After reopening earlier this year, theater finishes 2021 strong in the Belmont Theater District, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. The BTD has something for everyone! Here are the theaters with in-person or virtual events in December!  

Annoyance Theatre & Bar

The Annoyance has shows most nights every week! From Hitch*Cocktails to Midnight Improv, there is so much happening at the Annoyance, you won’t ever stop laughing. And since it’s the season, there’s plenty of holiday-themed shows to see this month. See their Shows Calendar for the full listing. 



Athenaeum Theatre

The annual tradition is back! Ballet Chicago’s The Nutcracker graces the Athenaeum stage, and there’s also a streaming option for those wanting to watch from home. 

Playing through December 19.


Blue Man Group

The wildly popular show at the Briar Street Theatre now combines signature Blue Man Group moments with breathtakingly fun new pieces. There has never been a better time to experience Blue Man Group!



Eclectic Full Contact Theatre

A Christmas Carol

Eclectic Full Contact Theatre puts their own spin on an audio drama adaptation of “A Christmas Carol.” This digital presentation includes one-of-a-kind illustrations by company members in an on-demand production for the whole family. 

Playing through December 24.


Laugh Factory Chicago

It might be “the most wonderful time of year,” but when you need to blow off some steam, the Laugh Factory has just the ticket. They’ve got comedy shows most nights of the week, and you can view their full calendar of events here



Mercury Theater Chicago

Sister Act

Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing, and a truly moving story, Sister Act will leave audiences breathless. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, Sister Act is a reason to REJOICE!

Playing through January 2.


Music Box Theatre

For the last two decades, the Music Box Theatre has been the premiere Chicago venue for independent and foreign films, and is currently the largest full-time operating film theater in Chicago. See their film schedule here



The Newport Theater

The Newport Theater is the cabaret you didn’t know you needed. From drinking games to classy crooners to hilarious comedy and variety shows, there’s always something new and entertaining happening at the Newport. For all upcoming events, click here.      



Otherworld Theatre

Winter in the Wildwood Otherworld Theatre

Winter in the WildWood

Join Otherworld Theatre in an immersive walking holiday experience with fairytale stories, magicians, puppetry, and one-of-a-kind photo opportunities. Performance is unique and tailored to each audience group and is recommended for ages 8+.

Playing through January 9.


Theater Wit

Who's Holiday Theater Wit

Who’s Holiday!

Cindy Lou Who is all grown up and ready to spill all the tea about what really happened when she met the Grinch in this hour-long holiday comedy. 

Playing through December 26.


TimeLine Theatre Company

First Draft Playwright Festival

FIRST DRAFT: Playwrights Collective Festival 2021

TimeLine Theatre’s FIRST DRAFT: Playwrights Collective Festival, is the culmination of our latest two-year new-play incubator program offering residency to Chicago-based emerging and established writers.

Playing through December 12.


Trickery Chicago

Trickery Chicago is a magic show that is fun, intimate, sometimes outrageous, always hilarious, and BYOB! Magician Aaron Rabkin performs tricks, “miracles,” and mind-reading with the help of trusty his sidekick Hoppy the Psychic Wonder Bunny in a delightful evening of magic and laughter.



Venus Cabaret Theater

I’m Not A Comedian. . . I’m Lenny Bruce

The story of the life and early passing of one of the most legendary comedians of all time, produced in partnership with Lenny Bruce’s daughter Kitty Bruce, “I’m Not A Comedian… I’m Lenny Bruce” was written by and stars Ronnie Marmo.

Playing through January 2.


To see what’s playing now in the BTD, head to our Shows page. 

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