Chicago Theatre Week: A Budget-Friendly Theatre Getaway

Every year, Chicago Theatre Week offers deals on Chicago theatre. Read our guide to a budget-friendly getaway to see live performances on a budget.

in Arts & Culture, Chicago, Activities
January 09, 2024

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In a city like Chicago, you're bound to find something for everyone — the sports nuts, the foodies, the history buffs. For the performance art-loving group, a fun-filled weekend discovering the sights and sounds of Chicago's storied theatre history is just the ticket.

The best part is that enjoying amazing live performances doesn't have to be expensive. Every year, Chicago Theatre Week offers deals on Chicago theatre, giving you a chance to catch a performance (or two) among Chicago's world-class theatre scene on an affordable Chicago theatre getaway.

Read on to see our tips for taking advantage of Chicago Theatre Week in February.

What to See

With more than 100 performances at theatres across the city during Chicago Theatre Week, the world is your oyster. Special discounted pricing for productions from February 8–18 are available, with some tickets less than $15!

Musicals and Plays

You don't want to miss massive Broadway in Chicago productions and exciting storefront shows featuring local actors. The wealth of musicals and plays during Chicago Theatre Week takes you from grand historic theatres to neighborhood stages like Theater Wit or A Red Orchid Theatre.

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You can't visit Chicago without stopping by The Second City, where actors like Tina Fey, Dan Aykroyd, Tim Meadows and Bill Murray got their start. Laugh your tail off during one of The Second City's hilarious improv performances and immerse yourself in Chicago's historical and authentic comedy scene.

What to Do

To really embrace Chicago's impressive theater scene, take advantage of one of these low-cost tours offered around the city!

Chicago Theatre Marquee Tour

You're probably planning to take a selfie by the Chicago Theatre marquee anyway, so why not step inside for a tour as well? During the Chicago Theatre Marquee Tour, explore the lobby, orchestra, balconies and even the dressing room, which includes an autographed wall of stars who've performed! Learn all about the Chicago Theatre's history and architectural highlights right down to the chandeliers and the original Grand Wurlitzer pipe organ.

Chicago Theater District Tour

Explore the Theater District and some of the most popular and historical venues Chicago has to offer on this free self-guided walking tour. Enjoy the gorgeous architecture of the Chicago Theatre, James M. Nederlander Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Cadillac Palace Theatre, Bank of America Theatre and Auditorium Theatre with this handy guide.

Where to Stay

Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

For a one-stop-shop experience, look no further than the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel. Boasting old-school charm in each room, this hotel offers not only an amazing vibe but also seven on-site bars and restaurants, including the incredible Cindy's Rooftop and Game Room. Embrace vintage Chicago with a modern twist — a stay here is unlike any other and truly unique to the city.

Hampton Inn Majestic Theatre District

Stay close to the action at the Hampton Inn Majestic Theatre District to put yourself within walking distance of the CIBC Theatre, The Chicago Theatre, Cadillac Palace Theatre, Harris Theatre for Music and Dance, Civic Opera House, and more.

Where to Eat

Lockwood Restaurant & Bar

This downtown New American restaurant is the perfect pre-show hotspot, located inside the Palmer House Hilton. Sink your teeth into a delicious striploin or grilled salmon, but be sure to save room for dessert!


It doesn't get more "theater" than Petterino's! This downtown Italian mainstay is the perfect place to dine during a weekend in Chicago. With an ambiance that screams classic Chicago theater, Petterino's offers a full traditional Italian menu that includes a la carte options like fettuccine and chicken alfredo and chicken parmesan. Get lost in the decor as you view the caricatures of actors and celebrities to put you in the theater mood. Enjoy a post-show drink and you'll receive 10% off your bill at the bar by showing your ticket.

Catch 35

Treat yourself to some of the best seafood Chicago has to offer at Catch 35. The extensive menu includes poke bowls, fresh fish, oysters, and steaks that are sure to have you craving seconds.

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