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Gorilla Tango Theatre Chicago
1919 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647

Music & Comedy
12/20/2014
From EEK! Theatre, the producers of Marijuanarama! comes a cavalcade of Christmas comedy. A Very Merry Mother-F@$#ing Christmas presents a showcase of off-color holiday humor with sketches, songs, and stand-up. So tuck the kids in early and enjoy some yuletide yuks with the folks who don't mind being a ... Read More

Hours:
  • 7:30 p.m.
Theater Wit
1229 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657

Theater & Performing Arts
12/20/2014
For that special mix of naughty and nice, About Face Theatre, in association with Theater Wit, presents Big Red and The Boys, a non-traditional evening of songs, stories and spirits. This sexy and spicy holiday concert plays five performances only. Now in its fourth year, Big Red and The ... Read More

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

Festivals, Fairs & Special Events, Tours & Attractions
12/20/2014
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

The Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605

Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions, Festivals, Fairs & Special Events
12/20/2014
Add some history to your family traditions and celebrate the holidays at The Field Museum! Enjoy a buffet breakfast in the historic Stanley Field Hall. After breakfast, you'll get to share all of your holiday wishes when you take your picture with Santa and SUE.

United Center
1901 W. Madison St.
Chicago, IL 60612

Sports & Recreation
12/20/2014
CBS Sports is bringing together four of the nation's most prestigious college basketball teams: Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio State and UCLA, for a new college basketball showcase, the CBS Sports Classic. See it live December 20 at the United Center! Fun fact: These four schools have combined to win 25 ... Read More

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

Music & Comedy
12/20/2014
Get into the holiday spirit with a Christmas Brass Concert, featuring festive holiday favorites in Alsdorf Auditorium. Your ticket also includes access to the Wonderland Express exhibit. Photo: © Chicago Botanic Garden  

Hours:
  • 2 & 4 p.m.
The Chicago Theatre
175 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60601

Theater & Performing Arts
12/20/2014
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

The Harris Theater for Music and Dance
205 E. Randolph Dr.
Chicago, IL 60601

Music & Comedy
12/20/2014
Hailed as "Spirited!" by the Chicago Tribune, the Apollo Chorus's rendition of Handel's Messiah has been performed nearly every December since 1879 - a track record unmatched by other city choral organizations. Few works today are as celebrated or beloved as Handel's Messiah, and this annual performance has become ... Read More

Hours:
  • 3 p.m.
Skokie Theatre
7924 Lincoln Avenue
Skokie, Illinois 60077
773-769-1904

Theater & Performing Arts
12/20/2014
Chicago born singer, cabaret performer, writer, lyricist and actress, Charlene Brooks, returns to the Skokie Theatre in Highly Seasoned, with a holiday reception featuring food and drink from Skokie eateries. She combines stories of her life with Chanukah, Christmas and winter songs from well-known favorites to rare gems in ... Read More

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

Festivals, Fairs & Special Events, Tours & Attractions
12/20/2014
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

Block 37
108 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60602

Festivals, Fairs & Special Events
12/20/2014
Shop local this holiday season at the second Made in Chicago Market. This Holiday Market will be brought to life with a wide variety of amazing and unique local items including beauty, apparel, housewares, food and drink, jewelry and more! Wrap up your holiday season with a trip to ... Read More

Hours:
  • 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Driehaus Museum
40 E. Erie Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions, Festivals, Fairs & Special Events
12/20/2014
Celebrate holiday memories with the entire family! Throughout the morning, Chicago's own Aunt Holly tells lively stories and sings songs. Enjoy festive treats and create holiday art projects. Take home a complimentary family portrait taken in the elegantly festooned Ballroom to commemorate your day. Don't forget to see Santa ... Read More

Skydeck Chicago
233 S. Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL 60606

Tours & Attractions
12/20/2014
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

Shedd Aquarium
1200 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605

Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions, Festivals, Fairs & Special Events
12/20/2014
Shedd Holiday Breakfasts are back. Treat the family to a special holiday experience, journeying through the snowcapped scene during a private viewing of the 15-minute, The Polar Express 4-D Experience, sponsored by ComEd. The seasonal feature will engage all of the senses through effects, such as air bursts, spouts ... Read More

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

Theater & Performing Arts
12/20/2014
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

The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642

Festivals, Fairs & Special Events
12/20/2014
Featuring LOCAL ARTISTS and FOOD VENDORS, this popular handmade market has been going on for over a dozen years, and features great gift items for sale made by Hideout employees and invited local guest artists. Handmade goods available for sale include soaps, several styles of jewelry, knitted goods, candles ... Read More

Hours:
  • 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Palmer House Hilton
17 E. Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60603

Music & Comedy
12/20/2014
The Palmer House Hilton Hotel welcomes back Chicago's annual holiday favorite TUBACHRISTMAS. Nearly 400 tuba and euphonium musicians of all ages dash through the snow to bring Christmas cheer to the crowds gathered at the Palmer House. In addition to the festivities happening in the ballrooms, Lockwood Restaurant & ... Read More

Hours:
  • 1 p.m.
Metro
3730 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60613

Music & Comedy
12/20/2014
See Matt Pryor (Of The Get Up Kids), William Beckett (Of The Academy Is), Mike Kinsella (Of American Football), Tim Kasher (Of Cursive), Mark Rose (Of Spitalfield), Bob Nanna (Braid, Hey Mercedes), Jon Walker (Former member of Panic! At The Disco), Bob Morris (The Hush Sound), Daniel Wade (Treaty of ... Read More

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

Music & Comedy
12/20/2014
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
12/20/2014
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

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

Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions
12/20/2014
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
12/20/2014
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
12/20/2014
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
12/20/2014
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
12/20/2014
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

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