The holiday season is coming up fast (or if you have been in a retail outlet in the last few days, it's already here). Chicago's vast theatrical community is, as always, pulling out all the stops to get visitors and locals in the festive spirit. There are all kinds of holiday-themed shows that are sure to fit every person's fancy. If you're looking to get into the feeling of the season, check out these classic Chicago must-see shows.
The Goodman Theatre has long been host to some of Chicago's finest productions and the birthplace of some of our best talent. Since the 1970s, the Goodman has produced Tom Creamer's adaptation of the classic Dickens holiday tale. This year, in its 35th anniversary year, the Goodman's show promises to captivate audiences young and old with its spirited musical numbers and incomparable theatrical acumen. Christmas in Chicago is not complete without a visit to the Goodman for this moving, family-friendly classic.
Chicago's premiere classical ballet company, The Joffrey Ballet, revives its rendition of Tchaikovsky's holiday classic for the 25th time this year. Teaming up with the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra and featuring choreography by the company's namesake, Robert Joffrey, this is another beautiful classic that Chicago offers holiday visitors.
Holidays are a time for family and friends, and drinking yourself into tolerating your family and friends. Nobody understands the dysfunctional nature of this magical season quite like the outstanding talent at The Second City. As always, written and produced using Second City's revolutionary improve-to-script style, this sketch comedy showcase is sure to get you laughing for the holidays. Any Chicago visit is not complete without a trip to Second City, and this production is no different.
This take on O. Henry's classic holiday story of love and sacrifice is immortalized on the stage by local musical theatre powerhouse, Porchlight Theatre Company. With a stunning collection of songs and other moving holiday stories in addition to O. Henry's, this production will bring audiences together for a beautifully crafted message about the holiday season.
The outstanding Chicago Symphony Orchestra has arranged a collection of holiday favorite, new and old, for audiences throughout the month of December. Conducted by Duain Wolfe and featuring the Chicago Symphony Chorus, this program will use its superior technical and musical flair to captivate audiences far and wide.