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  List Of Children's Shows Now Playing
Annie  
Citadel Theatre Company Annie
 
With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations... and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt! She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.
 
   
The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party  
The Station The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party
 
Now a popular annual tradition, The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party is the perfect way to kick off your family's holiday festivities. Three adorable Beatrix Potter favorite tales are unspooled in this mesmerizing, interactive trunk and puppet show, complete with live music. Then, audience members are invited on stage to pull the levers and turn the same cranks that produced such whimsical images of surprise and delight. After photos with the cast, families are whisked to a Victorian-style dining hall, which is adorned with beautiful holiday decor and open tables set with cookies and warm cocoa.
 
   
Beauty and the Beast  
Paramount Theatre Beauty and the Beast
 
Once upon a time on a bitter winter's night, a young, selfish and vain prince finds a beggar woman asking for shelter. Disgusted by her appearance, he sends her far away. The old woman transforms into a magical enchantress who places a curse upon the prince to appear as hideous on the outside as he is on the inside. Given a magical rose, he must learn to love and find love in return before the last petal drops, or he is doomed to remain a beast forever. But who cold ever learn to love a beast?
 
   
A Christmas Carol  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook A Christmas Carol
 
Set in Victorian-era London, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol tells the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts that visit him one fateful Christmas Eve, hoping to change his miserly ways. Continue your tradition or start a new one by gathering the whole family for the 30th anniversary of Drury Lane Theatre's heartwarming production.
 
   
Corduroy  
Broadway Playhouse Corduroy
 
A small bear's quest for a missing button leads to the friendship of a lifetime! The department store comes to life with circus elements and physical comedy as Corduroy must stay a step ahead of the Night Watchman to be ready for Lisa when she returns to the store. Learn the importance of empathy and unconditional love along with a young girl and her mother in this sweet adaptation of the beloved book by Don Freeman. Corduroy is a Chicago premiere and a playful adventure that will delight ages three and up!
 
   
Eleanor's Very Merry Christmas Wish - The Musical  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Eleanor's Very Merry Christmas Wish - The Musical
 
Eleanor's Very Merry Christmas Wish - The Musical tells the story of a rag doll named Eleanor who lives in the magical world of The North Pole. Despite her love for her family there, including Santa, Mrs. "Cookie" Claus, Clara Claus, and the elves - Twinkle, Sprinkle, and Sparkle, Eleanor's very merry Christmas wish is for a best friend and home of her own. Realizing that wishing is not enough, she writes a letter to Santa expressing her dream. The letter opens the door to answering many questions and to the journey which leads to her wish (and others) coming true.
 
   
Goldilocks And The 3 Bears  
St. Patrick Performing Arts Center- Stahl Family Theater Goldilocks And The 3 Bears
 
Chicago Kids Company Theatre for Children (CKC) presents Goldilocks and the 3 Bears, a one-hour musical adaptation! This musical is JUST RIGHT! This show is based on the classic story of a young girl who ventures into the woods and stumbles on a cute house with 3 bowls of porridge, 3 chairs, and 3 beds. The show runs one hour with no intermission, and is targeted for kids aged 2 to 12.
 
   
Hershel And The Hanukkah Goblins  
Strawdog Theatre Hershel And The Hanukkah Goblins
 
Will Hershel of Ostropool outsmart the goblins who haunt the old synagogue so that villagers can celebrate Hanukkah? In this stage adaptation of the Caldecott Honor winning book by Eric Kimmel, the story comes to life with music and a little bit of magic for families of all ages to enjoy.
 
   
Madagascar - A Musical Adventure  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Madagascar - A Musical Adventure
 
Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto the stage in this musical adventure. MADAGASCAR - A MUSICAL ADVENTURE follows all of your favorite zoo friends as they escape from their home in New York's Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien's Madagascar. This special one-hour presentation for kids (and parents) of all ages is filled with larger-than-life characters, non-stop adventure, and an upbeat score that will make audiences want to "Move It, Move It!" All performances are followed by a question & answer session with the cast.
 
