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Wright Plus: The Great American Housewalk
Join us for the annual Wright Plus, the internationally renowned Great American Housewalk. The 2016 theme, Wright and His Studio, features rare interior tours of private buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and the architects and designers who worked in Wright’s Oak Park Studio. Your Wright Plus ticket also includes entry to landmark Wright buildings. Celebrate architecture, design, Frank Lloyd Wright’s innovative vision and the talents of his fellow architects in historic Oak Park and River Forest, Illinois. Experience extraordinary living spaces and share an enjoyable day with visitors from around the world.
Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo
See the Lights. Feel the Magic. Continue the Tradition. Chicagoland's largest lights festival surrounds you in the cheer of over 1,000,000 twinkling LED lights, ice carvings, light shows, Santa and Mrs. Claus. You're sure to feel the magic of the holidays! Enjoy a full schedule of nightly music and live entertainment inside the pavilions. Also on the schedule, an amazing magic show, costumed characters, a model railroad display, and the 38 foot Talking Tree. Holiday Magic is from 12/5-12/6, 12-13, 19-20, & 26-31. Regular parking and admission fees apply.
Spring Awakening at the Marriott Theatre
Spring Awakening is a rock musical with music by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by Steven Sater. It is based on the German play Spring Awakening (1891) by Frank Wedekind. Set in late-19th century Germany, the musical tells the story of teenagers discovering the inner and outer tumult of teenage sexuality. In the musical, alternative rock is employed as part of the folk-infused rock score.
Christmas at the Brewery
Annual family friendly holiday celebration featuring horse drawn carriage rides through quaint downtown Flossmoor, and visits with Santa for the children. 4-8PM.
Eagle Watching with Ranger
Join refuge rangers from Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge for a morning of eagle watching. Visit multiple areas at the wildlife refuge that are known for eagles. A personal vehicle will be needed. Attendees are reminded to dress for the weather. Open to all ages. Space is limited, call 618-883-2524 to register in advance. This program will be on December 5th & 19th, January 2nd & 16th, February 6th & 20th, and March 5th & 19th at 9 am to 10 am each day.
Step Back Into a 1950s Christmas Exhibit
Decorated in vintage Christmas, including Gurley Candles, rotating metal Black Forest Green tree. A nostalgic look at Christmas Past. Call or check website to verify dates. By appointment; call about regular hours.
Sister Act at the Marriott Theater
Kicking off the 2016 Season, Sister Act will be a show not to be missed. This divine musical comedy is based on the hit 1992 film. Follow Deloris Van Cartier/Sister Mary Clarence through her journey while taking refuge in a convent.
Brian Regan Live at the Egyptian Theatre
Brian Regan has distinguished himself as one of the premier comedians in the country. Brian’s non-stop theater tour has visited more than 80 cities each year since 2005 and continues through 2015. It is the quality of his material, relatable to a wide audience and revered by his peers, which continues to grow Brian’s fan base. The perfect balance of sophisticated writing and physicality, Brian Regan consistently fills theaters nationwide with fervent fans that span generations. Presented by: Live Nation. Reserved Tickets $43.00. Tickets are on sale now!
BMO Harris Bank Center - Disney on Ice Presents Treasure Trove
Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove sets the gold standard with a magical medley of Disney tales in one jam-packed ice show that commemorates the legacy of Disney animated films. Get tangled up in Disney's 50th animated feature with Rapunzel and Flynn and enter the worlds of your other favorite Disney princesses -Tiana, Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Mulan and of course, the one who started it all, Snow White. Ahoy, Mateys! Set sail with Peter Pan, the always sassy Tinker Bell and the cantankerous Captain Hook and his pirate pals on an adventure beyond NeverLand! Trek the wilds of Africa with Simba, Nala, Pumbaa and Timon as they discover the true meaning of the ‘Circle of Life.' Tick-Tock! Tick-Tock! Don't be late to a very important date with Alice and the Mad Hatter as they march with the Queen of Hearts' Army of Cards. Set a playdate with Woody and Buzz Lightyear because the toys are back in town. Relive magical moments in this ultimate Disney animation celebration coming to Rockford!
It's a Wonderful Life with Zuzu at the Genesee Theatre
Get in the spirit with a screening of America's favorite Holiday Classic, "It's a Wonderful Life" with a special live appearance, Q&A, and stories from Zuzu herself, Karolyn Grimes. Her sparkling personality and her couragious story allows her audiences to feel good about themselves and their lives, no matter the hardship.
