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Tapped For The Very First Time
June 23rd & 29th

Tapped for the Very First Time is a celebration of Tap Dance, Live Music and LGTBQIA Pride. Hosted by Mattrick Swayze and featuring the JC Brooks Band, the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus, lasers, and a TON of surprises, Tapped has all-new live arrangements of songs by the greatest divas of the past fifty years, including Cher, Chaka Khan, Bette Midler and MORE. The Award-Winning Chicago Tap Theatre are bringing “entertainment to a whole new plane of joy and love,” according to The Chicago Tribune.

Tapped For The Very First Time
June 23rd & 29th
Tapped For The Very First Time

Tapped for the Very First Time is a celebration of Tap Dance, Live Music and LGTBQIA Pride. Hosted by Mattrick Swayze and featuring the JC Brooks Band, the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus, lasers, and a TON of surprises, Tapped has all-new live arrangements of songs by the greatest divas of the past fifty years, including Cher, Chaka Khan, Bette Midler and MORE. The Award-Winning Chicago Tap Theatre are bringing “entertainment to a whole new plane of joy and love,” according to The Chicago Tribune.

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June 23rd & 29th
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2018 National Yo-Yo Contest
June 30 & July 1
2018 National Yo-Yo Contest
June 30 & July 1
2018 National Yo-Yo Contest
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June 30 & July 1
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How I Built This with Guy Raz: Live from Chicago with Peter Rahal
July 18

NPR’s How I Built This with Guy Raz is going live! On Wednesday, July 18 in Chicago, join HIBT creator and host Guy Raz in conversation with Peter Rahal, the co-founder of RXBAR. Rahal first made the protein bars in his parents’ suburban kitchen, then built the company into a $600 million business.

Like NPR’s How I Built This podcast, the evening will inspire you to think big as you embark on your own ventures: business, non-profit, creative, and beyond. Be sure to arrive early to share your own entrepreneurial stories in photo booths in the lobby.

Doors open and photobooth opens: 6:00 pm

Conversation begins: 7:00 pm

Conversation ends: 8:30 pm (approximately)

NPR thanks local member station WBEZ 91.5FM Chicago for its support of this event.

THIS EVENT IS CURRENTLY SOLD OUT. PLEASE LIKE US FACEBOOK, FOLLOW US ON TWITTER, OR SIGN UP FOR OUR E-MAILS FOR UPDATES ON ADDITIONAL TICKETS OR PERFORMANCES IF THEY ARE ADDED. 

How I Built This with Guy Raz: Live from Chicago with Peter Rahal
July 18
Sponsored by American Express
How I Built This with Guy Raz: Live from Chicago with Peter Rahal

NPR’s How I Built This with Guy Raz is going live! On Wednesday, July 18 in Chicago, join HIBT creator and host Guy Raz in conversation with Peter Rahal, the co-founder of RXBAR. Rahal first made the protein bars in his parents’ suburban kitchen, then built the company into a $600 million business.

Like NPR’s How I Built This podcast, the evening will inspire you to think big as you embark on your own ventures: business, non-profit, creative, and beyond. Be sure to arrive early to share your own entrepreneurial stories in photo booths in the lobby.

Doors open and photobooth opens: 6:00 pm

Conversation begins: 7:00 pm

Conversation ends: 8:30 pm (approximately)

NPR thanks local member station WBEZ 91.5FM Chicago for its support of this event.

THIS EVENT IS CURRENTLY SOLD OUT. PLEASE LIKE US FACEBOOK, FOLLOW US ON TWITTER, OR SIGN UP FOR OUR E-MAILS FOR UPDATES ON ADDITIONAL TICKETS OR PERFORMANCES IF THEY ARE ADDED. 

This NPR How I Built This: Live series is backed by American Express. Don’t do business without it.
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July 18
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Alice in Wonderland, Jr.
August 17 & 18

Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her madcap adventures. Featuring updated songs from Disney’s thrilling animated motion picture, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR.is a fast-paced take on the classic tale.

