Goldstar Comp Train – all aboard!

Goldstar highlights events from coast to coast with everything from family-friendly theater to comedy shows to concerts and more. Check reviews for events and locations before you purchase your tickets, which keeps you from wasting your time and money.

Free tickets, anyone? Hop aboard the Comp Train, Goldstar’s popular two-day promotion that features complimentary tickets to tons of fun events throughout the country. For just 48 hours, Goldstar will be offering literally thousands of free tickets to live theater, concerts, dance, comedy and more. And since all you pay is a small service fee (the amount varies depending on the event, but usually just a couple bucks), the Comp Train’s a great way to discover new events in your area and treat your plus one, your family or even just yourself to something totally great — and totally unexpected.

Shrek the Musical at Marriott Theatre

Everyone’s favorite ogre is coming to the stage in this musical adaptation of the beloved animated film Shrek. This all-ages production throws just about every fairy tale ever told into a blender for a hip and funny mash-up. Come along for a song-filled adventure as a very unlikely ogre hero teams up with a sassy donkey and a feisty princess who’s anything but a damsel in distress. Together, the trio takes on the short-tempered bad guy, Lord Farquaad, to save their kingdom. Featuring music by Tony Award winner Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire, Shrek The Musical promises to be ogre-sized fun for the whole family at the Marriott Theatre.  Get $9 tickets from Goldstar through October to see an incredibly fun show.,

Ding Dong or How the French Kiss @ MAC

The Buffalo Theatre Ensemble kicks off their season with this fast-paced madcap farce. Described as “bubbly like a bottle of champagne,” The Ding Dong or How the French Kiss, is sure to be a night out to remember! The New Yorker lauded this Mark Shanahan adaptation of Georges Feydeau’s Le Dindon “a delightful update of this nineteenth-century classic!” See The Ding Dong in Glen Ellyn at McAnich Arts Center.  Tickets are only $20 plus fees.  Pita and friend saw this last Sunday and enjoyed it tremendously.

Underground Chicago Walk on Goldstar

The underground Chicago Walk is a tour through Chicago’s pedway, a little-known tunnel system in the heart of downtown Chicago. It may sound scary but fear not, the recently rehabbed tunnels are used by thousands of savvy locals every day. The pedway connects many of Chicago’s beloved landmarks like Macy’s (Marshall Field’s), The Thompson Center, Block 37, The Daley Center, Millennium Park, City Hall and many more. Miles of new tunnels have been opened with miles more in the works. Come explore the underground tunnels while sampling food at some of the unique restaurants, cafes and shops the pedway has to offer. You’ll sample artisan grilled cheese sandwiches, authentic Cuban tamales, frozen kefir, traditional Thai cuisine, an organic bakery stand, a wine tasting at Macy’s wine shop and a stop at Macy’s Candy Kitchen. The tour stops by the unexpected underground American Victorian stained glass art exhibit and ends in the Chicago Cultural Center, home to the world’s largest Tiffany dome glass ceiling. Give yourself some extra time after the tour to take in one or all of the Cultural Center’s free art exhibits.  Goldstar discount tickets (over half off!) are good for any Wednesday or Friday 4 pm tour through December 28th.

$9 Shrek tickets on Goldstar – great fun!

Everyone’s favorite ogre is coming to the stage in this musical adaptation of the beloved animated film Shrek. This all-ages production throws just about every fairy tale ever told into a blender for a hip and funny mash-up. Come along for a song-filled adventure as a very unlikely ogre hero teams up with a sassy donkey and a feisty princess who’s anything but a damsel in distress. Together, the trio takes on the short-tempered bad guy, Lord Farquaad, to save their kingdom. Featuring music by Tony Award winner Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire, Shrek The Musical promises to be ogre-sized fun for the whole family at the Mariott Theatre.  Performance dates are through the month of October; tickets are only $9 plus service fees.

$20 Bulls Tickets for Pre-Season Action

The history and success of the Chicago Bulls makes them one of the NBA’s premier franchises, and you can enjoy a seat for all the exciting action at the United Center. You’ll see fast-paced action and nonstop entertainment as the Bulls battle the NBA’s best teams and stars. Plus, you can indulge in Chicago’s best food, including favorites from Legacy Burger, Woodgrain Neapolitan Pizzeria and Gibson’s Angus sliders — and new this year is Chicago Pours, a bar experience offering drinks from 15 local bars that will be featured throughout the season.  Get tickets on Goldstar starting at only $20 a game plus service fee.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – London screening

The National Theatre Live takes performances from the London stage to cinemas and performing arts centers worldwide. You can experience — up-close and personal — the best of British theater, shown in high definition on a giant screen. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time returns to selected international cinemas with this performance captured live from London. This critically acclaimed production, directed by Marianne Elliot (Angels in America, War Horse), brings Mark Haddon’s internationally best-selling novel to thrilling life. Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has an extraordinary brain — exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, Christopher sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever. See this award-winning production in high-definition at the McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn for only $12 a ticket for the two December dates.

SNL Live: The Experience tkts thru 10/31

We did the family trip on March 24th (check my 4/21 FB post for pix) and it was a total hoot!  You’ve watched SNL for years. Now relive 40 years of the show in a way you never imagined. At Saturday Night Live: The Experience at Chicago’s Museum of Broadcast Communications, you can become immersed in the show’s fast-paced creative processes and see how ideas become reality in just days. Interact with sets, original props and costumes. Take selfies on the Jeopardy set, rock out on the Wayne’s World couch, and deliver the “news” from behind the Weekend Update desk.  Ticket availability on Goldstar has been extended through October 31st for any operating date (buy vouchers now and go whenever).

$20 tkts for the Haunted Ghost Ship

Call forth the spirit of the Flying Dutchman and its ghostly crew during the Halloween Haunted Ghost Ship aboard the Spirit of Chicago. Put on your best costume for an unforgettable night on the water during which you’ll celebrate the chills of the season. This party cruise sets sail from Navy Pier, offering stunning views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan in all its inky-black moonlit beauty. You’ll party with dashing devils, gruesome ghouls and other hideous hounds while dancing to the music of one of Chicago’s best DJs. You’re sure to get thirsty, and fortunately there’s a fully stocked cash bar.  This is a midnight cruise on October 27th, so only big kids can attend.

Lyric Opera 4 or 5-Show Season Package

Lyric Opera returns for another exciting season, and with this exclusive four or five-show package, you can get the most out of their upcoming 2018/2019 lineup. Choose from several packages featuring different combinations of stunning productions performed by one of the country’s premier opera companies. Selections include Puccini’s romantic opera La bohème and Wagner’s exhilarating Siegfried. You can also take your pick from two Verdi masterpieces: Il trovatore and La traviata, as well as Handel’s Ariodante, Strauss’ Elektra, Mozart’s Idomeneo, Bernstein and Sondheim’s West Side Story and the operatic fairy tale Cinderella.  Save today with discount ticket packages from Goldstar.