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ICCA Great Lakes Quarterfinal
ICCA Great Lakes Quarterfinal
The Varsity Vocals International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) is the only global tournament that showcases the art of student a cappella singing. We are dedicated to providing top-notch collegiate a cappella groups with valuable feedback from our highly qualified judges, as well as the opportunity to perform in world-class venues across the country. Our young vocalists also have the opportunity to showcase their talent to an international audience and develop relationships with each other, cultivating the art of a cappella singing and a lifelong love of music. This event features top groups from the Great Lakes region, the top two of whom will move on to perform at the 2019 Semifinal in Chicago on March 16.
Main Stage
1/26/19

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The Nutcracker
Dec 7,8,9,14,15,16
Through its inspiring story, beautiful music, and charming choreography, The Nutcracker is a celebration of the joyous holiday season. Every year The Nutcracker takes us on an unforgettable journey with young Marie as she travels from her home on Christmas Eve to the Kingdom of Snow and the Land of the Sweets. For adults, it is a time to relive cherished memories of childhood. For children who wait with breathless anticipation for the holidays to arrive, it is the opportunity to create new memories. For everyone, it is a time for sharing and giving among family and friends.
The Nutcracker
Dec 7,8,9,14,15,16
The Nutcracker
Through its inspiring story, beautiful music, and charming choreography, The Nutcracker is a celebration of the joyous holiday season. Every year The Nutcracker takes us on an unforgettable journey with young Marie as she travels from her home on Christmas Eve to the Kingdom of Snow and the Land of the Sweets. For adults, it is a time to relive cherished memories of childhood. For children who wait with breathless anticipation for the holidays to arrive, it is the opportunity to create new memories. For everyone, it is a time for sharing and giving among family and friends.
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Dec 7,8,9,14,15,16
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Holidays on Stage & Screen
12/18

Enjoy holiday music written for the theatre, ballet, concert hall, big screen and television in this family-friendly celebration of the season!

Gregory Hughes, conductor
Ann James, narrator
Robert Hunt, baritone
VOX 3 Collective, chorus
BIZET: Farandole from L’Arlésienne
TCHAIKOVSKY: Selections from The Nutcracker
ANDERSON: A Christmas Festival
SILVESTRI: Suite from The Polar Express
SEUSS: How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Holidays on Stage & Screen
12/18
Holidays on Stage & Screen

Enjoy holiday music written for the theatre, ballet, concert hall, big screen and television in this family-friendly celebration of the season!

Gregory Hughes, conductor
Ann James, narrator
Robert Hunt, baritone
VOX 3 Collective, chorus
BIZET: Farandole from L’Arlésienne
TCHAIKOVSKY: Selections from The Nutcracker
ANDERSON: A Christmas Festival
SILVESTRI: Suite from The Polar Express
SEUSS: How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

This concert will be approximately 80 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission.
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12/18
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Chicago Academy for the Arts Senior Choreographed Dance Concert 2018
1/19/19

The Chicago Academy for the Arts presents the annual Senior Choreographed Dance Concert featuring choreography by the class of 2019.

Chicago Academy for the Arts Senior Choreographed Dance Concert 2018
1/19/19
Chicago Academy for the Arts Senior Choreographed Dance Concert 2018

The Chicago Academy for the Arts presents the annual Senior Choreographed Dance Concert featuring choreography by the class of 2019.

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Main Stage
1/19/19
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ICCA Great Lakes Quarterfinal
1/26/19
The Varsity Vocals International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) is the only global tournament that showcases the art of student a cappella singing. We are dedicated to providing top-notch collegiate a cappella groups with valuable feedback from our highly qualified judges, as well as the opportunity to perform in world-class venues across the country. Our young vocalists also have the opportunity to showcase their talent to an international audience and develop relationships with each other, cultivating the art of a cappella singing and a lifelong love of music. This event features top groups from the Great Lakes region, the top two of whom will move on to perform at the 2019 Semifinal in Chicago on March 16.
ICCA Great Lakes Quarterfinal
1/26/19
ICCA Great Lakes Quarterfinal
The Varsity Vocals International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) is the only global tournament that showcases the art of student a cappella singing. We are dedicated to providing top-notch collegiate a cappella groups with valuable feedback from our highly qualified judges, as well as the opportunity to perform in world-class venues across the country. Our young vocalists also have the opportunity to showcase their talent to an international audience and develop relationships with each other, cultivating the art of a cappella singing and a lifelong love of music. This event features top groups from the Great Lakes region, the top two of whom will move on to perform at the 2019 Semifinal in Chicago on March 16.
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1/26/19
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John Cameron Mitchell
2/22/19

Tickets for this performance go on sale Oct. 12 at 10am CT.

John Cameron Mitchell, the double Tony Award-winning, Golden Globe-nominated co-creator of Hedwig & the Angry Inch, brings songs and stories from his history in a big, brash, and bold rock spectacle, performing songs from his groundbreaking rock musical and regaling audiences with stories from 20 years of Hedwig. He will also preview songs from his upcoming musical podcast “Anthem,” starring himself, Glenn Close, Patti Lupone, Cynthia Erivo, Denis O’Hare, Laurie Anderson, and Marion Cotillard. So put on some make-up, turn up the eight-track and pull the wig down from the shelf – for a night of post-punk, neo-glam rock – a collective quest for love, hope and identity.

