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Brookfield Zoo/Chicago Zoological Society
31st Street and First Avenue
Brookfield, IL 60513

Festivals, Fairs & Special Events, Tours & Attractions
12/21/2014
Enjoy a delicious all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet during Brookfield Zoo's annual Breakfast with Santa. Youngsters will have the opportunity to share their wish lists with Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will be on hand along with some of the zoo's costumed characters. The breakfast will be held in the zoo's ... Read More

Brookfield Zoo/Chicago Zoological Society
31st Street and First Avenue
Brookfield, IL 60513

Festivals, Fairs & Special Events, Tours & Attractions
12/21/2014
Bring the family, and your appetites, to Brookfield Zoo for its annual all-you-can-eat Brunch with Santa. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to hear everyone's wish list and pose for pictures. Also making an appearance will be some of the zoo's costumed characters and some furry critters. ... Read More

Chicago Bears
Soldier Field
Chicago, IL 60605

Sports & Recreation
12/21/2014
Watch the Chicago Bears play the Detroit Lions live at Soldier Field!

Chicago Blackhawks
United Center
Chicago, IL 60612

Sports & Recreation
12/21/2014
Watch the Chicago Blackhawks hit the ice to play the Toronto Maple Leafs at the United Center! Photo: Chicago Blackhawks 

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

Theater & Performing Arts
12/21/2014
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

Lincoln Park Zoo
Cannon Dr. at Fullerton Parkway
Chicago, IL 60614

Festivals, Fairs & Special Events, Tours & Attractions
12/21/2014
Explore the world of hibernating bears, blubbery harbor seals and cold-blooded reptiles, and learn how these animals survive in frigid habitats. "Prep for winter" by trying out ways to keep warm with extra fur, feathers and fat, building weather-resistant beaver dams and "saving up" lots of food for the ... Read More

Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Rd.
Glencoe, IL 60022

Music & Comedy
12/21/2014
Enjoy a special Hanukkah concert by the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band in the Alsdorf Auditorium. Your ticket also includes access to the Wonderland Express exhibit. Photos: © Chicago Botanic Garden  

Hours:
  • 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Brookfield Zoo/Chicago Zoological Society
31st Street and First Avenue
Brookfield, IL 60513

Festivals, Fairs & Special Events, Tours & Attractions
12/21/2014
Enjoy a family tradition or start a new one at Brookfield Zoo's Holiday Magic, Chicagoland's largest lights festival that features more than one million LED twinkling lights, singing to the animals, professional ice-carving demonstrations, magnificent light shows, and special visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Select animal exhibits will ... Read More

Portage Theater
4050 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60641

Festivals, Fairs & Special Events
12/21/2014
The Portage Park Farmer's Market is going into it's 6th Season. It has established itself in the Portage Park Community and is looked forward to and attended by folks from all over the city. It offers local produce, olives, baked goods, meats, dairy, coffee, honey, sauces, gourmet items, hot ... Read More

Hours:
  • 10 a.m.
Skydeck Chicago
233 S. Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL 60606

Tours & Attractions
12/21/2014
Santa Claus will make his first-ever appearance at Willis Tower's Skydeck Chicago to meet with fans 103 floors above the city. Dressed in his signature red suit, Santa will roam around Skydeck Chicago so visitors can take their very own "Selfies with Santa." This special opportunity offers Chicagoans and ... Read More

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

Theater & Performing Arts
12/21/2014
Directed by Tatsu Aoki, a diverse range of music and dance artists from Tokyo, San Francisco, and Chicago converge at MCA Stage for two distinct programs, tracing taiko drumming's evolution. Taiko Legacy 11, a perennial favorite of families, is performed by three generations of drummers representing today's vibrant pan-Asian ... Read More

Symphony Center
220 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60604

Music & Comedy
12/21/2014
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

Redmoon Theater
2120 S. Jefferson St.
Chicago, IL 60616

Theater & Performing Arts
12/21/2014
Chicago's acclaimed Spectacle company Redmoon announces its annual family-friendly Winter Pageant for two weekends in December. In its 16th year, the holiday tradition explores the idea of grand love and honors the four seasons of the human heart. Set atop a massive glacier, the love stories are brought to ... Read More

Constellation
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618

Music & Comedy
12/21/2014
The Winter Solstice Concerts enjoys their second year in Links Hall's new home, a crossroads for experimental music, Jazz and the performing arts. This hour long performance utilizes a wide array of percussion instruments from North Africa, the Middle East, and East India, as well as Western orchestral instruments. ... Read More

Hours:
  • 6 a.m.
National Veterans Art Museum
4041 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60641

Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions
12/21/2014
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
12/21/2014
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
12/21/2014
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
12/21/2014
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
12/21/2014
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
12/21/2014
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
12/21/2014
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
12/21/2014
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
12/21/2014
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
12/21/2014
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
12/21/2014
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 

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