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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 […]


Improv Take on Classic Party Games: "Never Have I Ever" -- Under the Gun Theater

at Under the Gun Theater, Chicago
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FULL PRICE: $12.00
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You're invited to the funniest house party you'll ever attend as Chicago's Under the Gun Theater presents "Never Have I Ever". Party games can get pretty wacky, but imagine how hilarious they are when... [more+]

You're invited to the funniest house party you'll ever attend as Chicago's Under the Gun Theater presents "Never Have I Ever". Party games can get pretty wacky, but imagine how hilarious they are when the people playing them are world-class improvisers. In this takeoff on classic party games, the party host will pit the performers against each other as they try to outdo the others with improvised scenes in answer to the prompt "Never Have I Ever..." They'll also riff on your favorite board and card games, and you'll get it in on the game too, with a chance to win prizes. The brainchild of the director-creator of "Comedy Against Humanity: a live show for horrible people", "Never Have I Ever" is a fun new take on improv comedy. [less-]

"Baby Wants Candy": Improvised Musical Based on Your Suggestions

at Apollo Theater - Mainstage, Chicago
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Fri, August 28
FULL PRICE: $15.00
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It all starts when you shout out titles of musicals that have never been performed before. Then, accompanied by a full band, a revolving cast of A-list comedic performers will use one of those titles ... [more+]

It all starts when you shout out titles of musicals that have never been performed before. Then, accompanied by a full band, a revolving cast of A-list comedic performers will use one of those titles to create the name and theme for the evening's completely improvised one-hour musical. Using this fun and interactive approach, "Baby Wants Candy" has performed over 2,000 completely improvised musicals to crowds from Singapore to Edinburgh. Their shows have featured performers who've gone on to celebrity status, including Rachel Dratch and Aidy Bryant ("SNL"), Jack McBrayer ("30 Rock") and Nicole Parker ("Wicked"). [less-]

Weekend Improv Comedy Shows at Laugh Out Loud Theater

at Laugh Out Loud Theater, 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-]

"Laugh Lines": Sketch Show Explores Origins of Classic Jokes

at pH Comedy Theater, Chicago
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Fri, August 28
Fri, September 04
FULL PRICE: $15.00
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Ever wonder how the classic "Why did the chicken cross the road" joke was created? It's been a burning question for comedians at The pH Comedy Theater for years. So they decided to uncover the hilario... [more+]

Ever wonder how the classic "Why did the chicken cross the road" joke was created? It's been a burning question for comedians at The pH Comedy Theater for years. So they decided to uncover the hilarious origins of this groaner and many other classic "cracker jack"-style jokes. Be amused and amazed as they recreate the outrageous events they suspect went into creating each comedy chestnut. Discover the genius backstories behind even the most generic one-liners during this high-energy, three-man sketch show. [less-]

"The Rainmaker": American Classic Full of Humor, Heart & Drama

at Greenhouse Theater Center, Chicago
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American Blues Theater opens their 30th Anniversary Season with N. Richard Nash's "The Rainmaker", a longtime stage favorite for a reason -- it's got romance, drama, humor and even a little magic. The... [more+]

American Blues Theater opens their 30th Anniversary Season with N. Richard Nash's "The Rainmaker", a longtime stage favorite for a reason -- it's got romance, drama, humor and even a little magic. The story revolves around farm girl Lizzie, whose marriage prospects and dreams of escape are as dry as her family's drought-ridden farm, despite the best efforts of her dad and brothers to set her up. Enter fast-thinking, smooth-talking "rainmaker" Starbuck, who seems to offer the answer to all their problems -- for a price -- but whose interaction with Lizzie allows her to see herself in a surprising new light. Called "captivating" by "The New York Times", Nash's funny and poignant American classic shows the power of hope over hardship. [less-]

"Bible Bingo": Fun Games, Holy Trivia in Interactive Comedy

at Royal George Theatre, Chicago
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FULL PRICE: $31.00
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From Vicki Quade, the creator of the popular comedy "Late Nite Catechism", comes the new interactive comedy "Bible Bingo". The Archdiocese's new gaming department needs to raise money for the parish. ... [more+]

From Vicki Quade, the creator of the popular comedy "Late Nite Catechism", comes the new interactive comedy "Bible Bingo". The Archdiocese's new gaming department needs to raise money for the parish. That's where you come in: Get ready to hit Chicago's Royal George Theatre to play bingo for a variety of wacky prizes. Along the way, you'll be drawn into conversation about everything from Adam and Eve to modern sins. Just be careful: You might laugh so hard you forget to yell "bingo." [less-]

