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Member Benefits | September 2014

The following organizations are offering members TWO TICKETS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE FULL-PRICE TICKET unless otherwise noted.  Offer limited to one pair of tickets per event on an "as available" basis.  Call the designated phone number at least 24 hours in advance to reserve seats.  Identify yourself as a WFMT Fine Arts Circle member when calling, and bring your membership card when picking up tickets. All tickets are subject to availability. Not all organizations accept payment by credit card.  This offer may not be combined with any other discounts or offers, is not applicable to previously purchased tickets, and allows no refunds or exchanges. Some restrictions may apply.

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Lake Forest Symphony: Opening Gala Concert (847) 295-2135
(Use Code WFMT)

Vladimir Kulenovic, conducting; Stefan Milenkovich, violin. Program to include: Haydn: Symphony No. 1; Rimsky-Korsakov: Fantasia on Serbian Themes; Glazunov: Concerto for violin and orchestra - Stefan Milenkovich, violin; and Beethoven: Symphony No. 5. Tickets available through box office number until September 6. For more information, visit
Saturday, September 6 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, September 7 at 2:00 pm, James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake, IL

Bella Voce: Dinner with Bella Voce (312) 479-1096 (Use Code WFMT2FOR1)
Enjoy a lively evening of food, drink, music, art, and the company of some of Chicago's finest musicians. Ticket price includes hors d'oeuvres, dinner, and drinks; performances by classical chamber choir Bella Voce, string jazz ensemble Gipsy Trio, and Balkan brass band Black Bear Combo; tours of a historic 19th-century Chicagoland home and its art collection; and other surprise entertainment! For more information, visit For tickets, call the box office or visit and use code WFMT2FOR1 at checkout.
Friday, September 12 at 6:00 pm (arriving later is fine), Lidgus Residence, 222 S. Courtland Ave., Park Ridge, IL

McAninch Arts Center: Salute the Music of the Rat Pack: Cherry Poppin’ Daddies (630) 942-4000 (Use Code WFMT)
Double platinum swing chart-toppers the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies salute the music of the Rat Pack with songs in the 1960s era-inspired Vegas style. The Rat Pack comes alive with the set list “Come Fly with Me” and “Ring-A-Ding” by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin’s “Ain’t that a Kick in the Head” and the Sammy Davis Jr. classic, “The Lady is a Tramp.” The Daddies’ single, “Zoot Suit Riot,” helped to reawaken the swing movement in the 1990s, and the group continues to captivate audiences with today’s interpretations of another era’s music. Offer not available for VIP seating. For more information, visit
Friday, September 12 at 8:00 pm, McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn, IL

Elgin Symphony Orchestra: Andrew Grams is Back! (847) 888-4000
(Use code 14-WFMTBOGO)

Maestro Andrew Grams will lead the Elgin Symphony Orchestra to open the 2014-15 season with a thrilling program of music inspired by German folk tunes, romance and legendary tales.  Also come experience one of the best-known and most loved symphonies of all time, Beethoven’s 5th. Program includes: Weber’s Der Freischütz Overture; Wagner’s Prelude to Act 1 of Lohengrin; Wagner’s Prelude to Die Meistersinger; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor. Tickets available by phone or online at by using code 14-WFMTBOGO. For more information, visit
Saturday, September 13 at 7:30 pm; Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin, IL 
Sunday, September 14 at 2:30 pm; Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin, IL 

The Music Institute of Chicago: 85th Anniversary Opening Concert
(847) 905-1500 ext. 108 (Use Code WFMT)

The Music Institute of Chicago celebrates their 85th year with a concert showcasing its faculty. Members of the Music Institute’s faculty, now numbering more than 150, perform compositions associated with the number 85, including C.S. Lang’s Fanfare, Op. 85 for organ; selections from Schumann’s 12 Character Pieces for Small and Big Children, Op. 85 for four-hand piano; Mendelssohn’s Songs Without Words for piano, Op. 85; Ravel’s String Quartet, L. 85; Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Capricho Diabolico, Op. 85; Brahms’ Sechs Lieder, Op. 85; and Stravinsky’s Octet. Faculty members on the program Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem, four-hand piano; Elizabeth Barber, flute; James Baur, guitar; Aimee Biasiello, viola; James Russell Brown, organ; Mary Drews, piano; Julie Fischer, violin; Chelsea French, trombone; Chris Hasselbring, trumpet; Rae-Myra Hilliard, soprano; Akiko Konishi, piano; James Setapen, conductor; Addison C. Teng, violin; and Sophie Webber, cello.
Saturday, September 20 at 7:30 pm, Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL 

