Degas’ quote captures the essence of the arts – opening your heart and mind to creative expression, different perspectives, genuine interpretations of humanity, and imaginative worlds into which we can escape.
If you ask anyone who lives in Chicago, they’ll tell you that the arts and culture scene is intrinsic to Chicago’s identity, fueling the vibrancy of the city and its people. That identity and energy doesn’t stop at the city’s limits.
Due to its quality of life and appreciation for the arts, DuPage County draws professional artists to live and work. Community values promote artistic growth and consumption for all ages. And the depth and breadth of our offerings are impressive.
Drury Lane Theatre & Conference Center is known for grandeur often only found in a big city…velvet chairs beckoning for a preshow cocktail; chandeliers reminiscent of bygone times; the upscale atmosphere at Lucille, a classic French American Bistro; and of course the theatre space itself. A proscenium style theatre, perfectly sized so every seat is easily one of the best seats in the house, drawing you in to the performance and advancing your experience as a patron. Their 2018-2019 season of Broadway-caliber shows include South Pacific, Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast, and Mamma Mia! “From drama and comedy to fairy tales and iconic musicals, our 2018-2019 season will continue to push creative boundaries and bring these shows to life in new ways.” – Kyle DeSantis, President of Drury Lane Productions.
Travel west and take in a show at the McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage. The MAC’s expertly curated schedule includes theatre performances, concerts, lectures, comedy shows, music and dance programs, and special events. The outdoor Lakeside Pavillion and summer concert series is a community favorite – pull up your lawn chair, go barefoot in the grass and enjoy an evening of free music. The MAC even has its own acclaimed resident ensemble, the New Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra has been engaging the community with innovative programming and high-caliber performances since 1961. Performances go beyond orchestral masterpieces, as Music Director and Conductor Dr. Stephen Alltop and ESO performers collaborate with guest artists to create celebratory and spectacular music experiences. The 2017-2018 season featured collaborations with distinguished soloists from the world of opera, the Apollo Chorus of Chicago, and more.
Mayslake Peabody Estate provides a myriad of educational and cultural opportunities including Shakespeare and other classic performances in a unique setting. So many in fact that there are three to five programs going on in the house each day. The architecturally striking Tudor Revival-style mansion provides the right ambiance to gather, learn, reflect, and indulge your creative side. Attend a lecture, concert, or an art exhibit and artist reception. Simply enjoy the mansion’s architecture and history on a docent guided tour.
From annual art shows to classes for all ages, you’re sure to find the right outlet to feed your creative side. Your soul can be uplifted 365 days a year in DuPage County.
Stay & Share With Us!
Book your overnight stay to enjoy more than one show. DuPage County hotels offer a variety of package options to fit your your needs and wants. Make the most of your stay by checking out our world-class shopping and dining.