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Love Musicals in Chicago? Rent is now performing near our Chicago Hotel

Musicals in Chicago are one of the most loved theatre performances and luckily Chicago has a thriving theatre industry more than capable of doing some of the most popular musicals justice. Running until June 17, 2012, one of the best theatre companies in the city, the American Theatre Company in conjunction with About Face Theatre will be putting on their version of Rent, one of the most popular musicals of all time.

What is Rent? Musicals in Chicago near our Chicago Hotel

Rent is a rock musical with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson and is based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Boheme. The musical describes the story of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians trying to survive in New York’s Lower East Side in 1989. The show, after debuting in 1994, moved to Broadway where it received critical acclaim and won a Tony Award for Best Musical. The Broadway production closed in 2008 after a 12 year run, the ninth longest in Broadway history.

The American Theatre Company: Musicals in Chicago 

The American Theatre Company is a well known performing group. Founded in July 1985, the company has been known to but on shows that were dedicated to, “exploring, nurturing and developing theatre that addressed and affected the real working-class people of Chicago.” The company is constantly re-inventing themselves and performing both well-known and original plays for the citizens of Chicago and its many visitors. They are dedicated to partnering with local playwrights and take part in many local festivals and events.

Theatre Information for Musicals in Chicago 

The theatre company is located at 1909 West Byron Street, Chicago Illinois, just 15 minutes from our Chicago Lake Shore Hotel. The Box Office hours for the theater are:

Monday – Friday: 12pm to 6pm
Saturdays: 1pm to 8pm (on performance days)
Sundays: 12pm to 5pm (on performance days)

You can also purchase tickets for the show online at the American Theatre Company’s website.

If you’d like to contact the theatre with questions, you can get a hold of them via email at or by phone at 773-409-4125.

Musicals in Chicago – Stay at our Hotel Near Downtown Chicago

Our Chicago hotel is a strong supporter of local arts, and, as a result, we’re proud to say that we’re conveniently located near some of the best Chicago musical and other performing arts venues. Staying at the Chicago Lake Shore Hotel ensures that you not only receive the best service you can during your stay, but that you’re nearby many of the best activities and events that the city of Chicago has to offer.