Chicago Area Sensory Friendly Movie Screenings – Winter 2016

Watching a movie in the theater can be a special family outing, but it can be difficult for children or adults with special needs and/or sensory issues. To address this and give all families an opportunity to enjoy the experience, some local theaters offer sensory friendly or special needs screenings with lights up, sound down, […]

Cheap Family Movies for Winter 2016

Going to the movies is always a special treat and it’s perfect no matter what the weather is like. Get ready for some popcorn and enjoy a family movie together at a great price because these theaters have winter movie specials:   Marcus Theatres – Kids Dream Winter Film Series Admission is only $3 for […]

Children’s Theatre – Winter 2016

Theater isn’t just for adults! Our city has a great theater history and plenty of shows for all ages. As Chicago Theater Week approaches (February 11-21, 2016), there’s no better time to check out plays and performances for the family. Presented by the Winnetka Children’s Hour at the Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Avenue, Chicago: […]

Holiday Performances in the Chicago Area 2015

The Chicago area is always bursting with amazing performances and this is especially true during the holiday season – everything from old classics like the Joffrey Ballet’s Nutcracker and the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, to newer shows like Elf and It’s a Wonderful Santaland Miracle Nut-Cracking Christmas Story… Jews Welcome. Attending a show with your family is a great […]

Cirque du Soliel’s KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities Arrives in Chicago August 6

Drive past the United Center in a couple weeks and you’ll see something pretty curious – a giant blue and yellow Big Top; but what’s inside is even more curious… or KURIOS. (Information below has been provided by Cirque du Soliel.) Cirque du Soliel will be performing KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities August 6 through […]

Blue Man Group – Spring Break Specials

Blue Man Group website Location: Briar Street Theater, 3133 North Halsted, Chicago Phone: 773-348-4000 Dates: See a full list of dates and times at Ticketmaster. Additional shows have been added through the month of April for spring break. April Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 18 p.m. 22, 5, 8 p.m. 32, 5,  8 […]

Schoolhouse Rock Live at the Marriott Theatre

Marriott Theatre Website Location: Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire Phone: 847-634-0200 Dates: February 28-May 4, 2014 See the full schedule on the Marriott Theatre website. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays (except March 20-30 and April 20). All performances are at 10:00 am. Admission: $15 a ticket. Tickets can be purchased at the box office, or online through Ticketmaster for an […]

The Teddy Bears’ Picnic Presented by the Emerald City Theatre

Website: The Teddy Bears’ Picnic presented by the Emerald City Theatre Location: Emerald City’s Little Theatre, 2933 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago Phone: 773-529-2690 Dates and Times: The Teddy Bears’ Picnic has been running since September 2013 and after a sold out run has been extended for a second time. It will run through August 15, […]

Cirque Shanghai: Dragon’s Thunder

Website: Cirque Shanghai: Dragon’s Thunder Location: Pepsi Skyline Stage at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave, Chicago Phone: 800-745-3000 (to purchase tickets) Hours: The show runs May 22 – September 2. Sunday 2:00pm, 4:00pm Wednesday 2:00pm, 6:00pm, 8:00pm Thursday 2:00pm, 8:00pm Friday 2:00pm, 7:00pm, 9:00pm Saturday 2:00pm, 6:00pm, 8:00pm Additional shows: Tuesday, July 4 at 2 pm, 6 pm […]

The Elephant & The Whale – The Chicago Children’s Theatre

Website: The Chicago Children’s Theatre – The Elephant & The Whale Location: The Ruth Page Center for Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago Phone: 773-227-0180 Dates and times: April 10- May 26, 2013 Tuesdays at 10:00 am Wednesdays at 10:00 am & Noon Thursdays & Fridays at 10:00 am & 6:30 pm Saturdays at 11:00 am & 6:30 […]

Sesame Street Live Arriving in Chicago (and Free Printable Activities)

Sunny days, sweeping the clouds away… If you’ve got a kid (or been a kid!) I’m sure you know that song. It’s hard not to love Sesame Street. That’s why I’m super excited about this… Sesame Street Live will be in the Chicago area at the Rosemont Theatre in Rosemont Thursday, May 2 through Sunday, May […]

Alice In Wonderland at the Marriott Theatre

Marriott Theatre Website Location: Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire Phone: 847-634-0200 Dates: March 14-May 18, 2013 See the full schedule on the Marriott Theatre website. Performances are some Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays; and all Fridays & Saturdays (except April 4 & 5). All performances are at 10:00 am Admission: $15 a ticket Parking: There is free parking in the attached lot. […]

Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival

Location: Rosemont Theater (temporarily the Akoo Theater), 5400 North River Road, Rosemont Phone: 847-671-5100 Show times: This show was only in town for one weekend. Friday, March 15, 2013, at 7:00 pm Saturday, March 16, 2013, at 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, & 7:00 pm Sunday, March 17, 2013, at 11:00 am, 2:00 pm, & 5:00 pm Admission: $15-$70 ($19.75-$79.65 with fees) […]

Bud, Not Buddy Presented by the Chicago Children’s Theatre

I love the Chicago Children’s Theatre. We’ve seen all the shows they’ve presented in the past couple years. With a brand new baby we haven’t had an opportunity to see Bud, Not Buddy, but the information below has been provided by the Chicago Children’s Theatre. Based on the book by Christopher Paul Curtis, Bud, Not […]

