivan’s beautifully restored intricate stencil patterns, the stained glass muses at the entrance, and murals by Charles Holloway and Albert Fleury. Tours are limited to 10 people. Schedule a tour here.
During Chicago Theatre Week, value-priced Auditorium tickets are typically offered for $15 or $30. If you are so inclined, please consider continuing the celebration of Chicago theatre and making a donation in that amount to support this organization here.
Broadway In Chicago was created in July 2000 and, over the past 20 years, has grown to be one of the largest commercial touring homes in the country. A Nederlander Company, Broadway In Chicago lights up the Chicago Theater District entertaining well over 1.7 million people annually in five theatres: the CIBC Theatre, James M. Nederlander Theatre, Cadillac Palace Theatre, the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University and just off the Magnificent Mile, the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place.
This theatre has opted to direct donations to the League of Chicago Theatres’ Chicago Theatre Workers Relief Fund. The Chicago Theatre Workers Relief Fund provides one-time grants to Chicago theatre workers who have lost work or have been unable to find work due to the Covid-19 pandemic. During CTW, value-priced theatre tickets are typically offered for $15 or $30. If you are so inclined, please consider continuing the celebration of Chicago theatre and making a donation in that amount here.
Founded in 1891, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is consistently hailed as one of the greatest orchestras in the world. Engage with CSO during Theatre Week by checking out CSO Sessions Episode 14: Beethoven & Price. CSO Sessions is your front-row seat to the exceptional artistry of the musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performing the works of composers of the past and of today. Episode 14, available to stream February 25-March 26 on CSOtv, pairs two titans of classical music. Florence Price, the first African American woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer, weaves familiar spiritual melodies into her technically challenging Five Folksongs in Counterpoint. Bookending this work are two chamber pieces by Beethoven: the humorous Duet with Two Obligato Eyeglasses and his dramatic sextet for strings and horns.
During Chicago Theatre Week, value-priced CSO tickets are typically offered for $15 or $30. If you are so inclined, please consider continuing the celebration of Chicago theatre and making a donation in that amount to support this organization here.
Goodman Theatre, Chicago’s oldest and largest not-for-profit theater, has won international renown for the quality of productions, the depth and diversity of artistic leadership, and the excellence of its many community and educational programs. Engage with the Goodman this Chicago Theatre Week by streaming The Secretaries at 7 p.m. CST on Saturday, February 27. Berlin, 1944: four women in Aryan drag vie to be the Führer’s personal secretary as he heads into a bunker with his girlfriend. It’s a rough time to be a German, but this is a chance to search for greater importance in a national capacity. Omer Abbas Salem’s fearsome, absurd new work examines complicity and the lies we tell ourselves as we mistake self-interest and supremacy for patriotism. Reserve your free ticket here.
During Chicago Theatre Week, value-priced Goodman tickets are typically offered for $15 or $30. If you are so inclined, please consider continuing the celebration of Chicago theatre and making a donation in that amount to support this organization here.
Lyric Opera of Chicago is one of the world’s great opera companies, presenting a fusion of spectacular music and riveting theater. Lyric also offers exclusive, star-studded concerts, special events, an annual Broadway musical, backstage tours, and an innovative and wide-ranging program of community engagement and educational activities. During Chicago Theatre Week, tune in for a free virtual concert, Lawrence Brownlee and Friends: The Next Chapter. Presented by Lyric’s Ryan Opera Center, the concert celebrates the depth and breadth of Black artistry, hosted by world-renowned tenor Lawrence Brownlee, who also serves as artistic advisor for the event. The concert also features prominent Ryan Opera Center alumni — soprano Whitney Morrison, mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges, and baritone Will Liverman — and three current 2020/21 Ryan Opera Center Ensemble members — tenors Martin Luther Clark and Lunga Eric Hallam, and baritone Leroy Davis. Performances are accompanied by Craig Terry, the Grammy-Award winning music director of the Ryan Opera Center, and Chris Reynolds, current Ensemble pianist. Members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra also appear in a special selection, performing from their homes. Each of the performers has selected some of their favorite repertoire to share, resulting in a dynamic combination of arias, songs, and spirituals, showcasing the virtuosic range of the artists. OperaNews called the premiere “a breath of fresh air” that was “stirringly sung” and “rousingly performed.” Learn more here.
During Chicago Theatre Week, value-priced Lyric tickets are typically offered for $15 or $30. If you are so inclined, please consider continuing the celebration of Chicago theatre and making a donation in that amount to support this organization here.
Classically trained to the highest standards, The Joffrey Ballet expresses an inclusive perspective on dance that reflects the diversity of America through its Company Artists, extensive repertoire, Academy, and Community Engagement programs. Considered one of the premier companies performing today, the Joffrey plays a vital role in the dance community as the largest dance company and dance education provider in Chicago and the greater Midwest region. During Chicago Theatre Week, tune into the free live stream of Boléro at 7 p.m. CST on February 26. Joffrey Artist Yoshihisa Arai takes audiences on a journey through time and space in this world premiere performance for the Joffrey. Featuring 15 dancers, this debut work takes inspiration from nature and the seminal score of the same name by composer Maurice Ravel.
During Chicago Theatre Week, value-priced Joffrey tickets are typically offered for $15 or $30. If you are so inclined, please consider continuing the celebration of Chicago theatre and making a donation in that amount to support this organization here.
Silk Road Rising is a community-centered art-making and arts service organization rooted in Asian, Middle Eastern, and Muslim experiences. Through live theatre, digital media, and arts education, they challenge disinformation, cultivate new narratives, and promote a culture of continuous learning. At Silk Road Rising, they understand that representation matters; it molds perceptions, informs conversations, and influences policies. During Chicago Theatre Week, a free screening of Black Teens Lives Matter, a virtual project in four acts that draws on monologues and short plays written by Black teens in Silk Road Rising’s EPIC (Empathic Playwriting Intensive Course) program from 2017-2020. Black Teen Lives Matter: Act Two is curated by Brianna Buckley, Elena Feliz, Jabari Khaliq, Jarrett King, and Londen Shannon. Tune in Saturday, February 27 at 2:00 p.m. CST and Monday, March 1 at 7:00 p.m. CST. After that, the video will become available to watch at any time for free.
During Chicago Theatre Week, value-priced Silk Road Rising tickets are typically offered for $15 or $30. If you are so inclined, please consider continuing the celebration of Chicago theatre and making a donation in that amount to support this organization here.
See more Chicago Theatre Week offerings in the Loop and beyond here.
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