Chicago Valentine's Day Dinner Cruise - Spirit of Chicago
What are your Valentine’s Day plans? For the perfect way to enjoy Chicago with your sweetheart, come aboard Spirit for a special Valentine’s Day Cruise. Nothing beats the atmosphere of a night on the water with the city as your backdrop. With a beautiful setting, delicious dinner and dancing, this cruise is Cupid approved! Now get sailing, you lovebirds.
The Peking Acrobats 30th Anniversary Tour at the James Lumber Center
The Peking Acrobats continue to entertain audiences of all ages with their daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs, tick-cycling, precision tumbling and gymnastics. They are guaranteed to keep audiences laughing and smiling as they sit on the edge of their seats!
Coronado Performing Arts Center - Menopause The Musical
Come join our sisterhood! This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for over 10 years! It's the Hilarious Celebration of Women and The Change!®
Man of La Manchal at the Marriott Theatre
Man of La Mancha is a 1964 musical that tells the story of the "mad" knight, Don Quixote, as a play within a play, performed by Cervantes and his fellow prisoners as he awaits a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition. This will be a poignant story of one man's ultimate quest.
Tinley Park Golf Expo
Build your business at Chicago's Newest Consumer Golf Show! Connect with golfers in Chicagoland's most beautiful, recently expanded, state-of-the-art facility. Free Parking; Just north of I-80 on Harlem (IL 43); Easy access to I-294, I-355 & all major expressways.
Allerton Mansion Holiday Open House
Get into the holiday spirit at the Allerton Mansion Holiday Open House. The mansion will be festively decorated for all to see! The weekend will include tours of the mansion, live music, horse and carriage rides and decor from preferred business owners. Bring your last minute shopping list!
Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus Live at the Effingham Performance Center
Based on the best-selling book, this hysterical show will have couples elbowing each other all evening as they see themselves on stage. The show starts at 8 p.m.
Winter Wonderland Festival
Enjoy a horse & carriage ride through the Festival of Lights, great food, shopping, pictures with Santa, cookie decorating, hot chocolate, crafts, a present for every child and so much more.
Easter in the Country
The 35th Annual Easter in the Country will be held at Sandwich schools south of Route 34 on Wells, Lions & Dayton Street. Stop by Sandwich to see beautiful crafts such as painted windows, lighted bottles, pop can jewelry, hair bows, porcelain flowers and handmade baskets. Shuttle service will be provided to each location, no strollers allowed. The $3.00 admission fee benefits the Sandwich School Music Association.
Eagle Watching Open House
Visit Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge to learn about bald eagles and how to watch for them, then venture out to watch for eagles with a refuge ranger. Experienced eagle watchers will be set up with viewing scopes at various locations at the wildlife refuge. Kids crafts will be available at the visitor center. For more information, call 618-883-2524.
Jim Witter's The Piano Man at the James Lumber Center
This “must see” multi-media musical journey through the ‘70s featuring the music of Elton John and Billy Joel should be at the top of any Baby Boomer’s bucket list! Jim’s versatility as an artist has allowed him the opportunity to reach out and share his music and his infectious personality with audiences of all ages across Canada and the United States. His rich powerful voice and ease of manner at the piano, make him a favorite with theatre goers everywhere.
Suzy's Pizza, Bar & Grill
Your place for live music. Casual atmosphere, separate bar area, pool tables, outdoor volleyball courts. "The pizza is divine - sweet tomato sauce, flaky thin crispy crust, lots of gooey cheese with some spices sprinkled on top. Extra cheese is not really necessary because they are plenty generous. It's simply delicious."
New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise - Spirit of Chicago
Spirit of Chicago's 2015 New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise is the most festive and entertaining party in the city. Splash aboard for our dinner buffet, premium open bar, champagne toast at midnight, interactive DJ entertainment and midnight fireworks (weather permitting) provided by Navy Pier. Welcome 2016 on the water!
Minneapolis Guitar Quartet
Through the foursome’s extraordinary abilities, audiences experience performances with beautifully distinct voicing, interwoven clarity of lines and laser-like purity. Minneapolis Guitar Quartet is one of the very few guitar ensembles performing the majority of its repertoire from memory. The MGQ presents original works and commissions as well as its own brilliant arrangements of music.
Special Olympics Illinois Winter Games
State competition for Special Olympics Illinois in alpine skiing, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Kick off the event with opening ceremonies and parade in downtown Galena, Tues. at 5:30 p.m.
Chicago New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner - Mystic Blue
Ring in 2016 with the hottest New Year's Eve celebration on the water! It's all happening aboard Mystic Blue's New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise. With the tastiest treats, a platinum open bar package, a champagne toast at midnight, the best views of Chicago's amazing skyline and a fireworks show from Navy Pier (weather permitting), there's no place else you'll want to be when you say farewell to 2015. The night will end with a half-hour dockside party on our cool and contemporary decks. Trust us, you don't want to miss this! New Year's Eve aboard Mystic Blue will be unforgettable.
