Holidays in Chicago Roundup

Art Institute of Chicago
Even the welcoming lions at the Art Institute of Chicago are in the holiday spirit

If you are feeling the spirit of the season and want to zoom in on holiday-themed entertainment options, you will find no shortage in Chicagoland.

Nutcracker and Handel’s Messiah varieties galore, family-sweet options to cynical anti-holiday cheer, and more– click the READ MORE buttons below to find reviews and previews of holiday-themed entertainment on Chicagoland’s stages.

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Photo: Edward Kemeys. South Lion, 1893. Courtesy Art Institute of Chicago.


  • Goodman Theatre and Second City present TWIST YOUR DICKENS

    the Goodman TWIST YOUR DICKENS Review-1

    Second City and the Goodman Theatre present TWIST YOUR DICKENS, a parody written by alumni of the Colbert Report, an alternative Holidays in Chicago treat

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  • Silk Road Rising CHRISTMAS AT CHRISTINA'S review


    Silk Road Rising's CHRISTMAS AT CHRISTINA'S review - Many happy traditions from Phillipines' Christmas and Hanukah in one-woman show

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  • Goodman Theatre presents classic Dickens' CHRISTMAS CAROL


    Goodman Theatre presents its annual production of the Charles Dickens classic- THE CHRISTMAS CAROL, starring Larry Yando- review

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  • Northlight Theatre's "Miss Bennet, Christmas at Pemberley" Review

    Northlight MISS PEMBERLEY-2

    Northlight Theatre World Premiere of "Miss Bennet, Christmas at Pemberley" Review - Enchanting and in keeping with Jane Austen

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  • International Music Foundation presents 40th Anniversary D-I-Y Messiah

    Do-It-Yourself Messiah

    International Music Foundation presents the 40th Anniversary sing-along performance of Handel's Messiah this holiday season

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  • Hell in a Handbag Productions RIP NELSON HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR

    Hell in a Handbag RIP NELSON-5

    Hell in a Handbag Productions RIP NELSON HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR recreates an 80's reference rich TV special with characters of that time

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  • American Blues Theater IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE preview

    American Blues Theater ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE

    American Blues Theater presents ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE, adaptation of the Frank Capra classic preview, a rich holidays in Chicago tradition

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  • Apollo Chorus annual Handel's Messiah is presented at the Harris Theater

    Apollo Chorus MESSIAH

    Apollo Chorus continues a tradition started in 1879 with its annual Handel's Messiah concert, now held in the Harris Theater

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  • Ballet Chicago's Nutcracker at The Athenaeum Theater

    Ballet Chicago presents the Nutcracker with a cast including young children, at the Athenaeum Theater, a Holidays in Chicago tradition

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  • Chicago Tap Theater presents Tidings of Tap, a holiday special

    Tidings of Tap

    Chicago Tap Theatre presents TIDINGS OF TAP, a fun family winter holiday event to consider on one night only—December 18, 2016

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  • Chicago Theater Works COMEDY ROAST OF MR SCROOGE review

    Comedy Roast of Mr Scrooge

    Chicago Theater Works presents a COMEDY ROAST OF MR SCROOGE, for adults only, a holidays in Chicago special theater event

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  • House Theatre reprises THE NUTCRACKER, a yearly favorite

    The House Theatre THE NUTCRACKER

    The House Theatre presents THE NUTCRACKER during the Chicago Holiday season, a perennial family favorite, and not the ballet

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  • Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular at Rosemont Theater


    Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular is on national tour and comes to Rosemont Theater on December 11 with circus and holiday music

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  • Hyde Park School of Dance presents THE NUTCRACKER

    Hyde Park School of Dance NUTCRACKER

    Hyde Park School of Dance presents THE NUTCRACKER with music by Tchaikovsky and hip hop as well—206 dancers, all ages from 4 - grandparents

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  • Marriott Theatre THE NUTCRACKER

    Marriott Theatre present the classic ballet of THE NUTCRACKER with new music in addition to the classic score, costumes and dance

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  • Music Institute of Chicago DUKE IT OUT Nutcracker

    Music Institute of Chicago presents Duke it Out- a Nutcracker performance combining live music -Tchaikovsky, jazz and more-- and dance

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  • Barney The Elf, an alternative Chicago Play for the holidays Review

    Other Theatre BARNEY THE ELF

    Reprise of Barney the Elf, an alternative holiday show replete with drag queen, is presented by The Other Theatre Company

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  • Stage 773 YULETIDE GENOCIDE comedy changeup for the holidays

    Yuletide Genocide

    Six theatre companies will change up the holiday classics to create ONE ACT FESTIVAL: YULETIDE GENOCIDE taking place at Stage 773

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  • Steppenwolf Theatre hosts holiday music night with Jaret Landon

    Steppenwolf THE CHRISTIANS

    Steppenwolf Theatre THE CHRISTIANS lead Jaret Landon, leads a musical evening to celebrate the holidays with cast members

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  • Neo-Futurists special New Years Eve TOO MUCH LIGHT

    The Neo-Futurists New Years

    Neo-Futurists perform special TOO MUCH LIGHT MAKES THE BABY GO BLIND for New Years, with a New Years toast included - Preview

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