The ever-curious Alice’s journey begins innocently enough as she chases the White Rabbit. Her adventures become increasingly more strange as she races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game!

Alice in Wonderland, Jr.
August 17 & 18
Alice in Wonderland, Jr.

Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her madcap adventures. Featuring updated songs from Disney’s thrilling animated motion picture, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR.is a fast-paced take on the classic tale.

The ever-curious Alice’s journey begins innocently enough as she chases the White Rabbit. Her adventures become increasingly more strange as she races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game!

This all-ages performance lasts 90 minutes with no intermission. Children under 2 are free, but must sit on a guardian's lap.
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August 17 & 18
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Lakeview Orchestra’s
10/2/18 - 6/11/19

Highlights of Lakeview Orchestra’s 2018/2019 Season – the orchestra’s first at the Athenaeum Theatre – include fan favorites like Respighi’s PINES OF ROME, Holst’s THE PLANETS, Dvorak’s NEW WORLD SYMPHONY, Stravinsky’s THE RITE OF SPRING, and John William’s STAR WARS SUITE. The season also features a number of world-class soloists: Pianist ANDREW STAUPE, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Bassoonist MILES MANER, and Lyric Opera Violinist HEATHER WITTELS, and more! The CHICAGO CHAMBER CHOIR will make their debut appearance with Lakeview Orchestra to conclude the season with Gabriel Faure’s REQUIEM.

  • Oct 2, 2018: Pines of Rome
  • Nov 13, 2018: Celestial Objects
  • Dec 18, 2018: Holidays on Stage & Screen
  • Feb 5, 2019: Dvorak’s New World
  • Mar 19, 2019: The Rite of Spring
  • Apr 30, 2019: Emperor Concerto
  • Jun 11, 2019: Faure’s Requiem
Season Packages on Sale Now!
Individual Concert Tickets on Sale August 1, 2018
Lakeview Orchestra’s
10/2/18 - 6/11/19
2018/2019 Season Packages
Lakeview Orchestra’s

Highlights of Lakeview Orchestra’s 2018/2019 Season – the orchestra’s first at the Athenaeum Theatre – include fan favorites like Respighi’s PINES OF ROME, Holst’s THE PLANETS, Dvorak’s NEW WORLD SYMPHONY, Stravinsky’s THE RITE OF SPRING, and John William’s STAR WARS SUITE. The season also features a number of world-class soloists: Pianist ANDREW STAUPE, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Bassoonist MILES MANER, and Lyric Opera Violinist HEATHER WITTELS, and more! The CHICAGO CHAMBER CHOIR will make their debut appearance with Lakeview Orchestra to conclude the season with Gabriel Faure’s REQUIEM.

  • Oct 2, 2018: Pines of Rome
  • Nov 13, 2018: Celestial Objects
  • Dec 18, 2018: Holidays on Stage & Screen
  • Feb 5, 2019: Dvorak’s New World
  • Mar 19, 2019: The Rite of Spring
  • Apr 30, 2019: Emperor Concerto
  • Jun 11, 2019: Faure’s Requiem
Season Packages on Sale Now!
Individual Concert Tickets on Sale August 1, 2018
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10/2/18 - 6/11/19
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Welcome to Night Vale
October 8

WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.

Turn on your radio and hide. ‘http://www.welcometonightvale.com/’

Donor pre-sale begins on Wednesday, June 20 at 10am

TICKETS GO ON SALE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC 6/22 10am

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Welcome to Night Vale
October 8
Welcome to Night Vale

WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.

Turn on your radio and hide. ‘http://www.welcometonightvale.com/’

Donor pre-sale begins on Wednesday, June 20 at 10am

TICKETS GO ON SALE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC 6/22 10am

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October 8
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MST3K LIVE!
Nov 16

MSTies! The MST3K Live 30th Anniversary Tour is coming your way on 11/16/18 at the Athenaeum Theatre.