Evita at the Marriott Theatre
Evita is a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. It concentrates on the life of Argentine political leader Eva Perón, the second wife of Argentine president Juan Perón. The story follows Evita's early life, rise to power, charity work, and eventual death. Don't miss this great performance at the Marriott Theatre.
Singin' in the Rain at the Marriott Theatre
Singin' in The Rain is based on the 1952 American musical comedy film. It offers a lighthearted depiction of Hollywood in the late '20s, with the three stars portraying performers caught up in the transition from silent films to talkies. This play will offer the audience some splashy old-fashioned fun.
Come learn about the Siberian Husky, the Iditarod, & the sport of mushing, then watch dog sled demos with the Siberian Husky Club of Greater Chicago. Some activities include:“human mushing," snowshoe races, roasting marshmallows, warming tent, pet a husky puppy. Outside vendors & exhibitors include, photos with a sled dog, ice sculpting, food vendors.
Oh Ho Ho Holy Night
An original Christmas comedy musical, featuring songs from some of your favorite Christmas carols. F-Sa 7:30PM; Su 2PM.
Coronado Performing Arts Center - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
One of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel's favorite son. Directed and choreographed by Tony Award®-winner Andy Blankenbuehler, this new production is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colors. The magical musical is full of unforgettable songs, including "Go Go Go Joseph," "Any Dream Will Do" and "Close Every Door."
Palos Park Holiday Market
We are welcoming in the Holiday Season with the arrival of Santa, the Annual Tree Lighting and holiday vendors, food and entertainment. 5-9PM.
VoicePlay at the James Lumber Center
VoicePlay recreates the orchestrated sound of an entire musical production with nothing but the human voice. The cast takes you between eras and styles, channeling the breadth of the musical landscape and lacing it with inventive and often hilarious on-stage theatrics.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes at the James Lumber Center
The clever and legendary Sherlock Holmes skillfully maneuvers the twisted web of London’s most intriguing cases with split-second deductions and logical reasoning in this witty, fast-paced production. The acclaimed Aquila Theatre brings it’s energetic and physical style to this new adaptation.
28th Annual Jazz Festival
An annual two-day festival including a concert featuring top jazz artists and two days of instrumental clinics for local junior high and high school musicians.
A Christmas Carol at Covered Bridge Children's Theater
Covered Bridge Children's Theater presents a production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. A non musical holiday favorite for all ages. F 6PM; Sa 4:30PM; Su 2PM.
Manual Cinema's Lula Del Ray at the James Lumber Center
Set in the mid-century American Southwest and inspired by the music of Hank Williams, Roy Orbison and Patsy Cline, Lula del Ray is a mythic reinvention of the classic coming-of-age story. Using overhead projectors, multiple screens, paper puppets, actors live feed cameras and a live band, Manual Cinema transforms the experience of attending the cinema and instills it with liveness, ingenuity and theatricality.
Central Illinois Jazz Festival
Put on by Decatur’s Juvae Jazz Society, this annual celebration of all types of jazz is held at the Decatur Conference Center & Hotel. Hundreds of folks come from all around the Midwest to spend the weekend partying, dancing, parading and listening to great jazz musicians with their friends. Book early as the festival fills up fast! The three day, multiple venue festival features world class musicians under one roof. Includes lots of events such as New Orleans style Umbrella Parade, Pianorama, Banjorama, Late Night Jam Session, and Sunday Jazz Brunch. Bands plus special guest performers from East and West Coast and points in between play your favorite music style - Chicago, New Orleans, Swing, Ragtime and Boogie Woogie Piano.
Butterball Burner Fun Run
Put down those leftovers, grab your running shoes and head over to the H-F Racquet & Fitness Club for the 12th Annual Butterball Burner! Join us as we celebrate twelve years of burning the post Thanksgiving bloat with this fun run. All ages and abilities welcome. 8 am race day registration and check-in.
Shawnee Hills Wine Trail - Wine & Food Pairing Weekend
Shawnee Hills Wine Trail presents Fall on the Wine Trail: A progressive tour of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. Each of 12 unique wineries will present you a sample of a wine/food pairing! Tickets are $35/person - advanced purchase only.
It's Chili in the Park
Come on in from the cold for some homemade Chili in this friendly competition event. Taste over 20 different chili's all in one place. 12:30PM.
Luma - Art in Darkness at the James Lumber Center
Take the giant leap into a surreal world of light, color and motion where thinking stops and astonishment begins. This exhilarating light spectacle uses the dark as the canvas and light as the brush to create colorful illusions. It is an experience that will leave you mesmerized and full of wonder.