"Last Comic Standing"'s Chris Porter Takes the Improv Stage

at Chicago Improv of Schaumburg, Schaumburg
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Sat, August 29
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FULL PRICE: $19.00 - $22.00
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The Chicago Improv of Schaumburg welcomes Chris Porter, who rocked Season Four of NBC's hit show "Last Comic Standing". He's been bringing his slightly skewed perspective to the stand-up stage since h... [more+]

The Chicago Improv of Schaumburg welcomes Chris Porter, who rocked Season Four of NBC's hit show "Last Comic Standing". He's been bringing his slightly skewed perspective to the stand-up stage since he was 23, and has since scored his own Comedy Central special, along with appearances on "Live at Gotham" and other shows. A Kansas City native, Porter is glad to share his extensive knowledge about the unique culture of the American Midwest, and does so proudly without puppets or catch phrases. [less-]

Little Red Riding Hood Gets a Dark, Twisted Spin in "The Universal Wolf"

at Trap Door Theatre, Chicago
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Forget everything you know about the story of Little Red Riding Hood. In "The Universal Wolf", Little Red isn't as innocent as she seems -- and that wolf? Maybe he's not as bad as you thought. Playwri... [more+]

Forget everything you know about the story of Little Red Riding Hood. In "The Universal Wolf", Little Red isn't as innocent as she seems -- and that wolf? Maybe he's not as bad as you thought. Playwright Joan Schenkar has taken this classic tale and turned it on its head, making the horror funny, the fun scary, the aggressors victims and the so-called innocents into something else all together. Fairy tales may be written for kids, but the weird and twisted story of "The Universal Wolf" is made for grownups. [less-]

"bare: a pop opera" -- Teens Struggle to Come of Age in Vibrant Musical

at Chicago Dramatists Theatre, Chicago
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Sat, August 29
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FULL PRICE: $35.00
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Set to a pulsating rock score, "bare: a pop opera" is the electrifying story of a group of co-ed Catholic boarding school students navigating their way through teenage self-discovery while wrestling w... [more+]

Set to a pulsating rock score, "bare: a pop opera" is the electrifying story of a group of co-ed Catholic boarding school students navigating their way through teenage self-discovery while wrestling with identity, sexuality and religion. Provocative and raw in its examination of how today's generation navigates the tightrope between adolescence and adulthood, "bare" centers on the clandestine relationship between two roommates in a well-locked dorm room: charismatic golden-boy Jason and sensitive, soulful Peter. See the consequences of their secrecy unravel though their eyes and those around them: Nadia, Jason's sardonic twin sister, the attention-hungry Ivy, and forlorn Matt, whose affections for Ivy are repeatedly rebuffed. Experience the highly charged story and rich, vibrant contemporary score of "bare: a pop opera" at Chicago Dramatists Theatre. [less-]

A Hilarious Musical Is Written Right Before Your Eyes: "pHamily The Musical"

at pH Comedy Theater, Chicago
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FULL PRICE: $15.00
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Get ready for one of pH Productions signature shows: "pHamily The Musical". Audience suggestions help create a family of characters, an on-the-spot plot and more, all of which becomes a totally funny ... [more+]

Get ready for one of pH Productions signature shows: "pHamily The Musical". Audience suggestions help create a family of characters, an on-the-spot plot and more, all of which becomes a totally funny (and totally unpredictable) one-act musical, created by some of Chicago's most talented improvisers and musicians. Presented on the pH Comedy Theater stage, "pHamily The Musical" is a hilarious exploration of family dynamics featuring live music and dance -- and no two shows are ever alike! [less-]

"The Lyons": A Bittersweet Dysfunctional Family Comedy

at Raven Theatre West Stage, Chicago
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Family patriarch Ben Lyons is in the hospital, dying from cancer. As his time grows short, his wife and two adult children gather at his bedside for an atypical goodbye in the quirky, bittersweet come... [more+]

