Celebrate All Things Weird & Wacky at Chicago Fringe Festival


Secure your spot at Chicago’s most fringe-tacular theatrical event and find out about what theatrical secrets will be found sneaking around in Jefferson Park at the 8th annual Chicago Fringe Festival.

The festival, which runs Aug. 30-Sept. 10, features 50 groups in about 200 performances selected by lottery. The shows include comedies, dramas, dance theater, musicals, performance art, and the unclassifiable. This is an uncensored, unjuried, no-holds barred performance event that returns 100% of ticket sales to the artists. In their first seven years, they have returned over $200,000 to artists.

The Chicago Fringe Festival is a member of the Fringe Festival movement and is one of many festivals held throughout the world. The Chicago Fringe Festival unites daring theatergoers with emerging and boundary-pushing local, national and international performing artists while seeking to engage nontraditional audiences through a commitment to low ticket prices and outreach into artistically underserved communities.

2017 Chicago Fringe Lineup Includes:

The 2017 Chicago Fringe Festival includes performance groups from around Chicago, the United States and the world, including the return of Mark Toland, Rally Theatre Company, Spartan Theatre Company, Iris Sowlat, Shut Up!, Kelly Haramis, Transcendent Ensemble Theatre, Science Comedian Brian Malow, Howard Petrick, Wishbone Theatre Collective, Rebel Playhouse and Thom J. Cauley. Other performers hail from: Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania as well as Canada, Greece, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Some of the performance groups in Chicago Fringe Festival have participated in other prominent Fringe Festivals, including the Edinburgh Festival, Indy Fringe and the FringeNYC.

Chicago Fringe Festival Admission & Hours:

  • One-time button purchase of $5, after that all individual performances are $10. Tickets for Kids Fringe are $10 for adults, plus the one-time $5 button, and $5 for children ages 12 years and younger, no button required. Passes with a discounted ticket price are available when attending multiple performances: a four-show pass is $36, a ten-show pass is $80 and an unlimited pass is $175.
  • Hours: Thursdays and Fridays: 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.; Saturdays – Mondays: 1 p.m. – 11 p.m.
  • The full show schedule may be found here: http://chicagofringe.org/festival/fest-schedule/

Each weekend of the festival, the Chicago Fringe Festival presents kid-friendly shows plus free activities and workshops! Past fun has included everything from storytelling classes to instrument making crafts and more. All Kids Fringe productions are performed at the Playhouse (4733 N. Milwaukee Ave.).

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