Family Theater Shows Not to Miss in Chicagoland

We're so happy to see the return of in-person theater shows!

Going to a show can be an incredible experience for children at any age and Chicago’s theater scene has always offered so many kid-friendly performances.

From performances based on television shows or books to unique dance shows, we’ve gathered up a list of the best family-approved shows in Chicagoland.

Note: We’re updating our website as quickly as we can, but changes may occur due to COVID-19. Please double check before heading out for the most updated information on safety precautions, vaccine requirements and any last-minute cancellations.


Jan. 17-29, 2023

Ages 13 and up elebrate the broadway show, Chicago’s 25th anniversary and see a tale about fame, fortune and all that jazz.

Disney on Ice presents Frozen & Encanto

Jan. 19-22, Feb. 2-5, 2023

At this show, families will enjoy seeing Mirabel, her sisters, Isabela and Luisa, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff, Sven and more.

Las Wavys

Jan. 19-Feb. 11, 2023 (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays-Sundays)

See a performance about four students from the South Side of Chicago band that together to become Las Wavys, crimefighters and DJ Superheroes.

Music House School of Performing Arts Presents: The Nutcracker and the Magic Carousel

Jan. 21-22, 2023

Join Music House School of Performing Arts in experiencing their version of the Nutcracker, which is an adapted non-traditional, non-sectarian story intended to be inclusive for all.

Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago Presents Avant Garden

Jan. 22, 2023

This concert is the launch of Avant Garden, created with composer/curator Thomas Nickell, aiming to provide the Oistrakh audience with a variety of unique musical experiences.

Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live Glow Party

Jan. 28-29, 2023

See Mega Wrex™, Bigfoot®, Bone Shaker™, Tiger Shark, plus the all-new Gunkster™ light up the floor as they smash, crash and compete in epic monster truck battles! Spectacular laser light shows and Hot Wheels toy giveaways, too.

The Young People’s Theatre of Chicago Presents Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

Feb. 4-26, 2023 (Saturdays-Sundays)

See the Young People’s Theatre of Chicago’s premiere performance of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, adapted from the book by Mo Willems.

Chicago Kids Company presents THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE

Through Feb. 17, 2023

A one-hour musical adaptation which features a cast composed of professional actors, colorful costumes and scenery, sing-a-long songs and audience participation. For ages 2-10.


Feb. 21-26, 2023

See the award-winning musical with original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, but with new chorography and all-new lighting design.

Imagine U: The Snowy Day and Other Stories By Ezra Jack Keats

Feb. 24-March 12, 2023 (Fridays-Sundays)

Enjoy this performance based on the book by Ezra Jack Keats.  It is packed with humor and fun for ages 3-plus.

Once Upon a Symphony: Stone Soup

Feb. 25, 2023

In partnership with the Chicago Children’s Theatre, families can enjoy hearing the story, Stone Soup, while accompanied by the symphony.

Chicago Kids Company presents THE THREE LITTLE PIGS

Through March 10, 2022

A one-hour musical adaptation which features three sister piggies who set out to build their own houses. Features plenty of audience participation. For ages 2-10.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

April 15-May 14, 2023 (Saturdays-Sundays)

The performance of The Very Hungry Caterpillar is based on author/illustrator Eric Carle’s beloved book. Each show features a menagerie of over 75 magical puppets. For all ages.

This post is updated regularly.

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