McAninch Arts Center: New Philharmonic: Puccini’s Tosca – Concert production (630) 942-4000 (Use Code WFMT)
Love and jealousy. Politics and murder. Fire and passion. Puccini’s opera tells the immortal tale of the singer Tosca and the painter Cavaradossi, whom she loves, and their betrayal at the hands of jealous Scarpia. Everything is driven by love – of others, of country and of power. This concert production features the gifted soloists and 100 members of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus as they bring this story of longing and destruction to life. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus with Director Dr. Nancy Menk. Karen Slack as Tosca; Dominic Armstrong as Cavaradossi; Corey Crider as Scarpia. Offer not available for VIP seating. For more information, visit
Saturday, September 20 at 8:00 pm, McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn, IL
Sunday, September 21 at 3:00 pm, McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn, IL

Chicago Philharmonic: Nordic Sounds (312) 957-0000 (Use Code NS2FOR1)
Chicago Philharmonic’s season opener program will include: Tchaikovsky’s Hamlet Overture; Gade’s Violin Concerto; Pärt’s Wenn Bach Bienen gezüchtet hätte (If Bach Had Been a Beekeeper); and Nielsen’s Symphony No. 1.  Featuring Scott Speck, Conductor; Christina Åstrand, Violin. Offer good via phone or online at; click on “Tickets” and “Series Subscriptions.” Enter the code NS2FOR1, click on “apply.” Once the page refreshes, scroll to the bottom of the page and select from the packages titled “Nordic Sounds 2-for-1,” packages are available in Main Floor, Front Balcony, and Rear Balcony. For more information, visit
Sunday, September 21 at 7:30 pm, Pick-Staiger, 50 Arts Center Dr., Evanston, IL

Southwest Symphony Orchestra: Suite Overtures (708) 802-0686
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Program to include: Verdi’s The Force of Destiny Overture; Massenet’s Scenes pittoresques (Suite No. 4); Rossini’s Semiramide Overture; Dvorak’s American Suite; and Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture. For more information, visit
Sunday, September 28 at 4:00 pm; Trinity Christian College Ozinga Chapel, 6601 West College Dr., Palos Heights

Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra: David Taylor (847) 673-6300
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Ars Viva opens the 2014-2015 season with their concertmaster David Taylor playing the seldom heard and colorful Symphonie Espanoale of Eduardo Lalo. The program gets off to a lively start with Dvorak’s Carnival Overture, the second in a trilogy celebrating “nature,” “life” and “love” (come back in May for “love”). Completing the program is the last of the great Brahms symphonies, sure to please every performer and listener. For more information, visit
Sunday, September 28 at 3:00 pm, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, IL

McAninch Arts Center: Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway (630) 942-4000 (Use Code WFMT)
“110 Years of Broadway” recreates the greatest moments from the century’s biggest hits. “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Miserables,” “CATS,” “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Jekyll & Hyde.” Amazing performers light up the stage and songs from the shows in which they starred. Brilliantly revived arrangements of Broadway classics as well as thrilling numbers from Broadway’s newest shows are featured, leading up to a guaranteed standing ovation. Offer not available for VIP seating. For more information, visit
Sunday, September 28 at 3:00 pm, McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn, IL

Rembrandt Chamber Players: Romance and Jazz (312) 360-3145
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The Rembrandt Chamber Players begins its concert season with the Midwest Premiere of Grammy Award-winning artist and Flecktones founding member Howard Levy’s Sonata for Oboe and Piano, a kaleidoscope of jazz, abstract blues, and Brazilian rhythms. Mozart’s effervescent Quartet for flute and strings follows, as well as Bartók’s intricate and intense Romanian Dances (the first movement of which was influenced by melodies played by gypsy violinists in Transylvania). The lush and romantic music of Vaughan Williams’ Quintet for piano and strings closes the evening. Concert will feature guest artists: Howard Levy, harmonica; Renée-Paule Gauthier, violin. Offer valid on full-price general admission tickets only. One pair per WFMT member card.Tickets are limited! Tickets may be purchased via box office phone number or online at by using code WFMTSEPT at checkout. For more information, visit
Sunday, September 28 at 3:00 pm, Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL
Monday, September 29 at 7:30 pm, Driehaus Museum, 40 E. Erie St., Chicago, IL

The Orion Ensemble: Stepping Out (630) 628-9591 (Use Code WFMT)
The Orion Ensemble opens its 22nd season with “Stepping Out,” a program showcasing Chicago composer Jim Gailloreto and a combination of Romantic-era chamber music favorites and classical-jazz fusion pieces. Orion performs Jim Gailloreto’s “As of Yet” for Clarinet, Violin and Cello (2014), as well as his arrangement of John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” for the same instrumentation plus viola, played by guest musician Stephen Boe; Morton Gould’s “Benny’s Gig: Eight Duos for Clarinet and Bass” (1962), featuring Orion clarinetist Kathryne Pirtle and guest bassist Robert Kassinger; the four-hand version of Antonin Dvorak’s Selected Slavonic Dances, with pianist/composer Sebastian Huydts joining Orion pianist Diana Schmück; and the popular “Trout” Quintet in A Major, Op. 114, D. 667 by Franz Schubert. For more information, visit
Sunday, September 28 at 7:00 pm, First Baptist Church of Geneva, 2300 South Street, Geneva, IL
Wednesday, October 1 at 7:30 pm, Recital Hall at Sherwood, 1312 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL
Sunday, October 5 at 7:30 pm, Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL

Baroque Band: Mad Men (312) 235-2368 (Use Code WFMT)
Spanish countertenor Xavier Sabata makes his Chicago debut in Baroque Band’s season opener featuring the mad, the bad, and the utterly insane. Program to include: Handel’s mad scene from 'Orlando' and Vivaldi’s  mad scene from 'Orlando Furioso.' Tickets are limited and available until 24 hours prior to the concert. 2-for-1 offer valid only via phoning the box office at (312) 235-2368 and using code WFMT. For more information, visit
Sunday, September 28 at 7:30 pm, Music Institute of Chicago, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL
Friday, October 3 at 7:30 pm, Hyde Park Augustana, 5500 South Woodlawn Ave., Chicago, IL

Northwest Symphony Orchestra: Fidelio by Beethoven (847) 965-7271
The NSO joins with the distinguished singers of Main Street Opera to present Beethoven’s Fidelio in a lively stage version narrated by Aaron Hunt. Fidelio journeys from the darkest of prisons to the brilliancy of liberty in a tale of unjust punishment and corruption, and the strength of a loving companion to restore hope and freedom. The cast includes Katherine Bergman as Fidelio, Stan DeCwikiel in the role of Floristan, and Terry Bucher as Rocco. Enjoy a pre-concert lecture by Maestra Diehnelt at 2:45 pm. For more information, visit For tickets, call the box office and mention WFMT. PLEASE NOTE: You will need to present your WFMT member card at the door.
Sunday, October 5 at 3:30 pm; Forest View Educational Center, 2121 S. Goebbert Rd. Arlington Heights, IL

University of Chicago Presents: Danish String Quartet (773) 702-ARTS
(Use Code WFMT)

The University of Chicago Presents’ 71st season opens with the Danish String Quartet, a fresh, vigorous and surprising ensemble whose career has recently exploded around the world. Program to include: Haydn’s String Quartet in F minor, Op. 20, No. 5; Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen’s the extinguishable (U.S. premiere); and Schubert’s  String Quartet No. 15 in G major, D. 887. Enjoy a 6:30 pm pre-concert lecture with Thomas Christensen. TICKETS ARE LIMITED. Limit one pair per member card. For tickets, call the number above or mention WFMT at the Logan Center box office: 915 E. 60th St. Offer not available online. For more information, visit
Friday, October 10 at 7:30 pm, Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th Street Chicago, IL

Elgin Symphony Orchestra: Nature’s Soundscape (847) 888-4000
(Use code 14-WFMTBOGO)

Let the music take you to a place where the grass is lush and green, and where birds in flight fill the nature-scape.  ESO’s own principal cellist, Matthew Agnew performs Haydn’s cheerful Cello Concerto in C major. Program to include: Respighi’s The Birds, Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C major; and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 in E-flat major. For tickets or more information, visit and use code 14-WFMTBOGO.
Friday, October 10 at 7:30 pm; Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Ct, Schaumburg, IL
Saturday, October 11 at 7:30 pm; Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin, IL 
Sunday, October 12 at 2:30 pm; Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin, IL

Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra: Prize Winning Exhibition (847) 673-6300 (Use Code WFMT)
Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra raises the roof with Beethoven's powerful 7th Symphony.  Don't miss this year's Young Artists Competition winners Ryan Little and Joe Bricker as they bring Strauss' epic Horn Concerto No. 1 and Sejourne's Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra to the stage. Enjoy a free pre-concert lecture by Professor Michael Vaughn at 2 pm. For tickets, please phone the box office and use code WFMT. For more information, visit
Sunday, October 12 at 3:00 pm, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL

University of Chicago Presents: Pacifica Quartet (773) 702-ARTS
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Program to include: Mendelssohn’s Quartet in F minor, Op 80; Shulamit Ran’s Glitter, Doom, Shards, Memory(U.S. premiere); and Beethoven’s Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2, "Razumovsky." Enjoy a 2:00 pm pre-concert talk with Pacifica Quartet and Shulamit Ran.  TICKETS ARE LIMITED. Limit one pair per member card. For tickets, call the number above or mention WFMT at the Logan Center box office: 915 E. 60th St. Offer not available online. For more information, visit
Sunday, October 12 at 3:00 pm, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th Street Chicago, IL