   
Mary Poppins  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Mary Poppins
 
Mary Poppins flies onto the stage to deliver whimsy, emotion, and memorable song numbers to a story that will melt your heart. Nominated for seven Tony Awards and winner of the Oliver Award for Best Theatre Choreography, Mary Poppins is a canít miss for the entire family. It is based on the Academy Award-winning film of the same name and acts as a fusion between the film and the children's books by P. L. Travers. Mary Poppins is an entertaining adventure of enchantment and wholesome fun.
 
   
Storytown  
Stage 773 Storytown
 
From superheroes to undersea adventures, princesses to dinosaurs, Storytown takes you on an interactive, fully improvised adventure. The actors use audience suggestions and ideas to create a different story every week. Kids design the setting and help shape the story. The actors, artists and musicians bring it to life. When the possibilities are endless, no two stories are ever the same.
 
   
The Winter Wolf  
Otherworld Theatre The Winter Wolf
 
It's Christmas night in Cora's house. She's visited by her beloved grandfather, a man of high spirits and failing health. They sit around the fireplace as she listens to the legend of the Winter Wolf, a strange creature who serves as Time's hunter, stalking those who are in the winter of their lives. That night, the Winter Wolf comes for Cora's grandfather, but the young girl manages to trap it. What follows is a magical journey through the mysteries of time, as Cora learns how far one can go for the sake of someone they love.
 
   
  List Of Children's Shows Coming Soon
A Charlie Brown Christmas Opens Dec 14  
Rosemont Theatre A Charlie Brown Christmas
 
This touring production of A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schulz features everyone's favorite Peanuts gang - Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, Sally and more, all led by the lovable Charlie Brown - as they discover the true meaning of Christmas. When Charlie Brown becomes discouraged by the materialism of the season, Lucy convinces him to direct the neighborhood Christmas play. In typical Charlie Brown fashion, things go awry when he selects a tiny fir tree for the production. It's up to Linus to save the day and remind everyone of the real message of the holiday. Enjoy this timeless story that showcases the unforgettable music of Vince Guaraldi (performed by a three-piece ensemble on stage) at the Rosemont Theatre.
 
   
Harlem Globetrotters Opens Dec 26  
Allstate Arena and United Center Harlem Globetrotters
 
With their amazing athletic, acrobatic and clowning skills, the team of insanely talented men and women known as the Harlem Globetrotters is sort of like the greatest circus troupe you've ever seen -- but with way more slam dunks. And Hi-Lite, Too Tall, Scooter, Hoops and the others know how to do more than just shoot hoops -- they'll wow you with ball-handling wizardry, rim-rattling jams and four-pointers shot from 30 feet away, not to mention their clever comedy bits. The 'Trotters have been one of the best live shows around for more than 90 years and count Henry Kissinger, Whoopi Goldberg and Pope Francis as honorary members -- though you probably won't see that trio making any under-the-knee passes on this 2018 World Tour. But they are making a stop at the Allstate Arena and United Center to play their long-suffering foes ... and you're humming "Sweet Georgia Brown" right now, aren't you? At United Center on Dec 26. At Allstate Arena on Dec 27.
 
   
Bunny's Book Club Opens Jan 11  
Lifeline Theatre Bunny's Book Club
 
Ever since he overheard the librarian reading outside of the library, Bunny has been enamored with books. But upon reflection, he isn't sure if animals are allowed in the library. With the help of his furry friends, Bunny decides to share his love for reading and start a book club, but how can they get their hands on those books? Celebrate the joy of reading in this world premiere adaptation of Annie Silvestro's celebrated picture book.
 
   
Trolls Live! Opens Jan 11  
Chicago Theatre Trolls Live!
 
Get ready for another hair-raising adventure when Poppy, Branch and their friends come to life on stage in Trolls LIVE!, their first ever live tour! The journey begins when the Trolls' Hug Time is unexpectedly put at risk. Knowing that the only way to save it is by doing what the Trolls do best, Poppy hosts a toe-tapping, Trolls-tastic show, jam-packed with all the epic music, glitter, humor and happiness that only the Trolls can create. This is one Trolls party you won't want to miss!
 
