With more than 200 theaters in town, there’s no better place than Chicago to get your dose of arts and culture — and you can do it on a budget. Our partners at the League of Chicago Theatres and Hot Tix curated this list of must-see shows for the week. Check for half-price tickets by clicking each link or visit Hottix.org — and check back each week for more hot picks!

This Week’s Theatre Highlights:


ThronesThrones! A Musical Parody

Apollo Theater Chicago
2540 N. Lincoln in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood

A hilarious parody of Game of Thrones born from the twisted minds of Baby Wants Candy, one of the most exhilarating improv ensembles in the world.
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Direct Direct from Death Row The Scottsboro Boys

Raven Theatre
6157 N. Clark in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood
Back by popular demand!

Nine African-American teenagers falsely accused in 1931 of assaulting two white Alabama women spent decades in the legal system fighting for their lives. Their story is kept alive through songs, a magic act, skits, and soft shoe.
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JubaJUBA! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance

Chicago Human Rhythm Project at the Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E. Chicago along Chicago’s Magnificent Mile

Extraordinary foot drummers and percussive arts masters from around the globe share the stage. 3 nights, 3 unique shows July 21-23.
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Bat BoyBat Boy The Musical

Griffin Theatre at The Den Theatre
1333 N. Milwaukee in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood
Closing Sunday, July 24!

A dark satirical commentary on prejudice and tolerance in America based on the “cult story” published in The Weekly World News about a half boy/half bat creature discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia.
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ThaddeusThaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure

Lookingglass Theatre Company
821 N. Michigan along Chicago’s Magnificent Mile

Dive deep into the divided heart of American culture and show biz for a daring cavalcade of slapstick, song and dance, and burlesque as two best friends risk everything to make it to the top together.
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Between Riverside and CrazyBetween Riverside and Crazy

Steppenwolf Theatre
1650 N. Halsted in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood

A celebration of the glorious contradictions that make up human nature, this rowdy dark comedy looks at the slippery nature of justice, and the grit it takes to finally move on.
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The Wirtz Center of Northwestern University
30 Arts Circle Drive in the suburb of Evanston

Bridging generations and viewpoints, Hair is the first musical to electrify Broadway with an infused rock-n-roll score featuring the enduring songs “Let the Sun Shine In,” “Aquarius,” “Hair” and “Good Morning Starshine.”
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BiteBITE: A Pucking Queer Cabaret

Pride Films and Plays at Mary’s Attic
5400 N. Clark in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood

An immersive, pop-rock ode to A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Mary’s Attic will be filled with music, dance, and fairies of all kinds, as BITE retells one of the Bard’s beloved love stories through a queer lens.
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