European-Style Urban Antique Market: The Randolph Street Market Festival

at Plumbers Union Hall, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Sat, December 10
Sat, January 28
Sat, February 25
FULL PRICE: $8 - $14
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $7

The Randolph Street Market Festival has been described as a "mecca of cool," "the Barney's of vintage" and the best Chicago venue for people-watching. In other words, it's a can't-miss Chicago shoppin... [more+]

The Randolph Street Market Festival has been described as a "mecca of cool," "the Barney's of vintage" and the best Chicago venue for people-watching. In other words, it's a can't-miss Chicago shopping experience. Home of the world-famous Chicago Antique Market and Indie Designer Market and open monthly to the public, the festival is an internationally recognized European-style shopping extravaganza in Chicago's historic West Loop, featuring select purveyors of high-quality, amazingly priced "finds." Are you a music fiend? Browse through thousands of collectible records at the Vinyl Depot. A gourmand? Feast your senses on the delectable wares of the Fancy Food Market. Perhaps you've got more eclectic taste? The Global Goods Bazaar features handcrafted goods from local artisans representing many cultures. [less-]

Tragedy, Vengeance & Murder in Ancient Greek Tale "Electra"

at Court Theatre, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Sat, December 10
Sun, December 11
Sun, December 11
FULL PRICE: $48 - $68
OFFER PRICE: $24 - $34

Following the murder of her father at the hands of her mother, Electra lives in exile, gripped by a furious desire to avenge his death. When her brother Orestes returns to claim the throne as its righ... [more+]

Following the murder of her father at the hands of her mother, Electra lives in exile, gripped by a furious desire to avenge his death. When her brother Orestes returns to claim the throne as its rightful heir, a tragedy of sacrifice, betrayal and assassination ignites the stage in this gripping production of the ancient Greek drama. Directed by Seret Scott -- whose 2014 production of "Native Son" was called "Gutsy, powerful [and] relentless" by the "Chicago Tribune" -- "Electra" is coming to the Court Theatre. [less-]

Murder, Intrigue & Forbidden Love Abound in "It's Christmas Goddamnit"

at The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Sat, December 10
Fri, December 16
Sat, December 17
FULL PRICE: $20
OFFER PRICE: $10

Going home to visit family for the holidays can be a struggle -- but for the James family, this Christmas is going to be an ordeal for the record books. As the traditional passive-aggressive silences ... [more+]

Going home to visit family for the holidays can be a struggle -- but for the James family, this Christmas is going to be an ordeal for the record books. As the traditional passive-aggressive silences and dinner table sniping begin, Dad shocks the room by announcing that he's been having an affair with the next-door neighbor. Adding to the mayhem, one of the family's loathed uncles has been murdered -- and the slow-witted son of Dad's next-door paramour is the prime suspect! Filled with dysfunction, hilarity and disaster, "It's Christmas Goddamnit" at Chicago's The Annoyance Theatre and Bar will make your family's problems seem quaint by comparison. [less-]

"EL Stories: Holiday Train": Real-Life Mass Transit Adventures, With a Seasonal Spin

at Greenhouse Theater Center, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Sat, December 10
Fri, December 16
Sat, December 17
+ 5 more dates
Sat, December 10
Fri, December 16
Sat, December 17
Fri, December 30
Fri, January 06
Sat, January 07
Fri, January 13
Sat, January 14
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FULL PRICE: $20
OFFER PRICE: $10

"EL Stories: Holiday Train" is the seasonal variation of the long-running hit show about harrowing, hair-raising and hilarious true stories of Chicago train and bus experiences. Based on interviews wi... [more+]

"EL Stories: Holiday Train" is the seasonal variation of the long-running hit show about harrowing, hair-raising and hilarious true stories of Chicago train and bus experiences. Based on interviews with Windy City citizens from various backgrounds and neighborhoods, this show isn't just a collection of funny mass transit stories performed live -- it's a look at the way the people of Chicago interact as a community, particularly during the holidays. Just like every "EL Stories" show, each performance of "Holiday Train" features an audience volunteer's story performed live. [less-]

