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What the Constitution Means to Me

3/4-4/12: Tue 7:30 PM, Wed 2 and 7:30 PM, Thu-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 2 and 8 PM, Sun 2 and 7:30 PM; Wed 3/18 and 4/1, 7:30 PM only; Sun 3/15, 3/29, and 4/12, 2 PM only
Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place 835 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago Loop

Buy Tickets$30-$85


UPDATE Friday, March 13: this event has been canceled. Contact the box office for refunds.


Heidi Schreck's Tony-nominated Broadway hit, which she originally also performed under Oliver Butler's direction, plays in a touring production with Maria Dizzia as "Heidi." The play recounts Schreck's time as a high schooler delivering speeches about the U.S. Constitution to American Legion posts to raise money for college. Along the way, she offers insights into how the document connects with her own family's history, which includes domestic violence and abortion. Dizzia, a vet of Orange Is the New Black and Broadway, is joined in this touring production by Mike Iveson and Rosdely Ciprian, who were in the Broadway run, as well as "student debater" Jocelyn Shek from Los Angeles. 800-775-200

Victoria Fu

2/28-4/11
Document Gallery 1709 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago Near West Side


This will be Victoria Fu's second exhibition at DOCUMENT. An opening reception will be held 2/28, 5-8pm 262-719-3500

Depth of Field: 65 Years of the Washington Park Camera Club

2/28-4/17
Arts Incubator 301 E. Garfield, Chicago Washington Park


In 1955, a group of South Side photographers formed the Washington Park Camera Club where they documented their neighborhoods, lives, families, and changing landscape. This exhibition shows the recent work of current members. Opening reception 2/28, 6-8pm. 773.702.2787

Opening Reception of Adláteres and the Unexpected Journey: works by Carmen Chami

Friday 4/3, 6-8pm


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dláteres and the Unexpected Journey," opens with works by Carmen Chami who create artworks that reference Mexican Baroque. Update: To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the museum will be closed until 3/29. 312-738-1503

Women's Work Opening Reception

3/13-4/26
Beverly Arts Center 2407 W. 111th, Chicago Beverly


Ceramics by artists Widad Albassam, Lori Bartman, Malika Jackson, Christine Liz LaRue, Dawn Liddicoatt, Charlotte Mays, Mary Cat Tepper, Tran Tran, and Cheryl Williamson will be exhibited. Opening reception is Friday 3/13, 6-8pm and includes one complimentary beverage. 773-445-3838

Jessie Edelman: Golden Hour

2/28-4/11


The solo exhibition,"Golden Hour," presents new paintings and sculptures from artist Jessie Edelman. Opening reception 2/28, 5-8pm 312-404-9188

Black Heroes

Friday 2/21, 6-9pm
Gallery Guichard 3521 S. King Dr., Chicago Bronzeville


Featured images are a collection of prominent Black heroes who have made a positive impact on their community. 773-373-8000

Water/Agua Exhibition

3/20-6/6
Open Center for the Arts 2214 S. Sacramento, Chicago Bridgeport


This exhibition is a collection of 24 prints from artists all over the U.S., Mexico, and Puerto Rico. The opening reception is Friday 3/20, 6-10pm with music from Madera Once. Update: To help slow the spread of COVID-19, this show has been postponed till further notice.

Miller & Shellabarger : Homo-entanglement

2/29-3/11
Western Exhibitions 1709 W. Chicago, Chicago West Town/Noble Square


In Galleries one and two, married collaborators Miller & Shellabarger look at romance, physicality, duality, and time in their work. Utilizing performance, photography, books, and sculpture, the pair focus on queer identities and experiences. Opening reception 2/29, 5pm. 312-480-8390

Jennie C. Jones: "Constant Stucture"

3/19-5/22


After 30 years since graduating from SAIC, Jennie C. Jones returns to Chicago with "Constant Structure," an exhibition of new paintings and works on paper. Opening reception 3/19, 6-8pm 312-787-3997

Tony Tasset: The Weight

2/28-4/11 by appointment only
Kavi Gupta Gallery 219 N. Elizabeth, Chicago West Loop/Fulton Market


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his solo exhibition by artist Tony Tasset features new sculptures that look at the innermost human psyche through assemblage and assortment. Opening reception is Friday 2/28, 5-8pm

Great Ideas of Humanity: Passing the Torch

2/25-4/19
Chicago Design Museum 108 N. State, Chicago Loop


This project celebrates globalization and the culmination of ideas, societies, and cultures. The exhibit displays work from students in the Chicago Public Schools.

