5 Theatrical Performances to See This Winter in Chicago

By Sara Yaniga, Macaroni KID Chicago November 14, 2022

I love the experience of attending live theatrical performances, but even more so as a family! The anticipation of the curtain rising, the artists taking to the stage, and the subsequent laughs or moments of jaw-dropping stage magic - I appreciate being able to sneak a peek at the children's faces throughout the show. It also doesn't matter if it's your toddler's favorite characters or seasoned performers in a national tour of a long-running show, if the stage is large or small...magical moments will surely happen. Here are 5 shows coming to Chicago this winter that families can enjoy together. 

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Lion King

November 17, 2022 - January 14, 2023

Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W Randolph Street)

Celebrating 24 years on Broadway, this six-time Tony Award-winning production roars into Chicago for the winter holiday season. Featuring a blend of music from the original film, three new scores, and the sounds & rhythms of Africa. 

Run time: 2 hours and 30 minutes (with an intermission)

Recommended for audiences ages 6+ (Macaroni KID Chicago Advice: if you want to take younger children, look for a matinee performance if possible)

A Magical Cirque Christmas

December 6 - 11, 2022

CIBC Theatre (18 W Monroe Street)

Experience the enchantment of Christmas as Magical Hostess Lucy Darling takes you through an evening of dazzling performers and breathtaking cirque artists, accompanied by your favorite holiday music performed live. Get into the spirit of the season with this merry treat that’s perfect for the entire family.

Run time: 1 hour and 40 minutes (with an intermission)

Recommended for audiences of all ages

The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party

November 19 - December 24, 2022

Chicago Children's Theatre (100 S Racine Avenue)

Four adorable Beatrix Potter favorites come to life in this mesmerizing, interactive trunk and puppet show, complete with original music. Levers are pulled and cranks are turned to reveal images that surprise and delight. After the show, come up on stage to gently play with the puppets and take pictures. Then, head to the lobby for a festive spread of holiday treats!

Run time: 1 hour; Sensory-Friendly performances available

Recommended for audiences ages 2-6

The Steadfast Tin Soldier

November 17, 2022 - January 8, 2023

Lookingglass Theatre Company (821 N Michigan Avenue)

Chicago’s beloved holiday tradition returns to the stage this holiday season, a classic the whole family will treasure! Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s story about a little tin soldier who never gives up, Ensemble Member Mary Zimmerman’s production is a gorgeous spectacle of music and movement.

Run time: 1 hour

Recommended for audiences ages 5+

Bluey's Big Play

December 10 & 11, 2022

Chicago Theatre (175 N State Street)

Bluey’s Big Play The Stage Show is a theatrical rendition of the Emmy® Award-winning animated television series “Bluey.” Featuring puppetry, live actors, iconic sets, and new music, fans of all ages will enjoy this original production! 

Run time: approximately 60 min

Recommended for all audiences (under 1 yr does not require a ticket)