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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.

PHARAOH TAROT

June 24 @ 1:00 pm5:00 pm

Pharaoh Tarot is back for a surprise solstice popup on Monday, June 24th! The summer solstice is upon us and abundance and wealth are dancing in the sky as the […]

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PHARAOH TAROT
June 24 @ 1:00 pm5:00 pm

SERVICE by Makeda Declet

June 24 @ 7:30 pm9:00 pm

When a close circle of buds have to go to their recently-deceased friend’s apartment to retrieve a suit for his burial, they discover a woman tied up in his closet. […]

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SERVICE by Makeda Declet
June 24 @ 7:30 pm9:00 pm

CHEERS QUEERS: A Pride Month Cabaret

June 28 @ 7:30 pm10:30 pm

CHEERS, QUEERS! is a toast, not to the end of pride month, because pride lives on honey, but a toast in celebration and recognition of who keeps Chicago running, the […]

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CHEERS QUEERS: A Pride Month Cabaret
June 28 @ 7:30 pm10:30 pm

A Conversation with Sarah Ruhl: BECKY NURSE OF SALEM

July 1 @ 7:30 pm9:00 pm

Author Sarah Ruhl joins Polly Noonan for a a discussion of her newly published play BECKY NURSE OF SALEM. Playwright, author, essayist, and professor Sarah Ruhl joins Polly Noonan to […]

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A Conversation with Sarah Ruhl: BECKY NURSE OF SALEM
July 1 @ 7:30 pm9:00 pm

Get Lit: Grown-Up Book Fair

July 9 @ 5:30 pm7:30 pm

Join us at The American Writers Museum and check out a curated selection of Understudy favorites! Indulge your literary impulses at Get Lit: Grown-Up Book Fair! Mix and mingle with fellow […]

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Get Lit: Grown-Up Book Fair
July 9 @ 5:30 pm7:30 pm

OCEAN AND HER MADNESS by Lydia Moss

July 15 @ 7:30 pm9:00 pm

Written after Adrienne Kennedy’s Funnyhouse of a Negro, this work is an exploration of the mind of a “mad black woman.” It is a madness that is both the synchronization […]

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OCEAN AND HER MADNESS by Lydia Moss
July 15 @ 7:30 pm9:00 pm

G. L. O. W. : A Queer Sober Open Mic Night

July 19 @ 7:30 pm10:00 pm

ABOUT THE EVENT Join The Understudy for G.L.O.W., a queer sober open mic night hosted by K.J Whitehead and Sharon Pasia. Expect comedy, drama, and stunts galore. Stay tuned for […]

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G. L. O. W. : A Queer Sober Open Mic Night
July 19 @ 7:30 pm10:00 pm

THE BIG FINISH hosted by Stephanie and Tiki Vonté

July 20 @ 8:30 pm9:30 pm

Join hosts Stephanie and Tiki Vonté for a drag night for the theatre girlies comprised exclusively of 11 o’clock numbers. THE BIG FINISH is a show for full of stunts, […]

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THE BIG FINISH hosted by Stephanie and Tiki Vonté
July 20 @ 8:30 pm9:30 pm

Play Reading Club: Cardboard Piano

July 29 @ 7:00 pm8:30 pm

Join our monthly play reading club! Each month, we gather to discuss a new, exciting or confounding play that has caught our attention. This month, we’re reading CARDBOARD PIANO by […]

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Play Reading Club: Cardboard Piano
July 29 @ 7:00 pm8:30 pm

Grown in Chicago: Creating Your Community

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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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Theatre Bookstore, Coffee Shop, Creative Hub
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Theatre Bookstore, Coffee Shop, Creative Hub
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Theatre Bookstore, Coffee Shop, Creative Hub
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