Northbrook Symphony Orchestra: The Four Seasons (847) 272-0755
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A typically novel Northbrook Symphony “take” on Vivaldi, - one for each season – form a continuous, spectacular musical journey through the year. Albert Roussel’s tribute to spring combines a primitive mysticism with robust ritual dance, while Arthur Honegger’s Summer Pastorale exudes a tranquil, exotic aura, hypnotic in its beauty. Glazunov’s Autumn Bacchanale celebrates the harvest season in grand, colorful style.  This leads into the haunting, folk-inspired magic of Tchaikovsky’s Winter Dreams symphony, one of his most melodic and atmospheric works. An orchestral blockbuster. Enjoy a free pre-concert lecture by Jim Kendros at 2:30 pm. For more information, visit
Sunday, October 19, The Sheely Center for the Performing Arts, Glenbrook North High School, 2300 Shermer Rd., Northbrook, IL

Theater and Dance

Strawdog Theatre Company: The Arsonists
The 27th season begins with Max Frisch's wickedly funny political farce. Fires are breaking out all over the city, and to make matters worse for Biedermann, one of the town's leading businessmen, two needy strangers have talked their way into his home. The evidence is piling up that these are the very arsonists that has brought the city to its knees. Can Biedermann use logic and philanthropy to dissuade these invaders from following through on their fiery intentions? Artistic Associate Matt Hawkins (Red Noses, Big Love) returns to helm this parable about our capacity to accommodate the very thing that destroys us. Adapted by Alstair Beaton. For tickets and more information, visit and use code WFMT.
Through September 27, Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N Broadway, Chicago, IL

Chicago Shakespeare Theater: King Lear (312) 595-5600 (Use Code WFMT)
An aging monarch obscured by the shadows of dementia resolves to retire and divides his kingdom among his three daughters. The unexpected consequence of losing everything that defines him is shattering—a reminder that even the most powerful among us can be undone. The brilliantly versatile actor Larry Yando takes on the monumental title role, marking his twenty-third production with Chicago Shakespeare. By Willi am Shakespeare; directed by Barbara Gaines. LIMIT: One pair of tickets per membership card. For tickets, call the box office or go online and use promo code WFMT. For tickets and more information, visit
Valid for any Tuesday through Friday performance September 9 through November 9, Chicago Shakespeare’s Courtyard Theater, 800 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL

Theatre of Western Springs: The Dinner Party (708) 246-3380
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With his 31st play, america's most successful playwright has scaled new dr amatic heights in one of his funniest and most compelling romantic comedies. Here is a decidedly French dinner party served up in a comical, chaotic style that only the master of comedy could create.   A mysterious invitation brings six divorcees together for dinner at a fancy restaurant in Paris where they wonder about their absent host, the apparent secrecy surrounding the invitation and the real reason for the staging of the party. Together in a private dining room, they have a sneaking suspicion that this experience will forever change their lives. Audience Talkback on Thursdays. Sept. 11 and 18. For more information, visit
Thursday, September 11 through Sunday, September 21, Theatre of Western Springs, 4384 H ampton Ave., Western Springs, IL

Strawdog Theatre Company: Fail/Safe
In this world premiere based on the novel by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler, a systems failure threatens to trigger World War III in this Cold War thriller, adapted from the acclaimed 1964 film. As time runs out, The President of the United States and his advisors scr amble to find a strategy that will save the planet from total annihilation. Adapted for stage by Anderson Lawfer and Nikki Klix; directed by Anderson Lawfer. For tickets and more information, visit and use code WFMT.
September 14 through October 14, Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N Broadway, Chicago, IL

The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago: BalletX (312) 369-8330 (Use Code 18526)
The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago presents the Chicago debut of Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet company BalletX as the opening performance series of its 2014–15 season. Co-directed by Christine Cox and Matthew Neenan, the 10-member company performs two works by Joshua L. Peugh: Slump, a wild, aggressive dance about courtship and the instinctual rituals of mating, featuring some Korean dance steps and set to Klezmer, jazz and m ambo music, and Valentine’s Day, a pas de deux commissioned by BalletX that deals with the ideas of giving and receiving, romance and obligation, support and struggle, inspired by the simplicity and purity of Japanese animation. Jodie GatesDelicate Balance, lauded by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “a dre amscape of motion,” is a physically and emotionally powerful piece that highlights the athleticism and artistry of the BalletX dancers, set to Arvo Pärt, Henryk Gorecki, Gavin Byers, David Lang and Max Richter. And  Matthew Neenan’s The Last Glass is a ballet that slowly awakens like a city, part mysterious pageant and part raucous celebration, featuring the wild street-parade sound of american indie-rock band Beirut. For more information, visit
Thursday through Saturday, September 18 through September 20, The Dance Center, 1306 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL

Lifeline Theatre: Jane Eyre (773) 761-4477 (Use code WFMT)
After a troubled childhood, Jane Eyre searches for new purpose as a governess at Thornfield Hall. But a fragile peace gives way to turbulent passion when she meets Mr. Rochester, a man concealing a dark secret. Their unconventional relationship leads to a terrible revelation, and Jane must forge a new future from the ashes of her ravaged dre ams. As she struggles to free herself from the ghosts of her past, Jane realizes that her only hope is to find love on her own terms. A highly theatrical exploration of one woman’s independent spirit in a beloved adaptation based on the classic 1847 novel by Charlotte Brontë. For more information, please visit
Valid for Thursday and Friday 7:30 pm performances from September 18 through October 26 only. Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago, IL

McAninch Arts Center: Story Pirates (630) 942-4000 (Use Code WFMT)
Story Pirates believes that every child has a story to tell – especially yours! The process begins by collecting stories from local kids. Whether it’s a world where cats can fly or a rock opera about fuzzy alien tickle monsters, the Pirates will turn any short story into a hilarious sketch comedy musical! Described as “Monty Python meets Schoolhouse Rock,” this show is different every time. Pitched perfectly to grownups and kids alike, get ready to laugh out loud. Offer not available for VIP seating. For more information, visit
Saturday, October 4 at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm, McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd,  Glen Ellyn, IL

McAninch Arts Center: Frank Caliendo (630) 942-4000 (Use Code WFMT)
Is President George W. Bush in the house? John Madden? Morgan Freeman? No, but Frank Caliendo is. The hysterical master of impressions and stand-up comedy is best known for his work on the Fox Network television series “MADtv,” and as the in-house prognosticator for “Fox NFL Sunday.” The Chicago-born comic genius travels with a cadre of acquaintances including President Bill Clinton and the cast of “Friends.” Who knows who he will bring to the MAC?! Offer not available for VIP seating. For more information, visit
Saturday, October 4 at 9:30 pm, McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn, IL

Lookingglass Theatre Company: Death Tax (312) 337-0665
(Use Code WFMT)

How much would you pay to stay alive?  As her health deteriorates, Maxine is convinced her daughter is paying Nurse Tina to “nudge” her into the grave before the new estate tax become law. So Maxine proposes a deal of her own, and the wild ride begins, delivering us, as the title suggests, straight to the intersection of america’s two inevitables.  Darkly comedic, treacherously suspenseful, engaging and provocative. For tickets and more information, visit and use code WFMT. LIMIT: 2 pairs of tickets per member card.
Tuesday through Friday performances through October 5, Lookingglass Theatre, 821 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago

Steppenwolf Theatre Company: The Night Alive (312) 335-1650
(Use Code WFMT)

The kindness of strangers comes with complications. Tommy is getting by—kind of: he is crashing in his uncle’s r amshackle house in Dublin, dodging his estranged f amily, and plotting a parade of get-rich-quick schemes with his buddy Doc. Then one day he defends a destitute woman against a violent attack, and a fragile glimmer of hope appears as Tommy tends to her in his run-down room. From the author of The WeirShining City and The Seafarer comes this compelling new dr ama—by turns funny and frightening, but always deeply human. For more information, visit
Valid for Thursday, Friday and Sunday evening performances through October 12, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1650 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL

Porchlight Music Theatre: Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Based on the Victorian era serial, this Tony and Olivier-winning musical tells the tale of London barber Sweeney Todd, torn from his f amily and exiled for 15 years on a miscarriage of justice who returns home to a city as corrupt as when he left. Hell-bent on revenge after learning the agonizing fate of his wife and daughter, he takes up his razors to dish out a brutal recipe of justice with the help of infatuated and enterprising meat pie-maker Nellie Lovett in this spine-chilling musical masterpiece of obsession, retribution and culinary curiosity. Sweeney Todd is the latest collaboration between Michael Weber and Doug Peck; music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; book by Hugh Wheeler; directed by Michael Weber; music direction by Doug Peck.
Tickets are limited. 2-for-1 offer valid for dates below with on-line tickets only at using code WFMT. Please note: You must present your WFMT member card at the box office when you claim tickets.
Thursdays October 16, October 23, or October 30 at 7:30 pm, Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL

