Sure, October was full of tricks and treats, but November’s when the really wild stuff starts to happen. Cozy up with your favorite daredevil—and get ready to choose your own adventure with these three madcap picks.
When: Nov. 11, 1 p.m. or 4:30 p.m.
Where: Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St., Chicago
From the small screen to the big stage, this is one that your creature lovers won’t want to miss. For two shows only, PBS stars—and legit zoologists—Martin and Chris Kratt will bring their hit show, fresh from its sixth Daytime Emmy nom, to the Cadillac Palace for a blend of live-action comedy, loads of animation and up close and personal adventures with some of the world’s most fascinating critters. New Creature Powers and animal factoids galore? Check. Onscreen help from Aviva and the Tortuga HQ gang and thwarting from a “villain”? Check. And cheerfully suited-up (and seated) audience members ready and willing to call out answers on this epic journey to rescue a new pal? Oh, check.
When: Through Nov. 24
Where: Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble St., Chicago
Can a story about the great divide between the haves and the have-nots still be incredibly fun to watch? (Absolutely.) Adventure Stage Chicago is bringing its company premiere of Oliver Emanuel’s The Adventures of Robin Hood to the Vittum Theater, under the direction of physical theater expert Adrian Danzig (500 Clown Trapped) for a modern—and irreverent—twist on the beloved medieval legend. Featuring only three actors, this impressively energetic story has more heroes and villains than you can shake all of Sherwood Forest at—while still being anchored in enough heart to explore what it means to be the Good Guy.
When: Through Nov. 25
Where: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago
File this one under New Pet Cautionary Tales: When the Monroe family brings home a lost bunny after a Dracula screening one (dark and stormy) night, Chester the cat is suspicious. Jealousy? Or maybe the fact that the new member of the family just happens to have fangs? The wonderfully non-spooky musical adaptation of Deborah and James Howes’ 1979 book about embracing our differences is best for kids 5 and up, and runs one hour without intermission. Somebunny want more interactive fun? On Saturdays and Sundays (after the 11 a.m. show and before the 1 p.m. one), join Lifeline for the Stories Come Alive! hour, complete with storytelling, theater games and completely normal (and non-drained) vegetables.
This article originally appeared in the November 2018 issue of Chicago Parent. Read the rest of the issue.