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The Understudy is a theatre bookstore and coffee shop for people looking to get lost in a good book, enjoy a passionate conversation, or cozy up with a delicious cup of coffee.

Independent Bookstore Day

April 27 @ 8:00 am6:00 pm

​Yet again, Chicagoland proves itself to be the dream destination for book lovers and readers of all ages! More than 40 independent bookstores in the greater Chicago area—from Lake Forest […]

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Independent Bookstore Day
April 27 @ 8:00 am6:00 pm

Play Reading Club: RED REX

April 29 @ 7:00 pm8:30 pm

After a holiday hiatus, Play Reading Club is BACK! No need to RSVP, just show up ready to discuss the play! Our book club begins at 7 PM on the […]

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Play Reading Club: RED REX
April 29 @ 7:00 pm8:30 pm

American Theatre Presents: Grown in Chicago

May 6 @ 7:30 pm9:00 pm

This panel will feature local Chicago theatre leaders as they chat about adapting and planning for longevity, establishing a distinct company identity, staying true to your mission, and serving your […]

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American Theatre Presents: Grown in Chicago
May 6 @ 7:30 pm9:00 pm

ISLAND OF LOVE by Felicia Oduh

May 20 @ 7:30 pm9:00 pm

A batch of romantic hopefuls compete for a chance to win love and a large cash prize on the UK’s hottest summer reality dating series. Though everyone has come on […]

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ISLAND OF LOVE by Felicia Oduh
May 20 @ 7:30 pm9:00 pm

I Can’t, I Have Trivia

May 22 @ 7:30 pm9:00 pm

Theatre nerds, your time has come! Join us for another round of trivia at 7:30 on May 22nd. We recommend playing with a team of four. Hosted by our friend […]

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I Can’t, I Have Trivia
May 22 @ 7:30 pm9:00 pm

THE DRAG by Mae West presented by Gerber Hart Library

May 25 @ 7:30 pm9:30 pm

Join us for a community reading of “The Drag” presented by the Gerber/Hart Library and Archives. Written by the iconic Mae West, this 1927 drama about a closeted socialite and […]

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THE DRAG by Mae West presented by Gerber Hart Library
May 25 @ 7:30 pm9:30 pm

Where Should I Go While I’m In Chicago For SCA Expo 2024?

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Chicago Reader Best Coffee Shop 2023

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STORE EXPLORER: Where Magician Dennis Watkins Shops

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Here’s To Never Growing Up: A Review of “The Best Damn Thing” at The Understudy

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Best Damn Book Shop: The Understudy’s New Frontier

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Avril Lavigne-Inspired Musical ‘The Best Damn Thing’ Helps Viewers Connect With Their Inner Teen

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The Best Damn Thing explores teenage power and pain

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‘Cuppa Joe’ at The Understudy Coffee and Books

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Chicago’s Essential Coffee Shops

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The 25 best bookstores in Chicago

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Theatre Bookstore, Coffee Shop, Creative Hub
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Theatre Bookstore, Coffee Shop, Creative Hub
Triple Threat
Theatre Bookstore, Coffee Shop, Creative Hub
Triple Threat
Theatre Bookstore, Coffee Shop, Creative Hub
Triple Threat