Who needs NYC when the stage has been set for family-friendly theater all across Chicago? We’re pulling back the curtain on current and upcoming shows, featuring everything from giant peaches to sleeping princesses . . . or maybe you’ll ditch Uber for a magic carpet ride, perhaps? Read on and get tickets now so your little characters don’t miss out on some of their very favorite ones.

photo: Disney’s Aladdin

Broadway in Chicago
Broadway in Chicago, of course, has many touring theatrical productions year-round. If you want to venture to Chicago’s famed theatre district, to see a well-reviewed pre-Broadway show in a stunning loop venue —The PrivateBank Theatre, Oriental Theatre, Cadillac Palace Theatre, Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University — then here’s your chance. Current productions include: Hamilton (now playing); Disney’s Aladdin (thru Sept. 10); An American in Paris (Jul. 25-Aug. 13); Les Miserables (Oct. 11-29) and School of Rock, (Nov. 1-19).

Broadway in Chicago
17 N. State St., Ste. 810
Loop
Chicago
312-977-1700
Online: broadwayinchicago.com

photo: She Loves Me, courtesy of Justin Barbin

The Marriott Theatre
Founded in 1975, The Marriott Theatre has been home to countless productions, entertaining roughly 11 million theatre-goers. The round center stage, with seats on all sides, provides excellent viewing opportunities as well as the chance to catch the cast coming on and off the stage in multiple directions. Current productions include: She Loves Me (thru Jun. 18); The Bridges of Madison County (Jun. 21-Aug. 13); Honeymoon in Vegas (Aug. 23-Oct. 15); Newsies (Oct. 25-Dec. 31); and Sleeping Beauty (Nov. 10 -Dec. 30).

Marriott Theatre
10 Marriott Dr.
Lincolnshire
847-634-0200
Online: marriotttheatre.com

The Royal George Theatre
The Royal George Theatre is a four-theatre compound, located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. There are multiple shows running currently, perhaps for a more mature audience, that will keep you laughing and thinking long after the curtain drops. Late Night Catechism and Bible Bingo are audience interactive, two-act solo performances that fire up Catholic humor, although you don’t have to be Catholic to find it humorous. Bible Bingo has an open run on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Late Night Catechism has an open run Saturdays and Sundays at 5 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively. Spamilton, a Hamilton spoof and Broadway roast, is another great show that has been highly recommended and positively reviewed. Kids will enjoy Spamilton as much as adults. See Spamilton Tuesday thru Sunday until September 3. Finally, go see Incredible Hank, on stage until June 24, to see a modern day world full of superheroes and villains and one reluctant champion — Hank — that wants to operate business as usual and just be normal.

Royal George Theatre
1641 N. Halsted St.
Lincoln Park
312-988-9000
Online: theroyalgeorgetheatre.com

Photo: James and the Giant Peach

Drury Lane Theatre
Throughout the year, and certainly over the summer, Drury Lane Theatre for Young Audiences has productions geared toward multi-generational families. Now through June 16, kids can see James and the Giant Peach. Spring for the Breakfast Buffet with James and the Giant Peach characters, which includes an activity book, for a truly unique experience, offered at 11:30 a.m. every Saturday. Other productions include Chicago the Musical (thru Jun. 18); The Gin Game (Jun. 22-Aug. 13); Rock of Ages (Aug. 24-Oct. 15); and 42nd Street (Oct. 26-Jan. 7). Visit the Lounge at Drury Lane or Lucille Restaurant before or after the show and make a whole night of it.

Drury Lane Theatre
100 Drury Ln.
Oakbrook Terrace
630-530-0111
Online: drurylanetheatre.com

Chicago Theatre Works
Everyone loves a good wedding and this June one of Chicago’s longest-running theatrical weddings, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding, will celebrate 25 years. The 80’s reign supreme at Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding and guests are fully immersed in the action. The night begins at Resurrection Church, where the wedding ceremony will take place, followed by a lively music-filled reception at Chicago Theater Works. Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding is so popular, it will run all summer long.

Chicago Theatre Works
1113 W. Belmont Ave.
Lakeview
312-391-0404
Online: chicagotheaterworks.com

Which shows are on your summer agenda? We’d love to hear about it in the Comments below!

— Wendy Altschuler