Jonah, the Bots, plus a familiar face in a red jumpsuit.

Tickets on sale Friday June 8th at 10am.

 

MST3K LIVE!
Nov 16
30TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
MST3K LIVE!

MSTies! The MST3K Live 30th Anniversary Tour is coming your way on 11/16/18 at the Athenaeum Theatre.

Jonah, the Bots, plus a familiar face in a red jumpsuit.

Tickets on sale Friday June 8th at 10am.

 

The Brain - 7pm / Deathstalker -10PM
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Nov 16
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The Dollop
Dec 1, 2018

The 3rd annual Chicago Podcast Festival is proud to present The Dollop  in their only Chicago-area live performance in 2018.

The Dollop
Dec 1, 2018
Part of the Chicago Podcast Festival
The Dollop

The 3rd annual Chicago Podcast Festival is proud to present The Dollop  in their only Chicago-area live performance in 2018.

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Dec 1, 2018
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Studio One
Firefly Love
6/29 - 7/15
Maria goes on a journey to the homeland of her favorite playwright, Henrik Ibsen. She dreams of being inspired, but instead finds another woman who is identical to her. From the moment that she meets her copy on a funicular to Mount Floyen, she begins the journey to find herself. She enlists the help of her best friend, Lola, and together they follow the other Maria to the other end of the world.
Firefly Love
6/29 - 7/15
by Alejandro Ricaño • translated by Héctor Garza • directed by Rinska Carrasco‑Prestinary
Firefly Love
Maria goes on a journey to the homeland of her favorite playwright, Henrik Ibsen. She dreams of being inspired, but instead finds another woman who is identical to her. From the moment that she meets her copy on a funicular to Mount Floyen, she begins the journey to find herself. She enlists the help of her best friend, Lola, and together they follow the other Maria to the other end of the world.
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6/29 - 7/15
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Bliss (or Emily Post is Dead!)
7/21 - 8/25

It’s 1960 in North Orange, NJ. Clytemnestra and Medea are now housewives with a pill addiction, and Antigone is the teenage girl next door who is in love with a black boy. On the surface, they’re seemingly blissful to follow the “rules” of Emily Post, the American author famous for writing on etiquette. But that’s just the surface. Then Cassandra, a black working girl, moves into their neighborhood and all routines are interrupted.

Cassandra is determined to finally break the curse of Apollo, the gorgeous and egotistical god who gave her this “gift” of prophecy but made it so no one would ever believe her. He makes it clear his curse is practically indestructible: yet all she must do is convince someone to believe her. Can Cassandra convince them they now have a choice in this modern era? That they don’t have to live a doomed existence? Can all four women escape their ongoing fate? Screen reader support enabled.

Bliss (or Emily Post is Dead!)
7/21 - 8/25
Bliss (or Emily Post is Dead!)

It’s 1960 in North Orange, NJ. Clytemnestra and Medea are now housewives with a pill addiction, and Antigone is the teenage girl next door who is in love with a black boy. On the surface, they’re seemingly blissful to follow the “rules” of Emily Post, the American author famous for writing on etiquette. But that’s just the surface. Then Cassandra, a black working girl, moves into their neighborhood and all routines are interrupted.

Cassandra is determined to finally break the curse of Apollo, the gorgeous and egotistical god who gave her this “gift” of prophecy but made it so no one would ever believe her. He makes it clear his curse is practically indestructible: yet all she must do is convince someone to believe her. Can Cassandra convince them they now have a choice in this modern era? That they don’t have to live a doomed existence? Can all four women escape their ongoing fate? Screen reader support enabled.

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7/21 - 8/25
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Studio Two
Fuddy Meers
June 9, 2018 - July 8, 2018

Claire has a rare form of psychogenic amnesia that erases her memory whenever she goes to sleep. This morning, like all mornings, she wakes up a blank slate. But today turns out different. She’s kidnapped by a limping, lisping, half-blind, half-deaf man in a ski mask who claims he’s there to save her, and he spirits her off to her mother’s house. Every twist and turn in this funhouse plot bring Claire closer to revealing her past life and everything she thought she’d forgotten. It’s one harrowing and hilarious turn after another on this roller coaster ride through the day of an amnesiac trying to decipher her fractured life. This poignant and brutal comedy traces one woman’s attempt to regain her memory while surrounded by a curio-cabinet of alarmingly bizarre characters.

