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Esperanza Rising  
Merle Reskin Theatre Esperanza Rising
A young Mexican girl must flee across the border when her wealthy father is killed by bandits in the poignant drama Esperanza Rising. Taking root in California, Esperanza's previous life of fancy dresses, pretty dolls and birthday parties dissolves into the tough, daily struggle of the migrant worker. But the steely Esperanza learns to adapt in the face of hardship, finding strength and confidence in her work as a baby sitter, and a fresh resolve to take better care of herself and her family. This stirring production by the Theatre School of DePaul University will inspire parents and children alike.
Fog Island  
Filament Theatre Fog Island
When the fog refuses to lift from their sleepy Irish fishing village, siblings Cara and Finn must take matters into their own hands. The children take to the sea, only to find themselves washed ashore on the mysterious and dangerous Fog Island. A spooky adventure story adapted from Tomi Ungerer's award winning picture book, Fog Island asks what it means to grow up and face your fears.
Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny  
Ruth Page Center For Arts Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny
This enchanting double-bill of family favorites adapted from Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd's beloved bedtime books combines Mermaid's signature innovative puppetry, striking effects and evocative original music into a terrific family theater experience hailed as "entrancingly beautiful, masterfully designed" by the Winnipeg Free Press.
Magic Tree House: A Night in New Orleans  
Apollo Theater Magic Tree House: A Night in New Orleans
Beloved Magic Tree House characters, Jack and Annie, venture through the tuneful streets of 1915 New Orleans, where they discover 14-year-old Louis Armstrong and must set him on the trumpeting path to become the "King of Jazz." This triumphant tale explores a world where possibilities are endless and stirs the soul of the Jazz Age.
Three Little Kittens  
Emerald City's Little Theatre Three Little Kittens
Three little kittens are on the hunt for their missing mittens, and they need your help finding them! Gather the clues and make new discoveries before Mother Cat comes home. With the promise of pie and the smell of a rat close by, this interactive spy story is the purr-fect way to introduce your little ones to the mystery and excitement of live theatre. (For ages 0-5)
  List Of Children's Shows Coming Soon
Dragons Love Tacos Opens Oct 17  
Apollo Theater Dragons Love Tacos
Dragons love parties. All kinds of parties. But if you want to throw a party for dragons, you have to remember the tacos. Dragons love tacos. All kinds of tacos! POOLS OF TACOS. But save the salsa. When dragons eat salsa, you'll discover the results can be explosive. Adapted from the New York Times best seller, Dragons Love Tacos is a sizzling story full of fiery fun for your entire family.
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane Opens Oct 20  
Ruth Page Center For Arts The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
A touching tale based on the popular children's book by Newbery Award-winner Kate DiCamillo about a toy rabbit who travels around the world for twenty years before he finds friendship, himself and his way home.
Alice In Wonderland Opens Oct 23  
Beverly Arts Center Alice In Wonderland
Discover the magic of Wonderland alongside Alice. Meet characters who grow "curiouser and curiouser," including the White Rabbit, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, the Cheshire Cat, and the Queen of Hearts. All CKC shows feature audience participation and run for one hour with no intermission. Alice in Wonderland is targeted for children from 2 to 8 years old.
Mr. Popper's Penguins Opens Oct 24  
Lifeline Theatre Mr. Popper's Penguins
Money is tight and times are tough in the town of Stillwater. With no houses to paint till next spring, Mr. Popper is stuck at home daydreaming of adventures in far-off lands, while Mrs. Popper must scrimp and save just to put beans on the table. But with the unexpected arrival of a spirited penguin named Captain Cook, a new horizon opens before them. As a quiet partnership expands into a boisterous flock, the Poppers learn that there's no problem that can't be solved with steady determination, lots of love, and a dash of unconventionality. Join this offbeat family on an unforgettable adventure in a world premiere musical based on the 1938 classic by Richard and Florence Atwater.
