From imaginative Broadway plays to invigorating concerts, the venues of the Chicago Southland offer a variety of shows to choose from, for theater buffs and casual fans alike. Freedom Hall in Park Forest offers an intimate 280-seat theater and hosts a wide array of performances, including children’s theater. The 2020 season will feature Grammy-nominated blues artist Billy Branch, “The Latin Hit Maker” Rudy Pérez and Broadway star Chester Gregory, among many others. The Drama Group in Chicago Heights has been producing six shows annually for the past 80 years and has been presented with many awards and accolades. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Matilda are among this year’s scheduled performances.
Governors State University Center for Performing Arts in University Park offers high-quality, affordable entertainment to the Chicago Southland. Among the scheduled 2020 performances are a comedy festival, philharmonic performances and tribute shows, including The Greatest Love of All: A Tribute to Whitney Houston, starring Belinda Davids. South Suburban College in South Holland performs plays throughout the academic school year. This year’s productions will include the classic Cinderella, among others. Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center’s 2020 season lineup is impressive, including acts such as a performance by famed comedy group The Second City and Mariachi Herencia de México, a popular group from Chicago.
The Tinley Park Performing Arts Center serves up family-friendly entertainment, with theater for both children and teens in its 120-seat venue. The center also hosts improv sessions and concert performances. If you’re looking for downtown quality with community theater prices, look no further than the Curtain Call Community Theatre in Mokena. 2020 productions will include The Lion in Winter and Deathtrap.
Looking for an awesome outdoor venue? The Country Club Hills Theater is a unique outdoor theater venue, with seating for up to 2,500 people. Featuring seasonal performances, the Country Club Hills Theater hosts musical guests ranging from popular R&B artists to local high school students. Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park can accommodate nearly 30,000 concert fans per show during their May-September season. Past events include every musical genre from rock’n’roll to country to hip-hop. Lansing’s recently constructed Fox Pointe features a state-of-the-art sound system and hosts outdoor concerts all summer long. In Bridgeview, SeatGeek Stadium boasts a 28,000-seat concert venue. When the Chicago Red Stars aren’t playing soccer, visitors can catch live music, festivals and even a flea market during the summer. With so many theater options, the Chicago Southland is the perfect location to enjoy the show!