Here's How To Score Chicago Theater Tickets at Half Price

••• The Chicago production of "Hamilton" is certain to be a hot ticket--with hopes of a discount. Courtesy of Margie Korshak, Inc.

Hot Tix Chicago was put together by The League of Chicago Theatres, a not-for-profit service that offers a half-price discount on Chicago theater tickets to shows at participating theaters and venues. The tickets inventory updates constantly throughout the day (current listings available at Hot Tix locations and on their website), so a little bit of luck is involved in terms of scoring tickets for your desired performance.

Hot Tix is better suited for those who want to see a theater performance, not necessarily a particular one. There are lots of quality productions to choose from in Chicago, so that's not a bad way to go.

Hot Tix offers tickets online for almost all of their available shows, and can be purchased at their website. If you want to pick from the entire list of available shows, then you can purchase them directly at one of these three Chicago Hot Tix locations:

  • 72 E. Randolph, Chicago
    The Chicago Tourism Center Site of the Stitching Salon
    10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday
    11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
  • 108 E. State St., Chicago
    Block-Thirty Seven
    10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday
    11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • 163 E. Pearson, Chicago (just east of Michigan Avenue across from the historic Water Tower)
    Water Works Visitor Center
    10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday
  • 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday

You should note that all sales are final.

Online purchases will be available for pickup at the specified theater's will call/box office. Confirmation number, photo ID and credit card used for purchase will need to be presented for verification.

Official Hot Tix Site

Additional Discounted & Free Attractions in Chicago

Chicago Cultural Center: The downtown institution lures hundreds of thousands of visitors each year with numerous free events and proximity to tourist mecca Millennium Park.

Besides featuring free music, dance and theater performances, the center frequently shows films, conducts lectures, displays art exhibits and offers family events. Architecture buffs also flock to the structure because it's a landmark building; it was built in 1897 as the city's first central public library.

Lincoln Park Zoo: For its part, Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the oldest in the United States. It was established in 1868, yet has been continuously updated and is amongst the most contemporary in terms of education, recreation and conservation. The zoo is unique in that it offers an intimate setting that allows visitors a closer look at the animals than most sprawling zoo settings. It is dedicated to permanently keeping its admission policy free for everyone. The zoo, in fact, is the only free zoo in Chicagoland, and one of the last free major wildlife attractions in the country.

National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture: Get ready for Puerto Rican pride on display at the nation's largest cultural institution dedicated to their rich history and culture. The museum opened in 2001 and since then has focused on many aspects for the community, including visual art exhibitions, hands-on arts workshops, films in the park, and an annual outdoor fine arts and crafts festival.

It is also the only self-standing cultural institution in the country devoted to showcasing Puerto Rican arts and historic exhibitions year-round. An entire wing of the museum is dedicated to arts education. NMPRAC offers hands-on arts and crafts workshops, from painting, drawing and sculpting to printmaking and photography. Students of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to participate.

Shedd Aquarium: The noted aquarium has a number of free days throughout the year when they waive the general admission for visitors (must show a valid Illinois ID), which includes Waters of the World, Amazon Rising and the Caribbean Reef exhibits. A package that includes the other areas of the aquarium, including Wild Reef, the Oceanarium and the Polar Play Zone, is offered at a discounted price. But be warned.

While you'll save money, the free days add to the already packed crowds at the Shedd.

--edited by Audarshia