It is no secret that Chicago is rich & excellent with theatre venues, production, & acting, visit one while you are here….
Home to many great actors like Gary Sinise, John Malkovich, & Laurie Metcalf, Steppenwolf has been an iconic Chicago Theater Company since 1974. The theater operates as a not-for-profit organization that presents up to 16 productions a year on their 3 stages, don’t miss a chance to see a truly professional performance while you are in Chicago. Click here for discounted tickets and a description of their new play: The Birthday Party. 1650 N. Halsted Ave.
Here’s some must-see productions for your itinerary on a Windy City winter night…
According to the Neo-Futurist hotline, snagging a seat to the 19-year-old, late-night show Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind involves getting there at least 45 minutes in advance and standing in line outside the Nelson Funeral Home (located at Clark & Foster in Andersonville). The admission price depends on your luck with a pair of dice, but one thing is guaranteed- you won’t regret sitting through this lively long on-going show.
Here’s some alternative ideas off the tourist’s radar…
Agility. Speed. Strength. None of these qualities will be of any use in the highly-competitive world of WhirlyBall. Although it combines lacrosse, hockey and basketball with bumper cars, WhirlyBall has caused great athletes of every stripe to laugh and holler their way to a crushing defeat. Check out Whirlyball at 1880 W. Fullerton Ave.
Here are just a few affordable, really cool,nice and warm theaters for you to visit this winter:
The Viaduct Theater is cool not just because it’s literally located under a viaduct, but it’s a small theater with a diverse lineup of plays: from comedies, to drama, to mud-wrestling, this place provides it all. They also have the best bar a theater can offer.
Have a cup at the Pick Me Up
This is a local favorite. They’re open 24 hours on weekends and boast excellent coffee with free refills and amazing cheese fries. However, as the owner would love to defend, they do not want to be strictly categorized as a “coffee-house.” In fact, this place mostly resembles a creatively decorated diner that serves up favorites like: Vegan French Toast, Kalhua Pancakes, The Garlicious Breast Sandwich, and of course their signature Cheez Fries.
Catch a Flick at The Music Box
This movie venue is a real northside relic that proudly projects indie films, foreign hits, and old favorites. They have a cool special event section that annually includes The Music Box Massacre, a 24 hour horror film extravaganza. They also have midnight movies for us nocturnal creatures. The venue itself is worth the trip.
Watch a Show at IO
You probably have heard of Second City, but Improv Olympic in Wriggleyville has comedic bragging rights as well. Tickets are priced from $5-15 bucks and you will get your fill in laughs. Inside tip: guys from the Sonic commercials do a Wednesday evening show for $5 dollars and really bring on the hilarity for the cheapest cover.
Have a Drink at Delilah’s
There’s nothing wrong with sports bars, and Lincoln Park hosts quite the array of them. However, there is an abnormal gem often overlooked by the norm. Delilah’s dark decor sticks out at once as defused wires and cables stick out from walls and strange and interesting art looms plentiful. The menu offers around 90 different beers and 120 different whiskeys. The specials include $1 dollar beers on Mondays, $2 dollar whiskey shots on Tuesday and other great specials throughout the week.