Family patriarch Ben Lyons is in the hospital, dying from cancer. As his time grows short, his wife and two adult children gather at his bedside for an atypical goodbye in the quirky, bittersweet comedy "The Lyons", making its Chicago premiere courtesy of AstonRep Theatre Company. Ben, freed from social conventions thanks to his condition, will say anything he wishes -- swear words included. Rita, his partner in a 40-year-long loveless marriage, finds her mind drifting toward thoughts of the future. The couple's alcoholic daughter and gay son have their own issues and agendas. Written by Nicky Silver ("Beautiful Child"), "The Lyons" had a 2012 Broadway run and was nominated for a number of awards. Now you can see it on the Raven Theatre West Stage. [less-]

"EL Stories": Real-Life Mass-Transit Adventures

at Greenhouse Theater Center, Chicago
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Sat, August 29
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The performance group known as the Waltzing Mechanics creates original theatrical works out of conversations with real Chicago commuters. For "EL Stories", they've taken mass-transit stories from a va... [more+]

The performance group known as the Waltzing Mechanics creates original theatrical works out of conversations with real Chicago commuters. For "EL Stories", they've taken mass-transit stories from a variety of Windy City citizens from various backgrounds and neighborhoods and turned them into one fun and creative EL ride that explores how Chicagoans interact as a community. This long-running documentary-style show at Greenhouse Theater Center changes it up by riffing off different themes and by taking the latest transit tales direct from audience members and performing them live on stage. [less-]

"Stupid F**king Bird": A Sort of Adaptation of Chekhov's "The Seagull"

at Victory Gardens Zacek McVay Theater, Chicago
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Sat, August 29
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FULL PRICE: $46.00 - $49.00
OFFER PRICE: $23.00 - $24.50

In this contemporary, irreverent adaptation of Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull", the famous Russian writer's characters still philosophize on love, art and the pursuit of happiness, but this time with mu... [more+]

In this contemporary, irreverent adaptation of Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull", the famous Russian writer's characters still philosophize on love, art and the pursuit of happiness, but this time with music and mad humor. There's a famous actress whose son, an aspiring theater director, is desperate to make a name for himself on his own, and his muse, the lovely Nina, who falls for his mother's lover, a renowned novelist. Helen Hayes and Barrymore Award-winning playwright Aaron Posner ("The Chosen") turns the original play's famous subtext into scenes and songs, calling "Stupid F**king Bird" "a rough-and-tumble meta-theatrical mash-up." Sideshow Theatre and Carlisle Hart, LLC brings back Posner's profane play for a second run at the Zacek McVay Theater. Come early and experience the "Stupid F##king Lobby," which puts you in the middle of a Russian-style bazaar, where you can haggle over show merchandise, hear live music, play some of Chekhov's favorite board games (probably) and do a shot of vodka, in the traditional Russian way. [less-]

Harold Pinter's Haunting "Ashes to Ashes" Premieres in Chicago

at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Chicago
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Harold Pinter's 1996 drama delves into the dark side of relationships. Pressured by his unrelenting questions, Rebecca describes her submission to an act of sadistic erotic violence by a former lover,... [more+]

Harold Pinter's 1996 drama delves into the dark side of relationships. Pressured by his unrelenting questions, Rebecca describes her submission to an act of sadistic erotic violence by a former lover, setting off a dangerous journey into the past. Devlin is determined to get to the bottom of his partner's possible infidelity. Rebecca's lover -- past? present? -- is a violent, powerful man whose emotional hold continues to reach deep into her psyche. Intuit teams with Citizens' Relief to present this Chicago premiere of one of Pinter's lesser-known works. [less-]

"The Dueling Gentlemen": A Silent Love Letter to Vaudeville

at Athenaeum Theatre Studio One, Chicago
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Step into the Athenaeum Theatre and travel back to a time when vaudeville was king in "The Dueling Gentlemen". A love letter to the once-famous form of entertainment, this show -- performed entirely i... [more+]

Step into the Athenaeum Theatre and travel back to a time when vaudeville was king in "The Dueling Gentlemen". A love letter to the once-famous form of entertainment, this show -- performed entirely in silence and accompanied by a live original piano composition -- focuses on two vaudeville performers whose successful and long-running act is currently crumbling as their friendship begins to fall apart. Watch as their act, "The Ugly Blond," takes an ugly turn as insecurities, communication issues, alcoholism, betrayal and even attempted murder grind its once-stable gears to a halt. [less-]

Action-Packed Western Drama With a Female Focus: "Patchwork Drifter"

at City Lit Theater, Chicago
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The Wild West just got wilder. Babes with Blades Theatre Company explores the daring emotional and physical range of women with the debut of "Patchwork Drifter" at Chicago's City Lit Theatre. Californ... [more+]