Spring Inspirations a Wine & Food Pairing Event
All 12 wineries of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail have paired up to create a wonderful weekend of savory wine and cheese pairings. We invite you to join us for a progressive tasting along the trail and enhance your appreciation and enjoyment of our wines paired with delicious samples. www.shawneewinetrail.com
Mystic Chimes, The Legend Dawns at Covered Bridge Teen's Theater
Covered Bridge Teen's Theater presents Mystic Chimes: The Legend Dawns, a prequel to the Peter Pan saga. Suitable for all ages. F 8:30PM; Sa 7PM; Su 4:30PM.
Libation Tastin’ is a craft beer, wine, and spirits tasting event set on Black Friday Weekend. The event will be held in the epicenter of all the holiday shopping action at Block Thirty Seven, which is located on Chicago’s famous State Street. The event will feature 40+ different beverages for its crowd to enjoy over the course of a 4 hour tasting period complete with appetizers, a top 40’s DJ with a light show, live artists & dancers, a Santa Claus photo opp, and many more surprises!
The Buckinghams' The Joy of Christmas Live at the Egyptian Theatre
The Egyptian Theatre proudly presents legendary band, The Buckinghams, in an unforgettable evening, “The Joy of Christmas.” Combining classic rock hits with beloved holiday songs, the Chicago natives present an evening of entertainment guaranteed to delight! You’ll hear your rock favorites “Kind of a Drag,” “Hey Baby, They’re Playing Our Song,” “Don’t You Care,” and more. The brass-infused rock recreates brilliant holiday memories as you’ll want to sing along with the band to “White Christmas,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rock.” We dare you to stay in your seat when all you want to do is the Jingle Bell Rock. It’s the perfect gift for loved ones, and a great way to entertain family visiting during the holidays. Take the night off and amp up your Christmas spirit with us the last Saturday before Santa shows up. Tickets are on sale now!
Dennis DeYoung & the Music of Styx at the Genesee Theatre
Dennis DeYoung is a founding member of Styx and the lead singer and songwriter on seven of the bands Top Ten Hits. His live concert showcases all of the Styx greatest hits spanning the 70s, 80s and 90s, including Lady, Come Sail Away, Babe, Too Much Time on My Hands, Best of Times and Mr. Roboto.
Biennial Exhibition Tours
Tours of the Chicago Architecture Biennial exhibition will be held daily at 10:00am. Tours will meet in the lobby near the Washington St. entrance. Please RSVP for the daily tour. No tours on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day New Year's Eve, or New Year's Day.
Frozemont at MB Financial Park
Winter fun in Rosemont! Complete with winter tubing, ice skating, hockey games and more. Free holiday fun for the whole family!
Sunday Blues at Prairie State Winery - November 15 & 29th
Bloody Mary Sundays in Genoa! Kick your Sunday Blues at our Genoa Tasting Room! We will be serving up wine bloody marys complete with all the fixin's all day long. Kick back and enjoy the live music from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. Pack a picnic from home or order in from a local restaurant. Reservations for music events always open the Monday before and will be held until 15 minutes before music starts. No outside alcoholic beverages. Must be 21 to enter.
Mariachi Divas at the James Lumber Center
Directed and founded by trumpet player Cindy Shea in 1999, the Mariachi Divas have made big waves on the national and international music scene. Winners of two Grammy® Awards, this all-female Mariachi group brings new meaning to the genre with their multi-cultural, eclectic and innovative sound.
Richard Marx at the Genesee Theatre
As a performer, songwriter and producer, Richard Marx’s nearly three-decade-long career has had innumerable of highlights. The Chicago native has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, starting with his self-titled debut which went to #8 and spawned four Top 5 singles, including the chart-topping Hold on to the Nights, Don’t Mean Nothing, Right Here Waiting & Keep Coming Back.
Lehnertz Avenue Christmas Display
This drive-through is where neighborhood residents display a part of the original Christmas story includes lights, sound and all the biblical characters: wise men, camels, shepherds, sheep and manger scene. Peanuts characters with Charlie Brown follow on Lehnertz Circle. All lighted and all free! (Lehnertz is recognized as the oldest, totally free traditional Christmas display in Illinois.) Crib Blessing scheduled 6:00 pm Sunday, Dec. 13. Enter Lehnertz Avenue via Sheridan Street, follow through Lehnertz Circle and exit via Ohio Street.
