American Blues Theater Presents
It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!
Nov 26Dec 26, 2021
Run Time:90 minutes with no intermission
Based on the film byFrank Capra
Directed byGwendolyn Whiteside
Music directed byMichael Mahler
Original score byAustin Cook

The remainder of the run of It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! has been canceled.

Please contact the Box Office at or 773.871.3000 with questions. For those with tickets, refunds will be issued at the point of sale (through Victory Gardens, Goldstar, or Hot Tix).

George Bailey – the Everyman from small town Bedford Falls whose dreams of escape and adventure were stopped by family obligation and civic duty – has fallen onto desperate times. Only a miracle can save him from despair. Filled with original music and classic holiday carols, this warm tale “is the don’t-miss show this holiday season!” (Chicago Tribune). For over 20 years, American Blues has treated audiences to a live retelling of the Frank Capra classic in a 1940s radio broadcast tradition, making It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! the second longest-running holiday play in Chicago!

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COVID-19 Attendance Policy

To protect the health of all who visit the Biograph Theater, the following attendance policies are in place for all in-person events for the 2021/22 Season. These policies follow state and local guidelines for safe operation during the covid-19 pandemic.

  1. All audience members, regardless of age, must be masked for the duration of their visit. Masks will be available for purchase onsite if needed.
  2. All audience members ages 13 and up must show proof of full covid-19 vaccination or a negative covid-19 test from within the last 72 hours, along with a valid photo ID, to be admitted to the theater. Those without this documentation will be rescheduled to another performance.
  3. Children ages 5-12 must show proof of either full or partial vaccination or a negative covid-19 test result from within the last 72 hours. No photo ID is required.
  4. Children ages 4 and under must show proof of a negative covid-19 test from within the last 72 hours. No photo ID is required.

And remember…there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 at any public gathering. Those visiting Victory Gardens Theater voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

How to Purchase

Simply select your preferred date from the calendar at right and click “Buy Tickets” for the performance you’d like to attend. Please note, you’ll need to log in or create a Victory Gardens account to complete your purchase. Questions? Contact us at and we’ll be happy to assist.