The Wild West just got wilder. Babes with Blades Theatre Company explores the daring emotional and physical range of women with the debut of "Patchwork Drifter" at Chicago's City Lit Theatre. California-bound Emmy Fox takes refuge with a humble shopkeeper and her two daughters. However, miles of desert can't separate Emmy from the ghosts of her past. With secrets and danger lurking behind every corner, Emmy must battle a past as hazardous as the Wyoming frontier. With strong female characters and carefully choreographed, cutthroat stage combat, "Patchwork Drifter" is a plucky, action-packed Western-inspired drama that will keep you on the edge of your seat. [less-]

Laugh at the Lives of Die-Hard Baseball Fans in "Bleacher Bums"

at Oil Lamp Theater, Glenview
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Sat, August 29
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In the bleachers at Chicago's Wrigley Field, a mixed bag of die-hard Cubs fans are watching the game. While they're rooting for their team, you'll be watching them, because the action in the stands is... [more+]

In the bleachers at Chicago's Wrigley Field, a mixed bag of die-hard Cubs fans are watching the game. While they're rooting for their team, you'll be watching them, because the action in the stands is more interesting than the action on the field in "Bleacher Bums". The group includes a rabid cheerleader, a blind man who follows the game by transistor radio and does his own play by play, a bathing beauty, a nerd and various other bleacher denizens. As the game proceeds, they place bets on every conceivable event, go out for frosty malts or beers, try to pick up the bathing beauty and -- occasionally -- watch the game. The villainous Marvin, who always bets against the Cubs, waits for the inevitable ninth-inning flop. Will he clean up again, or will the Cubs triumph this time? Win or lose, the bleacher bums remain undaunted in this Oil Lamp Theater production. [less-]

"SubUrbia": Eric Bogosian's Drama of Young-Adult Angst

at Athenaeum Theatre Studio Two, Chicago
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"The New York Times" called "SubUrbia" "Chekhov high on speed and Twinkies." This critically acclaimed, brutally honest drama takes a hard look at a group of disaffected young 20-somethings who hang o... [more+]

"The New York Times" called "SubUrbia" "Chekhov high on speed and Twinkies." This critically acclaimed, brutally honest drama takes a hard look at a group of disaffected young 20-somethings who hang out in the parking lot of a suburban convenience store, talking big but not much more. When their former high-school buddy, now a rock star, returns, they're forced to confront their failed dreams and aimless existence. Penned by award-winning actor-writer Eric Bogosian ("Talk Radio", "Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll"), "SubUrbia" premiered on Broadway with stars Martha Plimpton, Josh Hamilton and Steve Zahn, the latter of whom went on to star in Richard Linklater's 1997 film adaptation. [less-]

Go Goth With the Sexy Ladies of "Pervesk Burlesque"

at Uptown Underground, Chicago
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Sat, August 29
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FULL PRICE: $25.00
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Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, was really onto something. Scary "can" be sexy, and the ladies of "Pervesk Burlesque" take the Uptown Underground stage at the strike of midnight to prove it. Toying with... [more+]

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, was really onto something. Scary "can" be sexy, and the ladies of "Pervesk Burlesque" take the Uptown Underground stage at the strike of midnight to prove it. Toying with burlesque themes from scary stories and urban legends to circus sideshow acts to "The Twilight Zone", they push the boundaries of both shocking and sexy. In other words, be prepared to see almost anything come to life onstage! Describing themselves as "goth-erotic fetish" or "gore-lesque," the Pervesk crowd dares you to explore your own dark, twisted, beautiful fantasies. [less-]

All-American Musical "Glory Days" Examines How Friendships Change After High School

at Collaboraction, Chicago
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Sat, August 29
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It's the perfect prank: rig the sprinklers on the football field so the jocks get soaked in the middle of a charity game. But as four high school friends gather together a year after graduation to dis... [more+]

It's the perfect prank: rig the sprinklers on the football field so the jocks get soaked in the middle of a charity game. But as four high school friends gather together a year after graduation to discuss the plan, they soon realize just how far they've drifted apart. Filled with evocative songs about the life-defining first year out of a high school, "Glory Days" is a musical that shows just how fragile old friendships can be. Catch this all-American production from Refuge Theatre Project at Chicago's Collaboraction. [less-]