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Posts from December 2012

Maharaja Painting - Blog

The Field Museum's seasonal exhibition Maharaja: The Splendor of India's Royal Courts is leaving Chicago in less than two months. If you haven't yet visited their dramatically lit hall of gold plated thrones and garish 18th century jewelry, ride your most decorated elephant to museum campus before it's too late.

Snow Shoe Rental - Blog

Headed to the Museum Campus to visit the Adler Planetarium, the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum or catching a Bears Game at Soldier Field? Did you know that they are all located on Northerly Island, a 91 acre peninsula that juts into Lake Michigan. Northerly Island is also known for its nature, and is a great spot for both migratory bird watching and fishing. Don your cold weather gear and head to Northerly Island this winter for some Chicago-style Polar Adventures. 

Second City - Blog

You look both ways before sliding the Mistletoe Belt Buckle off the shelf. "Jim will think this is hilarious!" you think to yourself. A clerk walks by. You flip the gag gift over and hope he doesn't see. He gives you a knowing smile.

"Good luck with that one..." the clerk says.

Your funny friends are the toughest to shop for. It's hard enough to find gifts that are useful or personal. Finding ones that are just the right kind of funny can be a nightmare.

The Lookingglass Theatre - Blog

Get out your balls gowns and botox because the Choosie Awards are raging on. I was granted the tall task of finding the best theatre companies to watch in 2013. Since our fair city has no shortage of outstanding talent, I knew I was up against a formidable foe in the work in independent Chicago theatre. I have chosen the groups that offer innovative, exciting theatre with a creative flair.

A Guide to Chicago's New Year's Eve Comedy Shows

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 12:00 AM by Marc Muszynski

Second City - Holiday Shows - Blog

Whether you tell 2012 "Good year" or "Good riddance!" New Year's Eve is a time for celebration. But if you don't want to sit at home to watch the ball drop or squeeze in a crowded club to hear the beat drop, it can be hard to figure out how to make the most of NYE. Luckily, Chicago's comedy theatres are ready to pop your cork this December 31.

Six Places to Find Chicago Christmas Trees

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 12:00 AM by Jaymes Duke Ballard

Daley Plaza - Christmas Tree - BlogChristmas trees are like Kardashians. They have an enormous following, they're shiny and they'll never go away (I mean that as a compliment, of course). This time of year, I buy my Christmas tree and always get a great one at Gethsemane (5739 N. Clark). Once it's set up, I compare my new living room staple against the holiday symbols of Chicago. Amazing Christmas trees are all around us in this city, so long as you know where to look.

Book of Mormon - Broadway - Blog

It's never too early to start thinking of ways to improve yourself through unattainable New Year's resolutions. I kid, but mostly our annual self improvement plans go above and beyond what we can feasibly achieve in a single year, leading to regret and shame. However, I'd like to propose some attainable goals for those who want to expand and enhance their theatrical horizons in 2013, but aren't quite sure where to start.

Live Music - Concert - Blog

New Year's Eve is a big deal night for music in Chicago. The big names -- both local and national -- turn out to ring out the year on the good note. And -- if you're anything like me -- even though you've been getting e-mails about and seeing advertisements for NYE shows since what seems like July, you still don't have tickets purchased. Here's what's still available on the concert front for December 31.

The Choosie Awards: Best Local Comedian of 2013

Monday, December 17, 2012 12:00 AM by Marc Muszynski

Stand-Up Mic 

Chicago has long been lauded for its improv and sketch comedy scene, but while everyone cheered on the Second City's and iOs, the Windy City developed a cutting edge stand-up scene to round out our claim of "Comedy Capital of the World." With a slew of new venues to showcase talent, including UP Comedy Club and the Laugh Factory, which comedians will top the Chicago scene in 2013?

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