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2017 Holiday in the Loop Calendar
May
Jun

Hamilton

Jun 1 - Apr 29

CIBC Theatre →

HAMILTON is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, told by America now. 

Now On Sale through April 29, 2018!

Photo Credit: HAMILTON Company – HAMILTON –© Joan Marcus, 2016

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Tickets as low as $65

Jul

Hamilton

Jun 1 - Apr 29

CIBC Theatre →

HAMILTON is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, told by America now. 

Now On Sale through April 29, 2018!

Photo Credit: HAMILTON Company – HAMILTON –© Joan Marcus, 2016

Learn More →

Tickets as low as $65

Aug

Hamilton

Jun 1 - Apr 29

CIBC Theatre →

HAMILTON is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, told by America now. 

Now On Sale through April 29, 2018!

Photo Credit: HAMILTON Company – HAMILTON –© Joan Marcus, 2016

Learn More →

Tickets as low as $65

Sep

Hamilton

Jun 1 - Apr 29

CIBC Theatre →

HAMILTON is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, told by America now. 

Now On Sale through April 29, 2018!

Photo Credit: HAMILTON Company – HAMILTON –© Joan Marcus, 2016

Learn More →

Tickets as low as $65

Chicago Architecture Biennial

Sep 16 - Jan 7

Chicago Cultural Center →

The second edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) is the largest architecture and design exhibition in North America, showcasing the transformative global impact of creativity and innovation in these fields. This year’s Biennial features over 141 practitioners from more than 20 countries addressing the 2017 theme “Make New History.” Artistic Directors Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee have selected architects and artists whose eye-opening creations will invite the public to explore how the latest architecture can and will make new history in places around the world.CAB is hosted by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events at the historic Chicago Cultural Center. The Biennial is also a city-wide platform that serves citizens and invites visitors to explore Chicago.

Learn More →

FREE

Oct

Hamilton

Jun 1 - Apr 29

CIBC Theatre →

HAMILTON is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, told by America now. 

Now On Sale through April 29, 2018!

Photo Credit: HAMILTON Company – HAMILTON –© Joan Marcus, 2016

Learn More →

Tickets as low as $65

McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Mon Oct 23  8am - 11am

Featuring giant floats from Garfield, Peanuts, and more, plus marching bands, staged performances, special guests and even equestrian units, the McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade is a Chicago-style spectacle to behold. 425,000 cheering spectators line State Street and over 3.6 million viewers tuned in on their televisions at home! It's an event you won't want to miss!

The parade route runs north on State Street from Congress Parkway to Randolph Street. The parade begins at 8:00am on Thanksgiving morning  and ends by 11am CST. 

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FREE

Chicago Architecture Biennial

Sep 16 - Jan 7

Chicago Cultural Center →

The second edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) is the largest architecture and design exhibition in North America, showcasing the transformative global impact of creativity and innovation in these fields. This year’s Biennial features over 141 practitioners from more than 20 countries addressing the 2017 theme “Make New History.” Artistic Directors Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee have selected architects and artists whose eye-opening creations will invite the public to explore how the latest architecture can and will make new history in places around the world.CAB is hosted by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events at the historic Chicago Cultural Center. The Biennial is also a city-wide platform that serves citizens and invites visitors to explore Chicago.

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FREE

Yasmina’s Necklace

Oct 20 - Nov 19

The Goodman Theatre →

Newly arrived in Chicago from her homeland, Iraqi artist Yasmina has hardened herself to the possibility of finding happiness. But when she meets Sam, a man with his own emotional setbacks, what had seemed unthinkable becomes tantalizingly real. Chicago-based artists playwright Rohina Malik and director Ann Filmer reunite for the downtown debut of Yasmina’s Necklace, following its critically-acclaimed world premiere at 16th Street Theater last year.

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HEY! PLAY! Games in Modern Culture

Oct 20 - Feb 17

Chicago Design Museum →

Games are a rich, dynamic medium that live in consoles and controllers as much as they do our own bodies, minds, and social relationships. The gaming industry is worth more than $100 billion and stretches far beyond what we typically see. Artists and designers are creating games about personal challenges, games that facilitate spiritual awakening, and games that challenge, edify, and critique our societies and cultures. This exhibition will showcase a cross-section of compelling examples from this diverse medium and demonstrate that at heart, we are all gamers.

Learn More →

FREE

Captured Stories: American Writers Through the Lens of Art Shay

Oct 27 - Mar 31

American Writers Museum →

For some 70 years, Art Shay’s photos recorded the bombast and energy of postwar America, finding unique angles on the moments and personalities for magazines such as Life, Time, Ebony and Sports Illustrated. But Shay started as a reporter and his photos of writers, especially of his friend Nelson Algren, are among his most intimate and revealing. Captured Stories brings together Shay’s photos of American writers of all kinds, from a weary Ernest Hemingway and the bracing clarity of Gwendolyn Brooks to George Plimpton fresh off a trapeze, along with a special section devoted to his landmark images of Algren.

Special exhibit free with museum admission. Tickets are $12 for Adults, $8 for seniors and students, and free for children 12 and under. Museum hours are Tuesday - Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thursdays 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

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FREE with museum admission

Rookery Light Court Tour with Frank Lloyd Wright Trust

Oct 31 - Oct 31

The Rookery →

Take a 30 minute guided tour of one of Chicago's most iconic architectural treasures! 

Set in the heart of Chicago’s financial district, Daniel Burnham and John Root’s 1888 Rookery Building is a Chicago landmark, containing one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most dramatic interior compositions – a luminous and brilliantly articulated central light court. In 1905, Wright was commissioned to remodel the Rookery light court and lobbies. He realized a stunning balance between Burnham & Root’s ornamental ironwork and his own vision to create a spectacular environment. 

Learn More →

$10 adults, $8 students, seniors (65+), and military.

Nov

Hamilton

Jun 1 - Apr 29

CIBC Theatre →

HAMILTON is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, told by America now. 

Now On Sale through April 29, 2018!

Photo Credit: HAMILTON Company – HAMILTON –© Joan Marcus, 2016

Learn More →

Tickets as low as $65

Turning the Page Pop-Up Book Shop

Nov 1 - Nov 3  8am - 6pm

Atrium at the Thompson Center →

Shop hundreds of gently used books, CDs, and DVDs, all priced from $1 to $4, in the food court level of Atrium at the Thompson Center. 

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Macy's 110th Anniversary Great Tree Lighting

Sat Nov 4  12pm

Macy's →

The Great Tree in Macy's Walnut Room has been a centerpiece of the holiday dining tradition for over a century! It will be on display in the historic Walnut Room on the 7th floor starting on November 4, 2017. Jordan Smith, the winner of NBC’s “The Voice,” will help light the tree alongside a very special Make-A-Wish® child to kick-off Macy’s Believe campaign and the holiday season.

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FREE

Peppa Pig's Surprise

Sat Nov 4  1pm

The Chicago Theatre →

In Peppa Pig’s Surprise, it’s a lovely day and Peppa is playing outside with her friends. Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig have got a surprise for her and her younger brother George, but no matter how hard they try, they cannot guess what it is. Audiences will enjoy interactive fun, games and, of course, many surprises.

The live show encompasses the charming, colorful nature of the incredibly popular television series and features brand-new songs and life-size puppets that walk, talk, dance, and jump up and down to give audiences a unique, interactive theatrical experience from the moment the curtain opens. 

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Fine Arts Building Studios Open House

Fri Nov 10

Fine Arts Building Collective →

Tour the Fine Arts Building Studios on the second Friday of every month to connect with the community and share their work in a casual and relaxed setting. We recommend starting your tour by taking an elevator to the 10th floor, and then take the stairs down, stopping at each of the Open Studios for a unique cultural and architectural experience.

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FREE

Backstage Tours at Lyric Opera

Fri Nov 10  10am

Lyric Opera of Chicago →

Lyric Opera of Chicago invites you to experience the Lyric Opera House beyond the footlights with backstage tours! 

