What's New This Week
Sept 25 50 Fit & Fabulous, 6:30pm, Old Town Banquet Center, 711 Calumet, Valparaiso. 219.462.4185. valpoymca.org. Now a Valparaiso tradition, this event features a style show, local vendors and neighborhood salons, hors d'oeuvres, music, fun and more to benefit Valparaiso Family YMCA’s Annual Campaign
Sept 26-28 Covered Bridge Harvest Fest, 5-8pm Fri, 10am-6pm Sat, 8am-5pm Sun, Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S Court St, Crown Point. 219.661.3071. coveredbridgeharvestfest.org. This annual festival honors the only “covered bridge” in Lake County with family fun, handmade crafts and entertainment. Friday evening begins with the Pumpkin Bash and silent auction, followed by pumpkin games, arts and crafts, and entertainment on Saturday and Sunday.
Sept 27 Hooked on Art—Live Street Art Festival, 9am-4pm, Thomas Centennial Park, 109 Broadway, Chesterton. 219.728.1638. hookedonartfestival.com. This community-wide family event celebrates live street art in progress and features interactive family activities and live music.
Oct 4-5 Harvest Festival, 10am-5pm Sat, noon-5pm Sun, Woodland Park, 2100 Willowcreek Rd, Portage. 219.762.1675. In celebration of the harvest, this festival features a juried arts show with more than 20 artists, live entertainment, and wine, cheese and chocolate tasting.
Oct 10-12 Elvis Fantasy Fest, Woodland Park Community Building, 2100 Willowcreek Rd, Portage. 888.406.5887. elvisfantasyfest.com. Headlining the weekend's big show, Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist for 2013, Dean Z. will be joined by former champions Ted Torres, Robert Washington and Tim E., as well as Chicago’s premiere Neil Diamond tribute artist Denny Diamond. The weekend also features a sock hop, the Great Elvis Auction, food, parties and more.
Oct 11-12 Buckley Homestead Fall Festival, 10am-5pm, Buckley Homestead County Park, 3606 Belshaw Rd, Lowell. 219.769.7275. lakecountyparks.com. Visitors to this annual festival will be transported back in time as reenactors portraying military, civilians and artisans of various time periods line the trails of the living history farm. The weekend features fun for the whole family, food, old-fashioned entertainment and traditional arts and crafts.
Oct 17 Boozfest 2014, 8-11pm general admission; 7pm VIP admission, Radisson Hotel Star Plaza, 800 E 81st Ave, Merrillville. 219.942.5774. hobartchamber.com/boozfest. Tickets include unlimited beer, wine and liquor samplings; a commemorative beer glass, a goodie bag with opener and lanyard glass holder.
Oct 18 Munster Ale Fest, 1-5pm general admission, noon VIP admission, Centennial Park, 1005 S Centennial Dr, Munster. 219.836.6900. venataur.com/munsteralefest. This much-anticipated inaugural fall fest offers samples of more than 100 local and nation-wide craft brews, plus food from local vendors to accompany the tastings.
Nov 1-2 Porter County Antique Show, 9am-4pm, Porter County Expo Center, 215 Division Dr, Valparaiso. 219.241.3328. portercountyantiqueshow.com. This expansive antique show features wares from a variety of vendors. Antique appraisals are available.
Nov 8-Jan 4 ‘A Christmas Story’ Comes Home, Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Dr, Hammond. 219.989.7979. southshorecva.com/achristmasstory. Each year visitors come to the Indiana Welcome Center to view the six animatronic window displays from Macy's Department Store in New York featuring different scenes from “A Christmas Story.” A variety of events and activities also pay homage to this holiday classic.
Nov 27 2014 Valparaiso Turkey Trot, 8am 10K start; 8:10am 5K start, 2727 N Campbell St, Valparaiso. porterstarke.org/turkeytrot. Since 2003, runners, walkers, supporters and volunteers alike have joined together Thanksgiving morning for this annual 10K run and 5K walk/run, hosted by Porter-Starke Services. The race travels through the streets of Valparaiso, features a costume contest and benefits the mental health and wellness programs and resources in Northwest Indiana.
