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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

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

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FREE

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.

Learn More →

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.

Learn More →

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.

Learn More →

$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

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

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. 

Learn More →

$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.

Learn More →

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.

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.

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.

Learn More →

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!*

Learn More →

$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.

Learn More →

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

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

Learn More →

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.

Learn More →

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.

Learn More →

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.

Learn More →

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.

Learn More →

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”).

Learn More →

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

Learn More →

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!

Learn More →

FREE + Skate Rental Fee

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

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. 

Learn More →

$39

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. 

Learn More →

$39

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. 

Learn More →

$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.

Learn More →

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.

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.

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.

Learn More →

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!*

Learn More →

$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.

Learn More →

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. 

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

Learn More →

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.

Learn More →

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.

Learn More →

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.

Learn More →

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.

Learn More →

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”).

Learn More →

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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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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