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“GREAT CULTURAL TREASURE IN CHICAGO”

Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier
Ranked #10 of 179 Concerts & Shows in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award, Chicago Shakespeare Theater offers a broad spectrum of theatrical experiences year-round, engaging and entertaining audiences from all walks of life and from around the world.
Hinsdale, Illinois
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63 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“GREAT CULTURAL TREASURE IN CHICAGO”
Reviewed May 19, 2013

I have been to dozens of performances at Chicago Shakespeare and have yet to be disappointed. It is an excellent venue on Navy Pier and fairly easy to get to by cab or car. If you are visiting Chicago and love live theater, it is a must see! There are plenty of restaurants in all price ranges on Navy Pier for dining Often discounted tickets are available at hottix.org.

Visited May 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“World Class Shakespeare Theatre in Chicago”
Reviewed May 11, 2013

We saw Shakespeare's Henry VIII and it was beautifully acted with simple but elegant staging. The theatre is intimate and is designed to mimic the inside of the old Globe theatre in London. This is a first class Shakespeare experience.

Visited May 2013
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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46 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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“Othello redux”
Reviewed May 6, 2013

Got some cheap tickets to their modern rendition of Othello. It was amazing. High energy, funny, and well performed, it put Shakespeare into a new perspective. Chapeau!

Visited May 2013
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CHICAGO
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10 reviews
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“Must do for Shakespear fans.”
Reviewed April 28, 2013

So its not Stratford on Avon. The Shakespeare Theater is close to perfect. Every seat has a wonderful view. The actors are some of the best in Chicago. Barbara Gaines is a treasure.

Visited March 2013
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Grand Cayman
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20 reviews
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“unparallelled young person's intro to Shakespeare's 'Othello'”
Reviewed April 28, 2013

Pluses: dynamic, amusing, hip-hop take on "Othello" by exciting group of performers. Would have loved to buy CD to accompany this show to share with interested teens.

Minuses: really, really difficult to find the theatre. I took a taxi which dropped me off near the entrance but due to poor signage, I ended up lapping the Pier once before finally asking a kind cleaning woman who directed me to the venue. By this stage, I was late going in and had to sit at the back, not the front row seat I had purchased.

On balance: Well worth it! Still love original Shakespeare and his exquisite use of language but cannot see why this hip-hop remix cannot co-exist happily with original.

Visited March 2013
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