Sept 27 Weko Beach Brewers Festival, 1-7pm, Weko Beach, Bridgeman. 269.925.6301. wekobeachbrewersfest.com. Brew lovers can savor award-wining Michigan beers on the picturesque Weko Beach while enjoying an afternoon filled with sun, sand, tasty cuisine from local restaurants and live music.
Sept 24-Oct 12 ArtPrize, downtown Grand Rapids. artprize.org. ArtPrize is an open, independently organized international art competition with a $200,000 top prize decided by public vote. Free and open to the public, the submissions from around the world can be viewed at various locations within the designated three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids.
Oct 4-5 Blue Coast Artists 25th Annual Studio Tour, 10am-6pm, from South Haven to Saugatuck. 269.236.9260. bluecoastartists.com. The public is invited to this free event to experience the creative process in action. Demonstrations take place at various studios along the route and visitors also can view original artwork, enjoy refreshments and more. The tour can be completed in one day and a map is available online.
Oct 11 Harvest and Wine Festival, noon-10pm, Lion’s Park, New Buffalo. newbuffalo.org. In celebration of the Southwest Michigan harvest, this annual festival boasts samples from local wineries, music by local bands, kids’ activities, hay rides and more.
Oct 25 Hallo-wine Party, noon-6:30pm, Round Barn Winery, 10983 Hills Rd, Baroda. 800.716.9463. roundbarnwinery.com. Round Barn Winery gets in the Halloween spirit with spooktacular cocktails and a costume contest for their tasting consultants, plus live music by Keith Scott and Rebecca Anne Band. Guests who wear a Halloween costume will receive an extra tasting token.
Nov 1 Art & All That Jazz, 6-8pm, downtown Douglas. 269.857.8485. saugatuck.com. Attendees can explore the galleries and shops of Douglas, as well as enjoy artist receptions, demonstrations, live jazz music and more, during this annual event.
Nov 8 Michiana Humane Society Holiday Home Tour, Harbor Country. 219.872.4499. michianahumanesociety.org. Guests are invited to take a self-guided tour of festival homes in Harbor Country and the neighboring communities. Proceeds benefit the Michiana Humane Society.
Nov 21 Luminary Festival, dusk-9pm, downtown St. Joseph. stjoetoday.com. More than 1,000 lights illuminate downtown St. Joseph during this annual festival. Local shops decorated with holiday décor will stay open late for some early holiday shopping and free horse-drawn trolley rides are offered in the early evening.
Sept 26 The Devil’s Ball, 7:30pm, Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E Parkway, Chicago. 312.902.1500. auditoriumtheatre.org. Presented by the Auditorium Theatre Junior Board, the third annual Devil’s Ball includes a night of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music, theater tours and an auction.
Sept 26-28 Oktoberfest Chicago, 5-10pm Fri, 11am-10pm Sat, 11am-7pm Sun, St. Alphonsus Church, Corner of Lincoln, Southport & Wellington, Chicago. oktoberfestchicago.org. Festivalgoers can enjoy handmade bratwurst, plenty of cold beer and music from authentic German bands and fest favorites.
Oct 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26 Fall Color Festival, The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Rt 53, Lisle. 630.968.0074. mortonarb.org. Attendees can enjoy the arboretum’s 1,700 acres of beautiful fall colors and fulfill their fall food cravings with grilled goodies, taffy apples, hikes, a 5K run/walk and more during this colorful festival.
Oct 9-23 Chicago International Film Festival, AMC River East 21, 322 E Illinois St, Chicago. 312.683.0121. chicagofilmfestival.com. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, this festival features films from more than 55 countries, exploring the sights and sounds of other cultures on the big screen, and offers the chance to hear and maybe even meet some of the artists behind the films.
