Chicago is a hotbed for live theater which is one of the reasons I love visiting. The city attracts the big Broadway shows (Hamilton has been playing in Chicago for three years) and is home to some of the best resident companies in the country – so there is always something to see.

On this trip I saw two fun shows perfect for summer: a new show, Six at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and a revival of a classic, The Music Man at the Goodman Theatre. Both shows were great and I would recommend to anyone looking for a little diversion on their trip to the Windy City this summer.

About Six at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater:

“Divorced, beheaded, died; divorced, beheaded, survived. On the heels of its UK debut and wildly popular West End run, Chicago Shakespeare stages the North American Premiere of SIX. The wives of Henry VIII join forces for an electrifying pop-concert spectacle—shining a spotlight on these six women as never before. The queens take the mic to reclaim their identities out of the shadow of their infamous spouse—remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into a power-packed celebration of twenty-first-century female empowerment. Backed by a band known as the ‘Ladies in Waiting,’ the all-woman ensemble crosses the spectrum of modern-day pop with a soundtrack that has stormed to the top of the UK charts.”

Six continues at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier until at least August 2, 2019.

About The Music Man at the Goodman Theatre:

“He’s charming and charismatic—no wonder con man Harold Hill assumes he can easily fleece the citizens of staid River City, Iowa with the grand promise of a marching band. But the smooth-talking swindler can’t tell a trombone from a treble clef—and Marian, the local librarian, knows it. In his attempt to steal her heart (and save his hide), Harold learns a thing or two about moral responsibility—and unexpectedly enriches the town with a love of music. Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman (The Jungle Book, Wonderful Town) brings her magic touch to ‘one of the sunniest musicals ever’ (The New York Times), including memorable favorites ‘Goodnight My Someone,’ ‘Seventy-Six Trombones,’ ‘Gary, Indiana’ and ‘Till There Was You.’”

The Music Man continues at the Chicago’s Goodman Theatre through at least August 11, 2019