From the moment you enter the beautiful and impressive foyer, you’ll be in for a special, one-hour experience with an engaging Lyric docent who will give you behind-the-scenes insights into the vibrant world of grand opera. See the inside of the art-deco Ardis Krainik Theatre, enjoy an up-close-and-personal view of the orchestra pit where the acclaimed Lyric Orchestra plays, and then journey on to backstage destinations where you’ll learn about the vast array of skilled professionals who bring operatic stagecraft to life. Tours start and end in the Lyric Opera House Rice Grand Foyer!
 

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$15

A Golden Celebration of Dance at Auditorium Theatre

Sun Nov 12  7:30pm

Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University →

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Auditorium Theatre’s grand re-opening with A Golden Celebration of Dance, featuring the greatest dancers from the world’s premier dance companies, including American Ballet Theatre, Dutch National Ballet, Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Joffrey Ballet, MOMIX, New York City Ballet, Parsons Dance, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, and The Washington Ballet.

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Ella & Lena: The Ladies and Their Music at The Auditorium Theatre

Fri Nov 17  7:30pm

Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University →

On November 17, pay tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Lena Horne with Ella & Lena: The Ladies and Their Music, a show put together by popular Chicago vocalist Joan Curto (who also performs in the show). The show features E. Faye Butler and Tammy McCann with Paul Marinaro, Sophie Grimm, Beckie Menzie, and Tom Michael, and will include many of the songs that each woman truly made her own like “Oh, Lady Be Good,” and “Stormy Weather.”

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104th Christmas Tree Lighting in Millennium Park

Fri Nov 17  6:00pm

Millennium Park →

Enjoy this holiday tradition, a glittering tree set among Chicago’s sparkling skyline and the iconic art of Millennium Park. The City of Chicago is proud to present the 104th Anniversary of the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 17.

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FREE

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

Nov 17 - Nov 18

Maggie Daley Park →

Guests can enjoy two days of family-friendly activities to kick off the holiday season the weekend before Thanksgiving. The action begins at Lights Festival Lane on Friday afternoon and continues throughout the day on Saturday. Crowd favorites Connie’s Pizza, Garrett Popcorn, Eli’s the Cheesecake Company, the BMO Harris Kids Zone and more will return this year, along with Santa Claus himself in a brand-new chalet.

Beginning at 5:30 p.m. CST on Saturday, November 18, Grand marshals Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse from Walt Disney World®, will lead a magical tree-lighting procession as they illuminate more than one million lights along The Magnificent Mile. The procession features spectacular floats, helium-filled balloons, marching bands and top musical performers. Look out for lively appearances by Hubert the Lion, Benny the Bull and other well-known Chicago mascots from BMO Harris Bank.

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FREE

Caroling at Cloud Gate

Fri Nov 24  6pm - 7pm

Cloud Gate →

Bundle up and get ready to belt out some holiday classics at these festive events that are part concert, part sing-along as local Chicago choral groups lead hundreds of celebrants in song.

Photo Credit: Choose Chicago

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FREE

26th Annual Wreathing of the Lions

Fri Nov 24  10am - 3pm

The Art Institute of Chicago →

Kick off the holidays at the 26th anniversary of this Chicago family favorite—with this year's emcees, the Chicago cast of the hit musical Hamilton. This free event starts on the historic Michigan Avenue steps as we adorn our beloved lions with their traditional holiday wreaths. Hamilton cast members lead us through the ceremony full of special treats including complimentary hot chocolate and a live performance by the Soul Children of Chicago.

At 10:30 a.m., following the outdoor ceremony, head into the museum and stop by the Ryan Learning Center for art-making fun and create your own wreath inspired by the Deering Family Galleries of Medieval and Renaissance Art

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FREE

Backstage Tours at Lyric Opera

Thu Nov 30  10am

Lyric Opera of Chicago →

Lyric Opera of Chicago invites you to experience the Lyric Opera House beyond the footlights with backstage tours! 

From the moment you enter the beautiful and impressive foyer, you’ll be in for a special, one-hour experience with an engaging Lyric docent who will give you behind-the-scenes insights into the vibrant world of grand opera. See the inside of the art-deco Ardis Krainik Theatre, enjoy an up-close-and-personal view of the orchestra pit where the acclaimed Lyric Orchestra plays, and then journey on to backstage destinations where you’ll learn about the vast array of skilled professionals who bring operatic stagecraft to life. Tours start and end in the Lyric Opera House Rice Grand Foyer!
 

Learn More →

$15

Chicago Architecture Biennial

Sep 16 - Jan 7

Chicago Cultural Center →

The second edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) is the largest architecture and design exhibition in North America, showcasing the transformative global impact of creativity and innovation in these fields. This year’s Biennial features over 141 practitioners from more than 20 countries addressing the 2017 theme “Make New History.” Artistic Directors Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee have selected architects and artists whose eye-opening creations will invite the public to explore how the latest architecture can and will make new history in places around the world.CAB is hosted by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events at the historic Chicago Cultural Center. The Biennial is also a city-wide platform that serves citizens and invites visitors to explore Chicago.

Learn More →

FREE

Yasmina’s Necklace

Oct 20 - Nov 19

The Goodman Theatre →

Newly arrived in Chicago from her homeland, Iraqi artist Yasmina has hardened herself to the possibility of finding happiness. But when she meets Sam, a man with his own emotional setbacks, what had seemed unthinkable becomes tantalizingly real. Chicago-based artists playwright Rohina Malik and director Ann Filmer reunite for the downtown debut of Yasmina’s Necklace, following its critically-acclaimed world premiere at 16th Street Theater last year.

Learn More →

HEY! PLAY! Games in Modern Culture

Oct 20 - Feb 17

Chicago Design Museum →

Games are a rich, dynamic medium that live in consoles and controllers as much as they do our own bodies, minds, and social relationships. The gaming industry is worth more than $100 billion and stretches far beyond what we typically see. Artists and designers are creating games about personal challenges, games that facilitate spiritual awakening, and games that challenge, edify, and critique our societies and cultures. This exhibition will showcase a cross-section of compelling examples from this diverse medium and demonstrate that at heart, we are all gamers.

Learn More →

FREE

Captured Stories: American Writers Through the Lens of Art Shay

Oct 27 - Mar 31

American Writers Museum →

For some 70 years, Art Shay’s photos recorded the bombast and energy of postwar America, finding unique angles on the moments and personalities for magazines such as Life, Time, Ebony and Sports Illustrated. But Shay started as a reporter and his photos of writers, especially of his friend Nelson Algren, are among his most intimate and revealing. Captured Stories brings together Shay’s photos of American writers of all kinds, from a weary Ernest Hemingway and the bracing clarity of Gwendolyn Brooks to George Plimpton fresh off a trapeze, along with a special section devoted to his landmark images of Algren.

Special exhibit free with museum admission. Tickets are $12 for Adults, $8 for seniors and students, and free for children 12 and under. Museum hours are Tuesday - Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thursdays 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Learn More →

FREE with museum admission

Rookery Light Court Tour with Frank Lloyd Wright Trust

Oct 31 - Oct 31

The Rookery →

Take a 30 minute guided tour of one of Chicago's most iconic architectural treasures! 

Set in the heart of Chicago’s financial district, Daniel Burnham and John Root’s 1888 Rookery Building is a Chicago landmark, containing one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most dramatic interior compositions – a luminous and brilliantly articulated central light court. In 1905, Wright was commissioned to remodel the Rookery light court and lobbies. He realized a stunning balance between Burnham & Root’s ornamental ironwork and his own vision to create a spectacular environment. 

Learn More →

$10 adults, $8 students, seniors (65+), and military.

School of Rock

Nov 1 - Nov 19

Cadillac Palace Theatre  →

Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage. Vanity Fair raves, “FISTS OF ALL AGES SHALL BE PUMPING!”

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Die Walküre

Nov 1 - Nov 30

Lyric Opera of Chicago →

After the triumph of Das Rheingold in 2016/17, Lyric continues the thrilling journey through Wagner’s monumental Ring cycle with Die Walküre. This is the most deeply moving and romantic of all the Ring operas. Its riveting, devastating drama involves complex relationships between brother and sister, husband and wife, father and daughter.

Die Walküre is sung in German with projected English translations. 
 

