Thursday October 27th 2016

Theatre Reviews

“The Bottle Tree” Reviewed by Jacob Davis

Recommended *** During its many years of developing new works, Stage Left Theatre has premiered a number of plays which make a nuanced examination of a current controversy. [Read More]

“Hamilton” An American Musical

Highly Recommended **** The “highly anticipated” Broadway smash, award -winning “Hamilton”, An American Musical has opened! While they have been in [Read More]

“Lucia di Lammermoor” Reviewed by Jacob Davis

This season the Lyric Opera of Chicago will be presenting Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma, two of the most famous examples of bel [Read More]

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Restaurant Reviews

“Bowled Over in Highwood”

For many years, Highwood has been a favorite dining spot for the North Shore. Going back in time, and I mean truly “back”, Highwood was the first spot on the North Shore where alcohol could be served with dinner. Yes, from Howard street, North, the North Shore was [Read More]


“Let Me Entertain You” Reviewed by Carol Moore

 Highly Recommended *****  Although I’ve always heard good things about Light Opera Works, I’ve never been able to see one of their shows for one reason or another.  I was delighted to see that I finally had an open date that coincided with the opening of their fabulous new revue, “Let Me [Read More]

“Cook County Social” review by Sean Kugler

“Curtsy.” It’s a simple word with a simple meaning and it usually isn’t done by men. That’s probably why it was the suggestion provided by an audience member Friday night at the iO. You see, Cook County Social Club have been delivering convention busting improv for years. The four members [Read More]

“Diana Ross”- Ravinia Debut reviewed by Jane Bresloff

One of “Motown”s defining singers, Ms Diana Ross, after all these years, appeared for the very first time, at Ravinia. in Highland Park. Entering the sold-out grounds of Ravinia tonight, one could feel the excitement of the evening. The audience, on the lawn and in the Pavilion, were [Read More]


“Fun With Rocky- revisited”

★★★★★ Many years have gone by, but my grandkids, given the opportunity, will take a ride to Waukegan on any day, no matter the weather , to visit their old friend “Rocky” at The  People’s Choice. Just a short trip East of Great America is a [Read More]


The 48th Annual Jeff Awards

  October 17, 2016 – Chicago, IL. The gala 48th Annual Equity Jeff Awards held at Drury Lane Oakbrook on Monday, October 17, celebrated a season of outstanding productions. Entering the Drury Lane building, one could feel the excitement of the evening. Thank goodness there was no Cubs game on [Read More]

Welcome Jacob Davis!

Many of you have read Jacob’s reviews on He is an astute writer who understands theater far beyond his years. Aroundthetown is pleased to announce that Jacob is joining our staff and will be handling some of the theater (and perhaps concert) reviews for us. It is with great [Read More]

Broadway In Chicago FALL Preview by Jacob Davis

Many of the most hotly anticipated shows from Broadway will be coming downtown this fall. By the end of the year, Broadway in Chicago will have welcomed tours of Fun Home, the biographical work about cartoonist Alison Bechdal, Finding Neverland, an adaptation of the movie of the same name about the [Read More]