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Adler Planetarium
1300 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605

Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions
12/18/2014
Explore Adler Planetarium after hours during this 21+ event. On the third Thursday of each month, Adler becomes a playground for adults as they explore various exhibitions, peek through the Doane Observatory telescope or participate in a demonstration. It's great for groups or an adventerous date with your significant ... Read More

Hours:
  • 6:30 - 10:30 p.m.
The Harris Theater for Music and Dance
205 E. Randolph Dr.
Chicago, IL 60601

Music & Comedy
12/18/2014
See The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in the return of the popular holiday favorite Brandenburg Concertos. Photo by Tristan Cook 

Hours:
  • 7:30 p.m.
Chicago Bulls
United Center
Chicago, IL 60612

Sports & Recreation
12/18/2014
Watch the legendary Chicago Bulls hit the court to play the New York Knicks at the United Center! Photo credit: Bill Smith/Chicago Bulls 

Hours:
  • 7 p.m.
Symphony Center
220 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60604

Music & Comedy
12/18/2014
Renowned as the finest orchestral brass players in the world, the CSO Brass return for their annual appearance with their trademark virtuosity and precision on a program of traditional favorites and symphonic masterworks arranged for brass ensemble. Photo courtesy of Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Hours:
  • 3 p.m.
The Chicago Theatre
175 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60601

Theater & Performing Arts
12/18/2014
Cirque Dreams triumphantly returns to Chicago with its critically acclaimed holiday stage extravaganza. From the creators of the groundbreaking Broadway hit Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy, Cirque Dreams Holidaze is the perfect holiday gift for families and audiences of all ages. Be amazed by this holiday spectacle with over 300 ... Read More

O'Hare International Airport
10000 Bessie Coleman Dr.
Chicago, IL 60666

Festivals, Fairs & Special Events
12/18/2014
This event was, in previous years, marketed as Glitter and Holiday Delights Fashion Market, showcasing some of Chicago's hottest fashion brands for a two-day selling event. Items sold at previous markets include but not limited to jewelry, small designed objects, handbags, men's & women's accessories (ties, pocket squares, scarves) ... Read More

Hours:
  • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Unity Temple
875 Lake St.
Oak Park, IL 60301

Theater & Performing Arts, Music & Comedy
12/18/2014
Join the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust for their Holiday Concert, a musical celebration of the season. Take a break from your busy holiday prep and chase away the winter chill as Grammy-nominated vocalist Margaret Carlson and her trio present a festive program of holiday favorites in the jazz tradition. ... Read More

Hours:
  • 7 p.m.
City Winery
1200 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60607

Music & Comedy
12/18/2014
See Los Lobos live December 17-19 at the intimate settings of City Winery! City Winery features musical performances almost every night of the week! Click here for a complete schedule.  Photos courtesy of City Winery Chicago

Hours:
  • 8 p.m.
Symphony Center
220 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60604

Music & Comedy
12/18/2014
Welcome Yule! is a beloved Chicago holiday tradition that celebrates its 20th year in 2014/15. This full-length musical production, conceived and conducted by Duain Wolfe, is a delight for the eyes and ears, featuring the Chorus members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, dancers, sing-alongs and appearances by beloved holiday ... Read More

National Veterans Art Museum
4041 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60641

Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions
12/18/2014
100 Faces of War Experience: Portraits and Words of Americans Who Served in Iraq and Afghanistan is timed to coincide with the official end of war in Afghanistan and it is meant to be a place of open contemplation upon the American experience of these wars. These portraits represent ... Read More

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

Theater & Performing Arts
12/18/2014
The Goodman's 37th annual production of A Christmas Carol, adapted from Charles Dickens' classic 1843 novella, is the unforgettable tale of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, a wealthy business man with a disdain for holiday cheer in Victorian London. One Christmas, Scrooge is visited by four ghosts who take him on ... Read More

Athenaeum Theatre
2936 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657

Theater & Performing Arts
12/18/2014
Scrooge has no honor, nor any courage. Can three ghosts help him to become the true warrior he ought to be in time to save Tiny Tim from a horrible fate? Performed in the Original Klingon with English Supertitles, and narrative analysis from The Vulcan Institute of Cultural Anthropology. ... Read More

