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Everyone needs a vacation every now and then and if you are living in the Chicago area, you are no different. With the high cost of travel these days though, it is getting increasingly difficult to afford much of a vacation. It doesn't mean you can't still have fun though. Try a Chicago Staycation. These are little mini vacations which involve just a short little drive for either a day trip or a short over night trip. There are plenty of things to do and see and living in the Chicago area you sometimes don't realize what all there is to do. Follow along and you'll get help on planning your next Chicago Staycation. Get tips on what you can do, where you can stay, and even a few coupons to help you save even more money on your Chicago staycation or mini vacation.

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Family Fun Day at Pheasant Run Resort

April 29, 2015

If you love arts then be sure to make plans to spend the day in St. Charles at the Pheasant Run Resort for the Family Fun Day event. It is an event that enables everyone in the family to be inspired by art. There’s painting activities for both kids and adults as well as learn to […]


"Sparky!" Girl-Meets-Sloth Musical Based on Hit Kids' Book

at Lifeline Theatre, Chicago
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Sat, February 13
FULL PRICE: $15.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $7.50

Permitted to get a pet -- but only one that doesn't need to be walked, bathed or fed -- Libby bypasses the "pet rock" option and instead orders the ultimate in low-maintenance companionship: an actual... [more+]

Permitted to get a pet -- but only one that doesn't need to be walked, bathed or fed -- Libby bypasses the "pet rock" option and instead orders the ultimate in low-maintenance companionship: an actual sloth named Sparky. That's the delightful premise behind "Sparky!", the new musical at Lifeline Theatre. Even though Sparky doesn't know how to fetch and always loses at Hide-and-Seek, it's love at first sight for Libby and her South American friend. But after know-it-all Mary Potts mocks Sparky as lazy and unimpressive, Libby must throw a backyard talent show to highlight Sparky's (more subtle) skills. Be there for the first-ever "Trained Sloth Extravaganza!" and learn about accepting your friends for who they are, during this world premiere musical based on Jenny Offill's acclaimed 2014 book. [less-]

"The Consultant": A Hilariously Dark Look at Modern Corporate Culture

at Signal Ensemble Theatre, Chicago
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FULL PRICE: $23.00
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After a series of brutal layoffs at Sutton, Feingold and McGrath, a small pharmaceutical advertising agency in New York, a precocious young consultant is brought in to save a middle-aged ad man's job ... [more+]

After a series of brutal layoffs at Sutton, Feingold and McGrath, a small pharmaceutical advertising agency in New York, a precocious young consultant is brought in to save a middle-aged ad man's job -- and maybe his life. Called "crisp, funny and believable" by "The New York Times", Obie winner Heidi Schreck's "The Consultant" is an incisive and darkly comic look at contemporary corporate culture. Following the world premiere at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, "The Consultant" now comes to Chicago's Signal Ensemble Theatre. [less-]

"God's Ear" Explores Heartbreaking Expressions of Grief

at Fullerton Stage, Chicago
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There are few things more earth shattering than the loss of a child and "God's Ear" explores this very experience. Using dark humor -- including appearances from both the Tooth Fairy and G.I. Joe -- d... [more+]

There are few things more earth shattering than the loss of a child and "God's Ear" explores this very experience. Using dark humor -- including appearances from both the Tooth Fairy and G.I. Joe -- disjointed poetry and classic cliches, this play tackles this heart wrenching topic with haunting hilarity. If you haven't experienced a production from The Theatre School of DePaul University, it's worth the visit. The "Chicago Tribune" calls the school "a legendary training ground" and the talented actors receive rave reviews on Yelp and beyond. [less-]

"UPSTATE": Startling & Authentic Coming-of-Age Story

at Greenhouse Theater Center, Chicago
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Based on a novel Sapphire called "wild and true," "UPSTATE" brings new energy and authenticity to the stage in a world premiere from MPAACT. A coming-of-age story told through a series of letters, "UP... [more+]

Based on a novel Sapphire called "wild and true," "UPSTATE" brings new energy and authenticity to the stage in a world premiere from MPAACT. A coming-of-age story told through a series of letters, "UPSTATE" chronicles the trials of Natasha and her sweetheart Antonio, who is "upstate" serving time in prison. Both from Harlem, the two young lovers struggle to keep their relationship alive even as their paths diverge. At a time when movements like "Black Lives Matter" are central to the national conversation, "UPSTATE" is vital exploration of hard decisions and the importance of individual human connections. Carla Stillwell directs Aaron Todd Douglas' adaptation of Kalisha Buckhanon's acclaimed novel. [less-]

