'Tis the holiday season! Chicago's in full winter festivities mode, and we've got a selection of some great events to keep in mind when planning your weekends. Whether it's shopping local all over the city; seeing the Joffrey Ballet's timeless The Nutcracker; feasting at Tasting Table's Open Market; caroling at Cloud Gate; or celebrating the King of Pop's birthday, an adventure awaits.
CHICAGO SHOPPING (ALL WEEKEND)
Black Friday may have passed, but don't let that dissuade you from shopping more at Chicago's fantastic local stores and boutiques. A number of neighborhoods have special shopping events this weekend, many of which we've included in our Holiday Shopping Events roundup.
There's Do-Division Holiday on Division Street; Julmarknad at the Swedish American Museum; Late Night Andersonville; the One of a Kind Show and Sale® at Merchandise Mart; Renegade Craft Fair: December Market at the Bridgeport Arts Center; and the West Town Winterfest, to name a few. Better bring a full wallet.
THE NUTCRACKER | JOFFREY BALLET (OPENS 12/5)
Chicago's favorite holiday tradition is back - Joffrey Ballet's The Nutcracker returns tomorrow, Dec. 5-28. See the enchanting Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies and Waltz of the Flowers on the Auditorium Theatre stage this winter and be dazzled by the 27th annual presentation of Robert Joffrey's masterful choreography. Purchase tickets today!
TASTING TABLE OPEN MARKET (12/6)
Head to Pilsen's Redmoon event venue for one of the most festive Chicago settings in Tasting Table's Open Market. Enjoy the food of more than 40 chefs, pastry chefs and artisan food purveyors, as some of Chicago's finest restaurants, cafes and bars will be in attendance.
For more information on the event, read our blog post detailing what's to expect.
CAROLING AT CLOUD GATE (12/5)
Caroling at Cloud Gate is one of the best holiday activities in the city for the whole family to enjoy. Bring them out to Millennium Park tomorrow evening to sing along with the Lutheran Choir of Chicago for the hour-long caroling session. When you're done, maybe try ice skating at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICHAEL! (12/6)
Celebrate the birthday of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, at the Portage Theater on Saturday. This tribute will be a night of performances, live music, dancing, big production, a light show, and just good family entertainment. Don't be surprised if you feel like you've been transported to Las Vegas for this epic night.