Chicago has a thriving theater scene. The city has a legacy of independent theaters and renowned ensembles such as the Steppenwolf and Goodman, and is also a major draw for touring Broadway musicals.

Chicago is known for its "storefront" theater community—those scrappy artists performing for art's sake. Check the listings at for up-to-date information about more edgy Chicago theater and performance.

Student Discounts: Many theaters offer student discounts. Call ahead, or check their websites for discounts. Some theatres also offer "rush tickets," which are released shortly before a performance at a very discounted rate.

Apollo Theater Chicago
2540 N. Lincoln Ave.

72 E. Randolph St.
163 E. Pearson St.

HotTix is a resource for heavily discounted theatre tickets, often up to 50 percent off.

Broadway in Chicago

Broadway in Chicago encompasses: The Cadillac Palace Theatre, Chicago Theatre, Ford Center for the Performing Arts, and more, featuring major musicals such as Wicked, Mary Poppins, and Rent.

Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
800 E. Grand Ave.

Chicago's own critically acclaimed Shakespeare theatre, modeled after the famed Globe Theatre.

Gallery 37, Department of Cultural Affairs Theater
78 E. Washington St.

Gallery 37 supports young and burgeoning Chicago storefront theater companies.

Goodman Theater
170 N. Dearborn St.

1463 W. Hubbard St.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company
1650 N. Halsted St.