Auditorium Theatre - January 19th-24th, various show times (all ages, no infants allowed in theatre)
Little orphan Annie is in town through Sunday at the Auditorium Theatre. The classic tale is one the whole family can enjoy together. One thing to note - most theatres do not allow babies to attend because they can be distracting to the performers and audience.
United Center - January 20th-31st/Allstate Arena - February 2nd-7th, various show times (ages 2-12)
Disney crammed as many beloved characters as they could onto the ice for this "magical medley of holidays, celebrations, and festivals from around the globe." Mickey, Minnie, Cinderella, Ariel, Tiana, Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and more will skate the United Center and the Allstate Arena late January and early February.
Cadillac Palace - February 16th-28th, various show times (all ages, no infants allowed in theatre)
After a quick look at the facebook fan page for this show, it's more than apparent that kids and adults alike are crazy about it (some going two or three times.) Former Styx frontman Dennis DeYoung composed the music for the show and scene-stealer (and puppy-stealer) Rachel York plays what critics are calling a "glamourous and menacing" Cruella De Vil.
Rosemont Theatre - March 12th-14th, various show times (ages 1-5)
Featuring popular characters from four top-rated shows - Dora The Explorer, Wonder Pets!, Ni Hao, Kai-lan, and The Backyardigans, Nickelodeon's Storytime Live tour is a toddler/preschooler's dream. The cast of mostly live actors and actresses will perform a total of seven times in three days to allow parents time to work around necessary naps and play dates.
Cadillac Palace Theatre - March 23rd-April 4th, various show times (all ages, no infants allowed in theatre)
A live, musical performance of Disney's Beauty and the Beast is coming the Cadillac Palace this Spring. The animated movie will come to life on stage with musical numbers such as "Be Our Guest" and lavish costumes and sets. This is a musical the whole family can enjoy.
The 15-year old pop sensation is the new young heartthrob for the tween generation after four songs from his debut album "My World" went Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 before the album was even officially released. This is a show that the tweens will be begging to see.
Olympic Silver Medalist Sasha Cohen, 2009 World Champion Evan Lysacek, Olympic Silver Medalists Belbin & Agosto, and many more world-class skaters will perform live at the Allstate Arena. Following the Winter Olympics, the skaters are expected to be at the top of their form.
Rosemont Theatre - May 6th-9th, various show times (1-5yrs)
Sesame Street's Elmo comes to life again to the delight of toddlers and preschoolers for a new production about Elmo's sunflower friend, Sunny, and his adventure from seed to the garden. A magical twist will shrink the characters so that they can help Sunny grow in his new environment. Lessons about patience, overcoming fears, and showing how each creature plays different roles in our ecosystem will surely make this a learning experience for the little ones, while costumes and set designs will make it a feast for the eyes.