Spring is so close we can almost feel it, but there’s guaranteed to be a few more of those blustery cold nights where you don’t want to brave the weather, so you opt for an indoor activity. Instead of heading to your neighborhood bar or typical restaurant, why not try something new for the night? You’re likely getting the itch to enjoy those summer night patio hangs, but before then, it’s important to check out some of the most incredible indoor entertainment the city has to offer. Whether it’s an extravagant Broadway show, stunning acrobatics, or a casual night of comedy, here are 8 shows to see in Chicago this spring!
32 W Randolph St 14th floor, Chicago, IL 60601
Cabaret Zazou has been receiving incredible reviews since the opening of their new show, “Luminaire”, on September 7th, 2022 – and for good reason! This exciting dinner show is packed with music, comedy, cirque performers, and of course an incredible dinner menu. Located on the 14th floor of the Cambria Hotel, this show will literally take your night out to new heights. Ticket prices range on your proximity to the stage, but there is no bad seat in the house.
The Book of Mormon first hit the Broadway stage in 2011, and takes a comedic view of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This Spring, you can find the Book of Mormon from March 28th through the Cadillac Palace Theatre. With nine Tony Awards, you can guarantee that the Book of Mormon will be full of entertainment, great music, and tons of laughs. Get your tickets at Broadway in Chicago!
Loved Hamilton? Check out another history-based musical! 1776 is based on the historical events that led to the signing of the Declaration of Independence, but it is packed with music and action. In this modern take, patrons will see this story through the passionate lens of our founding fathers, but with a cast that reflects multiple races, genders, and ethnicities. 1776 is running now through March 12th, so get your tickets quick!
230 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
You know how they say “laughter is the best medicine?” Well, I’m not sure who they are, but laughter can definitely boost a night out. The Second City, one of, if not the most famous improv comedy schools in the country is located right in our own backyard! With shows pretty much every day of the week, you can buy tickets at the Premium, GA, or Value level. Right now, you’ll find the show “Do the Right Thing, No Worries if Not”, which pokes fun at relationships, code-switching, and other things we pretty much all experience.
1721 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622
It can certainly be fun to lean into the sexy side of life, and that’s exactly what you’ll find at Bordel. On Thursdays and Fridays, you can enjoy “Vaudeville”, a sensual show that combines music, magic, fire-eating, burlesque, and more! At Bordel, you can sip on a tantalizing cocktail while enjoying a show that’s possibly just a bit outside your comfort zone – but that’s what makes it exciting, right?
33 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654
If you thought the 2020s were going to be anything like the 1920s and have wound up pretty disappointed, here’s your chance to take a peek into the past. Nitti’s Supper Club, part of the Harry Caray’s Restaurant Group, has a show that is set during the Prohibition era of 1932 and is packed with fun. With music, dancing, gangsters, and flappers, you’ll feel like you were transported directly back to those golden years! The menu here is a selection of Harry Caray favorites so you won’t be left looking for more.
23 E Galena Blvd, Aurora, IL 60506
Aurora is the state’s second-largest city, and home to another great show you should make some time for this Spring. At the Paramount Theatre, you can find “Into the Woods” running through the end of March. This show combines the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales and emphasizes the phrase “be careful what you wish for”. Tickets to must-see show in Chicago this spring can be found HERE.
5050 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
Lean into your inner child and enjoy some literal magic. At Chicago Magic Lounge, there is a rotating schedule of performances, so you can choose the show that resonates with you the most. Love live music? Check out the Music and Magic show with a live jazz band. Looking for more of a performance? Try the Showcase! The tried and true performance of the Chicago Magic Lounge will always be The Signature Show, where you can socialize with close-up magicians while you enjoy hanging out with friends!
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