Chicago is always bustling with events, concerts and theater around the city. We’ve rounded up some of the best events around Chicago this week.

Lady Gaga


Monday 2/28

Lady Gaga
Time: 8:00PM

United Center
1901 W Madison St,
Chicago, IL 60612

Critics around the world raved about the first leg of The Monster Ball Tour, which Gaga described as “the first-ever pop-electro opera.” The Sun called it “breathtaking stuff” and “the best live show you will see this year,” while London’s Independent wrote: “Gaga’s got it, which is why, right now, the whole pop world wants to take a ride on her disco stick.” Writing about her show at Radio City Music Hall, the New York Times noted that “her Monster Ball tour always provided something worth a snapshot: a sci-fi tableau, perhaps, or a skimpy, glittery costume. The more her image gets around, the better Lady Gaga does.”

Ticket Pricing: Tickets are available at the United Center Box Office, Ticketmaster charge by phone at 800-745-3000, online at, and Ticketmaster Outlets including select Walmart locations, Woodfield Mall and Gurnee Mills.

Photography Exhibit

(credit: Instituto Cervantes)

Tuesday 3/1

Photography Exhibit: El Atlas de Borges Opening Reception
Time: 6-9PM

Instituto Cervantes
Gallery 31 W. Ohio St.
Chicago, IL 60654

In commemoration of the 25th anniversary of his death, the Instituto Cervantes, in collaboration with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs of the City of Buenos Aires and the Jorge Luis Borges International Foundation, honors Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges with the photography exhibit El Atlas de Borges. This exhibit consists of 130 photographs as well as texts that Borges wrote especially for his book, El Atlas, which was published two years before his death.

Ticket Pricing:  Free & open to the public

Chopin Theatre

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Wednesday 3/2

The Alternative History of Chicago Theater
Time: 7-9PM

Chopin Theatre
1543 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60642

Parneshia, Anita, Audrey and Jane: The Creative Process of Writing Sunday, February 6, 6 p.m. Join us for an evening of inspired conversation with writers Anita Chandwaney, Jane Hamilton, Parneshia Jones and Audrey Niffenegger. Find out the personal challenges of four extraordinary artists as they peel back the curtain and reveal the creative process of their writing.

Ticket Pricing:  $15/general admission $12/WBEZ members $10/students (with valid ID) and seniors (60 and over)

Field of Dreams 16th Anniversary

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Thursday 3/3

Field of Dreams 16th Anniversary of Girls in the Game
Time: 5:30-9PM

Marriott-Chicago Downtown
540 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

The 16th anniversary gala for Girls in the Game, honors Champions in the four pillars of its mission, Sports, Health, Leadership, Life, along with celebrating the thousands of girls served by Girls in the Game programs around the Chicagoland area over the past year. The evening includes a reception hour, raffle, silent auction and dinner. Champions for 2011 include: Anita Alvarez; Connie Moore; The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA); and The Junior League of Chicago.

Ticket Pricing:  Individual Tickets $175 each or Tables of 10 for $1,500

City of Chicago's Birthday Celebration

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Friday 3/4

City of Chicago’s Birthday Celebration
Time: 11AM-2PM

Chicago History Museum
1601 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614

Mark your calendar and join us in celebration of The City of Chicago’s birthday with a special event hosted at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark Street on March 4, 2011. The celebration begins at 11 a.m. with special guests from the American Indian Center of Chicago. Other invited guests include those who share the same birthday, March 4, as well as city officials. Birthday celebrants will receive an honorary certificate signed by the Mayor and share birthday cake, courtesy of Bleeding Heart Bakery.

Ticket Pricing: FREE


(credit: Broadway Playhouse)

Weekend 3/5-3/6

Show times vary

Broadway Playhouse
Chicago, IL

WORKING is a vital new musical based on the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Chicago’s own Studs Terkel. Newly adapted by Stephen Schwartz (WICKED, PIPPIN and GODSPELL) from the original adaptation by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso, WORKING is the working man’s A CHORUS LINE. A musical exploration of 26 people from all walks of life, with songs by all-star composers Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Tony Award winning Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Rodgers, Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz and Grammy Award winning James Taylor.

Ticket Pricing: $67.50 – $77.50

Lauren Wulf, CBS Local Chicago