Chicago’s Upcoming Fall Entertainment: Shows, Concerts & More

September 8, 2011 6:00 AM

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The word “jellyfish” gives me Goosebumps. Ever since I was stung at a Florida beach I fear the little umbrella-looking species. I should actually state that I intentionally planted my big toe into a jellyfish that washed ashore, and then pushed down. I was 4 years old. Well, regardless of my past connection to them, I find myself wanting to check out the Jellies exhibit at the Shedd. If you’re looking to add some entertainment to your nightlife read about Jellies and a few of Chicago’s other upcoming options. Not all include saltwater creatures.
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Lyric Opera of Chicago

September 10, 2011
20 North Wacker Drive

Chicago, IL 60606

(312) 332-2244
Starts at 7:30pm

Make a picnic out of the evening. Grab a friend, a basket of snacks, and stake a spot in Millennium Park for a night of singing with some of opera’s stars: Matthew Polenzani, James Morris, Anna Christy, Susanna Phillips, Alyson Cambridge, and others. The free concert takes place in the heart of the city under Jay Pritzker Pavilion’s famous canopy where Chicago’s skyline is in full view.

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John G Shedd Aquarium

Jellies, Shedd Aquarium

Runs Through May 28, 2012
1200 South Lake Shore Drive

Chicago, IL 60605

(312) 939-2438
Daily 9am-6pm

Welcome to the world of jellies. Did you know jellies’ bodies are 95% water and their feeding arms can grow up to 8 feet long? Or that the tiniest jelly can nestle into a contact lens? These facts amaze me! In Shedd’s special exhibit, Jellies, discover the ways these animals survive in the oceans. Learn how a jelly can consume enough food to double its weight each day. And they do it all without blood, bones, or brains. Jellies runs through May 28, 2012. The exhibit closes at 6 p.m. so add the event to the beginning of your evening out. Prices vary depending on which pass you choose (a typical price is around $30 for adults).

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Blue Man Group at Briar Street Theatre

Running Through Fall 2011
3133 N Halsted St

Chicago, Illinois 60657

(773) 348-4000
Mon-Sat 9am-10pm; Sun 12pm-7pm

These blue men are everywhere. I recently watched “Horrible Bosses” and the bald blue heads loomed in the background of one scene. The show is part comedy, part music—and pure entertainment. Three cobalt-blue headed men show no emotion and remain mute throughout the show. No worries, lots of laughs ensue as they generate an abstract painting by pouring paint onto drums and let the spatters cascade on canvas. Food spurts from their jackets. They catch marshmallows and balls of paint in their mouths and spit them out. The men also venture into the audience. I’ll save details on the thrilling finale for your viewing. The show lasts 1 hour 45 minutes. Where: Briar Street Theatre. Price: starts at $49 with evening shows varying in time.

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Second City South Side of Heaven

1616 North Wells Street
Chicago, IL
(312) 337-3992
Mon-Sat 10am-9pm; Sun 12pm-8pm

I laugh out loud every time I see a Second City show. South Side of Heaven is no exception. Sketches touch on current events in a very refreshing way and shock audiences through comedy. The cast skewers everyone from ex-Mayor Daley to Obama to Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. One of my favorite bits covers lusting after a Chipotle burrito. Another takes you on a terrifying horse drawn carriage ride. Friday and Saturday shows start at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. for $27.

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Keith Urban Get Closer 2011 Tour at Allstate Arena

October 14, 2011
6920 Mannheim Rd.
Rosemont, IL 60018
(847) 635-6601
Event Hours: 7:30 p.m

Here’s a concert for country crooners. Diehard devotees of Urban’s music will flock to hear tunes like “I Told You So,” “You Can Love Me This Way” “Long Hot Summer,” and others. There’s something about his New Zealand-Australian twang that’s always alluring. He just seems like a nice guy. The show elicits audience participation and Urban may plant himself in the stands for a song or two, guitar in hand.

7:30 p.m., October 14. Tickets start at $25 or $59. 

Jenny Schooley is a Chicago-based writer and editor. She currently works in publishing for an academic organization.

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