   
Disney On Ice - Road Trip Adventures Opens Jan 23  
Allstate Arena and United Center Disney On Ice - Road Trip Adventures
 
Hit the road with Mickey Mouse and his pals for a high-octane ride in Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures. Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and guests of all ages embark on an interactive and memory-rich adventure to iconic Disney destinations. See the world from the rooftops of London with Mary Poppins and Jack and his band of dancing lamplighters. Travel to the sun-soaked Motunui and help Moana restore the heart of Te Fiti. Set off on a safari and snap unforgettable photos of wild cheetahs and monkeys when guests traverse through the Pride Lands with Simba, Timon and Pumbaa. Discover a whole new world and be swept up in Aladdin's princely parade filled with spectacular stunts, magical moments with Genie, and a brand-new song from Jasmine that will render the audience "Speechless." Mosey on over to a larger-than-life comedic carnival and team up with Woody and Bo Peep as they search for their new friend Forky. Fans will hit a high note with Mickey and pals during the Disney edition of Road Trip Karaoke as they introduce Rapunzel, Belle, Ariel, Mulan and Tiana. Families should be prepared for a getaway jam-packed with unexpected hijinks and surprise, up-close character interaction as Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures makes a pitstop right in their hometown. AtAllstate Arena: Jan 23-26 & Feb 6-9. At United Center Jan 29-Feb 2
 
   
Wake Up, Brother Bear! Opens Jan 25  
The Station Wake Up, Brother Bear!
 
Take your cubs on a highly interactive journey through the four seasons with a playful pair of bears. See a waterfall melt, meet a butterfly, chase an elusive fish and skate on an icy pond. Full of music and physical activity, Wake Up, Brother Bear! takes kids on an intimate, immersive theatrical experience. Even the littlest theatergoers are made to feel part of the show as they experience live storytelling in a whole new format. And who better than Brother Bear and Sister Bear to help see out the waning months of your family's winter hibernation?
 
   
The Princess and the Pea Opens Feb 7  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire The Princess and the Pea
 
"Hear ye, Hear ye...Prince Wellington is seeking a bride." All the princesses in the land are lining up to be the first to pass the "Princess Test". But the Prince has a different idea; for he has fallen in love with an ordinary young maiden who found her way to the steps of the palace. Can this common girl pass the test? Will the oh-so persnickety Queen allow her to win? Will a tiny pea and a stack of mattresses stand between her and true love? Find out in this new musical based on the classic tale by Hans Christian Andersen.
 
   
Red Kite, Brown Box Opens Feb 28  
The Station Red Kite, Brown Box
 
Red Kite, Brown Box is a live theater experience that leads children on the autism spectrum on an imaginative journey where simple cardboard boxes transform into a magical world full of treasures and joyous play. Conceived and directed by CCT Artistic Director Jacqueline Russell, Red Kite, Brown Box is a transformative educational experience created for young people with autism and sensory sensitivities, their families and caregivers. Before coming to the theater, each child and adult is sent a Social Story that walks families through the experience of attending the show, from arriving at the location to the people they'll meet, to the adventure itself. A limited number of tickets is sold for each performance to keep the experience focused, intimate and in tune with the particular needs of each child.
 
   
Neither Opens Mar 14  
Lifeline Theatre Neither
 
In the land of This and That there are only two kinds of animals, these and those. Then, one day something different hatches! But it isn't this or that. Is it both, or is it neither? What do you do when you feel you don't belong? Based on the book by Airlie Anderson, explore the things that make us unique in this world premiere musical that teaches that it's our differences that make us special.
 
   
Me...Jane: The Dreams and Adventures of a Young Jane Goodall Opens Mar 31  
The Station Me...Jane: The Dreams and Adventures of a Young Jane Goodall
 
Before she was a renowned humanitarian, conservationist and animal activist, Dr. Jane Goodall was a little girl with a very special toy chimpanzee named Jubilee. Together, Jane and Jubilee went on outdoor adventures and observed all the miracles of nature around them. As they learned more and more on their expeditions, Jane dreamed of spending the rest of her life living with and helping animals. And one day, she would go on to do just that.
 
