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Judy and Liza—Once in a Lifetime: The London Palladium Concert—A Tribute Recommended The Short List (Theater) Canceled

7/24-8/9: Fri-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 2 PM
Greenhouse Theater Center 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

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Note: this event has been canceled. Contact box office regarding refunds.

Greenhouse Theater and Nancy Hays Entertainment remount this musical tribute to Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli, which closed early in March due to the COVID-19 stay-at-home order. Hays and Alexa Castelvecchi play Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli in a tribute to their 1964 concert at the London Palladium. Reader critic Albert Williams reviewed the earlier production, noting "Accompanied by a trio led by pianist Robert Ollis, Hays and Castelvecchi don't try to imitate Garland and Minnelli; instead, through song and storytelling, they share their own perspectives on the stars' enduring influence on them as artists in their own right."

The Greenhouse has established policies in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including limited seating, required use of masks by patrons, and elimination of intermission. For questions regarding these and other policies, contact the box office. 773-404-7336

The Harold Recommended Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

Open run: Wed-Thu 8 PM, Fri 8 and 10:30 PM, Sat 10:30 PM, Sun 8 PM, Mon 10:30 PM
iO Theater 1501 N. Kingsbury, Chicago Lincoln Park


Improv teams use an audience suggestion to create interweaving story lines that result in a connected long-form narrative.

The Improvised Shakespeare Company Recommended Member Picks Agenda The Short List (Theater)

Open run: Thu 8 PM, Fri-Sat 8 and 11 PM
iO Theater 1501 N. Kingsbury, Chicago Lincoln Park


Seven strapping men in swashbuckler shirts improvise a two-act Shakespearean play based on a title suggested by the audience. At the show I saw, "The Taming of the Jew" inspired the Bard's usual themes (religion, family, betrayal) and plot devices (murders, disguises, fortunes gained/lost) as well as an uncomfortably funny circumcision. Director-performer Blaine Swen, a veteran of long-form Shakespearean improv who swears they don't conspire during the intermission, has assembled a vigorous ensemble of actors and proven improvisers. Their experience doing Shakespeare flowers in the language: they relish iambic dialogue, execute perfectly timed asides, occasionally utter rhyming couplets (some hilariously forced: "Let us be quick-sa, and get to the bar mitzvah!"), and drop parodic phrases ("scurvenous knave," "midfortnight report") and well-placed anachronisms (the bar mitzvah had a DJ). Even the ending echoed the real plays: story lines resolved tidily—and uproariously. —Ryan Hubbard

The Armando Diaz Theatrical Experience & Hootennany Recommended Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

Open run: Mon 8 PM
iO Theater 1501 N. Kingsbury, Chicago Lincoln Park


An old standby, this weekly show transforms performer monologues (delivered by a different guest each time) into inspiration for a night of masterful long-form improv. The best-of-the-best iO talent typically make up the cast, so the show hops from literal moments from the story to abstract, playful scenes with aplomb.

Bitch Sesh: A Real Housewives Breakdown All Ages

Fri., Aug. 7, 7 & 9:30 p.m.
Park West 322 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

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A live presentation from the Bitch Sesh podcast hosts, Casey Wilson and Danielle Schneider. 7 PM show is sold out. 773-929-5959

Wild Rivers, Allman Brown 18+ Early Warnings (Music) Canceled

Sun., Aug. 9, 8 p.m.
Lincoln Hall 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

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canceled 773-525-2501

Shiner, Sweet Cobra 18+ Early Warnings (Music) Canceled

Thu., Aug. 13, 8:30 p.m.
Lincoln Hall 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

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canceled 773-525-2501

Stephen Lynch Early Warnings (Music) Canceled

Sat., Aug. 15, 7:30 p.m.
Park West 322 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

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postponed until a date to be determined 773-929-5959

Tigran Hamasyan featuring Arthur Hnatek, Evan Marien 18+ Early Warnings (Music)

Mon., Sept. 7, 8 p.m.
Lincoln Hall 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

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rescheduled 773-525-2501

Papadosio 18+ Early Warnings (Music) New Early Warnings (Music)

Fri., Sept. 11, 9 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 12, 9 p.m.
Lincoln Hall 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

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773-525-2501

Inhaler, Junior Mesa All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Canceled

Wed., Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m.
Lincoln Hall 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

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canceled 773-525-2501

Fab Faux All Ages Early Warnings (Music)

Sat., Sept. 19, 8 p.m.
Park West 322 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

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rescheduled 773-929-5959

Sleaford Mods 18+ Early Warnings (Music) New Early Warnings (Music)

Wed., Oct. 7, 8:30 p.m.
Lincoln Hall 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

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773-525-2501

Dirty Knobs with Mike Campbell 18+ Early Warnings (Music)

Fri., Oct. 9, 8 p.m.
Park West 322 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

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Rescheduled, tickets purchased for original 3/11 date will be honored. 773-929-5959

Joe Wong & Nite Creatures 18+ Early Warnings (Music)

Fri., Oct. 16, 9 p.m.
Lincoln Hall 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

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rescheduled; tickets purchased for original date will be honored 773-525-2501

Vundabar 18+ Early Warnings (Music) New Early Warnings (Music)

Sun., Nov. 15, 9 p.m.
Lincoln Hall 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

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773-525-2501

La Roux All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Canceled

Tue., Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m.
Park West 322 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

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canceled 773-929-5959

Splean 18+ Early Warnings (Music) New Early Warnings (Music)

Sat., Dec. 5, 8 p.m.
Park West 322 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

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773-929-5959

Lost Dog Street Band 18+ Early Warnings (Music)

Tue., Dec. 15, 8 p.m.
Lincoln Hall 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

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rescheduled; tickets purchased for original date will be honored 773-525-2501

Heaven 17 18+ Early Warnings (Music) New Early Warnings (Music)

Thu., Jan. 28, 7:30 p.m.
Park West 322 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

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773-929-5959

Cybertronic Spree 18+ Early Warnings (Music) New Early Warnings (Music)

Mon., March 8, 8 p.m.
Lincoln Hall 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

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773-525-2501

Holy Fuck 18+ Early Warnings (Music) New Early Warnings (Music)

Fri., March 19, 9 p.m.
Lincoln Hall 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

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773-525-2501

Nombe, Bad Child All Ages Early Warnings (Music)

Sat., March 27, 8 p.m.
Lincoln Hall 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

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rescheduled; tickets purchased for original and previously rescheduled dates will be honored 773-525-2501

The Music of Cream featuring Kofi Baker & Will Johns 18+ Early Warnings (Music)

Fri., April 9, 7:30 p.m.
Park West 322 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

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rescheduled; tickets purchased for previously scheduled dates will be honored 773-929-5959

Natewantstobattle, Vespera All Ages Early Warnings (Music)

Sun., April 18, 7 p.m.
Lincoln Hall 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

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rescheduled; tickets purchased for the original date will be honored 773-525-2501

Residents Early Warnings (Music) New Early Warnings (Music)

Fri., May 7, 9 p.m.
Lincoln Hall 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

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773-525-2501

Flora Cash All Ages Early Warnings (Music)

Fri., June 18, 8:30 p.m.
Lincoln Hall 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

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rescheduled; tickets purchased for the original date will be honored 773-525-2501

Polaris Early Warnings (Music)

Thu., June 24, 9 p.m.
Lincoln Hall 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

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rescheduled; tickets purchased for the original date will be honored 773-525-2501