Unscripted Laughs From Second City's Improv All-Stars

at UP Comedy Club, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Sat, December 10
Mon, December 12
Mon, December 19
+ 9 more dates
Sat, December 10
Mon, December 12
Mon, December 19
Mon, January 02
Tue, January 03
Wed, January 04
Fri, January 06
Sat, January 07
Sun, January 08
Sun, January 15
Sun, January 22
Sun, January 29
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FULL PRICE: $18 - $31
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $15.50

Chicago is renowned across the world as the home of great improv comedy. With this show, the Windy City's finest improvisers prove it, as they perform under the direction of the legendary Mick Napier,... [more+]

Chicago is renowned across the world as the home of great improv comedy. With this show, the Windy City's finest improvisers prove it, as they perform under the direction of the legendary Mick Napier, who's helmed numerous shows for the famed Second City. Called "slick and entertaining" by the "Chicago Tribune", the hour-long show includes plenty of audience interaction, with hilarious and thoroughly original results. The talented cast includes the cream of the crop from the company that birthed the careers of Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and many more. Plus, no matter how many times you go, it's always a one-of-a-kind evening with fresh laughs. [less-]

Mother & Son Confront a Haunting Past in "The Little Flower of East Orange"

at Athenaeum Theatre, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Sat, December 10
Sun, December 11
Thu, December 15
+ 3 more dates
Sat, December 10
Sun, December 11
Thu, December 15
Fri, December 16
Sat, December 17
Sun, December 18
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FULL PRICE: $30
OFFER PRICE: $16

When Therese Marie arrives in the emergency room of a small hospital in the Bronx, suffering from hypothermia and in shock, the doctors and nurses think she's just another abandoned elderly woman who ... [more+]

When Therese Marie arrives in the emergency room of a small hospital in the Bronx, suffering from hypothermia and in shock, the doctors and nurses think she's just another abandoned elderly woman who can't even tell them her name. But Therese Marie's dementia is not all that it seems. And when her prodigal son, Danny, returns to New York, she struggles to maintain her dignity despite his insistence on confronting ugly family secrets. Stephen Adly Guirgis' "The Little Flower of East Orange" introduces us to a mother and son who together must face a long family legacy of abuse in order to find the true meaning of grace. Eclipse Theatre Company brings this unconventional family drama to Chicago's Athenaeum Theatre for its Midwest premiere. [less-]

"A Hedda Gabler": Groundbreaking Psychological Drama

at Pride Arts Center , Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Sat, December 10
Sun, December 11
Mon, December 12
+ 3 more dates
Sat, December 10
Sun, December 11
Mon, December 12
Thu, December 15
Fri, December 16
Sat, December 17
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FULL PRICE: $20
OFFER PRICE: $10

Featuring one of the most compelling and contradictory female characters ever to hit the stage or screen, Henrik Ibsen's "A Hedda Gabler" stirs up trouble in this fast, sexy, tense and surprisingly fu... [more+]

Featuring one of the most compelling and contradictory female characters ever to hit the stage or screen, Henrik Ibsen's "A Hedda Gabler" stirs up trouble in this fast, sexy, tense and surprisingly funny adaptation. Just back from a long honeymoon, possibly pregnant and bored by her academic husband, Hedda fears a life of tedious convention. But aided and abetted by a predatory cohort, she begins to manipulate the fates of those around her with devastating and tragic consequences. Catch the Midwest premiere of "A Hedda Gabler", directed by Max Truax, at the Pride Arts Center in Chicago. [less-]

Musical Gore Comedy Spoofs Possession Stories

at The Charnel House, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Sat, December 10
Thu, December 15
Fri, December 16
+ 1 more dates
Sat, December 10
Thu, December 15
Fri, December 16
Sat, December 17
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FULL PRICE: $22.50
OFFER PRICE: $8.50 - $11

Looking for a gruesomely funny antidote to all that warm and fuzzy holiday cheer? Look no further than The Cowardly Scarecrow Theatre Company's "Musical Horror Story: Exorcism". The creators of "Music... [more+]

Looking for a gruesomely funny antidote to all that warm and fuzzy holiday cheer? Look no further than The Cowardly Scarecrow Theatre Company's "Musical Horror Story: Exorcism". The creators of "Musical of the Living Dead", voted "Chicago Reader"'s Best Musical, cooked up this new musical horror-comedy that is full of original songs and over-the-top special effects, all building to a climax that is sure to turn heads. In 1960s New Orleans, a mysterious young woman arrives at a home for wayward girls. Soon, increasingly terrifying paranormal activity overtakes the convent. Don't miss this goofy and gory homage to demonic possession stories at The Charnel House in Chicago. [less-]

