Things to do in Chicago for theater and dance fansMary Houlihan – For the Sun-Timeson June 10, 2021 at 1:09 pm

Chicagoans can find a range of plays, musicals and dance shows at local theaters large and small. Our guide has the latest on what’s on stage in the city.

Welcome to our highlights of events and entertainment on stage at Chicago’s theaters. From local productions to Broadway hits, our guide has the latest on shows in the city. Bookmark this page and check back for updates and ticket information.

Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre

Cerqua Rivera Dance Company. Pictured: dancers Fernando Rodriguez and musicians Tim Archbold and Paul Cotton.
Photo by William Frederking;
Cerqua Rivera Dance Company. Pictured: dancers Fernando Rodriguez and musicians Tim Archbold and Paul Cotton.

What: The multicultural company that creates new dance and music to explore personal narratives, unveils new works in a performance. The pieces include “Mood Swing,” a suite of duets responding to the pandemic and the social justice movement; “Identity City,” an exploration of the evolution, acceptance and conflict surrounding gender and identity; and “Root,” an African diaspora suite.

When: 7:30 p.m. June 12

Where: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th

Tickets: $10-$24. Visit

Court Theatre

What: Court Theatre presents an online staging of Owen McCafferty’s “Titanic (Scenes from the British Wreck Commissioner’s Inquiry, 1912),” directed by Vanessa Stalling. The drama tells the story of the sinking of the HMS Titanic using verbatim testimonies from a court investigation of the wreck that probe the causes of the catastrophe, the value systems that enabled it and if indeed it was actually preventable.

When: Streams on-demand June 14-July 11

Tickets: $20-$30. Visit

Center for Visual and Performing Arts

Center for Visual and Performing Arts
Philip Potempa stars in “Winchell: On the Air.” Center for Visual and Performing Arts

What: “Winchell: On the Air” is a new one-man play, starring Philip Potempa, about the infamous New York gossip columnist and radio news commentator Walter Winchell (1897-1972). Winchell’s biographer Neal Gabler notes his popularity and influence meant, “He turned journalism into a form of entertainment.”

When: Performances are 11:30 a.m. June 10 (includes lunch, show at 1 p.m.) and 6 p.m. (includes dinner, show at 7:30 p.m.).

Where: Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge, Munster, Ind.

Tickets: $50. Visit

Summer Nights with Northlight

What: Summer Nights with Northlight is a cabaret series held at Evanston restaurants to benefit Northlight Theatre. The performers are Alexis J. Roston and Kelvin Roston Jr. (June 10, Good to Go Jamaican, 711 W. Howard), Linda Solotaire (July 27, Sketchbook Brewing Company, 4901 Main, Skokie) and Heidi Kettenring (Aug. 24, Peckish Pig, 623 W. Howard).

When: Performances times are 6 p.m.

Tickets: $60 includes light dinner and select drinks. Visit

Labyrinth Arts and Performance Collective

What: Labyrinth Arts and Performance Collectivepresents “Emerge,” a new cabaret series featuring music, drag performance, comedy and spoken word First up at 10 p.m. June 11 is the retro blues trio Improper Behavior featuring vocalist Sharon Waltham, guitarist Keith Fort and upright bass player Gregory Redfeairn.

When: every second Friday of the month

Where: Porkchop, 1132 W. Grand

Tickets: $20. Visit

Ghostlight Theatre

Levi Denton-Hughes as Soledad in “It’s Poppin’”; credit: Ghostlight Ensemble
Ghostlight Ensemble
Levi Denton-Hughes as Soledad in “It’s Poppin’” at Ghostlight Ensemble.

WHAT: Ghostlight Theatre’s “Make/Believe,” its annual festival for young audiences, takes place virtually this year. Featured are six new short plays that run the gamut from “Sunshine and the Sea of Lost Things,” about a child with no memory lost at sea to “It’s Poppin’,” about a balloon afraid of soaring through the clouds, to “Splash of Magic,” about a young Black girl trying to conquer her fear of swimming.

WHEN: The festival streams live at 2 p.m. June 5-6 and on demand to July 4

TICKETS: $1-$10


Chicago Dance Month

Ariel Dance Chicago. Photo by Philamonjaro
Photo by Philamonjaro Studio
Ariel Dance Chicago

When: May 29-June 24

What: June is Chicago Dance Month and it kicks off on May 29 at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand. Presented by See Chicago Dance, the free live event features performances by Aerial Dance Chicago, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, Mandala Arts and The Seldoms. The celebration continues with pop-up performances (3 p.m. Saturdays June 5-Sept. 4, Navy Pier), a park-wide dance “scavenger hunt” featuring an eclectic group of artists (4:30 p.m. June 9, 30 in McKinley Park, 2210 W. Pershing) and a virtual event with more dance performances (6 p.m. June 24). All events are free. Visit

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