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Blue Man Group, dates and times vary, Briar Street Theatre, 773/348-4000​​

A Clown Car Named Desire, open run, The Second City E.T.C. Theatre

The Dinner Detective, open run, Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel

Cupid Has A Heart On: A Musical Guide to Relationships, open run, Stage 773

Late Nite Catechism, open run, Royal George Theatre

Bo Thomas and the Case of the Sky Pirates, through September 21, Raven Theatre

Maleness To Manhood: Reclamation Of The Young Black Man, through October 5, South Side Community Art Center

Africa Wrapped, Robed and Beaded (exhibit), through October 6, Art Institute of Chicago

12 Nights, through October 6, Chopin Theatre

The Mountaintop, through October 6, Court Theatre

Evita, through October 6, Oriental Theatre 

The Resurrection of Alice, through October 20, eta Creative Arts Foundation

It's All-Right To Have A Good Time: The Story of Curtis Mayfield, through October 20, Black Ensemble Theater

Pullman Porter Blues, through October 20, Goodman Theatre
In The Heights, through October 6, Paramount Theatre in Aurora

Kevin James, September 12, Chicago Theatre

Australia's Thunder From Down Under, September 12-14, Park West

Paquita La Del Barrio (with El Puma De Sinaloa), September 13, RiverEdge Park in Aurora

The Yardbirds (with special guests Kashmir's Tribute to Led Zeppelin, September 13, Arcada Theatre

Psychedelic Furs, September 14, House of Blues

Cher Lloyd: "I Wish Tour," September 15, Vic Theatre

Debbie Reynolds, September 15, Arcada Theatre

Rakim, September 19, The Shrine

The Joffrey Ballet presents Russian Masters, through September 22, Auditorium Theatre
The Joffrey Ballet presents four performances of Russian Masters through September 22 at the Auditorium Theatre.
The Eagles, September 20, United Center

Common (with special guests), September 20, House of Blues

Parmalee, September 20, Joe's Bar

Jimmy Cliff, September 20, Concord Music Hall

Earth, Wind & Fire, September 20-21, Chicago Theatre

Steve Hackett's Genesis Revisited, September 20-21, Arcada Theatre

Stephanie Mills, September 21, North Central College's Pfeiffer Hall in Naperville

Steve Earle & The Dukes, September 21, The Vic

Chicago Football Classic (Morehouse College vs Central State University), September 21, Soldier Field (kickoff at 4 p.m.)

"J. Cole: What Dreams May Come" tour, September 21, Arie Crown Theater

Dane Cook, September 22, Chicago Theatre
​Double Trouble, through October 6, Porchlight Music Theatre Stage 773

Hank Williams: Lost Highway, through October 6, The Greenhouse Theater Center

Next to Normal, through October 6, Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace

The Book of Mormon, through October 6, Bank of America Theatre

9 to 5, The Musical, through October 20, Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire

The Crownless King, through October 20, Chopin Theatre

"Dinosaurs Alive!" through October 27, Brookfield Zoo

The Color Purple, through October 27, Mercury Theater

Legends, Myths And Truths: Jun Kaneko, through November 3, Boeing Galleries at Millennium Park

Million Dollar Quartet, through January 5, Apollo Theater​

"Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair," through January 5, Chicago History Museum
World-class circus performers will pair with a live symphony orchestra and pop star Debbie Gibson on September 27 for an action-packed, family-oriented performance set to classical, pop and original music at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.
Photograph by Michael Brosilow
Fiestas Patrias Aurora will bring the sound, culture and taste of Mexico to RiverEdge Park on September 14 and September 15. The two-day cultural and music festival will feature a variety of international music acts, folklorico dancing, exhibit booths and food vendors. Events on Sunday, the 15th, will begin with a parade through downtown Aurora.
In a scene from Pullman Porter Blues (left to right), Larry Marshall, Tosin Morohunfola and Cleavant Derricks interact in the Goodman Theatre production that runs through October 20. The award-winning play was written by Cheryl L. West and is being directed by Chuck Smith. 
The legendary group, The Eagles, will perform a collection of their multiple hits on September 20 at the United Center. 
Ciara ("Private Performance"), September 26, House of Blues

Big & Rich: "Party Like Cowboyz" Tour (with special guest Cowboy Troy, September 27, Congress Theater

Paul Revere & The Raiders, Mitch Ryder, Jimmie "JJ" Walker, September 27, Star Plaza Theatre

Old School Freestyle Jam, featuring Biz Markie, Johnny O, Slick Rick, Sugarhill Gang, Cynthia, Black Sheep, September 27, The Venue at Horseshoe Casino

Cirque Musica, September 27, Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates

Iron and Wine, September 27, Chicago Theatre

Manhattan Transfer with special guest Typhanie Monique, September 27, City Winery

Phoenix (with The Vaccines), September 28, Aragon Ballroom

Pet Shop Boys, September 28, Auditorium Theatre

Blues Guitar Unsung: An Evening of All Instrumental Blues Guitar with Dave Specter and Eric Noden, September 28, Old Town School of Folk Music

Hyde Park Jazz Festival, September 28-29, various neighborhood venues. Go to for more information.

Lionel Richie: "All The Hits All Night Long," September 29, United Center

Suzanne Vega, September 29-30, City Winery
Nick Offerman, October 3, Chicago Theatre

"How Sweet The Sound: The Search for the Best Choirs in America" (hosted by Donald Lawrence and Yolanda Adams), October 5, Arie Crown Theater

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, October 5, Chicago Theatre

V103 25th Anniversary (featuring Charlie Wilson, Chaka Khan, Robin Thicke and Bell Biv Devoe), October 5, Allstate Arena

The Moody Blues, October 5, The Venue at Horseshoe Casino

Molly Ringwald, October 5, Arcada Theatre

Weird Al Yankovic, October 12, Rialto Square Theatre
Playwright Cheryl L. West On Pullman Porter Blues
"I was interested in writing a play about trains and this particular story because my grandfather worked on the postal trains. When he retired, he used to still talk about stories of being on the trains, and he always got the faraway expression, sort of like he still romanticized the trains––as it was one of the best times of his life. So I wondered if this would be an interesting topic. As I researched more and more about what the Pullman porters had gone through, I knew it was inherent in the story––drama, conflict, joy, comedy––and on that one night everything kind of collides on this train. It's a very large show, and when I sit in the room and watch the magic happen––all of these wonderful actors, the director––there are so many artists that it takes to make this train come alive. And it's just stunning and exciting to watch. So I'm very grateful to see this show come alive, and I am amazed that there are so many people who say this is important."

Pullman Porter Blues runs through October 20 in the Albert Theatre at the Goodman Theatre. Tickets range from $25-$86 (subject to change) and are on sale now. Purchase tickets by phone at 312.443.3800, box office located at 170 N. Dearborn, or visit