Dining out and attending the theater is a great way to spend the evening, but a dinner theater is even more enjoyable because it is not necessary to travel to different locations. A dinner theater is a great place to go in Chicago. Many have excellent food choices and great entertainment, and most dinner theater venues offer package deals as well. Here you will find the best dinner theater in Chicago and the surrounding areas of Chicago.
Tommy Gun’s Garage
2114 S. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616
This interactive dinner show is based on the time period of the 1920s and will bring guests back to the time of gangsters, speakeasies and prohibition. This musical comedy review sets the stage for the roaring twenties and encourages audience participation. Guests will feel as if they are transported back in time and will see a 1928 Model “A” Ford, hear music from the twenties and see memorabilia from this time period as well. This is Chicago’s longest running audience interactive dinner show and was originally opened by a Chicago policeman and his son back in August of 1987; the show is appropriate for any age group.
The Tiki Terrace
1591 Lee St.
Des Plaines, IL 60018
Those looking for Hawaii but do not want to travel far will appreciate this Polynesian dinner and show. The sounds, sights, entertainment and food of Hawaii can be experienced at this unique dining out experience. There are a variety of choices from the dinner and show menu, plus dinner and show packages. Showtimes and dinner are offered on Friday and Saturday nights and also an early dinner show is available. Reservations are highly recommended and encouraged.
The Dinner Detective
Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel
163 E. Walton Place
Chicago, IL 60611
This interactive murder mystery show will keep participants on the edge of their seats. The show is an improvised comedic murder mystery set in the present day. The performers are integrated in with the guests; no one will know who the performers are and performers will be seated at tables during the meal. Not only is part of the fun solving the murder mystery, but also trying to determine who the performers are. A prize package is given out at the end of the evening to the person who comes closest to solving the mystery.
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
2001 N. Roselle Road
Schaumburg, IL 60195
This action-packed live jousting tournament entertains guests of all ages, and the four-course meal includes generous portions of food. There is also a vegetarian option available upon request. The castle, court, knights and horses all come together to bring on a show of pageantry and action that helps to bring the Medieval Times back into present day.
Drury Lane Theatre & Conference Center
100 Drury Lane
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
Drury Lane Theatre offers concert events, comedies, Broadway classics and musicals in a plush and elegant setting. A pre-dinner show and theatre package can be purchased on the website for a special price. Subscriptions can be purchased online which includes discounts on dining and numerous other benefits. Please see the website for specific information.
Michelle Guilbeau is an elementary teacher living in Chicago, Illinois. She has also experience in school administration and literacy coaching. Michelle enjoys sharing her knowledge of education and parenting issues with her readers. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.