TimeLine Theatre Company: My N ame is Asher Lev (773) 281-8463 ext 6 (Use Code WFMT)
The Chicago premiere of Aaron Posner's adaptation of the best-selling novel by Chaim Potok unveils the conflict within one young man between his art and his heritage. Based on the best-selling novel by the author who also wrote THE CHOSEN, and set in post-World War II Brooklyn, the play follows the journey of a young Jewish painter torn between his Hasidic upbringing and his desperate need to fulfill his artistic promise. When his genius threatens to destroy his relationship with his parents, young Asher realizes he must make difficult choices between his passion and his faith. This stirring adaptation of a modern classic presents a heartbreaking and triumphant vision of what it means to be an artist at any cost—against the will of f amily, community and tradition. For more information, visit
Valid Tuesday through Friday performances only, through October 18, Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL

Theatre of Western Springs: Design for Murder by George Batson (708) 246-3380
(Use Code WFMT)

If “Downton Abbey” were a murder mystery, it would be Design for Murder. Here’s everything a murder mystery needs: Murder, romance, comedy and even a dark and stormy night. There is a stately mansion; a dead body; a seductive and saucy maid with a secret; a f amily trying to hold onto its wealth while dealing with skeletons in the closet; a sleazy low-class blackmailer; a motley cast of other characters with dubious pasts and a trench coat-clad detective. The only thing missing in this play is the butler who didn’t do it, because there is no butler. Everyone’s a suspect. Audience Talkback on Thursdays, Oct. 23 and 30. For more information, visit
Thursday, October 23 through Sunday, November 2, Theatre of Western Springs, 4384 H ampton Ave., Western Springs, IL

TimeLine Theatre Company: Danny Casolaro Died For You (773) 281-8463 ext 6 (Use Code WFMT)
A thriller based on the true story of Danny Casolaro, a freelance reporter who was mysteriously found dead a year into his journey to uncover the truth about high-level corruption in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit
Valid Wednesday through Friday performances only, through December 21, TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago, IL

Apollo Theater: Million Dollar Quartet
NOTE: This is NOT a 2-for-1 offer; This offer is: $10 off select performances. Million Dollar Quartet, Chicago’s longest running Broadway musical, is inspired by the f amed recording session that brought together rock 'n' roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. This thrilling musical brings you inside the recording studio with four major talents who c ame together as a red-hot rock 'n' roll band for one unforgettable night. For tickets, click on amefrom=CFC_CHAPOLLO_MDQ_WFMT and use code WFMT10.
Valid on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday evening performances only, Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL


Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture: 2-for-1 Museum Admission
(773) 582-6500
Founded in 1966 in Chicago, Illinois, the Balzekas Museum is dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of Lithuanian culture. The Museum celebrates the notable achievements of Lithuanian Americans, the Lithuanian nation, and Lithuanian communities world wide. For more information on the museum and exhibits, visit
Daily 10am-4 pm, 6500 S. Pulaski Rd., Chicago, IL

Evanston History Center at the Charles Gates Dawes House: 2-for-1 Admission for Tours (847) 475-3410
Tour the historic home of former Vice President Charles Gates Dawes, gain entrance to the permanent exhibit on Evanston history, Milestones & Memories and the current exhibit: “Where Are We? Mapping Our Way Through Evanston History.” The interior house is only viewable by tour! The tour includes all of the first floor and part of the second floor. For more information and any schedule changes, visit  
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm, at 225 Greenwood Street, Evanston, IL

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center: Charlotte Salomon: “Life? or Theater?” (847) 967-4800
In the early years of World War II, Charlotte Salomon—a 23-year-old Jewish artist from Berlin—fled to the south of France where she shut herself into a hotel room and spent two years feverishly painting the history of her life. She called this astounding body of 1,300 gouache paintings Life? or Theater?: A Play With Music. Through her operetta on paper, Salomon tells a compelling coming-of-age story set amidst increasing Nazi oppression. Shortly after completing Life? or Theater?, the pregnant 26-year-old was transported to Auschwitz and killed. Her singular creation and only major work survived and stands as a testament to her life and artistic vision. This exhibition of nearly 300 paintings from Life? or Theater? offers a rare, first-hand opportunity to experience her amazing masterpiece. Click here to receive a certificate for Two Admissions for Twenty Dollars to the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center through September 21, 2014: Groups of 10 or more may choose to add a private docent-led tour for $3 extra per person. Learn more: For more information, visit
June 19 through September 21, Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, 9603 Woods Dr., Skokie, IL

Museum of Contemporary Photography: 20% off on publications
(312) 369-7794 (Use Code WFMT)

Enjoy 20% off of publication purchases. Founded by Columbia College Chicago in 1984, the museum collaborates with artists, photographers, communities, and institutions locally, nationally, and internationally. MoCP offers publications by internationally recognized artists in their museum shop as well as online. For more information, visit
600 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL

Oriental Institute Museum Store (The Suq): 15% off Museum Store purchases
Present your WFMT membership card and enjoy 15% off anything in The Suq. Valid in store and on-line. To use on-line, use code “WFMT” at check-out. The Oriental Institute, a division of the University of Chicago, is a not-for-profit institution. All proceeds from the Museum Suq go to support departments and projects for the Oriental Institute, particularly the research archives. For more information or to shop, visit
Museum and store hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 10am-6 pm; Wednesday: 10am-8:30 pm; Sunday: Noon – 6 pm, 1155 East 58th Street, Chicago, Il

The Polish Museum of America: 2-for-1 admission to special exhibits.
984 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL (773) 384-3352.