John Cameron Mitchell
2/22/19
The Origin of Love: The Songs & Stories of Hedwig
John Cameron Mitchell

Tickets for this performance go on sale Oct. 12 at 10am CT.

John Cameron Mitchell, the double Tony Award-winning, Golden Globe-nominated co-creator of Hedwig & the Angry Inch, brings songs and stories from his history in a big, brash, and bold rock spectacle, performing songs from his groundbreaking rock musical and regaling audiences with stories from 20 years of Hedwig. He will also preview songs from his upcoming musical podcast “Anthem,” starring himself, Glenn Close, Patti Lupone, Cynthia Erivo, Denis O’Hare, Laurie Anderson, and Marion Cotillard. So put on some make-up, turn up the eight-track and pull the wig down from the shelf – for a night of post-punk, neo-glam rock – a collective quest for love, hope and identity.

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2/22/19
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Graham Nash
March 17, 2019

Legendary artist Graham Nash is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee – with Crosby, Stills, and Nash and with the Hollies. He was also inducted twice into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, as a solo artist and with CSN, and he is a GRAMMY Award winner.

Towering above virtually everything that Graham Nash has accomplished in his long and multi-faceted career, stands the litany of songs that he has written and introduced to the soundtrack of the past half-century. His remarkable body of work, beginning with his contributions to the Hollies opus from 1964 to ’68, including “Stop Stop Stop,” “On A Carousel,” and “Carrie Anne,” continues all the way to This Path Tonight (2016), his most recent solo album. Fifteen of his songs are celebrated in the 2018 release, Over the Years…, a 2-disc collection of some of Nash’s best-known works from the past 50 years and more than a dozen unreleased demos and mixes.

This activity has been supported in part by the European Union.This activity has been supported in part by the European Union.

On sale to the general public: 10/5/2018

Graham Nash
March 17, 2019
A Benefit for the Old Town School of Folk Music’s Music Education Programs
Graham Nash

Legendary artist Graham Nash is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee – with Crosby, Stills, and Nash and with the Hollies. He was also inducted twice into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, as a solo artist and with CSN, and he is a GRAMMY Award winner.

Towering above virtually everything that Graham Nash has accomplished in his long and multi-faceted career, stands the litany of songs that he has written and introduced to the soundtrack of the past half-century. His remarkable body of work, beginning with his contributions to the Hollies opus from 1964 to ’68, including “Stop Stop Stop,” “On A Carousel,” and “Carrie Anne,” continues all the way to This Path Tonight (2016), his most recent solo album. Fifteen of his songs are celebrated in the 2018 release, Over the Years…, a 2-disc collection of some of Nash’s best-known works from the past 50 years and more than a dozen unreleased demos and mixes.

This activity has been supported in part by the European Union.This activity has been supported in part by the European Union.

On sale to the general public: 10/5/2018

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March 17, 2019
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Todd Rundgren
April 23 & 24 2019

This is a career-spanning hybrid tour that will take fans on a linear journey through Todd’s career from 1977 – 1996, while also promoting Todd’s new autobiography “The Individualist” (out Dec. 21). The show will consist of in-depth intros to each song accompanied by synched video, plus at least one audience Q&A session like a traditional book tour.

TICKETS ON-SALE 12/10/18 10am

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SiriusXM presents
Todd Rundgren
April 23 & 24 2019
The Individualist Tour
Todd Rundgren

This is a career-spanning hybrid tour that will take fans on a linear journey through Todd’s career from 1977 – 1996, while also promoting Todd’s new autobiography “The Individualist” (out Dec. 21). The show will consist of in-depth intros to each song accompanied by synched video, plus at least one audience Q&A session like a traditional book tour.

TICKETS ON-SALE 12/10/18 10am

Click here to purchase a 2-show Package!

 

Click here to see a full seating chart of the Athenaeum Main Stage. 

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April 23 & 24 2019
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Professor Brian Cox
May 9, 2019

“Brian Cox is as Famous, if not more famous, in the U.K. than Carl Sagan EVER was here in America.

If you’ve never heard of him, you’ve gotta know about this guy.”

– Neil deGrasse Tyson

The Professor Brian Cox UNIVERSAL world tour 2019. With state of the art imagery using massive ultrahigh definition screens Brian will explore the nature of space and time from the big bang to black holes, the latest missions to the planets and the origin and fate of life and intelligence in the Universe. He offers a fascinating insight into the workings of nature at the most fundamental level.

Whether an avid science reader or a total novice, Universal will make the latest scientific discoveries and ideas accessible.

Brian will be joined by his co-host of The Infinite Monkey Cage and award-winning comedian Robin Ince to oversee an audience Q&A, giving fans the chance to ask any questions they have and making every show unique.

“If I had a torch I would hand it to Brian Cox” – Sir David Attenborough

Professor Brian Cox
May 9, 2019
Universal - Adventures in Space & Time
Professor Brian Cox

“Brian Cox is as Famous, if not more famous, in the U.K. than Carl Sagan EVER was here in America.

