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Top Choice Classical Music in The Loop

Grant Park Orchestra

It's a summertime must-do. The Grant Park Orchestra – composed of top-notch musicians from symphonies worldwide – puts on free classical concerts at Millennium Park's Pritzker Pavilion. Patrons bring lawn chairs, bl…
Top Choice Blues in The Loop

Buddy Guy's Legends

Top local and national acts wail on the stage of local icon Buddy Guy. The man himself usually plugs in his axe for a series of shows in January (tickets go on sale in November). The location is a bit rough around t…
Theater in The Loop

Chicago Theatre

Take a gander at the six-story sign out front. It's an official landmark (and an excellent photo op). Everyone from Duke Ellington to Frank Sinatra to Prince has taken the stage here over the years (and left their s…
Theater in The Loop

Goodman Theatre

The Goodman is one of Chicago's premier drama houses, and its Theater District facility is gorgeous. It specializes in new and classic American productions and has been cited several times as one of the USA's best r…
Classical Music in The Loop

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Riccardo Muti leads the CSO, one of America’s best symphonies, known for fervent subscribers and an untouchable brass section. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma is the group's creative consultant and a frequent soloist. The season r…
Dance in The Loop

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Hubbard Street is the pre-eminent dance company in the city, with a well-deserved international reputation to match. The group is known for energetic and technically virtuosic performances under the direction of som…
Opera in The Loop

Lyric Opera of Chicago

Tickets are hard to come by for this bold modern opera company, which fills the chandeliered Civic Opera House with a shrewd mix of common classics and daring premieres from September to March. If your Italian isn’t…
Cinema in The Loop

Gene Siskel Film Center

The former Film Center of the School of the Art Institute was renamed for the late Chicago Tribune film critic Gene Siskel. It shows everything from amateurish stuff by students to wonderful but unsung gems by Eston…
World Music in The Loop

SummerDance

To boogie with a multi-ethnic mash-up of locals, head to the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park for SummerDance. Bands play rumba, samba and other world beats preceded by fun dance lessons – all free. Ballroom-qua…
Jazz in The Loop

Jazz Showcase

The Jazz Showcase, set in a gorgeous room in historic Dearborn Station, is Chicago's top club for national names. In general, local musicians take the stage Monday through Wednesday, with visiting jazz cats blowing …