The Greatest Story Never Told Opens Oct 24  
Under The Gun Theater The Greatest Story Never Told
The Greatest Story Never Told begins with an underprepared narrator who opens a storybook only to discover it has no text. The solution is the audience must help create and perform an original story made up on the spot along with "The Greatest Interns" (professional improvisers). Suggestions for location, character and plot are taken throughout the entire show as volunteer performers of all ages are invited on stage to perform a 4560 minute improvised story. A professional writer and artist create text and illustrations from the show and the story is ultimately transformed into a purchasable storybook.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus - Circus Xtreme Opens Nov 5  
Allstate Arena and United Center Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus - Circus Xtreme
The all-new, 145th Edition of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey headed for Chicago - Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME - features artists who redefine the word extreme in everything they do, magnifying traditional elements of the circus and combining them with never-before-seen spectacles, original fast-paced performances and incredibly hilarious moments. The adrenalin-fueled spectacular offers extreme thrills, exotic animals and extraordinary performers that add up to the ultimate family entertainment experience.
At Allstate Arena from Nov 5 - 15
At United Center from Nov 19 - 29
A Charlie Brown Christmas Opens Nov 14  
Broadway Playhouse A Charlie Brown Christmas
Tis the season to celebrate everyone's favorite Peanuts pals as they dig past the commercialized gimmicks of presents and decorations to rediscover the true meaning of Christmas. Through a pageant and a spindly tree, Charlie Brown and friends bring the holiday spirit back to life for families once again! "And for Charlie Brown, it was truly the merriest Christmas ever."
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Live On Stage! Opens Nov 20  
Rosemont Theatre Alvin and the Chipmunks: Live On Stage!
Get ready to rock with Alvin and the Chipmunks: Live On Stage!, a brand new, interactive, music-filled show featuring America's favorite furry music group and their pals the Chipettes. Based on the characters from the hit Fox movies, the show will bring the music and excitement of a live rock concert to life as Alvin and crew perform hits by One Direction, Maroon 5, Christina Aguilera, Elvis and more. Follow along as the musical finds the group prepping for a big benefit concert -- which is secretly a dastardly plan hatched by their arch-nemesis, the villainous ex-music exec Ian Hawke. Of course, Alvin gets up to his usual shenanigans and the high-pitched heroes are able to settle the score. Catch this dynamic mix of music, colorful visuals, magical special effects and audience participation at the Rosemont Theatre.
Mrs. Claus, A Holiday Musical! Opens Dec 3  
Beverly Arts Center Mrs. Claus, A Holiday Musical!
Theatre for Children (CKC) presents Mrs. Claus, A Holiday Musical! a one-hour musical adaptation! Chicago Kids Company's Holiday Classic returns for the 16th Year! Our biggest and most colorful show will put you in the Holiday Spirit in no time. Join the new Elf Class of 2014 as they try to find the missing "list" in time for Christmas. The show runs one hour with no intermission, and is targeted for kids aged 2 to 12.
Tinsel! The Musical Opens Dec 12  
No Exit Cafe Tinsel! The Musical
A nearsighted reindeer is stuck living a humdrum life as a clumsy waitress at Frosty the Snowman's diner until her life changes and she becomes a famous recording artist in the family holiday show Tinsel! The Musical. Featuring a unique blend of country, jazz, blues and pop music, Tinsel! is a toe-tapping tale that is perfect for everyone, teaching audience members young and old about the rewards of being true to yourself and following your dreams, no matter how far-fetched they seem.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical Opens Dec 18  
Rosemont Theatre Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
In 1964, the beloved stop-motion animated television classic, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," made its network television debut delighting audiences across the country. The longest-running and highest-rated television special comes to life, live on stage with "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical" featuring the world's most famous reindeer and a holly jolly cast of iconic characters. Rudolph and friends, including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster, help Santa save Christmas during a tour this holiday season.
The SpongeBob Musical Opens Jun 7  
Ford Oriental Theatre The SpongeBob Musical
The end is near. Only one sponge can save the day. But he's going to need help from some of the greatest songwriters in rock and pop music history. The SpongeBob Musical will be a one-of-a-kind musical event with original songs by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of AEROSMITH, Jonathan Coulton, Dirty Projectors, The Flaming Lips, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T's, They Might Be Giants and T.I., with an additional song by David Bowie and additional lyrics by Jonathan Coulton.