10 Chicago Performing-Arts Spaces

 In Culture, Guide

Going to a show is the perfect indoor activity for these stubbornly wintry months. Luckily for Chicagoans, the Windy City has something to offer for theater, music and dance fans every single day of the week. Smaller, intimate spaces are the place to go to check out Chicago’s top-notch local talent, while larger venues bring in world-class artists performing masterful interpretations of classics or new work on the cutting edge.

We’ve curated a diverse list of 10 Chicago performing-arts spaces with programming not to miss.


Photo courtesy of Defibrillator.

Founded in 2013 by drummer and composer Mike Reed, Constellation is a music venue on Chicago’s northwest side. Constellation’s mission is to present progressive performance and forward-thinking music with a focus on jazz, improvisation and contemporary classical.

Boldly confronting expectations about performance art, Defibrillator is dedicated to fostering local talent and invigorating Chicago’s art scene with voices from around the world. Their rigorous exhibition schedule offers weekly live art eight months of the year and the international performance art festival, Rapid Pulse, in June.

Elastic Arts
Elastic Arts fosters a community of music, art and performance in the Avondale/Logan Square neighborhoods of Chicago and beyond through independent music concerts, exhibitions and multi-arts performances.

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Photo courtesy the Logan Center for the Arts.

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
The Logan Center on the University of Chicago campus offers a diverse and vibrant lineup of concerts, exhibitions, performances, readings and more. Logan Center is a great place to catch performances by world-class artists, though they also regularly showcase emerging and local talent.

Links Hall
Founded in 1978 by three experimental choreographers, Links Hall serves as an artistic incubator and launchpad. Through its performance series, residency programs, artist-curated festivals, cabarets and more, Links provides a home for artists across all performance disciplines and at all stages of their careers.


Photo courtesy of Harris Theater.

Harris Theater
Located right in Millennium Park, Harris Theater is dedicated to presenting the highest-quality artistic programming, bringing celebrated artists and ensembles from throughout the world to Chicago. A non-profit organization, Harris also supports the local arts community and offers educational programs.

Pride Art Center
Pride Art Center has become a vital part of the arts environment in the Buena Park neighborhood and Chicago theatre community. In addition to performances by Pride Films and Plays, PAC hosts monthly events including play readings, film screenings, cabaret nights and variety shows.

Prop Thtr
Now in their 37th year of operation, Prop Thtr is an incubator for new talent, exposing audiences and artists to fresh outlooks on life through the development of new plays and playwrights.


Photo courtesy of Victory Gardens Theater.

Victory Gardens Theater
Located in the historic Biograph Theater, Victory Gardens is a leader in developing and cultivating an inclusive theater community. Through the plays they produce, Victory Gardens aims to both engage and inspire diverse communities.

Writers Theatre
For 25 years, Writers Theatre has captivated Chicago audiences with inventive interpretations of classic work, bold approaches to contemporary theatre and a dedication to creating the most intimate theatrical experience possible.


Cover photo courtesy of the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts.

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