A scene from Broadway in Chicago’s production of The Phantom of the Opera.
Choose Chicago celebrates our city’s thriving stage scene with its second annual Chicago Theatre Week, running from February 11-16. With more than 100 productions, there’s something for everyone—from late night improv in Lincoln Park to world class musicals on one of the city’s renowned Loop stages. Here, we list our three must-see shows; browse the entire lineup on chicagotheatreweek.com.
Musical: The Phantom of the Opera Wednesday, February 12, 2 p.m.; Thursday, February 13, 7:30 p.m.
While it may seem like the obvious choice, The Phantom of the Opera is still a must-see musical after 25 years—and with new staging, costumes, and choreography, Cameron Mackintosh’s production will feel fresh even to seasoned theatergoers. $30 tickets on choosechicago.com. Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St., 800-775-2000
Drama: Luna Gale Thursday, February 13, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, February 14, 8 p.m.
Goodman Theatre’s world premiere of Rebecca Gilman’s Luna Gale is already garnering rave reviews. The dramatic production tells the story of a secretive past uncovered as a social worker deals with two teenage drug addicts and their infant. There’s a pre-show discussion for Friday’s show at 7 p.m., so be sure to make early dinner reservations. $30 tickets on choosechicago.com. 170 N. Dearborn St., 312-443-3800
Comedy: EL Stories Saturday, February 15, 11 p.m.
The perfect late night comedy to catch after dinner, the dialog for EL Stories is hilariously relatable: comedy troupe Waltzing Mechanics penned their script using anecdotes from real-life interviews about people’s commutes on the CTA. $10 tickets on choosechicago.com. Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-404-7336