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Don't wast your weekend with another frenzied attempt at holiday shopping. Instead, give yourself the gift of Chicago. It's a gift that keeps on giving with great theatre, cool concerts and a must-win game for the Bears. Treat yourself - you deserve it.

29th Annual Music Box Christmas Show (12/14-12/24)

Caroling, like the knuckleball or blacksmithing, is a bit of a lost art. We seem content, as music lovers, to sit back and let Mariah Carey handle the season's vocals. For those of us who prefer a do-it-yourself approach to holiday songs, the Music Box Theatre hosts an annual sing-a-long and screening of classic Christmas movies.

Trailer Park Boys at the Chicago Theatre (12/15)

The Chicago Theatre throws an irreverent counter to the annual saccharine onslaught of holiday themed programing. Trailer Park Boys began as a mockumentary-style short film and quickly became an uber-popular Canadian television series. The evolution continues with their live stage show, which features trailer park hijinks and the convoluted story of Bubbles, Julian and Ricky.

Randolph Street Festival (12/15-12/16)

You scoffed at the wraparound line outside of Wal-Mart on Thanksgiving night, but we're ten days from Christmas Eve and you still haven't done your shopping. Who's laughing now? Procrastinate no more! The Randolph Street Festival is a one-stop-shop for the people on your list who have an affinity for vintage jewelry and a collection of porcelain figurines.

Braid at the Metro (12/16)

Bob Nanna is best known as the drive force behind Hey Mercedes, but the popular indie-rock band's precursors (Braid and The City on Film) represent his best work. Braid's '98 release Frame & Canvas is relatable, classic, and catchy enough to hold your attention. The band's performing the record in its entirety at the Metro, which, on this night, hosts a long overdue reunion for former Piebald and Jets to Brazil fans.

Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers (12/16)

When the Bears were 7-1, Chicago was abuzz with illusions of '85 grandeur. Since the team's Monday Night Football loss to the Texans, the Bears have looked like Manny Pacquiao feels in dropping four of their last five games. Things come to a head Sunday when Soldier Field hosts the Packers (naturally) in a game that could make or break Chicago's season.

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