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Catalyst Ranch
656 W. Randoph St.
Chicago, IL 60661

Theater & Performing Arts
12/10/2016
Ignite Theatre presents an interactive, immersive production of the beloved favorite, “A Christmas Carol,” with a slight twist—in this production audience members will participate in the scenes as they move through the various rooms of Catalyst Ranch. Catalyst Ranch is an out-of-the-ordinary meeting space filled with vintage furnishings, ethnic ... Read More

Indian Boundary Park
2500 W. Lunt Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645

Theater & Performing Arts
12/10/2016
Time travel with a uniquely intimate and immersive production of Dickens’ holiday classic, A Christmas Carol: An Evening of Dickensian Delights written by Charles Dickens and adapted by Rachel Martindale at Fury Theatre. Ms. Martindale’s adaptation, originally designed as a traveling show, performed in Pilsen with DTC and in ... Read More

UIC Student Center Easst
750 S. Halsted, Room 603
Chicago, IL IL

Theater & Performing Arts
12/10/2016
The event will be a celebration of the great work of Jane Addams. They are pleased to welcome historian Louise Knight, Professor Annie Storr and musican Kristin Lems. In May 2016, the State of Illinois declared December 10 as Jane Addams Day to honor her contributions to Illinois and ... Read More

Chicago Shakespeare Theater
800 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
312-595-5600

Theater & Performing Arts
12/10/2016
There are 74 onstage deaths in the works of William Shakespeare — 75 if you count the black ill-favored fly killed in Titus Andronicus. From the Roman suicides in Julius Caesar to the death fall of Prince Arthur in King John; from the carnage at the end of Hamlet ... Read More

The Athenaeum Theatre
2936 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
773-935-6875

Theater & Performing Arts
12/10/2016
Through its inspiring story, beautiful music, and charming choreography, The Nutcracker is a celebration of the joyous holiday season. Every year The Nutcracker takes us on an unforgettable journey with young Marie as she travels from her home on Christmas Eve to the Kingdom of Snow and the Land ... Read More

Mandel Hall
1131 E. 57th St.
Chicago, IL 60637

Theater & Performing Arts
12/10/2016
Hyde Park School of Dance will present its annual production of The Nutcracker at Mandel Hall. The show is a narrated, family-friendly, 90-minute production featuring over 200 dancers ages 4 - adult. HPSD was founded as a non-profit in 1993, with the mission to provide opportunities for students of ... Read More

Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place
175 E. Chestnut St.
Chicago, IL 60611
800-775-2000

Theater & Performing Arts
12/10/2016
Tis the season to celebrate everyone’s favorite Peanuts pals as they dig past the commercialized gimmicks of presents and decorations to rediscover the true meaning of Christmas. Through a pageant and a spindly tree, Charlie Brown and friends bring the holiday spirit back to life for families once again! ... Read More

Goodman Theatre
170 N. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60601
312-443-3800

Theater & Performing Arts
12/10/2016
Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with A CHRISTMAS CAROL—Chicago's favorite holiday tradition! 'There's no better way to get into the holiday spirit' (Chicago Sun-Times) than experiencing the joy of Charles Dickens' timeless tale of hope and redemption - now featuring more stage magic and surprises than ... Read More

The Second City
1616 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60614
312-664-4032

Theater & Performing Arts, Music & Comedy
12/10/2016
A Red Line Runs Through It rides the rails of Chicago in order to answer life’s tough questions. How does the past sculpt the future? Are we all guided by anger? In this ever-changing landscape of nostalgia and uncertainty sometimes we need a brunch with friends to sort it ... Read More

Windy City Playhouse
3014 W. Irving Park Rd.
Chicago, IL 60618
773-891-8985

Theater & Performing Arts
12/10/2016
See Apartment 3A by Jeff Daniels September 28 - December 18 at the Windy City Playhouse, directed by Ron OJ Parson. It might be the nicest apartment in the building, but it can't possibly be enough to make up for the day that Annie has had. A nasty breakup, ... Read More

Royal George Theatre
Bible Bingo
1641 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614
312-988-9000

Theater & Performing Arts
12/10/2016
From Vicki Quade, the co-creator of the popular hit Late Nite Catechism, comes this interactive comedy Bible Bingo, now in its 3rd year at the Royal George Theatre. The show features the character, Mrs. Mary Margaret O'Brien, a former nun who now runs the Archdiocese's new bingo fundraising department. ... Read More

Blue Man Group
3133 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60657

Theater & Performing Arts
12/10/2016
Experience a multi-sensory show that fuses theatrical spectacle and original music with comedy, art, vaudeville and science! The thrilling show is loved by all ages and its open run has just been kicked up another notch with new material, playing off technology with tablet computers of their own, "GiPads." ... Read More