Sci-Fi Blockbuster Meets Shakespeare in "Messina 3004"

at Mary's Attic at Hamburger Mary's, Chicago
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A deadly and fast-acting disease has decimated the population, and the remaining populace is destined for war, famine and power struggles. Out of this bleak future, two sociopolitical groups rise, the... [more+]

A deadly and fast-acting disease has decimated the population, and the remaining populace is destined for war, famine and power struggles. Out of this bleak future, two sociopolitical groups rise, the Moralists and the Revolutionaries. "Messina 3004" is a dystopian retelling of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing". Set one thousand years into the future, "Messina 3004" is a game of chess between brothers, a battle of the heart between lovers and a showdown between excess and hedonism and structure and logic. The conflict ensues at Mary's Attic in Chicago. [less-]

Smart, Funny Comedy "Educating Rita" Explores Freedom and Class

at Citadel Theatre, Lake Forest
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Bored with her life as a hairstylist, the 20-something Rita decides to go back to school. Her middle-aged, alcoholic and divorced professor Frank has taken on the tutorship to pay his bar tabs. Natura... [more+]

Bored with her life as a hairstylist, the 20-something Rita decides to go back to school. Her middle-aged, alcoholic and divorced professor Frank has taken on the tutorship to pay his bar tabs. Naturally, the two have a profound effect on one other, each opening the other's eyes -- until Rita's blue-collar husband becomes frustrated with her new path. With notes of George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion" (and its musical adaptation "My Fair Lady"), "Educating Rita" is a comedy that delves into the concepts of freedom, change and class. Funny and smart, the play takes the stage at Citadel Theatre. [less-]

"Late Nite Catechism": The Interactive Comedy Hit

at Royal George Theatre, Chicago
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FULL PRICE: $31.00
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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-]

"Dear James Franco": Comedy Inspired by Letters to and From Famous People

at Under the Gun Theater, Chicago
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FULL PRICE: $12.00
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Celebrity letters are ripe fodder for Under the Gun Theater's latest weekly themed event, which features comedy inspired by notes to and from famous people. Each week, Under the Gun's resident comedia... [more+]

Celebrity letters are ripe fodder for Under the Gun Theater's latest weekly themed event, which features comedy inspired by notes to and from famous people. Each week, Under the Gun's resident comedians will sift through letters both penned by and aimed at politicians, musicians, actors and more, reading them aloud and performing skits that riff on their content. Though the night is being called "Dear James Franco", the letters are not necessarily written by or to the "Pineapple Express" actor, but judging by the hilarity of previously published open letters to Franco (as seen in "Slate","Gawker" and more), it sure wouldn't hurt. [less-]

"Body/Courage": One-Woman Show on Self-Acceptance

at Rivendell Theatre, Chicago
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Sat, February 13
Sat, February 20
FULL PRICE: $32.00
OFFER PRICE: $16.00

A woman struggling with body-image issues sets out on a journey to self-acceptance and crosses paths with plenty of others who happen to be dealing with a diverse set of similar concerns, in this worl... [more+]

A woman struggling with body-image issues sets out on a journey to self-acceptance and crosses paths with plenty of others who happen to be dealing with a diverse set of similar concerns, in this world-premiere piece of documentary theater. Written and performed by Danielle Pinnock and developed from more than 300 interviews conducted with people from around the world, "Body/Courage" takes a more nuanced look at society's unreasonable expectations surrounding personal appearance and our attempts to mold ourselves into some unattainable ideal of perfection. Rivendell Theatre, Chicago's only professional company focused on female artists, hosts this exciting new show. [less-]

Improv Meets Striptease in "Burlesque Is More"

at The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, Chicago
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Sat, February 13
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Sat, February 27
FULL PRICE: $20.00
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The only thing more sparse than the clothing is the paper-thin plots in "Burlesque Is More" at The Annoyance Theatre & Bar. This steamy-hot burlesque and improv show features seven stimulating ladies ... [more+]

The only thing more sparse than the clothing is the paper-thin plots in "Burlesque Is More" at The Annoyance Theatre & Bar. This steamy-hot burlesque and improv show features seven stimulating ladies and their ever-helpful club owner, Nick Divencenzo. Based on a suggestion from the audience, these characters will tackle a problem together -- all while performing their sexy burlesque acts. Hilarious, sexy and super-fun, "Burlesque Is More" makes for a great night out that's never the same twice. [less-]

Raucous Battle of the Sexes Comedy "The Explorers Club"

at Windy City Playhouse, Chicago
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Armed only with a spoon, an intrepid female explorer ventures into the jungle and returns with Luigi, a suitably exotic-looking member of the lost tribe she's just discovered. Yet the esteemed -- and ... [more+]

