Shows & Events

Variety, Excitement and Entertainment For All!

Discover the magic of our season, and discover hundreds of new ways to be entertained.

At the McAninch Arts Center, we pride ourselves on featuring the very best artists, high quality shows, and spectacular events throughout the year for our guests to enjoy. From intimate musical performances and elaborate theatre or dance productions, to hilarious comedy shows, exclusive celebrity showcases, and up-and-coming student breakouts…there’s truly something for everyone to love about the MAC!


Performance Series

The Performance Series represents the incredible entertainment that the MAC is known for. Shows span a range of genres and performance styles, music, dance, comedy, family events – there’s always something new. You’ll find jazz, orchestras, indie bands, solo artists, acoustic shows, stand-up comics, improv groups, variety shows, and so much more. Explore this year’s line-up, and find your favorite.
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New Philharmonic

It all started over 35 years ago, when the College of DuPage embarked on a bold and visionary experiment of sponsoring professional level organizations in the performing arts. It has grown into an acclaimed and highly followed orchestra featuring up to 85 players under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Kirk Muspratt. The New Philharmonic is one musical experience you will not want to miss, and one you will want to attend over and over again. Classical masterpieces, symphony favorites and new beginnings – it’s all part of the new season ahead.
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College Productions

As the dedicated performance space for the College of DuPage, we are proud to feature a wide range of student performances all year long. From music to dance to theater, every year presents a new stage for the area’s emerging artists to display their passion for us all. You’ll find a variety of choral, chamber orchestra ensembles, jazz ensembles, percussion and guitar ensembles, dance showcases, theater, musicals, and more. See what this year’s College Productions have to offer.
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COD schoolstage
The MAC’s SchoolStage series is designed around introducing students to the arts; building on what they learn in the classroom; exposing them to theater, music and dance; stimulating their interests; and nurturing their love of being entertained. Opportunities are available throughout the year targeted to students in Pre-K through 8th grades and within a variety of disciplines.
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Special Events

Throughout the year, the MAC is proud to host many one-of-a-kind special events, such as celebrity galas, MAC Chat discussions, Common Ground Conversations, organizational fundraisers, exclusive guest performances, featured artists, and even fun holiday themed parties. It may be opera, dance, comedy, or premier receptions from lavish to low-key, there’s always a new experience to discover at the MAC! Check out what’s being planned soon.
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Cleve Carney Art Gallery

Shows and Events Cleve Carney
As DuPage County’s epicenter for experiencing the arts in all forms, the MAC is proud to be home to the area’s premier art gallery, named after one of Glen Ellyn’s most revered philanthropists, Cleve Carney. The stunning new Gallery space provides a culturally rich environment to immerse yourself in the visual arts, with year-round events, exhibitions and special artist showcases to appreciate a variety of perspectives. Discover something new today.
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Buffalo Theatre Ensemble

Known as a community treasure, the MAC’s resident professional theater company provides a forum in which artists, scholars, writers, students and community members explore new ideas and provocative issues through the production of high-quality theater for the enjoyment of its audiences.
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Lakeside Pavilion Series

McAninch Arts Center Lakeside Pavilion

A blanket, a lawn chair, a picnic and FREE exhilarating live entertainment – what could be better on a warm Glen Ellyn night? Our brand-new outdoor venue lets you enjoy all of it, in an amazing and comfortable setting. Part of our exciting $35 million renovation, this newly designed area features a state-of-the-art performance space, a lush lawn for viewing, and dedicated concession area with food and drinks available for sale (sorry, no outside alcohol is allowed). Check out the variety of performances all summer long.
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For details and tickets for any performance now, visit, stop by the MAC Box Office or call 630.942.4000 to speak with a representative.