One of the many wonderful aspects of living in Chicago is the wide variety of live shows, concerts, and theater options. From the Second City improv theater, Broadway in Chicago, the Chicago Opera House, and all of the many smaller venues in addition to the sheer number of places to see live music, the Windy City might be one of America's best places to see any kind of live performance.
Second City and Improv Comedy - Often considered the birthplace of modern comedy, the Second City Improv club and the number of other improv comedy spots in Chicago mean that you can find a great place to enjoy some drinks and have a laugh any night of the week.
The Chicago Theater District - Chicago's theaters are perhaps surpassed only by Broadway itself. There are several classic theaters scattered throughout the Loop, including the Chicago Theater, the Oriental Theater, and the Cadillac Palace. The Broadway in Chicago shows also mean that the best of New York and the general theater world shows up in downtown Chicago on a regular basis.
Joffrey Ballet and the Steppenwolf Theater - Live dance performances of all kinds are popular in Chicago, but these two venues might be the most amazing places to see some of the country's best and most unique dance performances, all within walking distance or a short cab ride from downtown Chicago.
Chicago Festivals - While there are many reasons we love Chicago in the summer, one of the biggest ones is all festivals featuring live entertainment that ranges from local bands, comedians, and performance artists to national acts.
Movies in the Park - For a more casual kind of live show, seeing a classic film showing on one of the large outdoor screens in the city's many parks can be a great way to spend a summer evening. Bring a picnic and maybe a bottle of wine, and you'll have a wonderful summertime Chicago evening.
Live Music in Chicago - There are so many places to see live musicians in Chicago that we cannot begin to list them on this blog, but it almost goes without saying that living in downtown Chicago means you'll have access to plenty of concerts from internationally renowned performers and local legends.
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