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Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group at Briar Street Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

Blue Man Group is a multi-sensory experience that fuses innovative theatrical spectacle and powerful original music with hilarious comedy to create a performance experience unlike any other. One of the world's most popular theatrical productions, today's Blue Man Group is a blend of signature material that has been in the show since the opening, as well as newer passages that examine the influence of technology on today's world with a funny and perceptive look at contemporary communication vehicles.

When: Performance dates and times vary. A full schedule can be found at:
Cost: $49-$99

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical

Emerald City Theatre Company | Chicago, Ill.

In a world where a trip to the Laundromat threatens to separate Trixie from her beloved bunny, a girl needs a hero to help--Dad. Can her parents understand what she's saying in time to rescue Knuffle Bunny? Performances run Oct. 2, 2012-Jan. 6, 2013.

Cost: $16, $13 kids, limited number of $10 tickets available for all performances

Hip-Hop Aesop III: Jazzed, Bopped and Beat-Boxed

eta Creative Arts Foundation | Chicago, Ill.

This third installment continues the marriage of classic literature to music. Students will be introduced to Blues concepts along with other contemporary music. Playwright J. e Franklin reconstructs timeless fables about morals and values that stimulate critical thinking in a setting filled with music, fun, and laughter. Showtimes are 10 a.m. and noon Monday-Friday from Oct. 29-June 14. Summer performances are June 24-Aug. 2.


Cost: $6

It Shoudda Been Me

eta Creative Arts Foundation | Chicago, Ill.

Teenage DeShawn goes from making exceptional to poor grades in a matter of months due to the violent death of his best friend and the break-up of his family. Presented in collaboration with the University of Chicago Urban Health Initiative, this performance examines the need to recognize signs of depression in youth due to family disintegration and violence. Performances run Oct. 29-June 14.

When: 10 a.m. and noon Monday-Friday
Cost: $6


Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences | Lincolnshire, Ill.

Join Cinderella, her Fairy Godmother, a handsome Prince, and two selfish stepsisters in Rodgers and Hammerstein's most beloved tale. Performances run Nov. 17-Dec. 31.

Cost: $15

The Gifts of the Magi

Porchlight Music Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

In 1905, newlyweds Jim and Della lovingly sacrifice their greatest possessions and find a holiday treasure in this family-friendly show. Performances run Nov. 17-Dec. 23.

Cost: Call for cost.

It's A Wonderful Life: A Radio Play presented by WS Rep

Raue Center for the Arts | Crystal Lake, Ill.

Inspired by the classic holiday film, this production is presented as a 1940's live radio broadcast in front of a live audience. It's your chance to fall in love with the story of Bedford Falls all over again. 8 p.m. Nov. 23, 24, 30; Dec. 1, 14, 15; 3 p.m. Dec. 1.


Cost: $22-$28

Dance Chicago

Stage 773 | Chicago, Ill.

See a variety of styles ranging from hip-hop, ballet, tap and jazz to contemporary and more. The festival is a cornerstone of the city's fall dance season and showcases more than 300 individual dynamic acts from more than 2,500 talented dancers and choreographers from some of Chicago's best dance companies. Check website for schedule. Oct. 20-Dec. 1.

When: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $17-$30

Music Free Mondays

Airtastic Play Land | Aurora, Ill.

Every Monday is music-free for our friends who don't like all of the noise. Visit our website at for more information.

When: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Cost: Visit website for coupons

Social Skills Classes

Airtastic Play Land | Aurora, Ill.

Program is managed by Stepping Stones Therapy. Social skills groups provide interactive and fun opportunities to increase speech, language, oral-motor, motor planning, socialization and sensory processing and modulation skills. Visit to request additional information.

Cost: Check website

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