Santa's Dirty Secrets Exposed: "The Eight: Reindeer Monologues"

at The Frontier, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Sat, December 10
Sun, December 11
Mon, December 12
+ 8 more dates
Sat, December 10
Sun, December 11
Mon, December 12
Thu, December 15
Fri, December 16
Sat, December 17
Sun, December 18
Tue, December 20
Wed, December 21
Thu, December 22
Fri, December 23
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FULL PRICE: $20
OFFER PRICE: $10

Something very wrong happened at the North Pole -- or did it? A down-and-dirty dark comedy, "The Eight: Reindeer Monologues", takes a look at the seedy side of Santa and Mrs. Claus, as a sex scandal r... [more+]

Something very wrong happened at the North Pole -- or did it? A down-and-dirty dark comedy, "The Eight: Reindeer Monologues", takes a look at the seedy side of Santa and Mrs. Claus, as a sex scandal rocks Santa's North Pole and his "trusty" reindeer take the stage to dish all kinds of St. Nick dirt. Accusations, rumors and all-out attacks fly faster than the jolly ol' man's sleigh in this foul-mouthed play that's sure to have mature audiences howling with holiday laughs. Find out what really goes on at the North Pole in this black comedy that's definitely for adults only at The Frontier. [less-]

"After the Dance" Explores Relationships in the Context of War

at Royal George Theatre, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Sat, December 10
Fri, December 16
Sat, December 17
+ 1 more dates
Sat, December 10
Fri, December 16
Sat, December 17
Sun, December 18
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FULL PRICE: $29
OFFER PRICE: $15

When Terrance Rattigan's "After the Dance" first premiered in London in 1939, its darker nature kept audiences, who were largely focused on the approaching war, from fully embracing it. A 2010 London ... [more+]

When Terrance Rattigan's "After the Dance" first premiered in London in 1939, its darker nature kept audiences, who were largely focused on the approaching war, from fully embracing it. A 2010 London revival, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, was both a commercial and a critical success, with "The Guardian" calling Rattigan one of the "supreme dramatists of the 20th century." Now "After the Dance" comes to Chicago's Royal George Theatre. Beautiful couple David and Joan Scott-Fowler host the most outrageous parties in town, but with one war over and another fast approaching, change is coming. When the young Helen Banner arrives at their Mayfair home, David and Joan are forced to confront some harsh truths about themselves and the world around them, with devastating consequences. [less-]

"Goy to the World and a Happy Jew Year" Explores Being Jewish During the Holidays

at The Public House Theatre, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Sat, December 10
Sun, December 11
Sat, December 17
+ 1 more dates
Sat, December 10
Sun, December 11
Sat, December 17
Sun, December 18
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FULL PRICE: $10
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $5

Ah, the plight of the Jews ... during the holidays. If you're a Jewish (or non-Jewish; hey, we're inclusive here) Chicagoan who likes to laugh, head to The Public House Theatre for "Goy to the World a... [more+]

Ah, the plight of the Jews ... during the holidays. If you're a Jewish (or non-Jewish; hey, we're inclusive here) Chicagoan who likes to laugh, head to The Public House Theatre for "Goy to the World and a Happy Jew Year". This holiday comedy tackles the ins and outs of Jewish family life, especially during the very Christian pageantry of the holidays, and pokes fun of things like the blandness of kosher food. It's a fun way to either see your own life humorously depicted or better understand your Jewish friend or neighbor's life. [less-]

"Late Nite Catechism": The Interactive Comedy Hit

at Royal George Theatre, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Sat, December 10
Sat, December 17
Sat, December 24
+ 9 more dates
Sat, December 10
Sat, December 17
Sat, December 24
Sat, December 31
Sat, January 07
Sun, January 08
Sat, January 14
Sun, January 15
Sat, January 21
Sun, January 22
Sat, January 28
Sun, January 29
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FULL PRICE: $31
OFFER PRICE: $16

