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Blue Man Group, open run, Briar Street Theatre

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

Dream Freaks Fall From Space, open run, Second City

Late Nite Catechism, open run, Royal George Theatre

The Color Purple, July 17 through July 29, Auditorium Theatre

Clear CONscience, through July 18, Annoyance Theatre

Waitress, through July 22, Cadillac Palace Theatre

Guards at the Taj, through July 22, Steppenwolf Theatre

Haymarket, through July 22, The Den Theatre

You Can't Take It With You, through July 22, Oak Park Festival Theatre

Martin Luther On Trial, through July 22, McAninch Arts Center

Spotlight Reading: The Independence of Eddie Rose, July 23, Court Theatre

No Home for Bees, through July 28, Flat Iron Arts Building

Steamworks: The Musical, through July 29, Annoyance Theatre

Southern Gothic, through July 29, Windy City Playhouse

Hamlet, through July 29, The Gift Theatre

The Odd Couple, through July 29 Oil Lamp Theatre

Daughters of Ire, through July 29, Open Door Theater

Romeo and Juliet, through July 29, Conservatory

Come From Away, July 30 through August 18, Cadillac Palace Theatre

The Roommate, through August 5, Steppenwolf Theatre

Monty Python's Spamalot, thrhough August 5, Mercury Theatre

The End of TV, through August 5, Chopin Theatre
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Victims of Duty, through August 5, Red Orchid Theatre

3 Blocks From Broadway, through August 8, Annoyance Theatre

Pamplona, through August 19, Goodman Theatre

20,000 Leagues Under the Seas, through August 19, Lookingglass Theatre

Scenes for a Green World, through August 19, Greenhouse Theater Center

The Harvest, through August 25, The Den Theatre

Fugue 3, through August 25, Pendulum Theater Space

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, through August 26, Drury Lane Theatre

Rick Stone The Blues Man, through August 26, Black Ensemble Theater

Gaslight District, through September 2, Second City

Heartbreak Hotel, through September 9, Broadway Playhouse

Avenue Q, through September 9, Mercury Theater

BUDDY––The Buddy Holly Story, through September 15, American Blues Theater

Mind Reader, through October 31, Greenhouse Theater Center

Bible Bingo, through November 17, Royal George Theatre 

Hamilton, through January 20, 2019, CIBC Theatre
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT . . . 
                   BUDDY––THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY 
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Pitchfork Music Festival, July 20-22, 1501 W. Randolph

Chicago Craft Beer Festival, July 21-22, Lincoln Park (Webster Street and Sheffield Avenue)

Fiesta del Sol 2018, July 26-29, Pilsen (1000-1600 W. Cermak Road, between Morgan and Ashland)

Wicker Park Fest, July 27-29, Wicker Park (Milwaukee Avenue and North Avenue)

Aurora Puerto Rican Heritage Festival, July 28-29, RiverEdge Park in Aurora

Amplified Chicago Blues (exhibit), through August 10, Chicago History Museum

"Tuesdays on the Terrace," through September 25, Museum of Contemporary Art

Bronzeville Echoes: Faces And Places of Chicago's African American Music (exhibit), through January 6, Chicago Cultural Center
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Summer Jam 2018 (featuring Big Sean, Trey Songz, YFN Lucci, Money Bagg Yo, Lil Baby, Famous Dex, Kash Doll, CDOT Honcho, Queen Key), July 26, United Center

The Smithereens, July 26, Arcada Theatre

Bebel Gilberto, July 26, Evanston SPACE

Mavis Staples (with Marc Broussard), July 27, Evanston SPACE

Downtown Alive! Heartache Tonight, July 27, RiverEdge Park in Aurora

Musiq Soulchild (featuring Avant), July 28, Country Club Hills Theater

Indigo Girls (with Lydia Loveless), July 28, Evanston SPACE

Foo Fighters, July 29, Wrigley Field

Wiz Khalifa & Rae Sremmurd: "Dazed and Blazed Tour," July 29, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Jeff Beck & Paul Rodgers and Ann Wilson, July 29, Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

Chanticleer, July 31, Ravinia
         (Go From "I Don't Know" To Being "In The Know")
A theater version of the popular movie Waitress is at the Cadillac Palace Theatre through July 22.
In the prequel to long-running Million Dollar QuartetHeartbreak Hotel focuses on the early life of Elvis Presley, through September 9 at Broadway Playhouse.
Award-winning saxophonist Boney James will be joined by Avery Sunshine at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino on July 20.
After a brief hiatus, BUDDY––The Buddy Holly Story has returned to the American Blues Theater for an encore performance through September 15. The production focuses on the true story of the Texas rock & roller's brief but highly influential career and highlights classic songs such as "That’ll be the Day," "Peggy Sue," The Big Bopper’s "Chantilly Lace," Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba" and many others. Holly is considered to be one of the most instrumental figures in the evolution of rock music. For more information and tickets, go to www.americanbluestheater.com. 
The legendary vocalist Mavis Staples performs at Evanston S.P.A.C.E. on July 27.
The weekly jazz event of "Tuesdays on the Terrace" at the Museum of Contemporary Art continues through September 25. The schedule includes Thaddeus Tukes' Viibez on July 17, Fred Anderson Legacy Band (featuring Tatsu Aoki) on July 24 and Katie Ernst with Twin Talk on July 31.
Mary J. Blige, July 20, Ravinia

Boney James and Avery Sunshine, July 20, The Venue at Horseshoe Casino

Kenny Lattimore, July 20 (7 p.m. and 10 p.m.), City Winery

Goodie MobCee Lo GreenKhujoT-MoBigg Gipp, July 20, Park West

B.J. Thomas, July 22, Arcada Theatre

"The Rock & Roll Express Tour": 3 Doors Down & Collective Soul (with special guest Soul Asylum), July 24, Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island