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Blue Man Group, open run, Briar Street Theatre

Thirsty! open run, Apollo Theater

The Winner . . .of Our Discontent, open run, Second City

Violet, through January 13, The Den Theatre

Hard Times, through January 14, Lookingglass Theatre

Blind Date, January 20 through February 25, Goodman Theatre

Wicked, through January 21, Oriental Theatre

Sammy: A Tribute To Sammy Davis Jr., through January 21, Black Ensemble Theater

Red Velvet, through January 21, Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Ragtime: The Musical, January 24 through March 18, Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire

The Tortoise and the Hare, January 24 through February 19, Beverly Arts Center

Skeleton Crew, January 25 through March 3, Northlight Theatre

Turandot, through January 27, Lyric Opera

Beautiful--The Carole King Musical, through January 28, Cadillac Palace Theatre

BLKS, through January 28, Steppenwolf Theatre

The Odd Couple, through January 28, Prairie Lakes Theatre

Peter and the Starcatcher, through January 28, Piven Theatre

All My Sons, through February 11, Court Theatre

Jitney, through February 11, Congo Square Theatre

The Humans, January 30 through February 11, Cadillac Palace Theatre

For The Loyal, through February 4, Athenaeum Theatre

Cabaret, February 7 through March 18, Paramount Theatre
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The Good Fight, through February 17, City Lit Theater

Flamingo and Decatur, through February 18, Theater Wit

Montauciel Takes Flight, through February 18, Lifeline Theatre

Five Mile Lake, through February 24, Shattered Globe Theatre

Potted Potter, through February 25, Broadway Playhouse

Last of the Red Hot Lovers, through February 25, Oil Lamp Theater

Traitor, through February 25, A Red Orchid Theatre

I Puritani, February 4 through February 28, Lyric Opera

A Moon for the Misbegotten, February 7 through March 18, Writers Theatre

Love Never Dies: The Phantom Returns, February 14 through March 4, Cadillac Palace Theatre

Rose, through March 11, Greenhouse Theater Center

The Greatest Story Never Told, through March 18, Under The Gun Theater

Shark Tank: The Musical, through March 30, Annoyance Theatre

The Second City's She the People: Girlfriends' Guide to Sisters Doing It for Themselves, through April 1, UP Comedy Club

Tony 'n Tina's Wedding, through May 23, Chicago Theatre Works 

Hamilton, through September 2, 2018, PrivateBank Theatre
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"Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah," January 13-14, Auditorium Theatre

The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, through January 20, Stage 773

Disney On Ice: Dare To Dream, January 24 through February 11, Allstate Arena

Chicago Restaurant Week, January 26 through February 8, various venues

21st annual Fillet of Solo festival, January 28, Lifeline Theatre

Disney On Ice: Dare To Dream, January 31 through February 4, United Center

The Joffrey Ballet: Modern Masters, February 7-18, Auditorium Theatre

Chicago Theatre Week, February 8-18, various venues (featuring more than 120 productions)

Rodin: Sculptor and Storyteller (exhibit), through March 4, Art Institute of Chicago
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ASSORTED ACTIVITIES
The Killers, January 16, United Center

Lalah Hathaway, January 18, House of Blues

Eric Benét, January 19, City Winery

Mr. Mojo Risin' (Tribute To The Doors), January 20, Arcada Theatre


Walk The Moon (Press Restart Tour), January 26, Aragon Ballroom

Richard Marx, January 26, Genesee Theatre

Pedro Fernandez, January 27, Auditorium Theatre

ABBA MANIA, January 28, Arcada Theatre

Jacob Sartorius (The Left Me Hangin' Tour), January 28, House of Blues

John Mulaney, January 30 through February 3, Chicago Theatre

Marquel JordanAlthea ReneLin Rountree, February 3, The Montrose Room

Judy Collins, February 4, City Winery

Case, February 6, City Winery

Melanie Fiona, February 7, City Winery

"The Valentine's Love Jam" (featuring Tyrese, Joe, Ginuwine, Avant, Next), February 8, Wintrust Arena

10,000 Maniacs, February 9-10, City Winery

Brandy Clark, February 14, City Winery

Little Big TownKacey Musgraves & Midland, February 16, Allstate Arena

Katt Williams Live Comedy Show, February 17, Wintrust Arena

Nick ColionneSteve Cole, February 17, The Montrose Room
Lee Ann Womack, January 20-21, City Winery

The Buckinghams, January 21, Arcada Theatre

Tedeschi Trucks Band, January 25, 26, 27, Chicago Theatre

The O'Jays, January 26, The Venue at Horseshoe Casino


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The award-winning Wicked has returned to Chicago and runs through January 21 at the Oriental Theatre.
Country music star Lee Ann Womack performs at City Winery on January 20-21.
Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning stage and screen actress Sarah Paulson, who portrayed attorney Marcia Clark in the miniseries American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, will be the honoree at the 2018 Women in the Arts Luncheon at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel on January 22. The Steppenwolf Theatre event highlights leading artists who are significantly impacting the theatrical arts. Steppenwolf Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro will lead a lively conversation with the actress who received four consecutive Emmy nominations for TV's American Horror Story and who is set to co-star in the movies The Post and Ocean's 8, the female-oriented spinoff of Ocean's Eleven. She also will star in the Netflix original series Ratched. Past honorees at the annual luncheon include Joan Allen, Laurie Metcalf, Martha Plimpton, Julianna Margulies, Phylicia Rashad, Claire Danes, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Julianne Nicholson and Mary-Louise Parker. For tickets and more information, go to www.steppenwolf.org.
The Black Ensemble Theater's production of Sammy: A Tribute To Sammy Davis Jr. continues through January 21.
Melanie Fiona performs at City Winery on February 7.
The Chicago Restaurant Week runs from January 26 through February 8.