Armed only with a spoon, an intrepid female explorer ventures into the jungle and returns with Luigi, a suitably exotic-looking member of the lost tribe she's just discovered. Yet the esteemed -- and all male -- members of London's exclusive Explorers Club still refuse to allow her entry. Granted, it's 1879 and well before women's lib, but this particular group of professors aren't exactly setting the world on fire -- one's searching for the East Pole and another believes the lost tribes of Israel actually ended up in Ireland. Tony nominee Nell Benjamin ("Legally Blonde") wrote this crazy comedy, dubbed "wildly funny" by "Variety", and now coming to Chicago's Windy City Playhouse. [less-]

True Chicago Blues: Live at B.L.U.E.S. on Halsted

at B.L.U.E.S. on Halsted, Chicago
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Sat, February 13
Sun, February 14
FULL PRICE: $8.00 - $10.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $5.00

If you want to hear authentic, down-home blues, you know you've got to go to "Sweet Home Chicago," and once you're there, look no further than the legendary North Side club known as B.L.U.E.S. on Hals... [more+]

If you want to hear authentic, down-home blues, you know you've got to go to "Sweet Home Chicago," and once you're there, look no further than the legendary North Side club known as B.L.U.E.S. on Halsted. This very intimate, friendly Lincoln Park bar hosts some of the best musicians in the business, including local legends, up-and-comers and nationally-touring acts. The cozy setting allows you to get up-close-and-personal with the performers, too. [less-]

"We Gotta Bingo": Interactive Dinner Theater Experience

at Chicago Theater Works, Chicago
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FULL PRICE: $59.00 - $69.00
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Get your cards and markers ready for "We Gotta Bingo", a raucous, interactive dinner theater experience where you're placed in the middle of two rival parishes who are set to be merged into one big pa... [more+]

Get your cards and markers ready for "We Gotta Bingo", a raucous, interactive dinner theater experience where you're placed in the middle of two rival parishes who are set to be merged into one big parish. Since neither can support the expanding congregation by itself, they decide to raise the money the best way they know how -- through a bingo blowout. In between games, you'll enjoy a tasty Italian dinner, musical interludes between the rival parish choirs, and The Vokel Chords playing hits from today and yesterday, polka-style. Following in the hilarious footsteps of "Tony 'n Tina's Wedding", "We Gotta Bingo" is ready for your to put on your game-face at Chicago Theater Works. [less-]

Neil LaBute's "Vices & Virtues": 11 New Shorts by the Provocative Playwright

at Profiles Theatre, Chicago
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FULL PRICE: $40.00
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Lovingly referred to as "American theater's reigning misanthrope" by "The Village Voice", Neil LaBute has distinguished himself as a singular voice in contemporary theater for more than two decades, s... [more+]

Lovingly referred to as "American theater's reigning misanthrope" by "The Village Voice", Neil LaBute has distinguished himself as a singular voice in contemporary theater for more than two decades, showcasing a savage wit and propensity for controversial subject matters in critically acclaimed plays like "The Shape of Things" and "In the Company of Men", which was adapted into an award-winning film in 1997. Now Chicago's Profiles Theatre presents "Vices and Virtues", showcasing 11 new shorts by LaBute performed in rotating repertory over the course of two full evenings (cleverly divided into "Vices" and "Virtues"). Each night features Midwest and world premieres of some of LaBute's newest shorts, staged by individual directors and featuring an ensemble cast of 20 performers. [less-]

"Satchmo at the Waldorf" Looks Inside the World of Louis Armstrong

at Court Theatre, Chicago
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FULL PRICE: $48.00 - $68.00
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It's March 1971 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel's Empire Room in New York City. Louis Armstrong, the hottest trumpet player in the world, sits in his dressing room unwinding after one of his final perfor... [more+]

It's March 1971 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel's Empire Room in New York City. Louis Armstrong, the hottest trumpet player in the world, sits in his dressing room unwinding after one of his final performances. His mind recounts the amazing musical journey that transformed his life, and his complex relationship with his manager Joe Glaser. Acclaimed character actor Barry Shabaka Henley ("Collateral, Ali, The Terminal") gives a tour-de-force performance playing both men, taking you into the minds and hearts of both an American musical icon and the man behind the legend. "Satchmo at the Waldorf" is "Wall Street Journal" theater critic Terry Teachout's first play, and it makes its Midwest premiere at Chicago's Court Theatre following sold-out engagements off-Broadway. [less-]

"Prospero's Storm": A Shakespeare Classic Reimagined as Vaudeville

at Merle Reskin Theatre, Chicago
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Sat, February 13
Sat, February 20
FULL PRICE: $10.00
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It seems like Shakespeare and vaudeville would make strange bedfellows, but that's not the case with "Prospero's Storm". Taking place at the Theatre School at DePaul University, the play is based on "... [more+]