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The Magic Parlour

Nov 1 - Jul 28

Palmer House Hilton Chicago →

An intimate evening of classic magic with Houdini himself, in the historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel. Award-winning, third-generation magician Dennis Watkins delivers an evening of sophisticated tom-foolery in one of the Windy City's most unique entertainment experiences. Experience the premier magic show in Chicago, featuring mystifying feats of prestidigitation, sleight of hand, mentalism, and more. The Magic Parlour is replete with mind-blowing magic and mind reading in an intimate suite at the historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel.

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The Marquee Tour at Chicago Theatre

Nov 1 - Jan 1

The Chicago Theatre →

Go on a history-filled journey, from the inception of this majestic venue in 1921, all the way to its present-day incarnation as a premiere entertainment venue. The Marquee Tour encompasses historical and architectural highlights of the building, including the grand lobby, sweeping staircase and majestic auditorium. Tour guests have the chance to stand on the famous Chicago Theatre stage, plus view artist signatures on the dressing room walls, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Dolly Parton and so many more!*

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$12

Bill Walker: Urban Griot

Nov 5 - Apr 8

Experience the masterful drawings and paintings of Bill Walker, one of the forefathers of Chicago’s mural movement. The exhibition presents rare works on paper from the 1970s and 80s. Highlighting the deeply passionate and often biting social commentary of this influential artist, Bill Walker: Urban Griot is the first of many programs included in Art Design Chicago, a yearlong celebration of Chicago’s art and design legacy.

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FREE

Art Design Chicago

Nov 5 - Dec 31

Art Design Chicago is a spirited celebration of the unique and vital role Chicago plays as America’s crossroads of art and design, creativity, and commerce. Throughout 2018, explore Chicago’s art and design legacy with this dynamic convergence of more than 25 exhibitions and over 100 public programs across Chicago and beyond. Together, they tell the stories of the artists and designers that defined and continue to propel Chicago’s role as a hub of imagination and impact. Art Design Chicago runs from November 5, 2017 through December 31, 2018. 

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FREE

Escape to Margaritaville

Nov 9 - Dec 2

Oriental Theatre →

ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE is the musical comedy featuring both original songs and your most-loved JIMMY BUFFETT classics, including "Come Monday," "Volcano," "Cheeseburger in Paradise" and many more. With a book by Emmy® Award winner GREG GARCIA ("My Name is Earl," "Raising Hope") and Emmy®nominee MIKE O’MALLEY ("Survivor’s Remorse," "Shameless"), this electrifying new production is choreographed by Tony Award® nominee KELLY DEVINE (Come From Away, Rock of Ages) and directed by Tony Award® winner CHRISTOPHER ASHLEY (Come From Away, Memphis).

Now playing through December 2!

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Tickets as low as $33

Wild Boar– The US Premiere

Nov 9 - Dec 17

Silk Road Rising →

A gripping investigation of journalistic integrity, city planning, and social conscience, Wild Boar is a new play from one of Hong Kong’s most acclaimed playwrights. When a controversial professor goes missing, an editor and his student band together to publicize the truth. Old flames spark and friendships are tested in the U.S. premiere of this turbulent thriller about media manipulation, fake news, and who gets to speak for the poor.

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$35 for adults $17.50 for students.

Christkindlmarket

Nov 17 - Dec 24

Daley Plaza →

Christkindlmarket Chicago is an annual, free outdoor holiday market featuring vendors from around the world who display hand-crafted ornaments, toys and unique holiday gifts as well as traditional German foods, sweets and beverages

Learn More →

FREE

McCormick Tribune Ice Skating Rink

Nov 17 - Mar 4

Millennium Park →

Enjoy free ice skating daily, weather permitting, on a 15,910 sq. ft. rink in beautiful Millennium Park! Skate rental is available for $12 (includes tax).

Photo Credit: Adam Alexander Photography for Choose Chicago

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Free

Skating Ribbon at Maggie Daley Park

Nov 17 - Mar 4

Maggie Daley Park →

In the heart of downtown Chicago, with the City’s skyline as a backdrop, a ribbon of ice winds through a rolling landscape providing an ice skating experience unlike any other. The skating ribbon is dramatically different from typical civic ice rinks, creating a multisensory activity that is integrated into the landscape. Skaters can experience “alpine in the city” as they lace up their ice skates and follow a path twice the length of a lap around a traditional skating rink. Complementing the ribbon are places to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and rent skates.

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FREE + Skate Rental Fee

40th Anniversary of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Nov 18 - Dec 31

The Goodman Theatre →

Share the joy and holiday magic as Goodman Theatre celebrates 40 years of A Christmas Carol in Chicago! This heartwarming tradition dazzles with glorious music and spectacular stagecraft — enchanting audiences with Scrooge’s discovery of kindness and compassion. After four decades and 1.5 million visitors, A Christmas Carol remains “the crown jewel of the holiday season” (Daily Herald) and “the best show to get at the true meaning of Christmas” (The Daily Southtown).

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$40—$100+

Laura Ingalls Wilder: From Prairie to Page

Nov 18 - Feb 1

American Writers Museum →

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s lifetime of writing shaped her Little House series, which has had broad and lasting impact on American literature and culture.Laura Ingalls Wilder’s lifelong relationship with language and writing led to the novels that made her a household name. The nine books that make up the Little House series tell the semi-autobiographical narrative of the author’s pioneer family as they continuously moved through the midwestern prairie during the 1860s-1880s. The education, both formal and informal, young Laura Ingalls received, shaped the style of her writing, subject matter, and values embedded in them. The popularity of the novels shaped popular American understanding of the time period, but often obscured the real woman behind the books.

Special exhibit free with museum admission. Tickets are $12 for Adults, $8 for seniors and students, and free for children 12 and under. Museum hours are Tuesday - Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thursdays 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

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FREE with museum admission

The Pearl Fishers

Nov 19 - Dec 10

Lyric Opera of Chicago →

For sheer transcendent beauty, Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers has few rivals in the entire repertoire. The opera’s famed duet for tenor and baritone is a soaring melody that has turned countless opera newcomers into ecstatic fans. Bizet (who composed this work 12 years before Carmen) transports us to Ceylon, where two devoted friends find themselves in love with the same woman, an entrancingly beautiful priestess, Leïla.

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Irving Berlin's White Christmas

Nov 21 - Dec 3

Cadillac Palace Theatre  →

This holiday season discover the perfect gift for everyone on your list! Start with a timeless tale of joy and goodwill, fill it with classic Irving Berlin songs, top it off with glorious dancing and lots of snow and head on over to the Cadillac Palace Theatre to see IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS. Performances begin November 21st, for this must-see classic in a lavish new production that the New York Times says to “put on your wish list.”

IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS tells the story of a song-and-dance team putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and falling for a stunning sister act in the process. Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written! Give everyone the gift they’re dreaming of with this merry and bright holiday musical.

Photo Credit: (L-R) Kelly Sheehan, Jeremy Benton, Sean Montgomery, Kerry Conte, IBWC 2016 National Tour Company. Jeremy Daniel Photography, 2016

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Tickets start at $18

ZooLights

Nov 24 - Jan 7  4:30pm - 9:30pm

Lincoln Park Zoo →

This fun, free, family-oriented holiday celebration, features luminous displays and holiday-season activities throughout zoo grounds.

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FREE

Holiday Lights Tour with Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co.

Nov 25 - Dec 23

Chicago Trolley Holiday Lights Tour →

Experience the magic of the holidays with Chicago's most spectacular light displays at the city's most popular destinations. A FREE holiday cupcale from Sprinkles awaits all tour riders. Our treat! Stops on our tour will include the Christkindl Market and Lincoln Park Zoo Lights. 

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$29 for an Adult, $18 for our Kid's ticket (ages 5-15).

Spot the Brat in the Bar

Nov 27 - Dec 22  3:00pm - 8:00pm

The Berghoff Restaurant →

For our After-work crowd, we will have a ‘Spot the Brat in the Bar’, from 3-8pm Monday thru Friday. If you find our hidden Brat, you snap a photo (without giving away the location) and tag #spotthebrat #berghofftraditions, you will receive a complimentary mini brat. *bar only. 

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FREE

Dec

Hamilton

Jun 1 - Apr 29

CIBC Theatre →

HAMILTON is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, told by America now. 