Ukrainian National Museum of Chicago: 2-for-1 Museum Admission
(312) 421-8020
The Ukrainian National Museum was founded in 1952 as the Ukrainian Museum and Archive. The Museum collections include artifacts of traditional folk arts, such as embroidery, costumes, weavings and wood and metal inlays as well as musical instruments, household utensils, souvenir materials from the Soviet Union, and artwork by Ukrainian immigrants. For more information on the museum and exhibits, visit 
Tuesdays through Sundays from 11am-4 pm, 2249 West Superior St., Chicago, IL


Unless indicated, the following restaurants offer members presenting their card TWO ENTREES FOR THE PRICE OF THE MORE EXPENSIVE ONE (unless otherwise noted) nightly except Fridays and Saturdays (unless marked +Fri. or +Sat.). Discounts apply to dinner only (unless marked +Lunch). One discount per table. Not applicable to lower-priced specials or in combination with other offers or discount cards. Other restrictions may apply. Cuisine descriptions are supplied by the restaurants.

Alex’s Washington Gardens
(847) 432-0309

Italian restaurant and pizzeria.  
15% off on total food bill (not valid on holidays)
256 Green Bay Road, Highwood, IL
Café Marbella
(773) 853-0128

Spanish tapas and cuisine
20% off bill on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights only.
5527 North Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

Dragonfly Mandarin
(312) 787-7600

Traditional Chinese  
832 West Randolph Street, Chicago, IL

Feast Restaurant & Bar
(773) 772-7100

American fusion with global influences  
Offer valid for one time use only; must show member card to redeem offer.
1616 North Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL;
25 East Delaware, Chicago, IL

Isla Pilipina
(773) 271-2988

Buy one entree and get another of equal or lesser value for free.
2501 W Lawrence Ave, Unit D, Chicago, IL

Jenny’s Steakhouse
708) 229-2272 & Jenny’s @ 191 South 708-479-6873
American, steaks, seafood, ribs, sandwiches 
$10 off purchase of $30 or more, not valid on holidays or special events.
11041 S Menard, Chicago Ridge, IL
10160 W 191st Street, Mokena, IL

(847) 864-3435

French-American Seafood.
$25 off the entire meal. Not valid with any other offers including Groupon, Travel Zoo and Living Social. Also not valid with “No Corkage Monday,” “Maine Lobster Wednesday,” Northwestern Commencement, New Years Eve or Valentine's Day. One card per table.   
505 Main Street, Evanston, IL 

The Parthenon Restaurant
(312) 726-2407

Great authentic Greek Cuisine
Receive $6 off the second entrée when two entrées are purchased. (+Lunch)(Sun.-Thu.)
Not valid on family-style dinners & lamb chops.
314 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL

Prairie Moon
(847) 864-8328

Regional American “Good lookin’ scratch cookin’!” 
15% discount for the entire meal (Lunch/Dinner). Valid only for WFMT card holders, not the entire party.
1502 Sherman Avenue, Evanston, IL

(773) 427-9130

Authentic Moroccan Cuisine (BYOB)
4027 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL

The Stained Glass
(847) 864-8600

New American Cuisine
Buy one entrée, get the second entrée free up to $25. Does not include tax.
1735 Benson Avenue, Evanston, IL

Tre Kronor Restaurant
(773) 267-9888

Swedish/Norwegian (+Fri., Sat.)  
3258 West Foster Avenue, Chicago, IL

Via Veneto
(773) 267-0888

Traditional Italian
25% off lunch and dinner (food only), any night but Saturday
Maximum discount is $50
6340 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL

Businesses and Services

Anderson Chiropractic, Ltd.:  Chiropractic clinic. Free consultation then, 20% discount on all services.  2105 W. Division St., Chicago, IL (773) 342-3221

The Armadillo’s Pillow Book Company:  Used books – common, uncommon and hard-to-find!  15% discount on all items, except gift certificates. 6753 Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL (773) 761-2558

Best Friends Diamonds & Gems: 10% off loose diamond with the purchase of a custom mounting. 29 E. Madison St. Suite 1404, Chicago, IL (312) 269-9999

The Bookstore: 10% off on a single item. 475 North Main St., Glen Ellyn, IL (630) 469-2891

Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore: 10% discount (only items in stock with the exception of $3 and $7 books).
7419 W. Madison St., Forest Park, IL

Chicago Aquarium Company: 20% off fish and supplies, 10% off glass aquariums.
5040 N. Clark St, Chicago, IL (773) 878-8474

Chicago Photography Center: One-time 10% discount on any class as well as a 50% discount on a one-year membership ($50 value).
3301 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL (773) 549-1631

Coulsons Music: 10% discount in store with WFMT Membership card. Chicago’s leading music store, providing professional and student sheet music, gifts, and accessories. (312) 461-1989.

