Theater shows to see in Chicago in winter 2018 abound.

This winter has been a cold one. And while the days are growing longer, Chicago likely has several more months of bitter cold, biting wind, and grey sky before it begins to feel like spring. When Mother Nature keeps you indoors, one of the most reliable ways to make due is through exploring the city’s vast collection of theaters. Here are seven highly praised productions on stage in Chicago this winter and spring.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

March 7 thru March 11 at Auditorium Theatre

The world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is returning to Auditorium Theatre for the 48th time this March. This year’s four-part performance features three inspiring new programs from Jamar Roberts, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, and Twyla Tharp. It ends with Alvin Ailey’s “Revelations,” the most-viewed contemporary dance work in the world. Tickets for the production in Chicago this winter start at $41. The Auditorium Theatre is less than 15 minutes’ walk from AMLI 900 and AMLI Lofts.

Hamilton

thru September 2 at CIBC Theatre

When Hamilton announced a two-year run in Chicago, New Yorkers who still hadn’t scored tickets to the musical started pursuing them. The sensational production is now more than midway through its run at CIBC Theatre. If you don’t already have tickets to one of this winter’s shows, you’ll have to pay a fortune or try your hand at the digital lottery. But have you heard or read a review of the show by someone who felt it wasn’t worth the cost of the ticket? The show employs hip-hop, blues, and R&B to tell the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton. Lin-Manuel Miranda, writer of the production’s music and lyrics, was inspired by Ron Chernow’s biography Hamilton. CIBC Theatre is a 15-minute walk from AMLI River North and AMLI’s South Loop apartments.

The Humans

January 30 thru February 11 at Cadillac Palace Theater

Set over a Thanksgiving weekend, Stephen Karam’s one-act play The Humans explores themes of aging, illness, and generation gaps. The play premiered at Chicago’s American Theater Company in 2014 before moving to Broadway. The Humans was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and garnered the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play. Tickets are available from $40. The Cadillac Palace Theater is a 10-minute walk from AMLI’s River North apartment rentals.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

January 19 thru March 25 at Drury Lane Theatre

Musical-theatre composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and songwriter Tim Rice started collaborating at ages 17 and 20, respectively. Their second musical, Joseph, took the performing arts world by storm.The family-friendly production tells the story of Joseph from the Bible’s Book of Genesis. Nearly a half-century after its premiere, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat remains one of the most popular musicals of all time. See it in Chicago this winter at Drury Lane Theatre, a 20-minute drive from AMLI at Seven Bridges. Tickets start at $47.

Love Never Dies

February 14 thru March 4 at Cadillac Palace Theatre

Ten years after disappearing from the Paris Opera House, the Phantom reemerges in Coney Island, New York. Love Never Dies, the spellbinding sequel to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic Phantom of the Opera, is powerful in every way. This romantic musical is one of the most highly anticipated cultural events in Chicago this winter. See it at downtown Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre from $35.

The Sound of Music

April 10 thru April 15 at Cadillac Palace Theatre

Another show on tap for Broadway in Chicago this season is a brand new production of the Sound of Music. Get wrapped up in the Von Trapp family’s story and the songs you know and love at Cadillac Palace Theatre this April. It’s been 60 years since Rodgers’ and Hammerstein’s iconic musical premiered on Broadway, and it’s popularity is still sky-high. We’re going to go ahead and call this a timeless classic.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella

April 27 thru May 6 at Cadillac Palace Theatre

If spring doesn’t arrive before late April this year, escape to a familiar fairy-tale world for a few hours. Another timeless Rodgers and Hammerstein classic is taking to the Cadillac Palace Theatre stage in Chicago this season is Cinderella. The traveling production promises to be fun for audience members of all ages.

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Jason received degrees in International Studies, Economics, and German Literature from the University of Arizona in 2011, and has worked as a freelance writer ever since. His research and writing interests include interior decoration and design, home entertainment, history, art, architecture, and travel. He is currently a regular contributor to the AMLI Residential lifestyle blog. Circle Jason on Google+