Now On Sale through April 29, 2018!

Photo Credit: HAMILTON Company – HAMILTON –© Joan Marcus, 2016

Learn More →

Tickets as low as $65

Caroling at Cloud Gate

Fri Dec 1  6pm - 7pm

Cloud Gate →

Bundle up and get ready to belt out some holiday classics at these festive events that are part concert, part sing-along as local Chicago choral groups lead hundreds of celebrants in song.

Photo Credit: Choose Chicago

Learn More →

FREE

#TheShow at Carnivale

Fri Dec 1  8:30pm

Carnivale, the global Latin-fusion restaurant, recently named as one of OpenTable's Top 10 Hot Spots in America, will add to the visual stimulation of its renowned whimsical decor with various late night arts performances every Friday in December and January.  "#TheShow" will feature episodic live entertainment such as aerialist, musicians, and parades of cotton candy, as well as curated live music from well-known guest DJS. 

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Broadway In Chicago Theatre Tour

Sat Dec 2  11am

CIBC Theatre →

Broadway In Chicago offers a public tour of their theatres every Saturday at 11 am.

This tour will visit the Cadillac Palace and the CIBC Theatre. Tour begins at CIBC Theatre. The tour showcases the glittering vintage décor inspired by the foremost theatre designers of our time, who created through their designs in the French Renaissance styling. You will also learn about the cutting edge technology that makes each theatre the home to today’s most complex theatrical productions and the recent restorations that brought beauty and elegance back to these century-old theatres.

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$15

Bottomless Brunch at AceBounce

Sat Dec 2  12-2pm

AceBounce →

An original menu designed by Chef Rick Gresh served tableside on rolling carts, so you can smash some ping pong balls and nibble from the ‘American Dim Sum’ bites in between sips of the bottomless mimosas or spice it up at the DIY Bloody Mary bar. Plus, AceBounce's very own Games Gurus will be organizing hilarious games for groups around the tables. 

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$39

Holidays in the Big Woods

Sun Dec 3  1pm - 3pm

American Writers Museum →

Enjoy a Laura Ingalls Wilder winter with 19th Century children's crafts, live fiddle music and American Writers Museum’s new exhibit about Laura the writer. Bring a book to donate to Bernie's Book Bank and receive 10 percent off admission.

Free with museum admission. Tickets are $12 for Adults, $8 for seniors and students, and free for children 12 and under. Museum hours are Tuesday - Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thursdays 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

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FREE with museum admission

Dance-Along Nutcracker®

Sun Dec 3  12pm-3pm

Chicago Cultural Center →

Sugarplum fairies and mouse kings of all ages and abilities are invited to point their toes to the familiar music of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic with Ballet Chicago at this FREE event.

11am and 2pm: Members of Ballet Chicago will teach basic ballet positions and movements at an optional lesson.

Noon and 3pm: Dancers of all ages and abilities are invited to join the dancers of Ballet Chicago, an internationally recognized professional track school of ballet that strives to make classical ballet training accessible to all.

Music for the Dance-Along Nutcracker® is provided by the Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band. The Lakeside Pride Music Ensemble is Chicago’s premier family of performance groups for members and friends of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community through its four major music groups – Freedom Marching Band, shh…OUT! Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra.

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FREE

Holiday Choirs at the Art Institute of Chicago

Dec 4 - Dec 8  11:30pm - 12:00pm

The Art Institute of Chicago →

Local high school choirs fill the museum with songs of the season on the Woman's Board Grand Staircase.

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Free with museum admission

Theatre Tag (German for “Theatre Day”)

Tue Dec 5  12:30pm

Christkindlmarket Chicago →

Get into the holiday spirit with some of Chicago’s 250 theatres at Christkindlmarket Chicago's Theatre Day! This year's “Theatre Tag” (pronounced 'Tay-ah-ter Tuhg' in German) will feature several short segments of holiday productions from around the city.

Beginning at 12:30pm, stop by in the afternoon and enjoy FREE performances by:

  • Erasing the Distance: The Holidays Unwrapped
  • Broadway In Chicago: Gobsmacked!
  • Stage 773: The Cupid Players
  • Chicago Opera Theater: Opera in the Plaza
  • Ghostlight Ensemble: Nutcracker Nightmare
  • Midsommer Flight: Twelfth Night
  • Other Theatre: Barney the Elf
  • Auditorium Theatre: Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah
  • Stage 773: Tony 'n Tina's Wedding

*performances are subject to change

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FREE

Holidays in the Big Woods

Thu Dec 7  1pm - 3pm

American Writers Museum →

Enjoy a Laura Ingalls Wilder winter with 19th Century children's crafts, live fiddle music and American Writers Museum’s new exhibit about Laura the writer. Bring a book to donate to Bernie's Book Bank and receive 10 percent off admission.

Free with museum admission. Tickets are $12 for Adults, $8 for seniors and students, and free for children 12 and under. Museum hours are Tuesday - Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thursdays 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

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FREE with museum admission

Caroling at Cloud Gate

Fri Dec 8  6pm - 7pm

Cloud Gate →

Bundle up and get ready to belt out some holiday classics at these festive events that are part concert, part sing-along as local Chicago choral groups lead hundreds of celebrants in song.

Photo Credit: Choose Chicago

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FREE

#TheShow at Carnivale

Fri Dec 8  8:30pm

Carnivale, the global Latin-fusion restaurant, recently named as one of OpenTable's Top 10 Hot Spots in America, will add to the visual stimulation of its renowned whimsical decor with various late night arts performances every Friday in December and January.  "#TheShow" will feature episodic live entertainment such as aerialist, musicians, and parades of cotton candy, as well as curated live music from well-known guest DJS. 

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Ugly Sweater Skate

Sat Dec 9  10am - 10pm

Maggie Daley Park →

Wear your holiday finest to the Skating Ribbon on Saturday, December 9th and enter onsite to win some awesome raffle prizes!

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FREE + Skate Rental Fee

Broadway In Chicago Theatre Tour

Sat Dec 9  11am

Oriental Theatre →

Broadway In Chicago offers a public tour of our theatres every Saturday at 11 am. This tour visits the Oriental Theatre and the Cadillac Palace Theatre. The tour showcases the glittering vintage décor inspired by the foremost theatre designers of our time, who created through their designs in the French Renaissance styling. You will also learn about the cutting edge technology that makes each theatre the home to today’s most complex theatrical productions and the recent restorations that brought beauty and elegance back to these century-old theatres.

Learn More →

$15

Bottomless Brunch at AceBounce

Sat Dec 9  12-2pm

AceBounce →

An original menu designed by Chef Rick Gresh served tableside on rolling carts, so you can smash some ping pong balls and nibble from the ‘American Dim Sum’ bites in between sips of the bottomless mimosas or spice it up at the DIY Bloody Mary bar. Plus, AceBounce's very own Games Gurus will be organizing hilarious games for groups around the tables. 

Learn More →

$39

Holidays in the Big Woods

Sun Dec 10  1pm - 3pm

American Writers Museum →

Enjoy a Laura Ingalls Wilder winter with 19th Century children's crafts, live fiddle music and American Writers Museum’s new exhibit about Laura the writer. Bring a book to donate to Bernie's Book Bank and receive 10 percent off admission.

Free with museum admission. Tickets are $12 for Adults, $8 for seniors and students, and free for children 12 and under. Museum hours are Tuesday - Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thursdays 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

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FREE with museum admission

36th Annual Holiday Treasure Hunt and Tea Party

Sun Dec 10  10:45am - 2:30pm

The Art Institute of Chicago →

Learn about select works and enjoy an array of fun activities as you visit five stops within the museum’s galleries and the Ryan Learning Center. After this lively expedition, stop by the historic Stock Exchange Trading Room for a Tea Party featuring delicious refreshments and live entertainment.

Photo Credit: Robert Kusel

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Backstage Tours at Lyric Opera

Thu Dec 14  10am

Lyric Opera of Chicago →

Lyric Opera of Chicago invites you to experience the Lyric Opera House beyond the footlights with backstage tours! 

