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The Joffrey Ballet presents The Nutcracker

Nutcrackers across Chicagoland are flexing their jaws and sharpening their swords in preparation for the annual battle to be played out on stages large and small. Joffrey Ballet's The Nutcracker (Auditorium Theatre, final performances through December 27), choreographed by Robert Joffrey in 1987, is poised for its final voyage with the company for its 28th consecutive season.

Emerald City Theatre presents A Charlie Brown Christmas


Chicago's theater scene is hot during the colder winter months, with holiday shows popping up around the city. Start a new family tradition and make a point of getting dressed up in your holiday best and hitting a show or two. Here are nine kid-friendly holiday shows in Chicago that you won't want to miss.

Weekend Alert: November 21-23

Thursday, November 20, 2014 12:00 AM by Julian Zeng


Chicago's theatre season is in full swing, and that's made especially evident by the offerings this weekend. From the classic Christmas story of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! to Dance Theatre Harlem returning to Auditorium Theatre after a 16 year hiatus, you've got lots to choose from if you have a show on stage fix. Those - along with some other holiday-oriented activities sure to dazzle the whole family, such as the Chicago Toy & Game Fair or Magnificent Mile Lights Festival - and whew, you've got yourself a weekend.

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival - Blog

The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival is where our family truly kicks off the holiday season. Every year, we bundle up in our winter's best and hit Michigan Avenue for a full day of shopping and fun. But we're not the only family that makes this day our own; each year more than one million people travel to The Mag Mile for the city's premier kickoff to the holiday season.

12 Family-Friendly Must-Dos for the Holidays

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 12:00 AM by Amy Bizzarri


I wouldn't want to be anywhere other than Chicago around the holidays. The lights, the shows, the special events - and sometimes even a sprinkling of snow - make the season merry and bright. Here are 12 family-friendly holiday must-dos in Chicago!  

Top Holiday Shows to See in Chicago

Monday, November 3, 2014 12:00 AM by Amy Bizzarri

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Chicago is one of the best places in the world to celebrate the holidays, thanks to the wide array of events and activities on our seasonal menu. With so many fantastic shows on stage, there's no time like now to catch some live theater. Here are our picks for the top holiday shows in Chicago.

A Guide to Must-See (Underground) Holiday Theatre

Monday, November 26, 2012 12:00 AM by Sarah Garner

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December is one of those months that has no shortage of wonderful things to explore. Chicago's theatre and comedy scene are certainly no different. Here are four irreverent, under-the-radar shows that you can't miss this month. If you're ready to laugh, gasp, and have your spirits simultaneously raised and crushed (the true mark of good comedy), Chicago is just the place for you this month.

A Spirited Guide to Must-See Holiday Theatre

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 12:00 AM by Sarah Garner

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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.

Scrooge Official

'Tis the season for holiday theatre in Chicago! While Goodman's A Christmas Carol is always a sure-fire family-friendly bet, sometimes we require a little holiday entertainment that's a little... irreverent. I mean, we can only take so much Tiny Tim at one time. So here are some options for those who want to celebrate the holidays with a bent.

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