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical – website Location: Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago Phone: 773-935-6100 Dates and times: Through January 6, 2013. Dates and times vary – see the online schedule for details. There are shows on weekdays and weekends at 10:15 am, 10:30 am, 12:00 pm, and 1:00 pm. Admission: Tickets are […]

Dino Time 3D Screening

Free Dino Time 3D Advanced Screening Dino Time will be arriving in theatres on December 7, but here’s a chance to see a special advanced screening for free! The screening will take place at Showplace Icon, 150 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago on Saturday, November 17th at 10:30 am. Here’s some information about the movie from the press […]

Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph

Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph is in theatres nationwide. I am not posting specifics (prices, bathrooms, etc) because theatres vary so much. You can find where Wreck-It Ralph is playing near you or purchase tickets online at the Wreck-It Ralph site. John recently took Cooper to see Wreck-It Ralph and he wrote the following post about the […]

Harold and the Purple Crayon

Harold and the Purple Crayon – website ** Note: Harold and the Purple Crayon is at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts through November 4. My experience and observations are based on what we experienced at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts so it’s possible there may be some slight differences. Location: The […]

Harold and the Purple Crayon Ticket Giveaway

The Chicago Children’s Theatre presents Harold and the Purple Crayon and you can win tickets to see it! Here’s a little from the Chicago Children’s Theatre website: Harold and the Purple Crayon teaches young audiences that anything is possible with a crayon and a big imagination. Meet Harold, a curious four year old boy who, armed […]

Improv Extravaganza Explosion

Improv Extravaganza Explosion – website Location: UP Comedy Club at Piper’s Alley, 230 W. North Ave, 3rd Floor, Chicago Phone: 312-662-4562 Dates and times: Saturdays at 12:00 pm until March 30, 2013. Some Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00 am or 11:00 until December 2012. Admission: $11 each plus a $3 service fee (per order) for […]

The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure – A Movie Unlike Any You’ve Seen Before

The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure – website The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure is now playing in theaters! It’s been quite a while since we got to see this movie so I’m excited to finally be able to write about it. As I discussed in my previous post, my family was invited […]

Oogieloves Webcast and Prize Pack Giveaway

Oogieloves Webcast and Prize Pack Giveaway Earlier this summer my family was invited to a special showing of The Oogieloves in The Big Balloon Adventure. While my husband and kids did some activities me and some other blogger moms got to meet the producer of the Oogieloves, Kenn Viselman, for a pre-show discussion about movies […]

Alice in Wonderland Presented by the Emerald City Theatre Company (and Promo Code)

Alice in Wonderland – website Location: The Apollo Theatre, 2540 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago Phone: 773-935-6100 Performances: Runs July 10-December 29. A full performance schedule is available online. Admission: Tickets start at $13 for children and $16 for adults. PROMO CODE – Throughout the month of August, enter the code EATME for a FREE adult ticket to any performance when you purchase […]

Studio Movie Grill

Studio Movie Grill – website Location: 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton Phone: 630-480-9557 Hours: Check the website for movie times. Matinees start as early as 11:00 am. Admission: Weekday matinees are $5, weekend matinees are $8 for adults and $7 for children 10 and under. Evening movies are $9.75 for adults and $6 for children 10 […]

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty – website Location: Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire Phone: 847-634-0200 Dates: July 7 – August 18, 2012 Wednesday-Saturday at 10:00 am Admission: $15 a ticket Parking: There is free parking in the attached lot. Bathrooms: There are public bathrooms with changing tables. In the bathroom we were in, the changing table was […]

Summer Movie Guide for Families and Kids

Many movie theatres are offering special family movie programs with kids movies (often FREE or at a discount) throughout the summer months so if it’s rainy or you need a break from the heat, check out these summer movie programs: $1 Summer Movie Series – “C” You at the Movies Location: Antioch & McHenry $1 […]

A Bear, A Moon, and A Caterpillar: Treasured Stories by Eric Carle

A Bear, A Moon, and A Caterpillar: Treasured Stories by Eric Carle – website To see a video preview of the show, scroll to the bottom of this post.   Location: Victory Gardens Biograph Theatre, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago Phone: 773-871-3000 Dates and times: May 2 – 27 (Some shows are sold out already!) Mondays – no shows […]

A Brown Bear, A Moon, and A Caterpillar: Treasured Stories by Eric Carle Giveaway

  The Chicago Children’s Theatre is bringing A Bear, A Moon, and A Caterpillar: Treasured Stories by Eric Carle to the Victory Gardens Biograph Theatre this May. The show is designed for children ages 2-7 and will feature music, visual effects, and puppetry. The hour-long show will include The Hungry Little Caterpillar; Brown Bear, Brown […]

Disney Live! Presents Three Classic Fairy Tales

Disney Live! Presents Three Classic Fairy Tales – website Location: Akoo Theater (formerly the Rosemont Theater), 5400 North River Road, Rosemont Phone: 847-671-5100 Show times: This show was only in town for one weekend. The only remaining show is Sunday, March 18 at 1:00 pm. Admission: $15-$70 ($19.75-$79.65 with fees) Parking: There is a large […]

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – website Location: The Apollo Theatre, 2540 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago Phone: 773-935-6100 Performances: Runs February 17-June 28. A full performance schedule is available online. Monday – 2/20 at 10:30 am Tuesday – No shows Wednesday – Shows at 10:15 am and 11:00 am on […]

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