From the moment you enter the beautiful and impressive foyer, you’ll be in for a special, one-hour experience with an engaging Lyric docent who will give you behind-the-scenes insights into the vibrant world of grand opera. See the inside of the art-deco Ardis Krainik Theatre, enjoy an up-close-and-personal view of the orchestra pit where the acclaimed Lyric Orchestra plays, and then journey on to backstage destinations where you’ll learn about the vast array of skilled professionals who bring operatic stagecraft to life. Tours start and end in the Lyric Opera House Rice Grand Foyer!
 

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$15

Caroling at Cloud Gate

Fri Dec 15  6pm - 7pm

Cloud Gate →

Bundle up and get ready to belt out some holiday classics at these festive events that are part concert, part sing-along as local Chicago choral groups lead hundreds of celebrants in song.

Photo Credit: Choose Chicago

Learn More →

FREE

#TheShow at Carnivale

Fri Dec 15  8:30pm

Carnivale, the global Latin-fusion restaurant, recently named as one of OpenTable's Top 10 Hot Spots in America, will add to the visual stimulation of its renowned whimsical decor with various late night arts performances every Friday in December and January.  "#TheShow" will feature episodic live entertainment such as aerialist, musicians, and parades of cotton candy, as well as curated live music from well-known guest DJS. 

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Skate with Santa

Sat Dec 16  10am - 12pm

Maggie Daley Park →

Come out to skate with Santa and enjoy our winter wonderland in our concession area filled with holiday craft, photo area, and fun filled activities. Please bring your skates or come early to rent skates at Maggie Daley fieldhouse.

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FREE + Skate Rental Fee

Decorate Your Own Gingerbread House

Sat Dec 16  11:00am - 1:30pm

The Art Institute of Chicago →

Create an edible dream home with your family while listening to classic holiday tunes. Gingerbread kits, frosting, and decorating candy are included.

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Family of four: $55 members, $70 nonmembers

Broadway In Chicago Theatre Tour

Sat Dec 16  11am

CIBC Theatre →

Broadway In Chicago offers a public tour of our theatres every Saturday at 11 am. This tour visits the Oriental Theatre and the CIBC Theatre. Please meet at the CIBC Theatre. The tour showcases the glittering vintage décor inspired by the foremost theatre designers of our time, who created through their designs in the French Renaissance styling. You will also learn about the cutting edge technology that makes each theatre the home to today’s most complex theatrical productions and the recent restorations that brought beauty and elegance back to these century-old theatres.

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$15

Bottomless Brunch at AceBounce

Sat Dec 16  12-2pm

AceBounce →

An original menu designed by Chef Rick Gresh served tableside on rolling carts, so you can smash some ping pong balls and nibble from the ‘American Dim Sum’ bites in between sips of the bottomless mimosas or spice it up at the DIY Bloody Mary bar. Plus, AceBounce's very own Games Gurus will be organizing hilarious games for groups around the tables. 

Learn More →

$39

Backstage Tours at Lyric Opera

Sun Dec 17  10am

Lyric Opera of Chicago →

Lyric Opera of Chicago invites you to experience the Lyric Opera House beyond the footlights with backstage tours! 

From the moment you enter the beautiful and impressive foyer, you’ll be in for a special, one-hour experience with an engaging Lyric docent who will give you behind-the-scenes insights into the vibrant world of grand opera. See the inside of the art-deco Ardis Krainik Theatre, enjoy an up-close-and-personal view of the orchestra pit where the acclaimed Lyric Orchestra plays, and then journey on to backstage destinations where you’ll learn about the vast array of skilled professionals who bring operatic stagecraft to life. Tours start and end in the Lyric Opera House Rice Grand Foyer!
 

Learn More →

$15

#TheShow at Carnivale

Fri Dec 22  8:30pm

Carnivale, the global Latin-fusion restaurant, recently named as one of OpenTable's Top 10 Hot Spots in America, will add to the visual stimulation of its renowned whimsical decor with various late night arts performances every Friday in December and January.  "#TheShow" will feature episodic live entertainment such as aerialist, musicians, and parades of cotton candy, as well as curated live music from well-known guest DJS. 

Learn More →

Broadway In Chicago Theatre Tour

Sat Dec 23  11am

Cadillac Palace Theatre  →

Broadway In Chicago offers a public tour of our theatres every Saturday at 11 am. This tour will visit the Cadillac Palace and the CIBC Theatre. Please meet at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. The tour showcases the glittering vintage décor inspired by the foremost theatre designers of our time, who created through their designs in the French Renaissance styling. You will also learn about the cutting edge technology that makes each theatre the home to today’s most complex theatrical productions and the recent restorations that brought beauty and elegance back to these century-old theatres.

Learn More →

$15

Bottomless Brunch at AceBounce

Sat Dec 23  12-2pm

AceBounce →

An original menu designed by Chef Rick Gresh served tableside on rolling carts, so you can smash some ping pong balls and nibble from the ‘American Dim Sum’ bites in between sips of the bottomless mimosas or spice it up at the DIY Bloody Mary bar. Plus, AceBounce's very own Games Gurus will be organizing hilarious games for groups around the tables. 

Learn More →

$39

#TheShow at Carnivale

Fri Dec 29  8:30pm

Carnivale, the global Latin-fusion restaurant, recently named as one of OpenTable's Top 10 Hot Spots in America, will add to the visual stimulation of its renowned whimsical decor with various late night arts performances every Friday in December and January.  "#TheShow" will feature episodic live entertainment such as aerialist, musicians, and parades of cotton candy, as well as curated live music from well-known guest DJS. 

Learn More →

Broadway In Chicago Theatre Tour

Sat Dec 30  11am

Oriental Theatre →

Broadway In Chicago offers a public tour of our theatres every Saturday at 11 am. This tour will visit the Oriental Theatre and the Cadillac Palace Theatre.  Please meet at the Oriental Theatre. The tour showcases the glittering vintage décor inspired by the foremost theatre designers of our time, who created through their designs in the French Renaissance styling. You will also learn about the cutting edge technology that makes each theatre the home to today’s most complex theatrical productions and the recent restorations that brought beauty and elegance back to these century-old theatres.

Learn More →

$15

Bottomless Brunch at AceBounce

Sat Dec 30  12-2pm

AceBounce →

An original menu designed by Chef Rick Gresh served tableside on rolling carts, so you can smash some ping pong balls and nibble from the ‘American Dim Sum’ bites in between sips of the bottomless mimosas or spice it up at the DIY Bloody Mary bar. Plus, AceBounce's very own Games Gurus will be organizing hilarious games for groups around the tables. 

Learn More →

$39

NYE with Frank Catalano at Formento's

Sun Dec 31  10pm - 1am

Formento's →

What promises to be a celebratory night of fantastic music, dancing and libations, the party will take place in Formento’s second floor loft space overlooking the West Loop. Frank Catalano and his band will be debuting their new jazztronica compositions, exploring the fusion of jazz and electronic beats. Catalano and his band/DJ will play two sets from 10:00pm until 1:00am. Tickets also include passed bites and a complimentary midnight champagne toast. 

Catalano has had a long career in jazz, with numerous Billboard and iTunes Jazz top hits, and has collaborated and toured with Santana, Jimmy Chamberlin and Tony Bennett, among many others. Catalano has also been featured on 3 Grammy-winning and 11 Grammy-nominated recordings. 

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$50

Chicago Architecture Biennial

Sep 16 - Jan 7

Chicago Cultural Center →

The second edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) is the largest architecture and design exhibition in North America, showcasing the transformative global impact of creativity and innovation in these fields. This year’s Biennial features over 141 practitioners from more than 20 countries addressing the 2017 theme “Make New History.” Artistic Directors Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee have selected architects and artists whose eye-opening creations will invite the public to explore how the latest architecture can and will make new history in places around the world.CAB is hosted by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events at the historic Chicago Cultural Center. The Biennial is also a city-wide platform that serves citizens and invites visitors to explore Chicago.

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FREE

HEY! PLAY! Games in Modern Culture

Oct 20 - Feb 17

Chicago Design Museum →

Games are a rich, dynamic medium that live in consoles and controllers as much as they do our own bodies, minds, and social relationships. The gaming industry is worth more than $100 billion and stretches far beyond what we typically see. Artists and designers are creating games about personal challenges, games that facilitate spiritual awakening, and games that challenge, edify, and critique our societies and cultures. This exhibition will showcase a cross-section of compelling examples from this diverse medium and demonstrate that at heart, we are all gamers.