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602

Theater & Performing Arts
12/10/2016
The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events' Theater and Dance Residencies give emerging and established performing artists the opportunity to test-drive new work in a public setting. Each residency is tailored to the needs of the artist or company and their project and takes place in the ... Read More

Chicago Dramatists
1105 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642

Theater & Performing Arts
12/10/2016
Witness the beginning stages of new theatrical works at Chicago Dramatists Saturday Series! Almost every Saturday, you can watch a staged reading of a play-in-progress and afterward offer your feedback. Most Saturday Series events are public readings, but others include 10-minute workshops, panel discussions, fireside chats with visiting artists, ... Read More

Uptown Underground
4707 N. Broadway Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640

Theater & Performing Arts
12/10/2016
The Chicago Magic Lounge is your new home for close-up magic in the Windy City. They perform magic table-side, at the bar, and on the stage. Come back every week for a fully immersive, interactive, and unique theatrical experience. Also, check into their late-night 10 p.m. shows. Thursdays they ... Read More

Silk Road Rising
77 W. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602
312-857-1234

Theater & Performing Arts
12/10/2016
Silk Road Rising presents Christmas at Christine's. This new holiday musical revue puts a Silk Road spin on the Christmas season. Chicago favorite Christine Bunuan invites you into her world with Christmas at Christine's. Journey from California to Chicago to the Philippines to a Catholic-Jewish household, as Christine sings ... Read More

Royal George Theatre
1641 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614
312-988-9000

Theater & Performing Arts
12/10/2016
Get into the Christmas spirit with Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night. Brush up on your Yuletide trivia, play for actual prizes. Vicki Quade, co-creator of the smash hit Late Nite Catechism, will have you in stitches as she tackles the wackiest myths and most outrageous facts about Christmas, ... Read More

Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
50 E. Congress Pkwy.
Chicago, IL 60605

Theater & Performing Arts
12/10/2016
Discover the magic of Chicago's mysterious 1893 World's Fair through the eyes of a child in the Joffrey's astounding new Nutcracker - brilliantly reimagined by Tony Award®-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. Be part of dance history as Joffrey Ballet celebrates our beloved city and unlocks a world of wonder for ... Read More

The Den Theatre
1329 N. Miwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL IL

Theater & Performing Arts
12/10/2016
Just in time for the holidays, The Hypocrites presents the world premiere of Cinderella at the Theater of Potatoes. Experience the classic fairy-tale heroine, Cinderella, in a completely new light in Andra Velis Simon’s brand new musical adaptation, based on the opera Cendrillon and other compositions by Pauline Viardot-García. ... Read More

Apollo Theater
2540 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
773-935-6100

Theater & Performing Arts
12/10/2016
Enter the whimsical world of insects with a cast of creepy crawly characters, and laugh away the trials of being a young bug in school. Through musical genres such as rap, hip-hop, pop, and Broadway standards, this choral comedy humanizes the life cycles of insects to celebrate and accept ... Read More

Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show
10 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
866-496-0535

Theater & Performing Arts
12/10/2016
The Dinner Detective is the largest, award-winning, interactive comedic murder mystery dinner show in the United States. Their immensely popular shows are set in the present day. Unlike other murder mystery dinner shows, here you will find no cheesy costumes, no recited campy dialogue and no hokey song and ... Read More

Court Theatre
5535 S. Ellis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637
773-753-4472

Theater & Performing Arts
12/10/2016
Proclaiming justice, Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus murdered her husband, Agamemnon, after his triumphant return from the Trojan War. Now, many long, quiet years have passed and she cannot anticipate the judgments that will soon arrive in Argos. Her vengeful daughter Electra and son Orestes reunite and scheme to ... Read More

Victory Gardens Theater
2433 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
773-871-3000

Theater & Performing Arts
12/10/2016
Sideshow Theatre Company presents Calamity West's wry and subversive world premiere Give It All Back. In a swank French hotel room in the mid-1960s, an artist hides out from a world that's turned on him. As a cavalcade of familiar faces tries to break down his door, he smokes, ... Read More

Multiple Chicago Locations
Chicago, IL 60653

Theater & Performing Arts, Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions, Festivals, Fairs & Special Events, Tours & Attractions
12/10/2016
In 2016 Chicago's cultural community is celebrating The Great Migration Centennial. The Great Migration, a long-term movement of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North, transformed Chicago between 1916 and 1970. Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood became home to a tremendous number of African Americans during the Migration. ... Read More

The PrivateBank Theatre
18 W. Monroe
Chicago, IL 60603
312-977-1700

Theater & Performing Arts
12/10/2016
Hamilton is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation's first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton is the ... Read More

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