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Chicago Theatre All Around Us

03 Nov

The Chicago Theatre Movement took off in the 1970′s and 1980′s, and has continued to grow ever since. Today, the New York Times names Chicago as a city ”with a theatre scene as vibrant as New York’s.”  The adjacent Old Town neighborhood is home to many independent theatre companies who put on award winning drama and comedy productions. Some of your favorite comedians got their start just down the street at Second City, and our neighborhood is home to some of the oldest theatre companies in America.  From improv to political commentary, there is something for everyone on any of the stages in this diverse neighborhood.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company

(312) 335-1650

1650 N. Halsted

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Steppenwolf Theatre Company began in Chicago in 1976 with only nine actors. Today it is the longest running and most successful theatre company in the country, with forty nine artists including actors, directors, playwrites, and film makers.

Now through November 8, 2009 catch Fake, written and directed by Steppenwolf members Eric Simonson and Kate Arrington. This drama is set in 1914, and explores sentiments about truth, faith, science, and evolution. This production runs Tuesday through Sunday and tickets can be purchased for $40 by visiting their website or contacting the box office at 312-335-1650. Steppenwolf theatre is a short walk from the Chicago Getaway Hostel at 1650 N Halsted.

Victory Gardens

(773) 871-3000

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Victory Gardens recently celebrated their 30th anniversary here in Chicago. In 2001 they recieved the prestigious Tony Award for best local theatre company and are celebrated by the New York Times and Wall Street Journal for the many brilliant play writes that come out of their program. They are also known throughout the city for their community programs and local activism. Other events include happy hours, crafts nights and humanities benefits.

Victory Garden’s mainstage is located just around the corner at the historic Biograph Theatre: 2433 N Lincoln Ave.  For ticketing information go to tickets@victorygardens.org or 773.871.3000.

Second City

(312) 337-3992

1616 N. Wells

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Second City was once the home of such comedians as John Belushi, Mike Myers, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Tina Fey, Peter Murrieta and Dan Castellaneta (or as you may know him- Homer Simpson). What began as a playwriting club at the University of Chicago has become a nationwide phenomenon with theatres in Los Angeles and Toronto.  You can always find smart satire and original comedies on one of Second Cities three local stages. The Mainstage is located within walking distance of our hostel at 1616 N Wells.

Tickets are available by phone at 312-337-3992 or online at http://www.secondcity.com/ .

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