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FREE

Captured Stories: American Writers Through the Lens of Art Shay

Oct 27 - Mar 31

American Writers Museum →

For some 70 years, Art Shay’s photos recorded the bombast and energy of postwar America, finding unique angles on the moments and personalities for magazines such as Life, Time, Ebony and Sports Illustrated. But Shay started as a reporter and his photos of writers, especially of his friend Nelson Algren, are among his most intimate and revealing. Captured Stories brings together Shay’s photos of American writers of all kinds, from a weary Ernest Hemingway and the bracing clarity of Gwendolyn Brooks to George Plimpton fresh off a trapeze, along with a special section devoted to his landmark images of Algren.

Special exhibit free with museum admission. Tickets are $12 for Adults, $8 for seniors and students, and free for children 12 and under. Museum hours are Tuesday - Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thursdays 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

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FREE with museum admission

Rookery Light Court Tour with Frank Lloyd Wright Trust

Oct 31 - Oct 31

The Rookery →

Take a 30 minute guided tour of one of Chicago's most iconic architectural treasures! 

Set in the heart of Chicago’s financial district, Daniel Burnham and John Root’s 1888 Rookery Building is a Chicago landmark, containing one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most dramatic interior compositions – a luminous and brilliantly articulated central light court. In 1905, Wright was commissioned to remodel the Rookery light court and lobbies. He realized a stunning balance between Burnham & Root’s ornamental ironwork and his own vision to create a spectacular environment. 

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$10 adults, $8 students, seniors (65+), and military.

The Magic Parlour

Nov 1 - Jul 28

Palmer House Hilton Chicago →

An intimate evening of classic magic with Houdini himself, in the historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel. Award-winning, third-generation magician Dennis Watkins delivers an evening of sophisticated tom-foolery in one of the Windy City's most unique entertainment experiences. Experience the premier magic show in Chicago, featuring mystifying feats of prestidigitation, sleight of hand, mentalism, and more. The Magic Parlour is replete with mind-blowing magic and mind reading in an intimate suite at the historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel.

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The Marquee Tour at Chicago Theatre

Nov 1 - Jan 1

The Chicago Theatre →

Go on a history-filled journey, from the inception of this majestic venue in 1921, all the way to its present-day incarnation as a premiere entertainment venue. The Marquee Tour encompasses historical and architectural highlights of the building, including the grand lobby, sweeping staircase and majestic auditorium. Tour guests have the chance to stand on the famous Chicago Theatre stage, plus view artist signatures on the dressing room walls, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Dolly Parton and so many more!*

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$12

Bill Walker: Urban Griot

Nov 5 - Apr 8

Experience the masterful drawings and paintings of Bill Walker, one of the forefathers of Chicago’s mural movement. The exhibition presents rare works on paper from the 1970s and 80s. Highlighting the deeply passionate and often biting social commentary of this influential artist, Bill Walker: Urban Griot is the first of many programs included in Art Design Chicago, a yearlong celebration of Chicago’s art and design legacy.

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FREE

Art Design Chicago

Nov 5 - Dec 31

Art Design Chicago is a spirited celebration of the unique and vital role Chicago plays as America’s crossroads of art and design, creativity, and commerce. Throughout 2018, explore Chicago’s art and design legacy with this dynamic convergence of more than 25 exhibitions and over 100 public programs across Chicago and beyond. Together, they tell the stories of the artists and designers that defined and continue to propel Chicago’s role as a hub of imagination and impact. Art Design Chicago runs from November 5, 2017 through December 31, 2018. 

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FREE

Escape to Margaritaville

Nov 9 - Dec 2

Oriental Theatre →

ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE is the musical comedy featuring both original songs and your most-loved JIMMY BUFFETT classics, including "Come Monday," "Volcano," "Cheeseburger in Paradise" and many more. With a book by Emmy® Award winner GREG GARCIA ("My Name is Earl," "Raising Hope") and Emmy®nominee MIKE O’MALLEY ("Survivor’s Remorse," "Shameless"), this electrifying new production is choreographed by Tony Award® nominee KELLY DEVINE (Come From Away, Rock of Ages) and directed by Tony Award® winner CHRISTOPHER ASHLEY (Come From Away, Memphis).

Now playing through December 2!

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Tickets as low as $33

Wild Boar– The US Premiere

Nov 9 - Dec 17

Silk Road Rising →

A gripping investigation of journalistic integrity, city planning, and social conscience, Wild Boar is a new play from one of Hong Kong’s most acclaimed playwrights. When a controversial professor goes missing, an editor and his student band together to publicize the truth. Old flames spark and friendships are tested in the U.S. premiere of this turbulent thriller about media manipulation, fake news, and who gets to speak for the poor.

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$35 for adults $17.50 for students.

Christkindlmarket

Nov 17 - Dec 24

Daley Plaza →

Christkindlmarket Chicago is an annual, free outdoor holiday market featuring vendors from around the world who display hand-crafted ornaments, toys and unique holiday gifts as well as traditional German foods, sweets and beverages

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FREE

McCormick Tribune Ice Skating Rink

Nov 17 - Mar 4

Millennium Park →

Enjoy free ice skating daily, weather permitting, on a 15,910 sq. ft. rink in beautiful Millennium Park! Skate rental is available for $12 (includes tax).

Photo Credit: Adam Alexander Photography for Choose Chicago

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Free

Skating Ribbon at Maggie Daley Park

Nov 17 - Mar 4

Maggie Daley Park →

In the heart of downtown Chicago, with the City’s skyline as a backdrop, a ribbon of ice winds through a rolling landscape providing an ice skating experience unlike any other. The skating ribbon is dramatically different from typical civic ice rinks, creating a multisensory activity that is integrated into the landscape. Skaters can experience “alpine in the city” as they lace up their ice skates and follow a path twice the length of a lap around a traditional skating rink. Complementing the ribbon are places to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and rent skates.

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FREE + Skate Rental Fee

40th Anniversary of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Nov 18 - Dec 31

The Goodman Theatre →

Share the joy and holiday magic as Goodman Theatre celebrates 40 years of A Christmas Carol in Chicago! This heartwarming tradition dazzles with glorious music and spectacular stagecraft — enchanting audiences with Scrooge’s discovery of kindness and compassion. After four decades and 1.5 million visitors, A Christmas Carol remains “the crown jewel of the holiday season” (Daily Herald) and “the best show to get at the true meaning of Christmas” (The Daily Southtown).

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$40—$100+

Laura Ingalls Wilder: From Prairie to Page

Nov 18 - Feb 1

American Writers Museum →

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s lifetime of writing shaped her Little House series, which has had broad and lasting impact on American literature and culture.Laura Ingalls Wilder’s lifelong relationship with language and writing led to the novels that made her a household name. The nine books that make up the Little House series tell the semi-autobiographical narrative of the author’s pioneer family as they continuously moved through the midwestern prairie during the 1860s-1880s. The education, both formal and informal, young Laura Ingalls received, shaped the style of her writing, subject matter, and values embedded in them. The popularity of the novels shaped popular American understanding of the time period, but often obscured the real woman behind the books.

Special exhibit free with museum admission. Tickets are $12 for Adults, $8 for seniors and students, and free for children 12 and under. Museum hours are Tuesday - Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thursdays 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

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FREE with museum admission

The Pearl Fishers

Nov 19 - Dec 10

Lyric Opera of Chicago →

For sheer transcendent beauty, Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers has few rivals in the entire repertoire. The opera’s famed duet for tenor and baritone is a soaring melody that has turned countless opera newcomers into ecstatic fans. Bizet (who composed this work 12 years before Carmen) transports us to Ceylon, where two devoted friends find themselves in love with the same woman, an entrancingly beautiful priestess, Leïla.