Oct 14-19 Fashion Focus Chicago Fashion Week, Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph St, & various venues, Chicago. cityofchicago.org. Returning to Chicago for its 10th year, this week-long celebration of fashion features runway shows from top designers, educational programming and a chance to shop until you drop.
Nov 7-9 SOFA Chicago 2014, 11am-7pm Fri-Sat, noon-6pm Sun, Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago. 800.563.7632. sofaexpo.com. Chicago’s longest continuously running art show, this gallery-presented, international art exposition is dedicated to three-dimensional art and design. This world-renowned art fair features 80 dealers exhibiting an array of ceramics, wood, glass, fiber, jewelry, metal and innovative design. Also, Nov 6: Opening Night Preview (7-9pm).
Nov 27 McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade, 8-11am, State St from Congress to Randolph, Chicago. 312.235.2862. chicagofestivals.org. Every year this televised parade draws more than 400,000 people. The parade features giant balloons, marching bands, horses, floats, performances and more.
Through Oct 18 Invasive Species... The Art of Upcycling, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W Second St, Michigan City. 219.874.4900. lubeznikcenter.org. A resurgence in the “ready-made” art practice made popular by Dada artists Duchamp and Man Ray, upcycling makes use of discarded materials and transforms them into beautiful objects without breaking down the material. This exhibit features upcycle inspired artwork that crosses boundaries between environmentalism and art. Also, through Oct 5: Theme and Variation; through Oct 18: Aquatic Kaleidoscope and Transformation; Oct 25-Jan 2: Comics…Comix and It’s Not Just Your Sunday Comic’s Strip.
Through Nov 30 Roaring Twenties Exuberance and Depression Era Extravagance, The Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame. 574.631.5466. sniteartmuseum.nd.edu. Manufactured within the American heartland—Detroit, South Bend, and Auburn, Indiana—the four automobiles on display during this exhibit epitomize classic American car design as well as the technological prowess of their eras. Cars featured include an award-winning 1932 Auburn Boattail Speedster, a 1932 Packard Light Eight, a 1931 Cadillac Dual Cowl Phaeton and a 1923 Studebaker Big Six Speedster.
Sept 14-Oct 26 71st Annual Salon Show, Center for Visual and Performing Arts Atrium Gallery, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.1839. southshoreartsonline.org. Up to $10,000 of cash awards is on the line during this 71st annual exhibition. This juried exhibition accepts original art in all fine art media—painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, fiber, glass, digital, mixed media, ceramics, video, multimedia and jewelry.
Through Sept 27 Splashes of Chicago, Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad St, St. Joseph. 269.983.3688. boxfactoryforthearts.org. Artist Kathy Los-Rathburn's love for art and watercolor, in particular, started when she was quite young and has now become one of her passions. She loves the challenges of the medium and the happy accidents that can become surprises. This show features well-known Chicago landmarks and everyday life in the Windy City.
Through Oct 26 5th Annual Great Lakes Juried Show, South Haven Center for the Arts, 600 Phoenix St, South Haven. 269.637.1041. southhavenarts.org. The fifth annual juried exhibit features art from artists living in the Great Lake states of Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan in all media. Also, Nov 14-Dec 24: Mistletoe Market.
Through Nov 2 Krasl Art Center Members Show—Local Icons, Krasl Art Center, 707 Lake Blvd, St. Joseph. 269.983.0271. krasl.org. Krasl Art Center member artists included in this exhibit were asked to consider what place, object or person symbolizes the region. Also, through Nov 2: It's Your Turn; Nov 21-Jan 11: Arnold Newman--Luminaries of the Twentieth Century in Art, Politics and Culture.
