Winter's chill is manifesting itself a little more each day here in the city, and there's no better time to have one last glimpse of a music festival for the season, or get in the holiday spirit at one of Chicago's favorite museums, or even do some major chilling at a local concert. Whether your cup of tea for this chilly weather is dance, music, or holiday cheer, we've got some weekend plans for you.
The annual Christmas Around The World exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry is celebrating its 72nd year at MSI this year, beginning back in 1942 as a tribute to American Allies during World War II. Orginially showcasing just one single tree, today's exhibit is somewhat of a small indoor forest, with more than 60 trees all adorned according to different international customs. Come experience the holiday spirit at MSI with these beautifully decorated trees, the Holidays of Lights display celebrating Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Diwali and Ramadan, and keep an eye out for falling "snow" in the museum's festive rotunda.Matt Nathanson live on his Last of the Great Pretenders Tour, throw in special guest Joshua Radin, and you have yourself a solid night of honest and heart-filled music. Performing at one of Chicago's most historic venues The Riviera, Nathanson is here to not only promote an album, but to tell a collection of stories, or as he says, "a collection of songs, short stories, tied together, people's stories - about love, about faith in others, or loss of faith in others." Sounds like something you'll have to hear firsthand on Friday night.
Calling all lovers of dance! This weekend, you'll find a full day of innovative dance, stunning choreography and beautiful performance at the 10th anniversary of Chicago Dancemakers Forum (CDF) hosted at The Museum of Contemporary Art Stage. CDF is led by the consortium of the MCA, Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, Links Hall and many independent artists. With pieces by nearly 30 choreographers throught out the day, the Daytime Program will include two sets (from 1-3PM, and from 3-5PM) of performances, as well as individual dances staggered every 15-30 minutes from 1-4PM. The forum will conclude with an evening program , including a gala receptions with exclusive performances. This event is free with admission to the MCA, and otherwise $12 for adult entry, $7 for students and seniors.
Though the festival season of summer has now turned into a golden and crispy-leafed fall (with the occasional snowfall), ChillFest returns this weekend to fill the musical void all festival goers have had since summer's end. Wicker Park and Bucktown are combining their hip, eclectic communities to produce a line-up of over 100 local musicians appearing in over 30 storefronts for this free music event celebrating the history and creativity of Wicker Park and Bucktown. You'll find musicians playing live acoustic "living-room sets" in the intimacy of local venues. Check out the comprehensive festival map here, and plot your course for this very chill - and very free - festival on Saturday.
Spend your Saturday with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and bring the kids! Join the musicians of the CSO as they bring classic children's stories and songs to life in this Mother Goose and Moore program, which includes the Waltz from Sleeping Beauty, Midnight from Cinderella, Nursery Rhymes, selections from Hansel and Gretel and so much more. From exciting, stirring pieces to gentle lullabies, discover how these stories and their artists can create new memories and stir up old ones.