It seems like Shakespeare and vaudeville would make strange bedfellows, but that's not the case with "Prospero's Storm". Taking place at the Theatre School at DePaul University, the play is based on "The Tempest", the Bard's mystical story of the sorcerer Prospero and his elaborate plan to bring order to his native land of Milan. The story's tragicomedy style and strictly organized structure make it a perfect fit for the vaudeville form. The performance features some cinematic stage designs, not to mention requisite vaudeville flourishes like puppets, songs, slapstick comedy and even a bit of magic, weaving together a magical experience that puts an exciting twist on a classic story. [less-]

"Pinocchio": Performers Play Instruments in Freewheeling Folk Musical

at Filament Theatre, Chicago
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Sat, February 13
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FULL PRICE: $14.00 - $20.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $12.00

It's only fitting that a musical about a hand-made (and very quirky) puppet should contain hand-made (and very quirky) music, thus "Pinocchio: A Folk Musical". Once again Filament Theatre works its ma... [more+]

It's only fitting that a musical about a hand-made (and very quirky) puppet should contain hand-made (and very quirky) music, thus "Pinocchio: A Folk Musical". Once again Filament Theatre works its magic and transforms a familiar fairy tale into something bold and new: an immersive, multigenerational theatrical experience. Six actors playing a small orchestra's worth of instruments will lead you from Geppetto's wood shop through the Land of Toys, into the belly of a whale, and home again on a journey to learn what it is to be "real." Scott Ferguson directs this expansive, freewheeling, folk musical adaptation from Tyler Beattie. Make sure to arrive early. Audiences will be welcomed into a carnival of games upon arrival. [less-]

Weekend Improv Comedy Shows at Laugh Out Loud Theater

at Laugh Out Loud Theater - Schaumburg, Schaumburg
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FULL PRICE: $19.00
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The show is guaranteed to be hilarious and new every time Laugh Out Loud Theater performs "Weekend Improv". Done in the same fully improvised style as hit shows like "Whose Line Is it Anyway?", "Weeke... [more+]

The show is guaranteed to be hilarious and new every time Laugh Out Loud Theater performs "Weekend Improv". Done in the same fully improvised style as hit shows like "Whose Line Is it Anyway?", "Weekend Improv" combines live action, video and audience participation into a truly unique, laugh-filled evening -- all in an intimate, cabaret setting. From scenes and songs to crazy games -- it's all made up on the spot and based on audience suggestions. You never know what might happen next, but it's sure to leave you in stitches. [less-]

"Porn Minus Porn": Staged Readings of Adult Films ... Minus the Dirty Parts

at Under the Gun Theater, Chicago
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Sat, February 13
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FULL PRICE: $12.00
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Chicago's Under the Gun Theater is no stranger to amusingly "out there" ideas, and it's safe to say that "Porn Minus Porn" lands safely within that category. If you've ever wondered what adult films w... [more+]

Chicago's Under the Gun Theater is no stranger to amusingly "out there" ideas, and it's safe to say that "Porn Minus Porn" lands safely within that category. If you've ever wondered what adult films would be like without all of the ... well, "adult" parts, then your curiosity can finally be abated, as the Under the Gun Ensemble performs live readings of actual porn films while cutting out all of the sexy bits. If you've ever seen an adult film before (no need to lie about it, we're all friends here) then you already know how hilariously awful the dialogue can be. Now imagine enjoying all of that unintentional hilarity with a crowd and you've got a pretty good idea of the kind of fun you're in for with "Porn Minus Porn". [less-]

"Far From Heaven": Oscar-Nominated Film Now a Musical

at Stage 773, Chicago
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The picture-perfect facade of '50s-era family life is torn away in "Far From Heaven", the stage adaptation of the Oscar-nominated 2002 romantic melodrama that starred Julianne Moore. While managing a ... [more+]

The picture-perfect facade of '50s-era family life is torn away in "Far From Heaven", the stage adaptation of the Oscar-nominated 2002 romantic melodrama that starred Julianne Moore. While managing a household that would rival the Cleavers in its neatness and apparent civility, a Connecticut housewife discovers her husband's secret ... only to seek comfort in a forbidden relationship of her own. Tony Award-winning playwright Richard Greenberg ("Take Me Out") and the creators of the musical "Grey Gardens" collaborated on this jazz-influenced musical that evokes Haynes' original inspiration: the lush, Technicolor brilliance of the films of Douglas Sirk. The Chicago premiere of "Far From Heaven" comes to Stage 773 courtesy of Porchlight Music Theatre. [less-]