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Best Upcoming Theater Productions In Chicago

Chicago is known for its arts and theater community, with a variety of theater venues scattered throughout the city and surrounding suburbs. While heading to the local cinema can be great for some weekend fun, nothing quite compares to the magic of watching a live theatrical performance. Winter in Chicago doesn't quite allow for many outdoor activities, so heading to an indoor event can be just the thing to be worthy of braving the cold. Check out some of the best upcoming theater productions in Chicago, and infuse your winter with a little bit of culture.
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'A Christmas Carol'
Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook Terrace
100 Drury Lane
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
(630) 530-8300

Date: Now through Dec. 23, 2014

There will be a 10 a.m. performance on December 22 and 23 at the Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace. This is a stage adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens story, perfect for all ages. Getting the whole family into the holiday spirit, the show helps to focus on the true meaning of Christmas and the importance of kindness. Whether you're looking for a kid-friendly show or a classic theatrical performance for the holidays, this Drury Lane performance will help to put you into the holiday spirit. Tickets range from $46 to $485, so check the website to purchase tickets for the last two dates of the Illinois tour.

'The King And I'
The Marriott Theatre
10 Marriott Drive
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
(847) 634-0200

Date: Now through Jan. 4, 2015

"The King And I" will be showing now through January 4, 2015 at The Marriott Theatre. General mainstage ticket prices vary from $45 to $48, with discounts offered for senior citizens and students with a valid ID. Tickets purchased through the Marriott Theatre Box Office offer dinner and theatre combination tickets at the King's Wharf restaurant or the Fairfield Inn restaurant. While you may have seen the film adaptation, watching "The King And I" live offers a moving live performance that can reinvent the story of Anna and the King.

'Dee Snider's Rock & Roll Christmas Tale'
Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place
175 E. Chestnut St.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 977-1700

Date: Now through Jan. 4, 2015

"Dee Snider's Rock & Roll Christmas Tale" was created by and stars the lead singer of Twisted Sister. The performance is a mix of a theatrical performance telling the story of a heavy metal band looking to make it big, with a number of musical performances and a twist of holiday spirit. The show runs now through January 4, 2015 at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place. General ticket prices range from $32 to $91.90, with various showtimes to choose from. The location allows for a convenient show to see while finishing up some Christmas shopping in the city.

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'The Nutcracker'
Auditorium Theatre
50 East Congress Pkwy.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 341-2310

Date: Now through Dec. 28, 2014

Chicago-based ballet company The Joffrey Ballet is offering its annual event of "The Nutcracker." Many Chicagoans view The Joffrey Ballet's rendition of "The Nutcracker" as a cherished family tradition worth revisiting each year. From the magical story of the toys that come to life to the beautiful music and dancing, "The Nutcracker" is a great way to introduce culture and a whole new form of entertainment to young children. The show will be running through December 28, 2014, with tickets ranging from $42.98 to $143.98 at the Auditorium Theatre.

Cadillac Palace Theatre
151 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 977-1700

Date: Now through Jan. 4, 2015

This Tony Award-winning production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Cinderella" offers a theatrical music production of the timeless and beloved fairy tale. While many are anticipating the upcoming film adaptation of "Cinderella," seeing it as a live performance can be a great way to bide your time before the film hits theaters. Whether you're going as a family, as a girls' night out or even on a date night, the show is great for bringing out your inner child and love of magic. The show will run until January 4, 2015 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre.

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Sara Lugardo is a professional writer out of Chicago, Illinois. She has a Bachelor's in Communication and is currently working on her Master's. Her work can be found on
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