A tale of jazz and murder, Chicago opens against the backdrop of a seedy mid-1920’s nightclub where Velma Kelly takes the stage. Amid the smoky atmosphere, her lone presence onstage marks the permanent end to the double-act that she and her sister had become famous for. After finding her sister in bed with her husband moments before the show, Kelly’s sordid double homicide lands her in prison and on the front page. Dissatisfied with her conventional life, aspiring star Roxie Hart slinks through jazz clubs in search of men that will help her make it big. One night while her husband is out, she shoots her boyfriend in a crime of passion, blinded by her fantasies of one day being in the spotlight. Incarceratedin the Cook County Jail alongside Kelly and the Murderesses of death row, her desire of fame and flash-bulbs become reality. With the help of silver-tongued celebrity lawyer Billy Flynn, Hart “razzle-dazzles” the press and becomes the latest criminal sweetheart - buying publicity and cashing in on her notoriety to finally see her name in lights.