The Funk Machine

Through May 10
Jackson Junge Gallery 1389 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago Wicker Park/Bucktown


This group exhibition looks at 17 Midwest artists who explore all forms of medium—from painting to sculpture. 773-227-7900

My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today

2/10-5/31
American Writers Museum 180 N. Michigan Ave., second floor, Chicago Loop

Buy Tickets$14

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This temporary exhibition looks at the influence of modern immigrant writing in America. Featured writers are Marie Arana, Ilan Stavans, Vu Hoang Tran, Chris Abani, Laila Halaby, Dipika Mukherjee, and special advisor Viet Thanh Nguyen. Update: To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the museum will be closed until 3/31. Any tickets will be refunded. 312-374-8790

Ricky McEachern: MOMENT

3/13-4/29
Center on Halsted 3656 N. Halsted St., Chicago Wrigleyville


Painter Ricky McEachern presents paintings inspired from photographs taken in Europe and the U.S. from the 1950s until present day. Opening reception is Friday 3/13, 6-8pm. 773-472-6469

Apsáalooke Women and Warriors Opening

3/14-8/13
Field Museum 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago Museum Campus

Buy Tickets$40


The Apsáalooke people of the Northern Plains were beaders, artists, mothers, two-spirited people, and warriors. This exhibition features contemporary beadwork and fashion of the Apsáalooke as well as 100-year-old war shields. The exhibition is presented in both English and Spanish, with select sections also in Apsáalooke. 312-922-9410

"Woman’s Club" by Liz Weinstein

3/19-6/19


A flag created by Maryam Taghavi will come down and a flag created by Liz Weinstein will be raised to mark the change from Winter to Spring. The flag raising will take place 4/19 at 7pm.

LGBTQ Artists Gallery Opening: Rick McEachern + Lou Samson

3/13-4/29
Center on Halsted 3656 N. Halsted St., Chicago Wrigleyville


This exhibition features two artists working with drawing and painting. On the second floor is the work of Rick McEachern and the third floor is Lou Samson. Opening reception is Friday 3/13, 6-8pm. 773-472-6469

In Flux: Chicago Artists and Immigration

Friday 2/14, 5-8pm
Chicago Cultural Center 78 E. Washington St., Chicago Loop


Located in Exhibit Hall, 4th Floor North, 6018 North will be presenting a multidisciplinary exhibition that focuses on the impact of immigrant artists on Chicago. Update: To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the Chicago Cultural Center is closed until further notice. 312-744-6630

NKAME: A Retrospective of Cuban Printmaker Belkis Ayon (1967–1999)

2/28-5/24
Chicago Cultural Center 78 E. Washington St., Chicago Loop


This retrospective is the first in the U.S. for the late Cuban visual artist, Belkis Ayón. Opening reception 2/28, 5-8pm Update: To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the Chicago Cultural Center is closed until further notice. 312-744-6630

Outsider Art: The Collection of Victor F. Keen

2/6-9/7


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ore than 40 works of art from the most well-known outsider artists will be exhibited from the collection of Victor F. Keen. These works operate outside of the mainstream art world. Opening reception 2/5, 5-8pm. 312-243-9088

Sexy Baby

Available any time on YouTube

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Hell in a Handbag offers up a free YouTube stream of their 2012 musical, a satire of child beauty queen pageants created by artistic director David Cerda and Scott Lamberty that former Reader critic Zac Thompson called "biting" and "hysterical." The show was chosen by the members of the company as one of their favorites and is presented free as a gift to the community during the COVID-19 shutdown, though donations to Hell in a Handbag are of course welcome.

The Infinite Wrench Goes Viral

Available in streaming format through Patreon any time.

