Some may argue with me, but I believe Chicago is the greatest theatre town in the world. Move over, Broadway, there's a brighter star in the Second City.
The Chicago Theatre is a treasure hosting big-time concerts (Jingle Ball), fashion events (Glamorama) or intimate performances (Ben Folds).
Theatres like the Goodman make Chicago a better theatre town than New York. Rife with celebrity actors, directors and fans, this theatre is star-quality.
New York is great for tourists to see Broadway shows. Chicago is the epicenter for true lovers of theatre to see new, groundbreaking, exciting, core-shaking theatre, thanks to Steppenwolf and all of the city's passionate and provocative theatre groups.
Lookingglass theatre is ensemble, mystical, circus, smart, contemporary theatre at its absolute finest.
Blackbox at its finest. Don't dress up, don't expect any glitz or glamour, just an up-north, blackbox theatre with gut-wrenching plots and acting.
Second City is the father, mac daddy, cream of the crop of all improv and sketch comedy. Just ask the likes of Joan Rivers, John Belushi, Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jane Lynch and Steve Carrell (all alums).
Victory Gardens is another testament to the flourishing, burgeoning, wonderful theatre scene in Chicago.
Hyde Park might best be known as the home of President Obama, but the Court Theater shouldn't trail too far behind.