Through Dec 7 Lasting Legacy—A Collection for Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo. 269.349.7775. kiarts.org. In celebration of the museum's 90th anniversary, highlights from the museum's collection--including works by Rembrandt, Hiram Powers, William Merritt Chase, Mary Cassatt, Milton Avery, Richard Diebenkorn, Andy Warhol, Christo and Helen Frankenthaler--are featured. Also, through Nov 9: The Arts of Japan and China—Selections from the Collection; through Jan 4: Double Take—Artists Respond to the Collection and A Collector's Eye—Works from the Collection of Sheila and Jim Bridenstine.
Sept 24-Jan 4 Highly Recommended—Emerging Sculptors, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 E Beltline Ave, NE, Grand Rapids. 888.957.1580. meijergardens.org. This unique group exhibition showcases the talents of a promising new generation of sculptors, featuring sixteen artists from Europe, the United States and the Middle East. Work in a wide variety of material, from the traditions of bronze and steel, to the innovative use of light and copper wire will be on display.
Through Jan 4 The Machine Inside—Biomechanics, The Field Museum, 1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago. 312.922.9410. fieldmuseum.org. The marvels of natural engineering are on display during this exhibit, which explores how living things—including humans—are machines built to survive, move and discover. Also, through Feb 1: Before the Dinosaurs—Tracking the Reptiles of Pangaea; through Jun 7: Bunky Echo-Hawk—Modern Warrior.
Through Jan 4 Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives, Museum of Science and Industry, 57th St and Lake Shore Dr, Chicago. 773.947.3133. msichicago.org. This magical exhibit celebrates the 90th anniversary of The Walt Disney Company and features nearly 300 artifacts—including drawings, props, costumes and artwork from classic and contemporary Disney animation, theme park attractions, TV shows and live action films. Also, through Oct 31: THINK; opens Oct 13: Numbers in Nature—A Mirror Maze; Nov 13-Jan 4: Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light.
Oct 26-Jan 11 The City Lost and Found—Capturing New York, Chicago, and Los Angelos, 1960-1980, The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago. 312.629.6635. artic.edu/aic. This exhibition explores the emergence of new photographic and cinematic depictions of American cities—from the art world to the pages of popular magazines. Also, through Sept 28: Sharp, Clear Pictures—Edward Steichen's World War I and Condé Nast Years; through Oct 5: Nairy Baghramiam—French Curve/Slip of the Tongue and Onchi Koshiro—The Abstract Prints; through Oct 12: Saul Steinberg—Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of His Birth and What May Come—The Taller de Gráfica Popular and the Mexican Political Print; through Oct 13: Magritte—The Mystery of the Ordinary 1926-1938; through Oct 15: What Did Renaissance Printmakers Make of Antiquity?; through Nov 9: Ethel Stein, Master Weaver; through Jan 4: Chicagoisms and Sarah Charlesworth—Stills; through May: Photography Is _______________.; Sept 27-Feb 15: Heaven and Earth—Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections; Oct 11-Jan 4: Ghosts and Demons in Japanese Prints; Oct 23-Jan 18: focus—Lucy McKenzie; Nov 1-Feb 1: Strokes of Genius—Italian Drawings from the Goldman Collection; Nov 23-Jan 25: Temptation—The Demons of James Ensor.
Sept 23-Jan 4 David Bowie Is, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago. 312.280.2660. mcachicago.org. The first retrospective of the extraordinary career of one of the most pioneering and influential performers of our time, this exhibit features more than 400 objects, most from the David Bowie Archive—handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photography, set designs, album artwork and rare performance material from the past five decades.Also, through Sept 28: Zachary Cahill; through Oct 5: Unbound—Contemporary Art After Frida Kahlo; through May 10: Alexander Calder; through Oct 31: MCA Chicago Plaza Project Yinka Shonibare; through Nov 2: Simon Starling—Metamorphology; through Nov 30: Earthly Delights; Oct 11-Feb 24: Sarah and Joseph Belknap; Oct 25-Apr 19: Body Doubles; Nov 22-Mar 8: Anne Collier.
