Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Belonging to the collection of American orchestras known at the “Big Five,” The Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is world renowned, both for its recordings (the CSO has amassed 62 Grammy awards) and its live performances. Students can get reduced price tickets to CSO performances with their UChicago ID.
Free or reduced price tickets to Chicago’s Opera House are available for UChicago students through their UCID. The Lyric Opera is one of America’s foremost opera companies, and has seen performances by such greats as Maria Callas, Luciano Pavarotti, and many others.
The Second City
Known for being the first improvisational theater in the US, Second City has grown to become the world’s premier comedy club! Second City gave comedy greats like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Steve Carell their start.
Founded in 1988 by Northwestern University graduates, Lookingglass Theatre Company has built a national reputation for being at the forefront of cutting-edge, ensemble-based theater. Throughout the Chicagoland area, Lookingglass maintains a strong community presence by educating and sharing its ensemble-based theater techniques with students and teachers through Education and Community programs. To date, Lookingglass’ work has been produced in over a dozen US cities.
Chicago’s oldest and largest not-for-profit theater, Goodman Theatre produces both classic and contemporary works in an effort to provide a voice to a wide range of artists. Further, the Goodman Theatre puts on cultural productions and programs that aim to positively impact the quality of life in Chicago.
The iO Theater
Formerly referred to as the ImprovOlympic, Chicago’s iO Theater is another premier destination for improvisational comedy in Chicago. Since 1981, iO has used theater games to set up friendly and funny improv competitions between competing teams. Setting up shop in Wrigleyville, its first official home, in 1995, iO put on competitions and shows for almost twenty years before relocating to Lincoln Park in 2014, where it currently has four theaters, an expansive Training Center, and event spaces.
The Chicago Theatre is a landmark theater destination located in the heart of downtown Chicago. Since 1921, the theater has served as a performing arts venue for works including stage plays, magic shows, comedy, speeches, and popular music concerts.