Must-See Performances on Chicago’s North Shore

If you’re looking for a fun date night or family outing idea, there’s no shortage of great theater and music on Chicago’s North Shore. Don’t miss this season’s must-see performances.

Opening Feb. 22: “The Scene”
Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe

Kimberly Senior, back at Writers Theatre after directing Broadway’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Disgraced,” directs this play by Theresa Rebeck. Clea, a twentysomething who recently moved to New York, meets friends Charlie and Lewis at a party in Manhattan. This encounter “sets them off on an emotional roller coaster.” Click here to learn more about Writers Theatre events like “The Making of…’The Scene’” on March 27 and post-show conversations.

The Dining Room at Oil Lamp Theater

The Dining Room at Oil Lamp Theater, Glenview

Opened Jan. 12: “The Dining Room”
Oil Lamp Theater, 1723 Glenview Road, Glenview

“If these walls could talk…” Well, these walls can. Oil Lamp Theater’s latest production takes place in one dining room over 80 years. Watch as cast members transform into various characters whose biggest moments — some good, some bad — occur within just four walls.

Jan. 22: Music of the Baroque
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie

Music of the Baroque, a highly praised classical group that performs works from the 18th century, will be in Skokie to share pieces from Beethoven and Mozart. Can’t make it? The group will return to the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts every month through May. Contact either Music of the Baroque or North Shore Center for tickets.

Faceless at Northlight Theatre

Faceless at Northlight Theatre, Skokie

Opening Jan. 26: “Faceless”
Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie

This world premiere play by Selina Fillinger introduces theatergoers to two women — one an 18-year-old on trial for conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism and the other the prosecuting lawyer and a practicing Muslim. Northlight will host various events throughout the show’s run, including an Interfaith Community Panel on Jan. 31 and panel discussion called Muslims on Stage and Screen on Feb. 12.

Feb. 3: Jonathan Biss
Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall, 70 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

Northwestern’s Bienen School of Music will welcome Jonathan Biss as part of the Skyline Piano Artist Series. Biss, a Leonard Bernstein Award winner, will perform works from Schumann, Chopin, Brahms and more in Galvin Recital Hall, which offers a beautiful view of the Chicago skyline.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane at Northwestern University’s Wirtz Center, Evanston

Feb. 3-12: “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane”
Hall & Martha Hyer Wallis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

Northwestern’s Imagine U creates shows and productions that are perfect for kids and families. Their next play bring’s Kate DiCamillo’s award-winning book about a china rabbit’s journey home to life on stage.

Feb. 18:
Kathy Griffin
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie

Emmy and Grammy winner Kathy Griffin is bringing her hilarious Celebrity Run-In Tour to the North Shore Center during their 20th anniversary season. Griffin’s second book, “Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins: My A-Z Index,” was released this past November and features funny (and sometimes bizarre) stories of celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio, Ashton Kutcher, Barbra Streisand and Taylor Swift.

Find more performances around Chicago’s North Shore here.

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