Wonderland Express is one of the Chicago area’s top holiday “must-sees,” and a family-friendly, made-for-memories experience. Bring the smartphones and video cameras, as our holiday exhibition delights children and parents, friends and families. Kids, look for Thomas the Tank Engine! New this year: A focus on landmark history, plus the Maggie Daley Ice Ribbon, Glencoe's Writers' Theater, Chicago "El" trains, and both Spike and Alice the Amorphophallus join Wonderland Express! Join Landmark Illinois' Bonnie McDonald for narrated tours of the history and architecture of Chicago's landmarks. Kids' tours, too!
No Place Like House - Elmhurst Art Museum
Continuing the Museum’s “In the House” series, Chicago architectural designer and critic Andrew Santa Lucia will create a series of altars in the McCormick House, using both the living room space and the newly opened west wing, to transport viewers into a temple of images, objects and offerings. This site-specific installation is guided by “Miesian Mysticism,” a fictional religion uncovered by Santa Lucia in Mies van der Rohe’s architecture, that narrativizes through rituals Mies’s essential design contributions to the discipline of architecture.
How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying at the Marriott Theatre
This Pulitzer Prize-Winning classic will follow the journey and the rise of eager young J. Pierrepont Finch. Finch, a window-washer joins a huge corporation by starting in the mail room, and becomes chairman of the board two weeks later. This show is one not to be missed.
Swedish Historical Society - Lucia Concert
Rockford's Swedish Historical Society will be celebrating their annual Christmas tradition of Lucia at First Lutheran Church. A choir of children singing Swedish and English traditional songs will warm your heart and start off the Christmas season with joy.
Jim Brickman at the James Lumber Center
Music lovers will experience the sounds of award-winning hit-maker, pianist and recording artist Jim Brickman as he brings one of the most entertaining and romantic concert events of the year. With four of his albums certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, Brickman has become the most commercially successful instrumental pop pianist of the last three decades. Overall, he’s sold more than 7 million albums.
Chicago Architecture Foundation Tours
Chicago Architecture Foundation offers more than 85 tours, all led by CAF-certified volunteer docents. For the Chicago Architecture Biennial we have curated a set of tours that will compliment your biennial experience.
Arrival at Camp River Dubois
Come celebrate the arrival of Lewis and Clark at Camp River Dubois. This annual event commemorates the day William Clark and the men of the detachment arrived at the confluence of the Riviere a Dubois, Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. The event will include members of the detachment portraying military life, re-enactors recreating the civilian population and demonstrators. Site admission is free.
The Nutcracker at the Prairie Center for the Arts
The Schaumburg Dance Ensemble’s annual production of the Nutcracker continues to delight audiences of all ages. A corps of professional dancers leads a large cast in Tchaikovsky’s magical ballet, following the dreamlike adventures of a young girl who, with the help of an enchanting toymaker, encounters leaping Russians, waltzing flowers, twirling snowflake maidens and more. Complete with grand sets and vibrant costumes, this Nutcracker is not to be missed. Friday, Saturday and Sunday showings only.
Experience the old world charm of a German Christkindl celebration. Horsedrawn wagon rides, St. Nickolas, lantern parade, carolers, music, cookie decorating and more.
Tours of Second Presbyterian Church
Chicago's only National Historic Landmark church is an art and architecture treasure with a completely intact 1901 interior featuring Arts and Crafts design, nine Tiffany windows, 13 murals by Frederic Clay Bartlett and two rare Edward Burne-Jones windows. Exterior architecture by James Renwick, Jr. Restoration efforts and challenges are visible.
Dancenter North's The Magic of the Nutcracker
The Magic of the Nutcracker is the largest and most lavish version of the holiday ballet in Lake County! Clara'a dream has been brought to life in a beautiful production by Dancenter North that features over 100 performers, including internationally renowned guests artists. For over 20 years, Dancenter North's Nutcracker has been Lake County's favorite version of the classic holiday ballet. Choose from 2 shows 1pm or 5pm.
Peach Barn Cafe Four Course Dinner with Paired Wine
Enjoy a four course dinner along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, with a wine paired for each course, at the Peach Barn Cafe at Headman Vineyards. Reservations are needed and vegetarian alternatives are available with advance notice. Cost per person is $49.50 (not including tax and gratuity), with reservations required. First Course: Ginger Snaps Paired With: Glogg Second Course: Christmas Ham w/ Swedish Mustard, Meatballs w/ Lingonberries, Redbeet Salad -OR Pickled Herring, Egg w/ Creamed Caviar, Janssons’ Temptation, Crisp Bread w/ Prast Cheese Paired With: Chambourcin Third Course: Seared Cod w/ Red Bell Pepper Sauce Paired With: Villard Blanc OR Saffron Pasta w/ Pork Tenderloin Paired With: Norton Fourth Course: Rice Pudding Paired With: Vidal Blanc
Chicago Interiors explores extraordinary interior spaces in Chicago presented through notes, models, and material boards from designers responsible for them. As a city that famously rose from the ashes of the Great Chicago Fire, Chicago literally rebuilt itself as an international center for commerce and trade, as well as a burgeoning cultural epicenter. Since the fire, Chicago has retained the old and intermingled it with the new. Like the buildings in this city, interiors have shifted with the times -- from the dust of commerce, slaughterhouses, and industry, buildings were reborn and repurposed time and again as both public and private spaces with new buildings abutting and intermingling with the old. Chicago Interiors showcases new and the re-envisioned.