Fuddy Meers
June 9, 2018 - July 8, 2018
Fuddy Meers

Claire has a rare form of psychogenic amnesia that erases her memory whenever she goes to sleep. This morning, like all mornings, she wakes up a blank slate. But today turns out different. She’s kidnapped by a limping, lisping, half-blind, half-deaf man in a ski mask who claims he’s there to save her, and he spirits her off to her mother’s house. Every twist and turn in this funhouse plot bring Claire closer to revealing her past life and everything she thought she’d forgotten. It’s one harrowing and hilarious turn after another on this roller coaster ride through the day of an amnesiac trying to decipher her fractured life. This poignant and brutal comedy traces one woman’s attempt to regain her memory while surrounded by a curio-cabinet of alarmingly bizarre characters.

Recommended for ages 13+, due to strong language. Performance lasts two hours with a 15-minute intermission.
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Studio Two
June 9, 2018 - July 8, 2018
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Nightmares and Nightcaps
Aug 17 - Sept 15

Before The Twilight Zone, there was British expatriate John Collier writing humorous stories about the bizarre and fantastical for The New Yorker and sardonic screenplays in Hollywood throughout the first half of the 20th century. In this world premiere adaptation, an ominous host (Black Button Eyes favorite, Kevin Webb) weaves together Collier’s comic tales of love, loss and the mysterious for the audience’s delight.

No late seating. Recommended for ages 13+. Performance lasts 75 minutes without intermission.

Nightmares and Nightcaps
Aug 17 - Sept 15
The Stories of John Collier
Nightmares and Nightcaps

Before The Twilight Zone, there was British expatriate John Collier writing humorous stories about the bizarre and fantastical for The New Yorker and sardonic screenplays in Hollywood throughout the first half of the 20th century. In this world premiere adaptation, an ominous host (Black Button Eyes favorite, Kevin Webb) weaves together Collier’s comic tales of love, loss and the mysterious for the audience’s delight.

No late seating. Recommended for ages 13+. Performance lasts 75 minutes without intermission.

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Studio Two
Aug 17 - Sept 15
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Studio Three
Bus Stop
7/12- 8/19
In the middle of a howling snowstorm, a bus out of Kansas City pulls up at a cheerful roadside diner. All roads are blocked, and four or five weary travelers are going to have to hole up until morning. Cherie, a nightclub chanteuse in a sparkling gown and a seedy fur-trimmed jacket, has been pursued and finally kidnapped by a twenty-one-year-old cowboy with a ranch of his own and the romantic methods of an unusually headstrong bull. Meanwhile the proprietor of the cafe and the bus driver at last find time to develop a friendship of their own; a middle-age scholar comes to terms with himself; and a young girl who works in the cafe also gets her first taste of romance. Ensemble member Steve Scott directs.
Bus Stop
7/12- 8/19
part of the 2018 William Inge Season
Bus Stop
In the middle of a howling snowstorm, a bus out of Kansas City pulls up at a cheerful roadside diner. All roads are blocked, and four or five weary travelers are going to have to hole up until morning. Cherie, a nightclub chanteuse in a sparkling gown and a seedy fur-trimmed jacket, has been pursued and finally kidnapped by a twenty-one-year-old cowboy with a ranch of his own and the romantic methods of an unusually headstrong bull. Meanwhile the proprietor of the cafe and the bus driver at last find time to develop a friendship of their own; a middle-age scholar comes to terms with himself; and a young girl who works in the cafe also gets her first taste of romance. Ensemble member Steve Scott directs.
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Studio Three
7/12- 8/19
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