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 chicagoplays.com 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

apollochicago.com
2540 N. Lincoln Ave.
773.935.6100

HotTix

hottix.org
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

broadwayinchicago.com

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

chicagoshakes.com
800 E. Grand Ave.
312.595.5600

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

Gallery 37, Department of Cultural Affairs Theater

dcatheater.org
78 E. Washington St.
312.742.TIXS

Gallery 37 supports young and burgeoning Chicago storefront theater companies.

Goodman Theater

goodman-theater.com
170 N. Dearborn St.
312.443.3800

Redmoon

redmoon.org
1463 W. Hubbard St.
312.850.8440

Steppenwolf Theatre Company

steppenwolf.org
1650 N. Halsted St.
312.335.1650