This is no easygoing modern Sunday school, this is old-time religion. "Late Nite Catechism" is a hilarious two-act solo performance that's part catechism class from back in the day, part stand-up rout... [more+]

This is no easygoing modern Sunday school, this is old-time religion. "Late Nite Catechism" is a hilarious two-act solo performance that's part catechism class from back in the day, part stand-up routine. Dressed in her head-to-toe habit, Sister will command the stage at the Royal George Theatre in Chicago, taking you back to the days of Latin Mass and meatless Fridays when discipline meant a smack of the old ruler across the knuckles. You heard right, this interactive comedy turns the audience into Sister's class as she rewards you, the "students," for correct answers with glow-in-the-dark rosaries and other nifty prizes. Naughty students may well find themselves on stage, sitting in a corner while reflecting upon their naughty actions. [less-]

"I Am My Own Wife": Incredible True Story of WWII Survival

at Theater Wit, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Sat, December 10
FULL PRICE: $40
OFFER PRICE: $20

The story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf is almost too incredible to be believed, but it's true. During the height of World War II in Germany, this 65-year-old transgender German managed to live openly as... [more+]

The story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf is almost too incredible to be believed, but it's true. During the height of World War II in Germany, this 65-year-old transgender German managed to live openly as a woman under the noses of both the Nazis and Communists. Based on conversations with Charlotte, playwright Doug Wright wrote this Pulitzer Prize-winning piece, which also scored two Tonys on Broadway. Now, About Face Theatre's production of "I Am My Own Wife" comes to Chicago's Theater Wit. [less-]

"The Ultimate Christmas Carol": Screwball Musical Sendup of Holiday Favorite

at Steel Beam Theatre , St. Charles
OFFER DATES:
Sat, December 10
Fri, December 16
Sat, December 17
+ 3 more dates
Sat, December 10
Fri, December 16
Sat, December 17
Thu, December 22
Thu, December 29
Fri, December 30
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FULL PRICE: $28
OFFER PRICE: $14

This updated version of Charles Dickens' beloved story "A Christmas Carol" has a few surprises up Scrooge's sleeves. He's breaking all of the Christmas rules and making the Cratchit Family -- and joll... [more+]

This updated version of Charles Dickens' beloved story "A Christmas Carol" has a few surprises up Scrooge's sleeves. He's breaking all of the Christmas rules and making the Cratchit Family -- and jolly London -- feel the burn. Combining elements of the original tale with some modern bends, original holiday songs, audience participation and sing-along ghostly visits, Steel Beam Theatre presents a screwball musical sendup of the holiday favorite. Bring the whole family for some seasonal fun in St. Charles. [less-]

Live Comedy at the World Famous Laugh Factory

at Laugh Factory Chicago, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Sat, December 10
Wed, December 14
Sat, December 17
+ 3 more dates
Sat, December 10
Wed, December 14
Sat, December 17
Wed, December 21
Sat, December 24
Wed, December 28
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FULL PRICE: $10 - $17
OFFER PRICE: COMP

Named the No. 1 Comedy Club in the country by "USA Today", the Laugh Factory regularly hosts top-notch headliners, including up-and-coming comedians from Chicagoland and beyond, and big-name stars fro... [more+]

Named the No. 1 Comedy Club in the country by "USA Today", the Laugh Factory regularly hosts top-notch headliners, including up-and-coming comedians from Chicagoland and beyond, and big-name stars from TV and film. You never know who may drop by for a set. Laugh Factory's roster of performers has included Jim Carrey, Dave Chappelle, Ellen DeGeneres, Kathy Griffin, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart and many more -- almost anyone you can think of in the comedy business. With tableside food and drink service and stellar talent on stage, Laugh Factory is a surefire bet for a great night out. [less-]

Raunchy Standup Comedy Showcase

at Laugh Factory Chicago, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Sat, December 10
Sat, December 17
Sat, December 24
FULL PRICE: $17
OFFER PRICE: COMP

If you're looking for good, clean fun then you better steer clear of "The Nasty Show". Bringing together Chicago's best standups onto one stage, this showcase will get down and dirty to entertain you ... [more+]