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The Neo-Futurists take their signature show, featuring 30 plays in 60 minutes, online during the COVID-19 crisis. The Neos offer five membership levels ranging from $3 ("Elbow Bump"), which comes with a link to a website where you can set your own timer for 60 minutes and watch all 30 plays, to $100 ("An Extended, Almost Uncomfortable Hug"), which brings a full array of perks including a customized play on a subject of your choosing. The menu includes older archival plays as well as new ones that are being created in quarantine by the ensemble.

Chicago Underground Comedy

Open run: Tue 9:30 PM
Beat Kitchen 2100 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago Roscoe Village

Buy Tickets$10; 21+


A benchmark for local stand-up comics takes the form of a slot at Chicago Underground Comedy—a weekly, curated showcase with the occasional former Chicagoan headlining. Think T.J. Miller, Hannibal Buress, Cameron Esposito, or John Mulaney. 773-281-4444

My Dear Hussein

3/17-4/19: Tue 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat-Sun 4 PM; also Mon 3/30 and 4/6, 7:30 PM
Silk Road Rising 77 W. Washington, Chicago Loop

Buy TicketsPreviews 3/17-3/21, $28, $15.50 students; regular run 3/22-4/19, $38, $28 students


UPDATE Saturday, March 15: this event has been canceled. Refunds available at point of purchase.


A four-year-old girl retreats into fantasy and whimsy to escape the reality of the 1980s Iran-Iraq war in Nahal Navidar's play, receiving its world premiere with Silk Road Rising under Tlaloc Rivas's direction. Navidar, who was a child in Iran during the war, drew in part on her own experiences in creating the story. 312-857-1234

DURO OLOWU: SEEING CHICAGO

2/29-5/10

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uro Olowu is a Nigerian-born British designer comes to Chicago where his eye for international design and style will be on view. 312-280-2660

Do You Believe in Madness?

Through May 31: Tue-Thu 8 PM, Fri-Sat 8 and 11 PM, Sun 7 PM
Second City 1616 N. Wells St., Chicago Old Town

Buy Tickets$31-$58

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UPDATE Friday, March 13, 10:20 AM: this event has been canceled through March 26 or until further notice. Refunds for performances through March 26 available at point of purchase.


Ryan Bernier directs the latest mainstage revue for Second City as part of the company's 60th anniversary celebrations. The brand new ensemble includes Mary Catherine Curran, Sarah Dell’Amico, Andrew Knox, Asia Martin, Jordan Savusa, and Adam Schreck, with musical direction by Nick Gage. 312-337-3992

“This Bucket Ain't For Ice!”

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 12-4 p.m.


An exhibition of blues music photography by Eric Kriesant. 312-808-1286

Masque of the Red Coronavirus

Launches Tue 3/31 at 9 AM, then free on the company website anytime.

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Black Button Eyes Productions presents an interlocking series of videos performed by various artists that mash up Edgar Allan Poe's classic horror tale, "The Masque of the Red Death," in which a prince and his entourage try to cheat a pandemic by taking sanctuary in a pleasure palace, with contemporary articles about how the wealthy and the extremely wealthy are taking refuge in luxury during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a note on the website, company artistic director Ed Rutherford observes "way too many lines of The Prince are quoted verbatim from a public figure."

The Hunchback Variations

Available via YouTube any time

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Mickle Maher, a cofounder of Chicago's highly influential Theater Oobleck, created two versions of his heartbreakingly hilarious story involving Beethoven and Quasimodo at an academic conference, discussing their fruitless collaborative attempt to capture an impossible sound cue in Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard: "A distant sound, as if from the sky: the sound of a breaking string—dying away, sad." First done as a straight play in 2001, Maher and composer Mark Messing reconfigured it as a chamber opera in 2012. This streaming YouTube version is of a production of the nonmusical original at Houston's Catastrophic Theatre, which has produced several of Maher's plays over the years. On Wednesday, April 1 at 6 PM, Maher will participate in an online Q&A along with director and actor Greg Dean, actor Jeff Miller and more, moderated by University of Houston theater professor Dr. Rob Shimko.