Archive for October 26th, 2016

I am just back from my long weekend in Chicago and have a few pictures to share. This, believe it or not, was the view from my room at the Buckingham Club Hotel located on the 40th floor of a South Loop office tower. It was a great hotel and an awesome view. I put a filter on this photo that makes it look like one of those early 20th century linen postcards.

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hamI love live theater and have posted many times before about the pleasures of this classic entertainment form. One of the great things about Chicago is no matter when I visit, there are always many options to enjoy a night (or afternoon) out at a show.

Chicago plays host to many pre-Broadway tryouts, and is often the first stop when hit shows expand beyond Broadway. Case in point, the cultural phenomenon that is the Tony award-winning musical Hamilton just opened in Chicago with the first national company and has pretty much sold out a year in advance.

Seeing Hamilton was the primary draw for this trip – and it was worth the wait. Hamilton is everything I hoped (and expected) it would be and more and it was fun to see it early in its Chicago run with a SRO crowd who were all excited to be in the room.

Meanwhile, in addition to the Broadway sit-down and touring shows, Chicago is home to great local theater companies. Three of my favorites are Steppenwolf, Lookingglass and The Goodman. Every time I plan a trip to Chicago I check to see if I can fit a performance at any or all of these companies, and I have never regretted it.

On this trip I checked out the world premiere of David Rabe’s Visiting Edna at Steppenwolf; the new play Life Sucks by Aaron Posner at the Lookingglass Theatre Company (whose theater is inside the iconic Water Tower Water Works in the heart of The Magnificent Mile); and the classic musical Wonderful Town at The Goodman (which ended its run on Sunday).

There is so much to see and do in Chicago, so theater may not be on the top of your list with all the world class museums, restaurants and shopping. But do yourself a favor and try to see a show while you are in town – you’ll be supporting the arts and be entertained at the same time.

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