If you're looking for good, clean fun then you better steer clear of "The Nasty Show". Bringing together Chicago's best standups onto one stage, this showcase will get down and dirty to entertain you with a night of no-holds-barred comedy. Held at Chicago's Laugh Factory, these comics come fully unleashed and will deliver some of the most ground-breaking, shocking, raunchy and hilarious material they've got. Forget adorable puns and get ready to strap in for an evening of in-your-face and (of course) nasty comedy. [less-]

"The Ha-Ha-Holiday Show": Seasonal Improv

at Laugh Out Loud Chicago, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Sat, December 10
Sat, December 10
Fri, December 16
+ 7 more dates
Sat, December 10
Sat, December 10
Fri, December 16
Fri, December 16
Sat, December 17
Sat, December 17
Fri, December 23
Fri, December 23
Fri, December 30
Fri, December 30
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FULL PRICE: $20
OFFER PRICE: $5 - $10

Just as reliable as Santa's Christmas Eve sleigh ride -- and sure to be much funnier -- the annual holiday-themed show at Laugh Out Loud Chicago returns with its stockingful of seasonal mayhem. The im... [more+]

Just as reliable as Santa's Christmas Eve sleigh ride -- and sure to be much funnier -- the annual holiday-themed show at Laugh Out Loud Chicago returns with its stockingful of seasonal mayhem. The improv comedy pros at Laugh Out Loud Chicago take your suggestions and turn them into short comedy scenes and games, improvised carols and more, all designed to get you through the yuletide stress with a smile on your face. The early shows are cool for the kids to attend, while the later editions are aimed at adults. [less-]

"Chagrin Falls": Drama Follows Life in a Dead-End Town

at The Den Theatre - Theatre 2B, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Sat, December 10
FULL PRICE: $28
OFFER PRICE: $14

"Chagrin Falls" stops in on a bleak Oklahoma town where all the residents make their living off of death and captivity -- whether at the cattle slaughterhouse or the penitentiary. Get a bird's eye vie... [more+]

"Chagrin Falls" stops in on a bleak Oklahoma town where all the residents make their living off of death and captivity -- whether at the cattle slaughterhouse or the penitentiary. Get a bird's eye view of life there when this award-winning play comes to Chicago's Den Theatre. [less-]

"Late Nite Catechism" Writer's "Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night"

at Royal George Theatre, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Sat, December 10
Sun, December 11
Fri, December 16
+ 7 more dates
Sat, December 10
Sun, December 11
Fri, December 16
Sat, December 17
Sun, December 18
Fri, December 23
Sat, December 24
Fri, December 30
Sat, December 31
Sun, January 01
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FULL PRICE: $31
OFFER PRICE: $16

Vicki Quade, creator of the smash hit "Late Nite Catechism", invites you to get into the Christmas spirit with her hilarious holiday show, "Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night". Brush up on your ... [more+]

Vicki Quade, creator of the smash hit "Late Nite Catechism", invites you to get into the Christmas spirit with her hilarious holiday show, "Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night". Brush up on your Yuletide trivia, because with this uniquely interactive show, you'll be playing for actual prizes. Bingo caller Mrs. Mary Margaret O'Brien will have you in stitches as she tackles the wackiest myths and most outrageous facts about Christmas, including jolly old St. Nick's origins and where candy canes come from. [less-]

Cure for the Holiday Blues in "Yet Another Holiday Show"

at Laugh Out Loud Theater - Schaumburg, Schaumburg
OFFER DATES:
Sat, December 10
Sat, December 10
Fri, December 16
+ 7 more dates
Sat, December 10
Sat, December 10
Fri, December 16
Fri, December 16
Sat, December 17
Sat, December 17
Fri, December 23
Fri, December 23
Fri, December 30
Fri, December 30
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FULL PRICE: $20
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $10

If you can't take another festive, glowing homage to the glory of the holiday season, "Yet Another Holiday Show" has your cure. Whether singing along with an improvised carol about the worst presents ... [more+]

If you can't take another festive, glowing homage to the glory of the holiday season, "Yet Another Holiday Show" has your cure. Whether singing along with an improvised carol about the worst presents you've ever received or watching Santa guess what people "really" want for Christmas, you provide the inspiration and the actors provide the laughs. Hunker down with some comedy to help you survive the season, or at least the end of the night. Bring the whole family for the early show or go with just the adults for the late show, where anything goes, at Laugh Out Loud Theater in Schaumburg. [less-]