From plays and theater to Dr. Phil and the Royal Wedding, here are some events happening around Chicago this week.
Monday (4/25) Rantoul and Die
Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater
2433 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
American Blues Theater, in association with Stephen Eich, and Don Foster, presents the regional premiere of ‘Rantoul and Die’ by Mark Roberts, directed by Erin Quigley. From the Creator/Exec. Producer of ‘Mike & Molly’ and writer for ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and ‘Two and a Half Men’ comes a play with four of the funniest, skankiest, most heartbreakingly real characters ever, all crammed together in a grimy little world that makes the local Dairy Queen and Dante’s Inferno seem one and the same.
Ticket Pricing: Previews (April 22-25) $50-$20.
Tuesday (4/26) Next to Normal
Bank of America Theatre
18 W Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60603
Time: Varies by performance
From the director of Rent comes the most talked about new show on Broadway, NEXT TO NORMAL, winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and three 2009 Tony Awards including Best Score. Alice Ripley who received the 2009 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, will reprise her acclaimed performance in Chicago. Having been chosen as “one of the year’s ten best” by major critics around the country, NEXT TO NORMAL is an emotional powerhouse of a musical with a thrilling contemporary score about a family trying to take care of themselves and each other.
Wednesday (4/27) Newsmakers Series Presents Dr. Phil
Chicago Marriott Downtown
540 N. Michigan Ave.
Grand Ballroom, 7th floor
Chicago, IL 60611
This Wednesday, you can join Dr. Phil for lunch. It’s the WBBM Comcast Business Class Newsmakers Series presented by MB Financial Bank. You watch him weekdays at 3:00 p.m. on CBS-2, don’t miss your chance to join Dr. Phil LIVE at the Chicago Marriott Downtown. Only Limited tickets are available – hurry and get yours today. Includes a networking reception, sponsor gift bag, 3-course plated lunch, a talk from “America’s Psychologist”, Dr. Phil, and an audience Q&A session!
Ticket Pricing: $45
Thursday (4/28) Run for the Trees 5K Run/3K Walk
Jackson Blvd. & Columbus Drive
Upper Hutchinson Field
A new race comes to Chicago! Those looking to shake off winter’s blues can take part in the city’s new green race, the 1st Annual Tree-K along Chicago’s beautiful lakefront. The 5K Run/3K Walk will kick off at in Grant Park at 6 p.m. Participants will follow a course along lakefront bike paths and after the finish line, celebrate with a post-race party. All race proceeds will benefit Chicago Gateway Green, the non-profit organization dedicated to greening and beautifying the city.
Ticket Pricing: Registration for the competitive-timed run is $35 in advance; $40 on-site. Registration for the 5K fun run and 3K fun walk is $30 in advance; $35 on-site. A discount rate is offered for corporate groups: $125 for teams of five.
Friday (4/29) London’s Calling: The Royal Wedding Tea Party
The Drake Hotel
140 East Walton Place
Chicago, IL 60611
Time: 1st Seating – Noon & 2nd Seating – 3:30PM
Guests are cordially invited to attend a private viewing of the Royal Wedding while enjoying afternoon tea service in the Palm Court at The Drake Hotel, Chicago. The room will be prepped for this momentous and historical occasion so that guests will feel as though they’re part of the wedding itself.
Highlights include a screening of the wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton, a fashion show by Chicago’s top Milliners and traditional Afternoon Tea Service featuring tea, scones, finger sandwiches and pastries.
The event is sponsored by the Palm Court, Tea Room & Lounge.
Ticket Pricing: Tickets for this event are $35 each and reservations are required. Contact Shaun 312.932.4619 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to secure a reservation.
Weekend (4/30) Bears Expo At Soldier Field
1410 S Museum Campus Dr
Chicago, IL 60605
Join 670 The Score broadcasting live from The Bears Expo at Soldier Field in Chicago from 12-3:30pm!
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Lauren Wulf, CBS Local Chicago