After taking the stage as an actor and comedian – including being part of the Geneva Underground Playhouse – the spotlight is squarely on Aurora resident Eric Peter Schwartz these days as a musician.

His wildly energetic shows have earned Jimmy Nick much acclaim in the Chicago area and beyond

Mother Nature can play a pivotal character in any outdoor performance – a cool breeze adding to the suspense of a dramatic scene, the sounds of crickets chiming in the background chorus of a musical.

Summer is here, and with it, music fans rejoice! A wide array of outdoor festival concerts are set to fill the streets with everything from jazz to electronica. But amidst the bevy is one fantastic and eclectic smaller venue fest you won’t want to miss.

When it comes to theater in northern Illinois, opportunities to get lost in the stories that capture the heart, put you on the edge of your seat or laugh out loud are abundant

With comedy performances taking place across the greater Chicago area, there are plenty of laughs to be had. Here are a few