Cinemark at Valparaiso, 700 Porter’s Vale Blvd, Valparaiso. 800.326.3264, 219.464.0260. cinemark.com. Playing new releases as well as the Cinemark Classic Series, Cinemark is the leading motion picture exhibitor. Cinemark at Valparaiso features roomy stadium seating and RealD 3D and digital presentations for an all-around quality movie viewing experience.
Portage 16 IMAX, 6550 US Hwy 6, Portage. 219.764.7569. portage16imax.com. The brand-new Portage 16 IMAX showcases blockbusters as well as electrifying 3D films that are uniquely suited to the IMAX format. With projected images up to eight stories high and a spectacular, wraparound digital surround-sound system, this theater offers a total-immersion moviegoing experience.
The Vickers Theatre, 6 N Elm St, Three Oaks. 269.756.3522. vickerstheatre.com. Home of the annual “Sound of Silents Film Festival,” this painstakingly restored turn-of-the-century art house screens a variety of notable independent films. A lofty, two-story gallery space, showcasing the works of Midwestern artists, is open to the public before and between shows. Further enhancing its art-house cachet, the Vickers hosts live music, performance art and poetry readings on its stage.
The Gene Siskel Film Center, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 164 N State St, Chicago. 312.846.2600. siskelfilmcenter.org. This film center—renamed in 2000 for its most passionate supporter, the late film critic Gene Siskel—has been exhibiting critically acclaimed, as well as entertaining “motion picture art” in its state-of-the-art facilities since its inception in 1972. Presenting more than 100 films each month, the center showcases cutting-edge, independent features and classic revivals, as well as premieres of new American and foreign films. From hosting the “Annual Festival of Films from Iran” to The Grapes of Wrath, the diverse offerings have quality in common. A focus on education is supported by guest lecturers, discussions and courses, and film-related exhibits can be viewed at the on-site gallery/café.
Chicago Street Theater, 154 W Chicago St, Valparaiso. 219.464.1636. chicagostreet.org. Now in its 60th season of bringing live theatrical entertainment to the greater Northwest Indiana region, the CST presents a variety of plays and musicals each season, in addition to regularly scheduled theater classes for both adults and children. Oct 17-Nov 1: Frankenstein and Scary Godmother; Nov 28-Dec 21: A Charlie Brown Christmas.
DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame Campus. 574.631.2800. performingarts.nd.edu. The state-of-the-art, 150,000-square-foot facility, newly opened in 2004, is host to some of the world’s most celebrated artists. In addition, its stages showcase student, faculty and community performers, as well as the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, Southold Dance, the Notre Dame Symphony, the South Bend Civic Theatre, and more. Sept 24: Les Six with Brooklyn Art Song Society; Oct 19: June H. Edwards Chamber 1—Hope and Triumph.
Footlight Players, 1705 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.874.4035. footlightplayers.org. This community theater group has been entertaining audiences in Michigan City for more than 50 years with its productions of dramas, comedies and musicals. Oct 3-5, 10-12, 17-19: Oliver!
Horseshoe Casino, 777 Casino Center Dr, Hammond. 866.711.7463. horseshoehammond.com. World-class gambling and top-name entertainment combine to create an unprecedented experience at this 350,000-square-foot casino. The Venue, the casino’s 90,000-square-foot entertainment facility, hosts some of the hottest Chicagoland entertainment. Sept 27: Jeff Dunham; Oct 3: Judas Priest; Oct 10: Nas; Nov 16: The Band Perry; Nov 28: Air Supply.
The Memorial Opera House, 104 E Indiana Ave, Valparaiso. 219.548.9137. memorialoperahouse.com. This renovated, 364-seat building—with red, white and blue stained-glass windows—was built as a living memorial to the Civil War veterans of Porter County. Built in 1893, the theater has a rich history as a venue for musical and dramatic performances. Sept 26-28: The Prisoner of 2nd Avenue; Oct 31-Nov 2, Nov 7-9, 14-16: The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Oct 4: Sena Ehrhardt; Oct 18: Moonlight Cabaret; Nov 20: Windiana 2014—Mother Earth; Nov 22: The Smithereens; Nov 23: Harbor Lights.
Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, various venues. 219.836.0525. nwisymphony.org. Conducted by the charismatic Kirk Muspratt, this professional orchestra performs concerts that range in atmosphere from the whimsical pops series to the edifying and inspirational maestro series, many of which offer pre-concert discussions with the conductor an hour before the concert. Oct 24: Stargazing (The Auditorium at Bethel Church, 10202 Broadway, Crown Point).
Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 & US 30, Merrillville. 219.769.6600. starplazatheatre.com. With 3,400 seats arranged in two intimate seating levels, the theater consistently hosts premier performers year-round. With its convenient location in the heart of Northwest Indiana’s shopping and dining district and its proximity to the adjoining Radisson Hotel, the Star Plaza offers a total entertainment package to area theatergoers. Oct 18: So You Think You Can Dance Season 11 Tour; Nov 9: Last Comic Standing Live Tour.
The Theatre at the Center, Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.3255. theatreatthecenter.com. This theater, just 35 minutes from downtown Chicago, has the distinction of being the only professional equity theater in Northwest Indiana, and showcases the artistry of professional actors, musicians and designers from throughout the Midwest. Through Oct 19: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown; Nov 13-Dec 18: A Christmas Memory.
Towle Community Theater, 5205 Hohman Ave, Hammond. 219.937.8780. towletheater.org. To honor its mission of nurturing and celebrating local talent in the arts, the Towle Community Theater presents exhibitions, theatrical productions and musical performances in the heart of downtown Hammond. Oct 18-19, 24-26: Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?
The Acorn Theater, 6 N Elm St, Three Oaks. 269.756.3879. acorntheater.com. The 250-seat Acorn is home to a carefully reconstructed, rare Barton Theater Pipe Organ and boasts bistro tables and occasionally offbeat entertainment options. Sept 27: Expo ’76; Sept 28: Charles Troy—The Creation of Cabaret; Oct 4: Las Guitarras de España—The Spanish Guitar Duo and King of Soul; Oct 5: Charles Troy—The Creation of Chicago; Oct 9: Bo Deans; Oct 12: Unsung Gershwin featuring Justin Hayward; Oct 18: Meet the Beetles; Nov 1: Karen Mason; Nov 15: Anna Nalick; Nov 28: Buckinghams.
Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad St, St. Joseph. 269.983.3688. boxfactoryforthearts.org. The Berrien Artist Guild has converted an old box factory into a multidisciplinary arts resource, housing galleries, studios, an art shop and a café. Visitors also can take advantage of the Box Factory as an entertainment venue, attending stage performances by singers, musicians, poets and actors. Sept 27: Gemini and All God’s Children Choir.
Silver Creek Event Center, Four Winds Casino, 11111 Wilson Rd, New Buffalo. 866.494.6371. fourwindscasino.com/events. The Silver Creek Event Center is a 1,500-seat, multi-use facility that is located next to the casino floor. In addition to hosting concerts, the 70,000-square-foot event center can be reconfigured to host a variety of meetings, special events, conferences and banquets. Sept 26: Stache!; Sept 27: Smash Kings; Oct 4: Johnny Mathis.
Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, various venues. 269.982.4030. smso.org. This versatile orchestra offers a traditional Mendel Mainstage Series, small ensemble works in the Around Town Series, and the Performing Artists series, which showcases a wide range of styles with guest artists. Sept 25: The Originals—Schuyler, Knoblock, Arata and Johnson; Nov 1: Cirque de la Symphonie.
Van Andel Arena, 130 W Fulton, Grand Rapids. 616.742.6600. vanandelarena.com. Ranked second on Billboard Magazine’s 2003 Top 10 Arena Venues for its size, this $75 million 12,000-plus capacity arena offers world-class family shows, concerts and sporting events to the increasingly popular Grand Rapids area. Oct 9: Eric Church; Oct 20: CHER.
