Blue Man Group Chicago – Don’t Miss It!

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Through the years, we’ve seen dozens of shows, but Blue Man Group Chicago felt like a first.  As soon as you enter the lobby the artwork and “Important Information” sign clue you in that this is going to be different from a normal Broadway-style show.

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Surprise is the perfect word to describe what you’ll experience at a Blue Man Group performance in Chicago.

Briar Street Theatre sign
metal sculpture from the art competition for the Blue Man Group.

Blue Man Group is currently playing at the Briar Street Theatre in Chicago, perfectly located close to the red line.  To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the original show in NYC, Blue Man Group held an art competition.  The results are creative and exciting and make waiting for the show to begin a joy.   We especially loved that the art included multiple senses – just like the show.

Note that depending on when you go to the show you may or may not see the exact exhibit we experienced – but you’ll still have a great time!

Once you enter the actual theatre and see the hilarious “advice” scrolling across the screen (not just your typical quiet your phones), you know you are in for a treat.

More about the show

I don’t want to say too much specifically about the show because I don’t want to ruin the fun for others.  A big part of the experience is not knowing exactly what will come next.  I will say that it was nothing like what I expected. 

The show is funny, creative, and full of fantastic energy and music.  We were lucky to have an especially interactive audience which positively added to the experience.

Although not a word was spoken, we always understood what was happening.  The music is quite loud (and very good – a lot of talent here!) and there are a lot of flashing lights, fun technology, and parts of the show where the audience was able to participate.

Who should attend Blue Man Group?

Picture of the three Blue Man Group performers from a Blue Man Group Chicago show
photo credit: Lindsey Best

Blue Man Group Chicago is the perfect way to introduce kids who haven’t seen live theatre before to a show.  I had my 11 and 14-year-olds with me and they both laughed hysterically throughout the evening.   With so much going on, it’s also an excellent date night – you’ll have lots to talk about after!

Do yourself and your family a favor and go see Blue Man Group Chicago.  I seriously don’t know what took us so long!

I want to leave you with a little teaser – if my encouragement isn’t enough, check out this video:

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FAQs: Blue Man Group Chicago

Is Blue Man Group a Chicago thing?

Nope – it started in New York and has been in a variety of cities since.

Is Blue Man Group worth seeing?

I thought so – and it’s been around long enough other folks must think so too!

What are the best seats for Blue Man Group?

The first five rows are known as “poncho seats” – which means you might get messy!

Do you get messy at a Blue Man Group show?

If you are in the first five rows you might get messy.

How long do Blue Man Group shows last?

About 105 minutes with no intermission.

Conclusion: Blue Man Group Chicago for families

Blue Man Group in Chicago isn’t just a show; it’s an experience that transcends the ordinary. Whether it’s your first time at live theatre or you’re a seasoned audience member, this performance will surprise and delight you in ways you didn’t anticipate.

What makes Blue Man Group stand out is its universal appeal. From the engaging and sensory-rich lobby art to the dynamic and interactive performance, it captivates all ages. It’s a brilliant introduction to live theatre for kids, and a refreshing twist for adults. My kids couldn’t stop laughing, and neither could I. The show’s blend of humor, creativity, and high-energy music ensures a memorable night for everyone.

For families in Chicago or those visiting, this show is a fantastic way to spend an evening together. The absence of spoken words but a clear, engaging narrative makes it accessible and enjoyable for all. And if you’re worried about getting a bit messy in the ‘poncho seats’, just remember – it’s all part of the fun!

As always, our adventures continue, and Blue Man Group is certainly one for the books. Share your experiences in the comments if you’ve been, or let me know if you’re planning to go!

Briar Street Theater; 3133 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL; (773) 348-4000

Looking for more fun family experiences in Chicago?

The Safehouse

Shakespeare Theater

Chicago for Tweens

Thanks again to Blue Man Group for hosting us while we were in Chicago.  The opinions expressed are all my own.

Video and main photo credit go to Carol Fox & Associates Public Relations