If you’ve never heard of him, you’ve gotta know about this guy.”

– Neil deGrasse Tyson

The Professor Brian Cox UNIVERSAL world tour 2019. With state of the art imagery using massive ultrahigh definition screens Brian will explore the nature of space and time from the big bang to black holes, the latest missions to the planets and the origin and fate of life and intelligence in the Universe. He offers a fascinating insight into the workings of nature at the most fundamental level.

Whether an avid science reader or a total novice, Universal will make the latest scientific discoveries and ideas accessible.

Brian will be joined by his co-host of The Infinite Monkey Cage and award-winning comedian Robin Ince to oversee an audience Q&A, giving fans the chance to ask any questions they have and making every show unique.

“If I had a torch I would hand it to Brian Cox” – Sir David Attenborough

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Main Stage
May 9, 2019
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Cat & Nat
May 10, 2019

Hilarious best friends Cat and Nat created a massive online community of moms by sharing their ultra-real and just a bit R-rated dispatches from the mom trenches. From what not to eat a few days postpartum (chicken wings) to the most effective ways to avoid post-partum sex, Cat & Nat’s newest book, Mom Truths is everything no one will tell you about having kids.

In tandem with their book release, Cat and Nat are hitting the road to tell never-before-told stories about the stress, guilt, joy, and laundry (oh the laundry!) of being a mom. Join them as they shine a witty light on some of the hardest topics in motherhood, all while celebrating this amazing community of women who come from all walks of life but are united in the idea that we’re all just doing the best we can.

Cat & Nat
May 10, 2019
Cat & Nat

Hilarious best friends Cat and Nat created a massive online community of moms by sharing their ultra-real and just a bit R-rated dispatches from the mom trenches. From what not to eat a few days postpartum (chicken wings) to the most effective ways to avoid post-partum sex, Cat & Nat’s newest book, Mom Truths is everything no one will tell you about having kids.

In tandem with their book release, Cat and Nat are hitting the road to tell never-before-told stories about the stress, guilt, joy, and laundry (oh the laundry!) of being a mom. Join them as they shine a witty light on some of the hardest topics in motherhood, all while celebrating this amazing community of women who come from all walks of life but are united in the idea that we’re all just doing the best we can.

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May 10, 2019
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Studio One
Chicago For The Holidays
Dec 14 - 3pm & 7pm

Join us for our first annual holiday showcase, which will be the opening to our second season. Our young artists will be performing timeless classics, skits, and sketches that the entire family can enjoy.

Chicago For The Holidays
Dec 14 - 3pm & 7pm
Chicago For The Holidays

Join us for our first annual holiday showcase, which will be the opening to our second season. Our young artists will be performing timeless classics, skits, and sketches that the entire family can enjoy.

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Studio One
Dec 14 - 3pm & 7pm
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Studio Two
The Elder Son, by Alexander Vampilov
11/15 - 12/22
The Elder Son cleverly tells of love and loneliness, mutual understanding and vulnerability, and explores the desperate need for every person to belong. A case of stolen identity and a confluence of circumstances leads to a hilarious misunderstanding, changed lives and ultimately true love.
Bluebird Arts presents
The Elder Son, by Alexander Vampilov
11/15 - 12/22
The Elder Son, by Alexander Vampilov
The Elder Son cleverly tells of love and loneliness, mutual understanding and vulnerability, and explores the desperate need for every person to belong. A case of stolen identity and a confluence of circumstances leads to a hilarious misunderstanding, changed lives and ultimately true love.
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Studio Two
11/15 - 12/22
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Studio Three
The Dark at the Top of the Stairs
11/22 - 12/16
The setting is a small Oklahoma town in the early 1920s and the home of the Flood family — Rubin, a traveling salesman for a harness firm; Cora, his sensitive and lovely wife; Sonny, their little boy; and Reenie, their teenage daughter. A series of short stories unfolds — the fight between a husband and wife; the fear of an overly shy young girl on going to a dance; the problems of an introverted little boy who feels that the whole world is against him; the corroding marriage of Cora’s rowdy sister; and the tragedy of a military school cadet who suffers from the stigma of being a Jew in an alien community. There is dark at the top of everyone’s stairs, but it can be dissipated by understanding, tolerance and compassion.
The Dark at the Top of the Stairs
11/22 - 12/16
part of the 2018 William Inge Season
The Dark at the Top of the Stairs
The setting is a small Oklahoma town in the early 1920s and the home of the Flood family — Rubin, a traveling salesman for a harness firm; Cora, his sensitive and lovely wife; Sonny, their little boy; and Reenie, their teenage daughter. A series of short stories unfolds — the fight between a husband and wife; the fear of an overly shy young girl on going to a dance; the problems of an introverted little boy who feels that the whole world is against him; the corroding marriage of Cora’s rowdy sister; and the tragedy of a military school cadet who suffers from the stigma of being a Jew in an alien community. There is dark at the top of everyone’s stairs, but it can be dissipated by understanding, tolerance and compassion.
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Studio Three
11/22 - 12/16
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