The grand theater is not just for snooty winos and drama geeks and freaks. Often times, it is just exactly what it is --fun!
And it is a great date idea, although the key for it to work for the masses is to stick to something more low key and modern since the ballet or opera are two definitely acquired tastes. Chicago is full of these kind of gems, so here's two to consider this weekend:
RICH MAN: A good tried-and-true story is almost a guarantee for good theater. Currently playing at the Lookingglass Theater is Lookingglass Alice – a fantastic adaption of the Lewis Carroll original. The exterior looks like a castle, and the space is very small and cozy, which attendees unanimously agree there isn't a bad seat in the house. It is also centrally located next to the Water Tower Place, making for a prime opportunity to walk along the beautiful Mag Mile post or pre-date. Tickets are $32 to $64.
POOR MAN: Support your local artists by going to the Viaduct Theater to see their most current vision That Sordid Little Story – an eccentric bluegrass musical, half of which is in Spanish – by The New Colony about a prophetic concept album that takes its protagonist, Billy, on a journey through the Bible Belt. The music is enjoyable even if you aren’t a bluegrass fan in a must-see Chicago theater with a relaxed atmosphere.
The best part: There’s a bar inside so you can drink while you watch instead of just slamming and sneaking alcohol in during and from intermission. The show is funny and the show's eccentricity leads for great discussion later. $25 gets you a ticket in to the air-conditioned spectacle.