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When it came to the world of theater this year, Chicago was much, much more than merely New York's "farm team" -- a designation from New York magazine we still resent. The Windy City is bulging with world-class productions ranging from international mega-hits to tiny storefront originals, so we've got some room to boast here.
Scotty Zacher, founder and editor of Chicago Theater Beat, one of the city's foremost theatre-centric blogs, shared his selections for the standout shows that took to the stage this year.
Listed below are his top 10 picks -- plus two honorable mentions -- listed in alphabetical order. All text below is Lauren Whalen's. Read more of Whalen's musings on theater and culture.