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The Boxes Experience
Aug14
Dec1
Theatre & Performing Arts

The Boxes Experience

What is Boxed Experience? An Interactive Theatrical Activation where we immerse you into a new, Transformative Adventure. In this world, you’ll have total control as…

Saturday August 14
12:00 p.m.Wednesday December 1
9:00 p.m.
bookspace@boxedxp.com
150 W Roosevelt Rd
A La Française: The French Way
Sep17
Dec31
Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions

A La Française: The French Way

This fall, join Springboard Arts for the opening of its next exhibition, “A La Française: The French Way.” Unprecedented events – like the pandemic –…

Friday September 17
11:00 a.m.Friday December 31
3:00 p.m.
Springboard Arts Chicago
1910 W. North Ave.
Pump Boys & Dinettes
Oct30
Dec12
Theatre & Performing Arts

Pump Boys & Dinettes

Porchlight Music Theatre returns to live performances and launches its 27th Mainstage season with Pump Boys & Dinettes, October 30 – December 12 at The…

Saturday October 30Sunday December 12
Ruth Page Center for the Arts
1016 N. Dearborn St.
Holidays in the Loop
Nov5
Jan31
Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

Holidays in the Loop

Welcome to the Loop, where Chicago’s holiday traditions are made. Witness the transformation of the city’s official downtown into a winter wonderland. You deserve a…

Friday November 5, 2021Monday January 31, 2022
Chicago Loop
Lightscape at Chicago Botanic Garden
Nov12
Jan2
Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

Lightscape

The popular holiday event is back, with a new path and exciting new delights! We’ve got inventive new installations and all your favorites too. Hum…

North Suburbs

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Friday November 12, 2021
4:30 p.m.Sunday January 2, 2022
9:00 p.m.
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Rd.
Primer
Nov15
Dec5
Theatre & Performing Arts, Virtual Event

Primer

Broken Nose Theatre, one of Chicago’s premier Pay-What-You-Can theatre companies, is pleased to continue its tenth season with the world premiere audio drama Primer, a deeply…

Monday November 15Sunday December 5
Broken Nose Theatre
Virtual Event
Love Actually – The Unauthorized Musical Parody
Nov17
Jan2
Theatre & Performing Arts

Love Actually – The Unauthorized Musical Parody

The Off-Broadway hit and holiday season sendup of the iconic romantic comedy and Christmas movie “Love Actually” debuts in Chicago this holiday season. Written by musical parody duo Bob and…

Wednesday November 17, 2021
7:00 p.m.Sunday January 2, 2022
7:00 p.m.
Apollo Theater Main Stage
2550 N Lincoln Ave
Christkindlmarket
Nov19
Dec24

Christkindlmarket Chicago

The smell of roasted nuts, fresh pretzels, bratwurst and hot spiced wine, the sound of festive music, and the glimmer of sparkling Christmas ornaments, all…

Friday November 19Friday December 24
Daley Civic Center
50 W. Washington St.
Disney’s Frozen
Nov19
Jan22
Theatre & Performing Arts

Disney’s Frozen

From the producer of The Lion King and Aladdin, Frozen, the Tony®-nominated Best Musical, is now on tour across North America and the critics rave,…

Friday November 19, 2021Saturday January 22, 2022
Cadillac Palace Theatre
151 W. Randolph St.
ZooLights
Nov19
Jan2

ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo

ZooLights Chicago’s favorite holiday tradition is back and better than ever in 2021 with our new Pepper Family Wildlife Center at the heart of the…

Friday November 19, 2021
4:00 p.m.Sunday January 2, 2022
10:00 p.m.
Lincoln Park Zoo
Cannon Drive at Fullerton Parkway
Illumination: Tree Lights
Nov20
Jan2
Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum

The ninth annual Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum returns as a walking experience. Explore 50 acres of the Arboretum’s majestic trees during this one-of-a-kind spectacle of color,…

Saturday November 20, 2021
4:30 p.m.Sunday January 2, 2022
9:00 p.m.
morton arboretum
4100 ILLINOIS ROUTE 53
Light Up the Lake
Nov26
Jan2
Tours & Attractions

Light Up the Lake

Brighten the winter season with Chicagoland’s biggest indoor, temperature-controlled light garden, featuring large-scale light-sculpture displays with more than 600,000 lights; Alpine ice rink with free…