The Ruth Page Center for the Arts
1016 N. Deaborn
Chicago, IL 60610

Theater & Performing Arts
12/18/2014
In this season's A Nativity Story: More Than A Miracle, we see a mother watching her son slipping away from the Church and herself. A single mother doing her best to raise a young man, she finds herself pushed to extreme measures to make sure he doesn't find himself ... Read More

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

Theater & Performing Arts
12/18/2014
A hip-hop holiday treat set to a bangin' beat! CST and Chicago hip-hop sensation the Q Brothers - creators of Othello: The Remix and Funk It Up About Nothin' - have toured around the world, playing to sold-out houses in Edinburgh, Germany, South Korea, Australia and London. Now the ... Read More

Steppenwolf Theatre Company
1650 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614

Theater & Performing Arts
12/18/2014
Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the World Premiere of Airline Highway. In the parking lot of The Hummingbird, a once-glamorous motel on New Orleans' infamous Airline Highway, a group of friends gather. A rag-tag collection of strippers, hustlers and philosophers have come together to celebrate the life of Miss Ruby, an ... Read More

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

Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions
12/18/2014
With a twist toward the absurd and theatrical, Patricia Rieger isolates characters and spaces to suggest drama while maintaining ambiguity in All The Names: Patricia Rieger. Rieger creates images in sculpture and paintings with situations of seeming opposition: quiet and movement, private and public, ordinary and extraordinary, spiritual and ... Read More

Lyric Opera of Chicago
20 N. Wacker Dr., Ste. 860
Chicago, IL 60606

Theater & Performing Arts
12/18/2014
Doomed queen...tour-de-force drama! Two rivals battle for the ultimate title: Queen of England. Fiery and passionate, Anne Boleyn seduced Henry VIII and started a revolution, but now she's been replaced - in his heart and his bed - by the demure Jane Seymour. As her enemies scheme, Anne bravely ... Read More

Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions
12/18/2014
Anne Collier is the photographer's first major exhibition, tracing her career from 2002 to the present. Encompassing more than 40 works, the exhibition presents several themes that have dominated Collier's practice during the past decade, including pop psychology, the clichés and conventions of commercial photography, autobiography, and the act ... Read More

The Second City e.t.c.
The Second City
1616 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60614

Music & Comedy
12/18/2014
In the world of high stakes, we become a more heightened version of ourselves, which can sometimes resemble more simian behavior than human. From unitard sporting performance artists, an intimate encounter with robot culture and the primal effects of downsizing, Apes of Wrath embraces the dark and light sides ... Read More

Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center
4450 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640

Theater & Performing Arts
12/18/2014
Black Ensemble Theater presents the return of At Last: A Tribute to Etta James. This phenomenal super star giant lives again through the pen of Jackie Taylor. Ms. Taylor brings back this Black Ensemble Classic featuring 15 of Etta James' biggest hits. Photo credit: Danny Nicholas 

Mystic Blue Cruises
Navy Pier
Chicago, IL 60611

Tours & Attractions
12/18/2014
This year celebrate the season on the water aboard Mystic Blue Chicago! Experience the holidays from an exciting, fresh perspective. Complete with tasty eats, awesome DJ beats for dancing and the best views at the best value! Photos courtesy of Entertainment Cruises  

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

Theater & Performing Arts
12/18/2014
Experience a multi-sensory show that fuses theatrical spectacle and original music with comedy, art, vaudeville and science! Photo: Ken Howard ©BMP

Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions
12/18/2014
This exhibition explores identity, gender, and doubling in contemporary art, focusing on artists who use and depict the human body as a site for transformation. Body Doubles complements David Bowie Is, grounding Bowie's gender play, musical performance, and use of his body within the context of contemporary art practice. ... Read More

Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine
5758 South Maryland Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60637
773-445-0386

Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions
12/18/2014
The BRAIN-ART Initiative exhibit was organized and sponsored by artist and neuroscientist Audrius Plioplys as a way for artists nationwide to show their support for the BRAIN Initiative (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies), a U.S. program providing an additional $100 million for brain research across the U.S. Announced ... Read More

Theater Wit
1229 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657

Theater & Performing Arts
12/18/2014
The Ruffians present the return of their critically acclaimed holiday hit Burning Bluebeard. Inspired by the true story of Chicago's 1903 Iroquois Theatre Fire, Burning Bluebeard is the story of six singed clown performers who emerge from the burnt remains of history attempting to perform their spectacular Christmas Pantomime once ... Read More

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