Champaign Urbana Ballet presents The Nutcracker
It's the classic ballet - "Swirling among snowflakes that float from the evening sky, the sweet sounds of violins and flutes fill the air. It is Christmas Eve, and in every house, warm hearts beat in anticipation of the magic of the night. In one special house - the home of the Stahlbaum family - the music and the magic are about to take an unusual shape." That excerpt from Champaign Urbana Ballet's The Nutcracker sets the stage for what has become a glamorous, magical holiday tradition for local audiences. Our production is presented each December with a live orchestra, the famed CU Symphony Orchestra, in the elegant Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois. Local children are cast in roles as mice, soldiers and Polichenelles, while company dancers perform the Waltz of the Snowflakes and Flowers, variations of international delights, and the magnificent Pas de Deux that richly defines the Tchaikovsky score.
Guided Tours of the Charnley-Persky House
The Society of Architectural Historians will expand the tour program of its National Historic Landmark headquarters, the Charnley-Persky House, during the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Guided tours of the house will be offered every Wednesday and Saturday at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. from October 7 through December 23. Designed by Louis Sullivan of the firm Adler & Sullivan (1891–1982), the Charnley-Persky House is one of the few extant buildings that displays the combined talents of Louis Sullivan and his then-draftsman, Frank Lloyd Wright. The Charnley-Persky House is recognized as a seminal house in the development of modern residential design as well as a keystone in the architectural philosophies of Sullivan and Wright. These tours further SAH’s mission by promoting meaningful public engagement with the history of the built environment.
PNC Winterfest at the Peoria Civic Center
PNC Winterfest, Peoria’s newest holiday tradition, is coming to downtown Peoria on November 27th. This 39-day event will give central Illinois the chance to enjoy outdoor ice skating on the corner of Fulton Street and Jefferson Avenue. PNC Winterfest will feature a real ice rink will be ready for you to skate in any type of weather.
Water Tower Gallery
A Biennial exhibition will be presented by the City Gallery, located in the Historic Water Tower, a familiar and treasured landmark located along the city’s famed Magnificent Mile. Constructed between 1867 and 1869, the tower was created for Chicago’s municipal water system, and originally housed a 135-foot iron standpipe used to regulate water pressure. It gained special significance as one of the few buildings to survive the destructive path of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The City Gallery regularly presents art and photography exhibitions.
Holiday Lane Craft Show and Festival of Trees
Experience the magic of a holiday wonderland filled with an assortment of delightfully and uniquely decorated trees. Stroll leisurely through the extraordinary holiday trees represented and decorated by local businesses. The Festival includes holiday musical entertainment by local church choirs, school groups and community musical groups scheduled at various times throughout the festival. Be sure to visit the Holiday Lane Craft Show and Home Business Showcase located in the convention center for a perfect holiday shopping opportunity. This special community event is sponsored by the Sandwich Park District in cooperation with Timber Creek Inn and Suites. Free admission.
Forms of Imagination
Forms of Imagination explores the way Arts + Public Life creates ambitious public design and architecture projects that foster creative communities in Chicago's mid-South Side. The exhibition and related programs shift the gaze from design product to design process, giving audiences and visitors the opportunity to examine how Arts + Public Life uses its spaces, programs and other resources, as well as its unique partnerships with local artists, designers, students, youth, business owners to enhance the built environment, cultural landscape and livability of Washington Park. The exhibition will include projects by Carlos Rolón/Dzine, PORT Urbanism, Mikel Patrick Avery, as well as the leading architects’ visions for the Green Line Art Center, a future arts space on Garfield Boulevard.
East Peoria Festival of Lights
East Peoria presents the 32nd annual Festival of Lights, a festival of electrical lighting displays that help spread the holiday cheer. The festival includes a parade on November 19th and a Winter Wonderland drive thru at Veteran's park that runs Thanksgiving through New Years Eve, allowing visitors to enjoy the lights in their warmth of their vehicles.