Friday November 26, 2021Sunday January 2, 2022
Navy Pier, Festival Hall
Navy Pier, Festival Hall
James Kennedy Performs at The Underground Chicago
Nov27
Dec2
Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

James Kennedy Performs at The Underground Chicago

James Kennedy is a famous British DJ and Producer, television personality, and social media influencer. He is the star of the hit reality TV show…

Saturday November 27
10:00 p.m.Thursday December 2
4:00 a.m.
The Underground Chicago
56 W Illinois St
Hershey Felder Presents Dante and Beatrice in Florence
Nov28
Dec5
Virtual Event

Hershey Felder Presents Dante and Beatrice in Florence

Porchlight Music Theatre is proud to partner with Hershey Felder Presents – Live from Florence and its second season of productions. The launch of this…

Sunday November 28
7:00 p.m.Sunday December 5
7:00 p.m.
Virtual Event
Virtual Event
James Kennedy Performs at The Underground Chicago
Nov28
Dec3
Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

James Kennedy Performs at The Underground Chicago

James Kennedy is a famous British DJ and Producer, television personality, and social media influencer. He is the star of the hit reality TV show…

Sunday November 28
10:00 p.m.Friday December 3
4:00 a.m.
The Underground Chicago
56 W Illinois St
Black Summer: Race, Resistance and Resilience
Dec1
Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions

Black Summer: Race, Resistance and Resilience

Black Summer: Race, Resistance and Resilience, inspired by James Baldwin’s No Name in the Street, showcases the work of 11 photographers of color during the…

Wednesday December 1
Roosevelt University
430 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago Avant-Garde
Dec1
Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions

Chicago Avant-Garde

Chicago Avant-Garde puts the spotlight on Chicago as a site of historic, boundary-pushing experimentation in art, literature, and dance. At the center of the exhibition…

Wednesday December 1
Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street
Hello Helios: The warming suns of Chicago’s Greektown
Dec1
Tours & Attractions

Hello Helios: The warming suns of Chicago’s Greektown

Greektown Chicago is proud to present its new outdoor art exhibit Hello Helios: The warming suns of Chicago’s Greektown, with 24 vibrant three-dimensional artworks lining…

Wednesday December 1
Greektown Chicago
300 S. Halsted
Love in the Time of Jonestown – A Radio Play
Dec1
Virtual Event

Love in the Time of Jonestown – A Radio Play

The New Coordinates, formerly The New Colony, is pleased to launch its 2021-22 season with the world premiere of Love in the Time of Jonestown –…

Wednesday December 1
The New Coordinates
Virtual Event
Tony Fitzpatrick: Jesus of Western Avenue
Dec1
Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions

Tony Fitzpatrick: Jesus of Western Avenue

The Cleve Carney Museum of Art opens its inaugural season with Tony Fitzpatrick: Jesus of Western Avenue. This will be the final museum exhibition by…

Wednesday December 1
The Cleve Carney Museum
425 Fawell Blvd
Toward Common Cause: Art, Social Change, and the MacArthur Fellows Program at 40
Dec1
Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions

Toward Common Cause: Art, Social Change, and the MacArthur Fellows Program at 40

Presented in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the MacArthur Fellows Program, this multi-site exhibition uses the idea of “the commons” to explore the current socio-political…

Wednesday December 1
Smart Museum of Art
5550 S. Greenwood Avenue
Present Artifacts
Dec1
Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions

Present Artifacts

Efrat Hakimi, Sahand Heshmati Afshar, and zakkiyyah najeebah dumas – o’neal address decolonization, Futurism, and evolving histories. Hakimi’s photographs, Heshmati Afshar’s sculptural works and najeebah dumas – o’neal’s drawings show…

Wednesday December 1
8:30 a.m.5:30 p.m.
Ralph Arnold Fine Arts Gallery
1131 W Sheridan Road
Michelle Wasson – On Feronia
Dec1
Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions

Michelle Wasson – On Feronia

In “On Feronia”, Chicago-based painter Michelle Wasson presents a new body of work in The Guild Room. Wasson’s paintings offer a sensual refuge from reality.…

Wednesday December 1
9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
Epiphany Center for the Arts
201 S Ashland Ave
McCormick Tribune Ice Rink
Dec1
Sports & Recreation

McCormick Tribune Ice Rink

Skating at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park returns for its 20th anniversary season, open daily from November 19 through March 6 (weather…

Wednesday December 1
11:00 a.m.8:30 p.m.
Millennium Park
201 E Randolph St
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