Dinner & A Show: A Guide to Pre-Theatre Dining In Chicago

Before the curtain calls, here's where you can grab some grub.

Chicago’s theater scene springs to life with bold new productions this season. Here’s what to see and nearby spots to grab a bite before show time.

A Night at the Opera

See: "Jesus Christ Superstar" at Lyric Opera House

“Jesus Christ Superstar” comes to the Lyric Opera House through May 20. A dazzling new production retells the story of the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ, from the perspective of Judas Iscariot. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, plus dance numbers, an iconic set design and a suite of songs. 20 N. Wacker Dr., 312.827.5600

Eat: Lyric Opera House

Guests with tickets can conveniently enjoy on-site dining from one of three on-site restaurants at the Lyric. The Sarah and Peer Pedersen Room on the street level has upscale prix-fixe dining and a wine list curated by renowned sommelier Alpana Singh; the William B. and Catherine Graham Room on the second floor is part of the private donor's dining room and is available on select dates with prix-fixe dining and cocktail service; and the Florian Opera Bistro on the third floor is a European-style bistro with a la carte service and the curated wine list from Alpana Singh. The Lyric's champagne bar Cheers! is also open during performances. 20 N. Wacker Dr., 312.827.5600

Going to Broadway

See: "Cinderella" at the Cadillac Palace Theatre

The story of Cinderella is retold in this Rodgers & Hammerstein classic at the Cadillac Palace Theatre with a full orchestra plus some surprising new twists to the story. Now through May 6. 151 W. Randolph St., 312.977.1700

Eat: Prime & Provisions

Step back in time at this supper club-style steakhouse from the team behind the acclaimed Siena Tavern and Bar Siena. The menu includes fresh oysters, seafood towers, a selection of fresh Black Angus steaks and plentiful sides. 222 N. LaSalle St., 312.726.7777

Emerging Works

See: "Lettie" at Victory Gardens

In Boo Killebrew’s Victory Gardens Theater debut, “Lettie” is about fresh starts and the intersection of past and future. After serving time in prison, Lettie struggles to regain a relationship with her children and work and is forced to make impossible choices. Now through May 6. 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., 773.871.3000

Eat: de Quay

If your tastebuds are as adventurous as your theater choices, grab a table at this Indonesian-Dutch modern fusion hot spot. Local spirits and a global wine list add to the ambiance. Show your Victory Gardens ticket for 10% off your bill. 2470 N. Lincoln Ave., 872.206.8820, 

Local Staples

See: "Until the Flood" at the Goodman Theatre

Chicago’s theater scene is bookended by the incomparable Goodman Theatre, which is currently showing the latest work from Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith about the social unrest in Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting of Michael Brown. Now through May 12. 170 N. Dearborn St., 312.443.3800

Eat: Latinicity

If you’re in a time crunch or with a group of picky eaters, Latinicity offers a smorgasbord of 8 separate vendors (plus a full-service Mexican restaurant, Pueblo), café, bar and lounge with quick-service Latin street food. 108 N. State St., 3rd Floor, 312.795.4444

For Laughs

See: “Dream Freaks Fall from Space” at Second City

From the comedy house that gave us such comic genius as John Belushi, Tina Fey and Mike Myers comes a new revue, “Dream Freaks Fall from Space” that “holds a funhouse mirror up to the already bizarre times in which we’re living.” Now through September 2. 1616 N. Wells St., 312.337.3992

Eat: Old Town Pour House

Pre-game at this nearby pub with 90 craft beers on tap and American-style grub including flatbreads, fish and chips and filet mignon sliders. 1419 N. Wells St., 312.477.2800

The Big One

See: "Hamilton" at CIBC THEATRE

The record-breaking production “Hamilton,” with a story of one of America’s most intriguing Founding Fathers told through hip-hop, is at the CIBC now through September 2. 18 W. Monroe St., 312.977.1700

Eat: Steadfast

The latest from the Fifty/50 Restaurant Group pairs an approachable seafood and steak menu with an upscale vibe and exhibition kitchen. 120 W. Monroe St., 312.801.8899

Selena Fragassi
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