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Irving Berlin's White Christmas

Nov 21 - Dec 3

Cadillac Palace Theatre  →

This holiday season discover the perfect gift for everyone on your list! Start with a timeless tale of joy and goodwill, fill it with classic Irving Berlin songs, top it off with glorious dancing and lots of snow and head on over to the Cadillac Palace Theatre to see IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS. Performances begin November 21st, for this must-see classic in a lavish new production that the New York Times says to “put on your wish list.”

IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS tells the story of a song-and-dance team putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and falling for a stunning sister act in the process. Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written! Give everyone the gift they’re dreaming of with this merry and bright holiday musical.

Photo Credit: (L-R) Kelly Sheehan, Jeremy Benton, Sean Montgomery, Kerry Conte, IBWC 2016 National Tour Company. Jeremy Daniel Photography, 2016

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Tickets start at $18

ZooLights

Nov 24 - Jan 7  4:30pm - 9:30pm

Lincoln Park Zoo →

This fun, free, family-oriented holiday celebration, features luminous displays and holiday-season activities throughout zoo grounds.

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FREE

Holiday Lights Tour with Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co.

Nov 25 - Dec 23

Chicago Trolley Holiday Lights Tour →

Experience the magic of the holidays with Chicago's most spectacular light displays at the city's most popular destinations. A FREE holiday cupcale from Sprinkles awaits all tour riders. Our treat! Stops on our tour will include the Christkindl Market and Lincoln Park Zoo Lights. 

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$29 for an Adult, $18 for our Kid's ticket (ages 5-15).

Spot the Brat in the Bar

Nov 27 - Dec 22  3:00pm - 8:00pm

The Berghoff Restaurant →

For our After-work crowd, we will have a ‘Spot the Brat in the Bar’, from 3-8pm Monday thru Friday. If you find our hidden Brat, you snap a photo (without giving away the location) and tag #spotthebrat #berghofftraditions, you will receive a complimentary mini brat. *bar only. 

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FREE

Die Weihnachtsgurke

Dec 1 - Dec 24

The Berghoff Restaurant →

Children under the age of 12 are invited to participate in this jovial Bavarian tradition. Find the pickle ornament in our Christmas tree and receive a complimentary rootbeer (and according to tradition, a year of good luck!)

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FREE

Joffrey Ballet’s The Nutcracker

Dec 1 - Dec 30

Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University →

Journey inside Chicago's 1893 World's Fair with Wheeldon's critically acclaimed holiday masterpiece. When young Marie and her mother, a sculptress who is creating the fair's iconic Statue of the Republic, host a holiday party, a surprise visit from the charming Great Impresario sets off a Christmas Eve dream of whirlwind romance and adventure. A must-see tradition boldly reimagined for a new generation.

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Tickets starting at $35

Winter Wonderland

Dec 4 - Mar 1

Godfrey Hotel Chicago →

The 4th floor of the Godfrey Hotel turns into a winter wonderland with snowy white Christmas trees and heated igloos. Free to enter so grab your friends and cozy up in with a cocktail.

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FREE

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

Dec 5 - Jan 28

Cadillac Palace Theatre  →

Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.

Photo Credit: James Clow (“Don Kirshner”), Andrew Brewer (“Gerry Goffin”), Sarah Bockel (“Carole King”), Jacob Heimer (“Barry Mann”) and Sarah Goeke (“Cynthia Weil”).

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Tickets starting at $30

WICKED

Dec 6 - Jan 21

Oriental Theatre →

WICKED, Chicago’s most popular musical, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz… but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another girl, born with emerald-green skin—smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships… until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.”

With a thrilling score that includes the hits “Defying Gravity,” “Popular” and “For Good,” WICKED has been hailed by The New York Times as “the defining musical of the decade.” Time Magazine cheers, “if every musical had the brain, the heart, and the courage of WICKED, Broadway really would be a magical place.”

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Tickets start at $62

Jan

Hamilton

Jun 1 - Apr 29

CIBC Theatre →

HAMILTON is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, told by America now. 

Now On Sale through April 29, 2018!

Photo Credit: HAMILTON Company – HAMILTON –© Joan Marcus, 2016

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Tickets as low as $65

Fire and Ice

Fri Jan 5  4pm - 7pm

Maggie Daley Park →

Come and experience amazing activities with Fire and Ice. Bring your ice skates, or rent them at the fieldhouse, experience frozen art activities and fire crafts, enjoy s’mores and fun!

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FREE + Skate Rental Fee

#TheShow at Carnivale

Fri Jan 5  8:30pm

Carnivale, the global Latin-fusion restaurant, recently named as one of OpenTable's Top 10 Hot Spots in America, will add to the visual stimulation of its renowned whimsical decor with various late night arts performances every Friday in December and January.  "#TheShow" will feature episodic live entertainment such as aerialist, musicians, and parades of cotton candy, as well as curated live music from well-known guest DJS. 

Learn More →

Bottomless Brunch at AceBounce

Sat Jan 6  12-2pm

AceBounce →

An original menu designed by Chef Rick Gresh served tableside on rolling carts, so you can smash some ping pong balls and nibble from the ‘American Dim Sum’ bites in between sips of the bottomless mimosas or spice it up at the DIY Bloody Mary bar. Plus, AceBounce's very own Games Gurus will be organizing hilarious games for groups around the tables. 

Learn More →

$39

#TheShow at Carnivale

Fri Jan 12  8:30pm

Carnivale, the global Latin-fusion restaurant, recently named as one of OpenTable's Top 10 Hot Spots in America, will add to the visual stimulation of its renowned whimsical decor with various late night arts performances every Friday in December and January.  "#TheShow" will feature episodic live entertainment such as aerialist, musicians, and parades of cotton candy, as well as curated live music from well-known guest DJS. 

Learn More →

Bottomless Brunch at AceBounce

Sat Jan 13  12-2pm

AceBounce →

An original menu designed by Chef Rick Gresh served tableside on rolling carts, so you can smash some ping pong balls and nibble from the ‘American Dim Sum’ bites in between sips of the bottomless mimosas or spice it up at the DIY Bloody Mary bar. Plus, AceBounce's very own Games Gurus will be organizing hilarious games for groups around the tables. 

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$39

#TheShow at Carnivale

Fri Jan 19  8:30pm

Carnivale, the global Latin-fusion restaurant, recently named as one of OpenTable's Top 10 Hot Spots in America, will add to the visual stimulation of its renowned whimsical decor with various late night arts performances every Friday in December and January.  "#TheShow" will feature episodic live entertainment such as aerialist, musicians, and parades of cotton candy, as well as curated live music from well-known guest DJS. 

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Bottomless Brunch at AceBounce

Sat Jan 20  12-2pm

AceBounce →

An original menu designed by Chef Rick Gresh served tableside on rolling carts, so you can smash some ping pong balls and nibble from the ‘American Dim Sum’ bites in between sips of the bottomless mimosas or spice it up at the DIY Bloody Mary bar. Plus, AceBounce's very own Games Gurus will be organizing hilarious games for groups around the tables. 

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$39

#TheShow at Carnivale

Fri Jan 26  8:30pm

Carnivale, the global Latin-fusion restaurant, recently named as one of OpenTable's Top 10 Hot Spots in America, will add to the visual stimulation of its renowned whimsical decor with various late night arts performances every Friday in December and January.  "#TheShow" will feature episodic live entertainment such as aerialist, musicians, and parades of cotton candy, as well as curated live music from well-known guest DJS. 

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Bottomless Brunch at AceBounce

Sat Jan 27  12-2pm

AceBounce →

An original menu designed by Chef Rick Gresh served tableside on rolling carts, so you can smash some ping pong balls and nibble from the ‘American Dim Sum’ bites in between sips of the bottomless mimosas or spice it up at the DIY Bloody Mary bar. Plus, AceBounce's very own Games Gurus will be organizing hilarious games for groups around the tables. 

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$39

Chicago Architecture Biennial

Sep 16 - Jan 7

Chicago Cultural Center →

The second edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) is the largest architecture and design exhibition in North America, showcasing the transformative global impact of creativity and innovation in these fields. This year’s Biennial features over 141 practitioners from more than 20 countries addressing the 2017 theme “Make New History.” Artistic Directors Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee have selected architects and artists whose eye-opening creations will invite the public to explore how the latest architecture can and will make new history in places around the world.CAB is hosted by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events at the historic Chicago Cultural Center. The Biennial is also a city-wide platform that serves citizens and invites visitors to explore Chicago.

