Theater in Chicago: Top Spots

Well known for its live theater, Chicago has dozens of location to get you your fix. Musicals, plays, improv theater, you can find it all in the great city of Chicago. Similar to our Theater in DC Guide, we hope this will serve just as useful in the windy city. Whatever you are looking for, you will find it here! Enjoy. 


Bank of America Theatre

A typical spot to see Broadway shows on tour in Chicago, is the Bank of America Theatre. Located in the heart of downtown, this theatre is currently home to the Tony award winning show The Book of Mormon. Tickets are hard to come by, but luckily SpotHero gave out some great tips recently for snagging Book of Mormon Tickets.  

Ford Oriental Theater

Another great spot for Musical Theater in downtown Chicago is the Ford Oriental Theater. With shows such as Evita, West Side Story, Wicked and more, you can get a taste of New York City right here in Chicago. 


Cadillac Palace Theater

Remodeled and reopened in 2001, the Cadillac Palace Theater is one of the most beautiful venues to catch a show in Chicago. This 2,300 seat “Palace”, has been the home to Aida, the debute of The Producers and dozens of other popular shows. Another great location, the Cadillac Palace Theater sits in the heart of the Loop. 


Goodman Theatre

One of Chicago’s top spots for live theater is the Goodman Theatre. Around since 1925, the new location on Dearborn was opened in 2001. The new venue is home to two state of the art live performance theaters, that produce hundreds of plays every year. With a long list of awards and credentials, the Goodman Theatre is one to check out when visiting Chicago. 


Chicago Theatre

One of Chicago’s more versatile theater venues would have to be the Chicago Theater. With comedy acts, musical performances and even a Conan O’Brien Weekly special have all been on tap here. Its famous “Chicago Theater” marquee is a staple on State Street, and becomes the backdrop to hundreds of daily tourist photos.  


The Best of the Rest

Briar Street Theatre

Steppenwolf Theatre

Lyric Opera

The Second City