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Theatre Week and Theatre Discounts in Chicago


Chicago is a theatre town with a lot of amazing choices!  From Broadway Tours to regional theatre to tiny black box spaces producing amazing art, Chicago has it all! 

While visiting Chicago, there are many ways to save a buck or two on theatre tickets. See below for some suggestions. 

Be sure to check with the theatre you plan to attend as many theatres will run their own specials or discounts daily or weekly.  Chciago Shakespeare Theatre

Some of the theatres participating are The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf, Timeline Theatre, ComedySportz, Apollo Theatre, and The Chicago Theatre. The list goes on.

For a complete list of theatres participating, go to Chicago Theatre Week.

If you are NOT visiting Chicago during February, there are still many theatre discounts in Chicago!

Here is my advice for theatre-goers on a budget:

  • Theatre Specific Discounts: Spend a little quality time on your chosen Theatre’s website. Often theatres offer discounts for students, seniors, day of tickets or even a pay-what-you-like day.
  • Previews: Most regional theatres have previews. A preview is basically seeing the show before the critics do. Since the show is still rehearsing while previews are going on, it is still evolving and isn’t the “final product” yet.
  • Industry Nights: If you happen to be in the theatre industry, most theatres offer discount nights for you!
  • Discount Websites/Locations: There are a handful of discount websites that offer great deals for seating. Be sure to read the fine print- Sometimes the seats have limited view. Try StubHub.
  • The Lottery: Broadway in Chicago often offers a lottery! If you win, you get tickets for a fraction of the price. I recommend contacting individual theatres to confirm or check here for details.
  • Saints/Volunteer: If you are a local or plan to be in the area a few times a year, you can volunteer as an usher to see the show for free! Many Chicago theatres use an organization called The Saints. There is a small membership fee but you can essentially see as much Chicago theatre as you can fit into your schedule.

In the end, Chicago theatre is amazing and certainly worth the bucks. Choose something that inspires you. Choose something that challenges you. Choose something you would love to see and the cost won’t matter.


About The Author

Canden Arciniega

Canden is a historian and tour guide in Washington DC with 4 published books about the city. She has written for HuffPost Travel and has been featured in the Washington Post, WTOP, and numerous other DC papers. She's also been interviewed by the BBC, NPR, Travel Channel and Discovery Family Channel. Canden is the producer of our podcast, Tour Guide Tell All With a M.A. in History from University College London and a B.A. in History from Elon University, she is an authority on D.C. history, and has led tours in the city for over 10 years. She currently resides in DC, but has also lived in London and South Korea, and has travelled to 28 countries. Her two children (both under the age of 4) have their passports and own frequent flier accounts.
Updated: September 26th, 2021
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