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FREE

HEY! PLAY! Games in Modern Culture

Oct 20 - Feb 17

Chicago Design Museum →

Games are a rich, dynamic medium that live in consoles and controllers as much as they do our own bodies, minds, and social relationships. The gaming industry is worth more than $100 billion and stretches far beyond what we typically see. Artists and designers are creating games about personal challenges, games that facilitate spiritual awakening, and games that challenge, edify, and critique our societies and cultures. This exhibition will showcase a cross-section of compelling examples from this diverse medium and demonstrate that at heart, we are all gamers.

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FREE

Captured Stories: American Writers Through the Lens of Art Shay

Oct 27 - Mar 31

American Writers Museum →

For some 70 years, Art Shay’s photos recorded the bombast and energy of postwar America, finding unique angles on the moments and personalities for magazines such as Life, Time, Ebony and Sports Illustrated. But Shay started as a reporter and his photos of writers, especially of his friend Nelson Algren, are among his most intimate and revealing. Captured Stories brings together Shay’s photos of American writers of all kinds, from a weary Ernest Hemingway and the bracing clarity of Gwendolyn Brooks to George Plimpton fresh off a trapeze, along with a special section devoted to his landmark images of Algren.

Special exhibit free with museum admission. Tickets are $12 for Adults, $8 for seniors and students, and free for children 12 and under. Museum hours are Tuesday - Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thursdays 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

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FREE with museum admission

Rookery Light Court Tour with Frank Lloyd Wright Trust

Oct 31 - Oct 31

The Rookery →

Take a 30 minute guided tour of one of Chicago's most iconic architectural treasures! 

Set in the heart of Chicago’s financial district, Daniel Burnham and John Root’s 1888 Rookery Building is a Chicago landmark, containing one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most dramatic interior compositions – a luminous and brilliantly articulated central light court. In 1905, Wright was commissioned to remodel the Rookery light court and lobbies. He realized a stunning balance between Burnham & Root’s ornamental ironwork and his own vision to create a spectacular environment. 

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$10 adults, $8 students, seniors (65+), and military.

The Magic Parlour

Nov 1 - Jul 28

Palmer House Hilton Chicago →

An intimate evening of classic magic with Houdini himself, in the historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel. Award-winning, third-generation magician Dennis Watkins delivers an evening of sophisticated tom-foolery in one of the Windy City's most unique entertainment experiences. Experience the premier magic show in Chicago, featuring mystifying feats of prestidigitation, sleight of hand, mentalism, and more. The Magic Parlour is replete with mind-blowing magic and mind reading in an intimate suite at the historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel.

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The Marquee Tour at Chicago Theatre

Nov 1 - Jan 1

The Chicago Theatre →

Go on a history-filled journey, from the inception of this majestic venue in 1921, all the way to its present-day incarnation as a premiere entertainment venue. The Marquee Tour encompasses historical and architectural highlights of the building, including the grand lobby, sweeping staircase and majestic auditorium. Tour guests have the chance to stand on the famous Chicago Theatre stage, plus view artist signatures on the dressing room walls, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Dolly Parton and so many more!*

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$12

Bill Walker: Urban Griot

Nov 5 - Apr 8

Experience the masterful drawings and paintings of Bill Walker, one of the forefathers of Chicago’s mural movement. The exhibition presents rare works on paper from the 1970s and 80s. Highlighting the deeply passionate and often biting social commentary of this influential artist, Bill Walker: Urban Griot is the first of many programs included in Art Design Chicago, a yearlong celebration of Chicago’s art and design legacy.

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FREE

Art Design Chicago

Nov 5 - Dec 31

Art Design Chicago is a spirited celebration of the unique and vital role Chicago plays as America’s crossroads of art and design, creativity, and commerce. Throughout 2018, explore Chicago’s art and design legacy with this dynamic convergence of more than 25 exhibitions and over 100 public programs across Chicago and beyond. Together, they tell the stories of the artists and designers that defined and continue to propel Chicago’s role as a hub of imagination and impact. Art Design Chicago runs from November 5, 2017 through December 31, 2018. 

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FREE

McCormick Tribune Ice Skating Rink

Nov 17 - Mar 4

Millennium Park →

Enjoy free ice skating daily, weather permitting, on a 15,910 sq. ft. rink in beautiful Millennium Park! Skate rental is available for $12 (includes tax).

Photo Credit: Adam Alexander Photography for Choose Chicago

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Free

Skating Ribbon at Maggie Daley Park

Nov 17 - Mar 4

Maggie Daley Park →

In the heart of downtown Chicago, with the City’s skyline as a backdrop, a ribbon of ice winds through a rolling landscape providing an ice skating experience unlike any other. The skating ribbon is dramatically different from typical civic ice rinks, creating a multisensory activity that is integrated into the landscape. Skaters can experience “alpine in the city” as they lace up their ice skates and follow a path twice the length of a lap around a traditional skating rink. Complementing the ribbon are places to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and rent skates.

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FREE + Skate Rental Fee

Laura Ingalls Wilder: From Prairie to Page

Nov 18 - Feb 1

American Writers Museum →

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s lifetime of writing shaped her Little House series, which has had broad and lasting impact on American literature and culture.Laura Ingalls Wilder’s lifelong relationship with language and writing led to the novels that made her a household name. The nine books that make up the Little House series tell the semi-autobiographical narrative of the author’s pioneer family as they continuously moved through the midwestern prairie during the 1860s-1880s. The education, both formal and informal, young Laura Ingalls received, shaped the style of her writing, subject matter, and values embedded in them. The popularity of the novels shaped popular American understanding of the time period, but often obscured the real woman behind the books.

Special exhibit free with museum admission. Tickets are $12 for Adults, $8 for seniors and students, and free for children 12 and under. Museum hours are Tuesday - Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thursdays 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

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FREE with museum admission

ZooLights

Nov 24 - Jan 7  4:30pm - 9:30pm

Lincoln Park Zoo →

This fun, free, family-oriented holiday celebration, features luminous displays and holiday-season activities throughout zoo grounds.

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FREE

Winter Wonderland

Dec 4 - Mar 1

Godfrey Hotel Chicago →

The 4th floor of the Godfrey Hotel turns into a winter wonderland with snowy white Christmas trees and heated igloos. Free to enter so grab your friends and cozy up in with a cocktail.

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FREE

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

Dec 5 - Jan 28

Cadillac Palace Theatre  →

Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.

Photo Credit: James Clow (“Don Kirshner”), Andrew Brewer (“Gerry Goffin”), Sarah Bockel (“Carole King”), Jacob Heimer (“Barry Mann”) and Sarah Goeke (“Cynthia Weil”).

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Tickets starting at $30

WICKED

Dec 6 - Jan 21

Oriental Theatre →

WICKED, Chicago’s most popular musical, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz… but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another girl, born with emerald-green skin—smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships… until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.”

With a thrilling score that includes the hits “Defying Gravity,” “Popular” and “For Good,” WICKED has been hailed by The New York Times as “the defining musical of the decade.” Time Magazine cheers, “if every musical had the brain, the heart, and the courage of WICKED, Broadway really would be a magical place.”

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Tickets start at $62

Barbara Jones-Hogu: Resist, Relate, Unite 1968–1975

Jan 11 - Mar 25

Chicago-based artist Barbara Jones-Hogu was a central figure of the Black Arts Movement and a founding member of the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists (AfriCOBRA). Throughout her career she has worked in painting, printmaking, film, education, and has contributed to major projects including Chicago’s Wall of Respect mural. This is her first solo museum exhibition and features works on paper including woodcuts, etchings, lithographs, and screenprints.

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FREE

Jose Guerrero, Presente: A Memorial Print Portfolio

Jan 11 - Mar 25

Jose Guerrero was an artist who impacted his community through printmaking, mural painting, and activism. He is best known for his work in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, where his studio and workshop operated as a hub for art classes, mural tours, and political organizing. This exhibition features a portfolio of prints created in his memory by 25 Chicago artists, as well as some of Guerrero's own works on paper.

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FREE