Clergy for Weddings:  Wedding officiants.  Discount of $75 for each couple who use our services and are being married on the reception site.  11136 South Whipple Street, Chicago, IL (773) 445-2121

Extreme Organizing, Inc.: Professional Organizing Services for your home or office. Complementary consultation and 10% off regular price of services. Chicago and suburbs only.
540 North Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL (312) 832-1690

Fleetwind Ski Club: Ski club serving Chicagoland for over 50 years. 20% off new memberships.  PO Box 607811, Chicago, IL (773) 973-4417

Fragile Music Group:  Reduced hourly recording rate $55/hour (regular $95).  Maximum 10 hours in blocks of 5 hours. One customer per company. 603 Ridge, Homewood, IL (708) 206-1002

Frugal Muse Books Music and Movies: Used and new books, music, movies, and videogames. 10% off any USED item. 7511 Lemont Rd., #146,‎ Darien, IL (630) 427-1140

Granite and Marble Resources: Importer of natural stone, mosaics, and countertops. $1,000 off on purchases of $2,000 or more, not including sales tax or delivery.
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 115, Chicago, IL (312) 670-4400 $50 discount toward any on-line purchase of theater, concert, or sporting event tickets (minimum 2 tickets/order). Enter discount Code: “WFMT.” Hey Ticket Guy, 211 Hilltop Lane, Sleepy Hollow, IL (888) 455-8499

Joe’s Expert Auto Inc.: Import auto repair and service. 10% off parts and labor, not applicable with any other offers, or dealer parts.
2740 North Elston Avenue, Chicago, IL (773) 862-6200

Karunya Rasa Revolutionary Facial Products:  All natural cosmetic sprays.  25% discount (free shipping) only with two or more orders. 
2140 North Clark Street, Suite 503, Chicago, IL (773) 698-7675

Olive & WellGourmet gift and tasting shop.  15% off any Olive & Well labeled domestic and imported products. 133 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, IL (708) 848-4230   

Pianist, Ellen Elizabeth Mosher: Concert pianist. Solo piano entertainment for events including parties, receptions, dinners and weddings. $50 credit on a standard 3-hour (or more) performance on your tuned piano.  Call for availability on Monday – Saturday only, 10am – 6 pm. 1033 West Loyola Avenue, Suite 1301, Chicago, IL (773) 465-4098

Polish American Contractors Association:  10% discount on commercial and residential construction and remodeling.
6005 Irving Park Road, #203, Chicago, IL (773) 318-9229

Richard Stromberg’s Chicago: 2-for-1 Photography Class Tuition. Enjoy a 2-for-1 discount on any class offered at your choice of locations in Ravenswood, downtown Chicago,  Oak Park, or Park Ridge.  Call for class locations. Present WFMT member card on first day of class. (312) 671-7717

Scherwood Golf Concessions:  Two for One Greens Fee.  Weekdays only.  Paid riding cart required.
600 E. Joliet Street, Schererville, IN (219) 865-2554

Sheet Music Back in Print: 20% discount ($5 off) on $25 Annual Membership Fee: annual membership allows free access to more than 200 works. Modern Editions of Piano/Vocal Music from the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. Popular Songs/Art Songs/Solo Piano/Sacred Songs 
235 Main Street, Evanston, IL (847) 869-9447

Shen Shen Health and Harmony: 15% discount on acupuncture and massages.
2764 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL (773) 935-4325, Inc.: 15% off on transfer of movie film and VHS to DVD.
(847) 716-0213

Styl Shoe Store:  15% off on designer shoes for men and women. May not be combined with any other discount cards, coupons or special offers.
2949 North Broadway, Chicago, IL (773) 244-9369

The Suzuki-Orff School of Music: An engaging and relaxed approach to music education. Programs available for students ages 6 months – adult. 10% off total tuition for one quarter for new students only.  www.suzukiorff.org1148 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL (312) 738-2646

Westgate Flowers: Retail florist. 10% discount for in-store purchases and phone delivery orders from our shop. (excludes “FTD” wireout orders) 841 S. Oak Park, Oak Park, IL (708) 386-0072

Your Natural Element Day Spa & Salon: Day spa and salon. 10% off any service (excludes retail items). 49 ½ South Washington St., 2nd Floor, Hinsdale, IL (630) 321-1772