9th Annual Crazy Horse Bluegrass Festival
The fun starts Friday night at 7 p.m. Two shows on Saturday and a gospel show on Sunday. Lots of fun and great music. Tickets can be purchased at the door if not camping. Line-up will be announced around March/April 2016. Everyone is welcome!
B96 Jingle Bash
The B96 Pepsi Jingle Bash is coming to Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois on Saturday, December 12th, 2015! The biggest concert of the season is finally here! Demi Lovato, 5 Seconds of Summer, Jason Derulo, Shawn Mendes, Pentatonix, Kygo, Omi, and Ailee Steinfeld will be performing live at the B96 Pepsi Jingle Bash! Doors open at 5pm, and the show starts at 6:30pm.
An Irish Christmas at the Virginia Theatre
As seen on PBS, An Irish Christmas brings just about everything to the table! Take a journey through Christmas in Ireland and celebrate the great traditions of Irish mythology, enjoy superb music-making, Christmas carol singing, and great storytelling – all led by an award-winning cast of Irish dancers in a night that sparkles with life and a bit
Santa Cause 5K
The Santa Cause 5K race will be a family friendly event for all ages; a great activity for the whole family to participate in during the holiday season. Join the cause and embrace your inner Santa. For our inaugural event, we are partnering with the Peoria Downtown Development Corporation and bringing the route into the Downtown Warehouse District to show-case major improvements to the area. In addition, all extra proceeds will benefit “Dazzle Downtown,” providing funds for festive lights and decor for the warehouse district.
Stony Island Arts Bank Tour
Join Rebuild Foundation for a tour of Chicago's newest venue for contemporary art. Designed by William Gibbons Uffendell in 1923, the Stony Island Arts Bank has recently undergone a radical restoration led by Rebuild Foundation's artistic director Theaster Gates. As part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the tour will include viewings of two Biennial commissions: an installation by Portuguese artist Carlos Bunga and a courtyard designed by Mexican architect Frida Escobedo. Guests will also enjoy an introduction to five of Rebuild Foundation’s collections, several of which focus on black history and culture, including the Johnson Publishing Company's library and “godfather of House music” Frankie Knuckles' vinyl collection. Tours are free and open to the public, but space is limited so please rsvp.
Gaelic Storm – Live in Concert at Egyptian Theatre
The Egyptian Theatre is excited to welcome back Gaelic Storm featuring their new album on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 7:30 PM. After nearly two decades and more than 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm — the chart-topping, multi-national Celtic band — is looking sharper than ever with their latest release, Matching Sweaters. The new album mixes traditional Irish music with modern influences, creating a sound that’s as wide-ranging as the band’s own audience.
The legendary Plaids, an all-male vocal quartet, come back to earth to spread yuletide joy with the greatest Holiday hits of the ages. Performing every Fri. Sat. and Sun, 11.20 thru December 27.
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum will host free hour-long public tours with an architectural focus, twice-a-week on Wednesdays and Sundays, 1-2pm. Visitors will learn about neighborhood conditions in the Near West Side at the turn of the twentieth century in Chicago, including life in tenements and sweatshops and the unique work of the Hull-House settlement which responded to the social needs of the neighborhood. Learn about the Model Tenement Movement, the foundational moments of public housing, and how the buildings of the Hull-House settlement embodied the ideals of the Progressive Era.
103.5 Jingle Ball
Wednesday, December 16th at 7:30 PM come out and see this great show with an amazing lineup! The performers include Nick Jonas, Selena Gomez, 5 Seconds of Summer, Shawn Mendes, Tove Lo, Charlie Puth, Hailee Steinfeld, R City, Fifth Harmony, Conrad Sewell & DNCE. You can purchase tickets online or listen for a chance to win.
Lessons from Modernism: Environmental Design Strategies in Architecture, 1925-1970
Elmhurst Art Museum presents this highly-acclaimed exhibition organized by The Cooper Union in New York that examines twenty-five modern building projects through the lens of sustainability. Incorporating environmental strategies that solve critical issues of comfort, use and economy, these projects, dating from 1925 to 1970, recognize and adapt to natural forces and serve as inspiration and guide for the current green building movement.
Chicago Wolves Hockey
Chicago Wolves Hockey at the Allstate Arena. Four-time league champion Chicago Wolves Hockey team provides fun and affordable sports entertainment for the entire family. Now through April 2016. Tickets plans are available. Visit the website.
Bald Eagle Watch - Fulton
Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge & the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will be presenting the 31st Annual Bald Eagle Watch on Saturday, January 9, 2016. Eagle viewing will be held at Lock and Dam 13 in Fulton, Illinois off IL Hwy 84 starting at 8am.
