The Den Theatre

1331 N Milwaukee Ave Chicago

Wicker Park/The Den Theatre
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Chicago’s fantastic and thriving theater scene can rival the likes of New York City’s Broadway or London’s West End in its sleep. Most people only think of the Cadillac Palace Theatre or the Goodman, and while those are great places when you want to see Hamilton or Wicked, you will be kicking yourself for missing a production at the Den.

Since 2010, this three-story, black-box theater, with eight stages, a cafe, and a full bar, has been dedicated to unique and eclectic performances. The intimate 70-seat venue never feels cramped and allows whatever production the Den is producing to pull you in. Because the Den has eight spaces, including two cabaret stages, there is always something different happening each night. Every Tuesday night is John McCombs Open Mic for stand-up comedy, and if that isn’t your taste, then try a cabaret act featuring opera and jazz standards with comedic witches. The Den Theatre also produces original plays and musicals such as 9 to 5. They also frequently rent out their stage to rising local theater troupes, including the Irish Theatre of Chicago, the Underscore Theatre Company, and First Floor Theater.

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When you’re waiting for your performance, the lounge area looks like your cool friend’s living room and if you’re lucky, a singer and pianist will keep you entertained. There is also a full-service bar and the bartenders are happy to bring your drink to your seat to enjoy during the show. Tickets typically range from $15 to $40, which can be bought at the Box Office two hours before the show starts.

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