Broadway in Chicago, various venues, Chicago. 800.775.2000. broadwayinchicago.com. A joint venture between the two largest commercial theater producers and owner/operators in the U.S., Broadway in Chicago offers the finest of professional stage productions in multiple theaters, all residing in Chicago’s lively Loop. Bank of America Theatre, 18 W Monroe St. Oct 9-Nov 2: Amazing Grace; Broadway Playhouse, 175 E Chestnut. Sept 23-Oct 12: Evil Dead The Musical; Oct 14-19: Men Are From Mars—Women Are From Venus LIVE; Nov 4-Jan 4: Dee Snider’s Rock and Roll Christmas Tale; Nov 22-Jan 4: Hansel & Gretel—A Wickedly Delicious Musical Treat. Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W Randolph St. Nov 1-2: Dancing Pros—Live! Nov 18-30: Annie. Oriental Theatre, 24 W Randolph St. Nov 19: Diana Krall—Wallflower World Tour; Nov 28: Ghost Brothers of Darkland County.
Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier, 800 E Grand Ave, Chicago. 312.595.5600. chicagoshakes.com. Prominently located on Navy Pier in Chicago, this venue mounts renowned productions of the plays of William Shakespeare, as well as works from distinguished American and international playwrights and directors. The theater’s mission to reach out to younger audiences is well accomplished with its offerings of children’s productions and student matinees. The architecturally dynamic structure houses both an engaging, 500-seat courtyard theater and a 200-seat black box theater. Through Nov 9: King Lear; Sept 25-28: Mozart's the Magic Flute; Oct 15-19: Ionesco Suite; Nov 19-Dec 28: A Q Brothers’ Christmas Carol; Nov 30-Jan 18: Pericles.
The Chicago Theatre, 175 N State St, Chicago. 312.462.6300. thechicagotheatre.com. The Chicago Theatre has been a prototype for area theaters since 1921. With its lavish architecture and an elegant stage, the Chicago Theatre seats 3,600 and stands seven stories high. Oct 2: Australian Pink Floyd; Oct 3-4: Erasure; Oct 11-12: Russell Peters; Oct 14: Jackson Browne; Oct 16: Ryan Adams; Oct 17: The Piano Guys; Oct 18: Wanda Sykes; Oct 21: Jim Gaffigan; Oct 23: Laura Pausini; Oct 24: Rodrigo y Gabriela; Nov 7-8: Jason Mraz; Nov 14: Joan Rivers; Nov 15: The Fab Faux; Nov 16: Craig Ferguson; Nov 20-29: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical; Nov 30: Celtic Thunder.
The Goodman Theatre, 170 N Dearborn St, Chicago. 312.443.3800. goodmantheatre.org. Since 1925, the Goodman Theatre has provided entertainment to the Chicago area; however, a new, state-of-the-art two-theater complex was completed in 2000—75 years to the day after the dedication of the original—and resides in the vibrant North Loop Theater District within walking distance of fine hotels and restaurants. Through Oct 26: Smokefall.
Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N Halsted, Chicago. 312.335.1650. steppenwolf.org. The Chicago-based cast is an internationally renowned group of 43 artists, committed to the art of ensemble collaboration. Now in its 35th season, Steppenwolf continues to fulfill its mission by offering intriguing performances and taking artistic risks. Through Oct 19: The Midnight City; through Nov 16: The Night Alive; Oct 15-Nov 9: Animal Farm.
Victory Gardens Theater, various venues. 773.871.3000. victorygardens.org. As one of the country’s most respected midsized professional theater companies, this Tony Award-winning theater is dedicated to serving playwrights and producing world premiere plays. Programs include five mainstage productions with emphasis placed on the development of an ethnically and culturally diverse community of arts. Through Oct 12: Rest; Nov 14-Dec 14: The Testament of Mary.