   
Scooby-Doo! and the Lost City of Gold Opens Apr 5  
Rosemont Theatre Scooby-Doo! and the Lost City of Gold
 
In Scooby-Doo! and The Lost City of Gold at the Rosemont Theatre, fans of music, discovery, and gh-gh-ghosts won't need a passport to travel with Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Daphne, Fred, and Velma to Alta Luz, a fictitious South American town where ghostly sightings of La Dama de Oro (The Lady In Gold) threaten to scare attendees away from the annual music festival and Incan sun god celebration. Through dialogue, dance, song, and amazing landscapes, audiences will join the journey as the Gang takes the Mystery Machine on its first flight to a land of ancient civilizations, legends, and culture. As they sniff for clues (and snacks), a trail of extinct purple irises leads them through a veritable Nazca lines labyrinth of mystery as the Gang meets friends - or foes - Miguel the groundskeeper, Luis the llama, botanist Professor Falcone, the Pachacuties, and Ayar Manco (the 13th Century founder of the Incan civilization). Zoinks!
 
   
Disney Dance Upon a Dream! Opens Apr 10  
Rosemont Theatre Disney Dance Upon a Dream!
 
Come and celebrate the dazzling world of Disney with dancer, social media and television sensation Mackenzie Ziegler, along with the insanely talented Disney Dance Company, as they take an electrifying journey to find their own beat in our fast-moving world. Featuring a soundtrack of Disney's greatest hits remixed and reimagined, Disney and dance fans of all ages will delight in the breathtaking performances of our present-day Disney heroine and the incredible Disney Dance Company. Step into the magical world of Disney as Mackenzie shares a story on stage that audiences have never experienced before. Including video and music with a twist from our most beloved Disney films, including Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Moana and Cinderella, this show is not to be missed!
 
   
Elephant and Piggie's We Are in a Play! Opens Jun 12  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Elephant and Piggie's We Are in a Play!
 
An elephant named Gerald and a pig named Piggie are best, best, "bestus" (a word Gerald and Piggie made up that means "very best") friends, but Gerald worries that something could go wrong that would end their friendship. Piggie is not worried at all. She's even happier and more excited than usual. That's because she and Gerald are invited to a party hosted by the Squirrelles, three singing squirrels who love to have a good time. And so begins a day when anything is possible.
 
   
Lisa Lampanelli's Losin' It! Opens Jun 16  
Broadway Playhouse Lisa Lampanelli's Losin' It!
 
LISA LAMPANELLI'S LOSIN' IT!, an intimate collection of humorous observations and real-life stories, is curated and performed by LISA and her hilarious friends. In a departure from the insult comedy she's long been known for, LISA has created a heartfelt, funny theatrical evening focusing on issues of weight, body image, and "losin' it!" Obsessed with food for as long as she can remember, LISA has lost and gained more than 372 pounds over the course of her life. Performed in the spirit of The Vagina Monologues and Love, Loss, & What I Wore, LISA and friends enchant theatergoers with touching anecdotes about their own weight struggles, spiked with Lisa's cutting-edge humor.
 
   
Frozen Opens Oct 21  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Frozen
 
A mysterious secret. A family torn apart. As one sister struggles with being an outsider and harnessing her powers within, the other sets out on a thrilling adventure to bring her family together once again. Both are searching for love, but they'll learn that to find it they'll have to look inside themselves first.
 
   
The Wizard of Oz Opens Nov 11  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire The Wizard of Oz
 
Relive the classic tale of four unlikely friends on the adventure of a lifetime! Join Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow (and little Toto too) as they journey down the yellow brick road to the magical Emerald City. Featuring the classic songs "Follow the Yellow Brick Road," "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead," and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," THE WIZARD OF OZ will remind you that there really is "no place like home".