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Going to a show can be an incredible experience for children at any age and Chicago’s theater scene has always offered so many kid-friendly performances.
From performances based on television shows or books to unique dance shows, we’ve gathered up a list of the best family-approved shows in Chicagoland.
Note: We’re updating our website as quickly as we can, but changes may occur due to COVID-19. Please double check before heading out for the most updated information on safety precautions, vaccine requirements and any last-minute cancellations.
Jan. 17-29, 2023
Ages 13 and up elebrate the broadway show, Chicago’s 25th anniversary and see a tale about fame, fortune and all that jazz.
Jan. 19-22, Feb. 2-5, 2023
At this show, families will enjoy seeing Mirabel, her sisters, Isabela and Luisa, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff, Sven and more.
Jan. 19-Feb. 11, 2023 (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays-Sundays)
See a performance about four students from the South Side of Chicago band that together to become Las Wavys, crimefighters and DJ Superheroes.
Jan. 21-22, 2023
Join Music House School of Performing Arts in experiencing their version of the Nutcracker, which is an adapted non-traditional, non-sectarian story intended to be inclusive for all.
Jan. 22, 2023
This concert is the launch of Avant Garden, created with composer/curator Thomas Nickell, aiming to provide the Oistrakh audience with a variety of unique musical experiences.
Jan. 28-29, 2023
See Mega Wrex™, Bigfoot®, Bone Shaker™, Tiger Shark, plus the all-new Gunkster™ light up the floor as they smash, crash and compete in epic monster truck battles! Spectacular laser light shows and Hot Wheels toy giveaways, too.
Feb. 4-26, 2023 (Saturdays-Sundays)
See the Young People’s Theatre of Chicago’s premiere performance of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, adapted from the book by Mo Willems.
Through Feb. 17, 2023
A one-hour musical adaptation which features a cast composed of professional actors, colorful costumes and scenery, sing-a-long songs and audience participation. For ages 2-10.
Feb. 21-26, 2023
See the award-winning musical with original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, but with new chorography and all-new lighting design.
Feb. 24-March 12, 2023 (Fridays-Sundays)
Enjoy this performance based on the book by Ezra Jack Keats. It is packed with humor and fun for ages 3-plus.
Feb. 25, 2023
In partnership with the Chicago Children’s Theatre, families can enjoy hearing the story, Stone Soup, while accompanied by the symphony.
Through March 10, 2022
A one-hour musical adaptation which features three sister piggies who set out to build their own houses. Features plenty of audience participation. For ages 2-10.
April 15-May 14, 2023 (Saturdays-Sundays)
The performance of The Very Hungry Caterpillar is based on author/illustrator Eric Carle’s beloved book. Each show features a menagerie of over 75 magical puppets. For all ages.
This post is updated regularly.