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20,000 Leagues Under the Seas

Through 8/18: Wed-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat-Sun 2 and 7:30 PM, alternate Tue 7:30 PM, alternate Thu 2 PM
Lookingglass Theatre Company Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago Gold Coast/Mag Mile/Streeterville



Wed., Aug. 15, 7:30 p.m.
Wire 6815 W. Roosevelt, Berwyn Berwyn

Matt Alber

Wed., Aug. 15, 8 p.m.
Schubas 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago Lakeview

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Avenue Q

Wed-Fri 8 PM, Sat 5 and 8:30 PM, Sun 3 PM; also Sun 7:30 PM beginning 7/22
Mercury Theater Chicago 3745 N. Southport Ave., Chicago Lakeview


Boss Fight, Certainty, Psychoid

Wed., Aug. 15, 8 p.m.
The Owl 2521 N. Milwaukee, Chicago Logan Square


Cole's Comedy Open Mike

Wednesdays, 9 p.m.
Cole's 2338 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago Logan Square

Hosted by Sonia Denis and Rebecca O'Neal, this scrappy showcase boasts about 50 comics a week. 773-276-5802

Cordoba, Gully Boys, Little Church, Taylor Seaberg

Wed., Aug. 15, 8 p.m.
Burlington 3425 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago Logan Square


Jeremy Cunningham & Dustin Laurenzi, Josh Berman & Katie Ernst

Wed., Aug. 15, 9:30 p.m.
California Clipper 1002 N. California Ave., Chicago Humboldt Park



Wed., Aug. 15, 2 p.m.
Reckless Records 3126 N. Broadway, Chicago Lakeview


Dream Freaks Fall From Space

Open run: Wed-Thu 8 PM, Fri-Sat 8 and 11 PM, Sun 4 PM, Tue 8 PM
Second City 1616 N. Wells St., Chicago Old Town

Buy Tickets$29-$46

Second City is in denial. Donald Trump is our president, and along with that comes a host of issues regarding race, gender equality, LGBTQ rights, and police brutality, among other things. The cast of the brand-new yet already outdated main-stage revue Dream Freaks Fall From Space tackle these loaded topics by mentioning them, then moving right along. And speaking of denial, scenes break one of the most fundamental rules of improvisation—embody the spirit of "yes, and . . . " to complement your partner onstage. Here instead actors deny ideas with "What are you talking about?" Second City is the tentpole of Chicago comedy for the rest of the country, but Dream Freaks feels like it was concocted in an intermediate-level improv class where mere nods get laughs and politics get skewered with Pixy Stix. Continue reading >> 312-337-3992

Dynasty Battles

Wed., Aug. 15, 12:15 p.m.
Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center 78 E. Washington St., Chicago Loop


The Forced Transfer

Opens Tue 6/7
National Cambodian Heritage Museum 2831 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago Ravenswood

As a young Buddhist monk in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, during the 1960s, Kompha Seth studied the Brahmi alphabet and Magadhi—a root language of modern Khmer—which had been preserved and passed down for generations. Today, he's one of only a few Cambodians in the world who understands these dialects and their links to modern Khmer. Continue reading >> 773-506-1280

Free Cake for Every Creature, Amy O, Emily Jane Powers

Wed., Aug. 15, 9 p.m.
Hideout 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., Chicago West Town/Noble Square


Ghost of Paul Revere, Jonah Smith

Wed., Aug. 15, 8 p.m.
SPACE 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston Evanston

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Grant Park Orchestra with artists of the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center

Wed., Aug. 15, 6:30 p.m.
Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park Michigan and Randolph, Chicago Loop

Carlos Kalmar, conductor (Menotti). 312-742-1168

The Harold

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.

Heartbreak Hotel

Through 9/30: Wed-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 2 and 7:30 PM, Sun 2 and 7 PM, Tue 7:30 PM

Buy from Ticketmaster$30-$74


Richard Lloyd Group

Wed., Aug. 15, 7 p.m.
Reggie's Music Joint 2105 S. State St., Chicago South Loop

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Canceled. 312-949-0120

Murder for Two

Through 8/26: Wed-Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 3 and 8 PM, Sun 1 and 5 PM, also Wed 8/1 and 8/8 and Thu 8/16 and 8/23, 1 PM
Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire Suburbs Northwest


National Steppers Society with Kenneth Watkins

Wed., Aug. 15, 5 p.m.
Jackson Park 6300 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago Other South



Through 8/19: Wed-Thu 7:30 PM, Fri-Sat 8 PM, Sun 2 PM, Tue 7:30 PM
Goodman Theatre 170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago Loop

Buy Tickets$30-$93


The Paper Machete

Open run: Wed 6:30 PM, Sat 3 PM
Green Mill 4802 N. Broadway St., Chicago Uptown

The "salon in a saloon." Comedians, writers, and storytellers discuss the week in pop culture and politics. 773-878-5552