The Orchid Show
Its the best eye candy ever! The Regenstein Center Greenhouses and Galleries are transformed by trees draped in orange and yellow Dendrobium, a hanging hedge of pink and purple Beallara, and vibrant Vanda in orange, red, yellow, and even blue. See more than 10,000 orchids in all. Bring a camera.
Illinois Holocaust Museum Exhibit - Nazi Olympics: Berlin, 1936
Coinciding with the 2016 Rio Olympics and the 80th anniversary of the 1936 Games, Nazi Olympics tells an important historical story. Given that sports play a powerful developmental role in the lives of so many youth and adult athletes, this exhibition expands on many important themes—racism and discrimination, propaganda, fair play, and ethical decision making—allowing the public to personally connect to the history and lessons of the Holocaust and relate them to present day Olympics and human rights issues.
Christmas Village Craft Fair
The Christmas Village Craft Fair includes 22 vendors from around the country selling Christmas crafts and unique gifts. Lunch will be available both days in a cafe with food made entirely from scratch. Free admission, free parking, and handicap accessible.
Danville Symphony Orchestra "The Nutcracker"
Join Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy, Grandfather Drosselmeyer, and the Mouse King in a fantastic dream where toys come to life. Bring the entire family to celebrate this holiday season with a fully staged performance of Tchaikovsky’s ballet, The Nutcracker, accompanied by the full Danville Symphony Orchestra. The DSO welcomes Von Heidecke’s Chicago Festival Ballet back for one matinee performance of this classic holiday tradition.
Christmas with the Taylor’s
Join them for an evening of holiday fun. The historic mansion will be decorated in its holiday finery. Enjoy homemade cookies, hors d’oeuvres, tea, and holiday punch. Special holiday music will be provided. Entries from the Gingerbread House Contest will be on display and you can help pick the winner! A special kids Christmas room will provide fun with old fashioned games, classic Christmas videos, and maybe even a surprise visit from Santa! Each child 10 or younger will leave with a Christmas gift bag. Adult Historical Society Members: $3; Adult Non-Members: $5; Children 5 to 16: $2. (815-232-8419)
The Capitol Steps at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
The Capitol Steps are back for their annual engagement at the North Shore Center with a hilarious lead-up to the 2016 primaries and upcoming presidential election you just can’t miss. Using their always witty musical parody and satire, the Steps freshest political comedy will rock Barak, political hawks and voter blocks ad hoc so we’re all locked to Mock the Vote! That’s the Capitol Steps newest album and live comedy concert celebrating a lame-duck president in a battle of wits against Congressional Republicans.
Holiday Open House at the Sycamore History Museum
Sycamore History Museum says “Thank you” to its supporters Saturday, December 5th during their Annual Holiday Open House. This free event is fun for everyone who loves the holidays. Enjoy festive music, drink hot chocolate, take home a craft activity, and decorate sugar cookies. The museum will also be open for tours led by the Junior Docents.
Winter Chocolate Walk
Bring your sweet heart or just your sweet tooth to Discover Sycamore’s Winter Chocolate Walk. Enjoy the best of our downtown shops while sampling a vast array of fine chocolate desserts. Enjoy hot chocolate, chocolate covered candy canes, chocolate martinis, homemade chocolate marshmallows, chocolate donuts, chocolate dipped mini cones and much more! Shopping doesn’t get much sweeter than this! The Chocolate Walk will begin at Blumen Gardens at 5pm. You will receive a Chocolate Walk guide listing all participating businesses. Stop at each location and get your card signed when you taste a chocolaty treat. Be sure to make as many stops on the walk as you can – when your card is full – drop your card off with your name and phone number into the bag at your final location. The winner will be drawn from the names of those entered that made the most stops on the walk. We are featuring several wonderful raffle baskets this year.
Midwest Museum of Natural History Festival of Trees
See the Midwest Museum of Natural History decked out for the Holidays during the 2015 Festival of Trees. Local businesses and organizations decorate trees that are displayed around the museum all month long. Visitors to the museum then get to vote for their favorite tree. And if that's not enough, plan your visit around one of the weekly events and programs. View MMNH's calendar of events to see what other fun activities are planned at the museum. December is a great time to visit and experience the Midwest Museum of Natural History.
Christmastime at Fine Line
Sale of juried artist created work. Includes pottery, jewelry, textiles, ornaments and more. Opening Fri. Dec. 4 at 6pm.
WWE Live Holiday Tour
WWE Returns to Chicago for the Final Time This Year With the WWE Live Holiday Tour! Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match. 6 Man Tables Match plus more of your favorite WWE Superstars including: The Big Show, Cesaro, Stardust, The Divas and many more! Card is subject to change WWE Tickets Make a Great Holiday Gift!