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"Scrooge and the Ghostly Spirits"

at Citadel Theatre, Lake Forest
OFFER DATES:
Fri, November 24
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FULL PRICE: $37.50 - $40
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $20

This world-premiere holiday musical is based on Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol". The family favorite brings all your most cherished characters and themes to life through an original score and the... [more+]

This world-premiere holiday musical is based on Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol". The family favorite brings all your most cherished characters and themes to life through an original score and the magic of song and dance. Bring the family to Citadel Theatre in Chicago's Lake Forest neighborhood for a show that'll warm your heart and put you in a holiday frame of mind. [less-]

"It's a Wonderful Life": Radio Show on Stage

at Steel Beam Theatre, St. Charles
OFFER DATES:
Fri, November 24
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FULL PRICE: $28
OFFER PRICE: $14

A holiday staple for families across the country, "It's a Wonderful Life" kicks off the season with an old favorite in a whole new way, live on stage. This show-within-a-show takes place on December 2... [more+]

A holiday staple for families across the country, "It's a Wonderful Life" kicks off the season with an old favorite in a whole new way, live on stage. This show-within-a-show takes place on December 24, 1946 at WBFR Radio, where six actors present "It's a Wonderful Life" live to the listening audience. With the help of a pianist and a sound-effects artist, the ensemble re-enacts the beloved story of George Bailey, a young man who's given up on his dreams and stands on a bridge, ready to end it all. Just then, an angel arrives to show Bailey how the lives of those he loves would be affected if he were not around. Catch the inspiring and relevant story at Steel Beam Theatre in St. Charles. [less-]

"ComedySportz": Fast & Funny Improv Comedy for the Whole Family

at The ComedySportz Theatre, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Fri, November 24
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FULL PRICE: $25
OFFER PRICE: $12.50

Fans of comedy and improv shows like "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" will love Chicago's "ComedySportz", a fun, fast-paced event that's great for the whole family. Two highly skilled teams battle for laugh... [more+]

Fans of comedy and improv shows like "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" will love Chicago's "ComedySportz", a fun, fast-paced event that's great for the whole family. Two highly skilled teams battle for laughs and points as they create scenes, games and songs on the spot with audience participation and suggestions incorporated into the act. It's never the same show twice, and you might even end up on stage yourself! The competition moves at a blazing pace, and you ultimately get to decide the winner. [less-]

Ken Ludwig's "'Twas the Night Before Christmas"

at Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Sat, November 25
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Thu, December 28
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FULL PRICE: $25 - $26
OFFER PRICE: $20

'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the Playhouse, families were celebrating ... including a mouse! Kick off your yuletide celebration with the Chicago premiere of Ken Ludwig's "'Twas th... [more+]

'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the Playhouse, families were celebrating ... including a mouse! Kick off your yuletide celebration with the Chicago premiere of Ken Ludwig's "'Twas the Night Before Christmas". This heartwarming comedic spin on the classic holiday poem shakes things up with a pair of dancing mice, a spunky girl and an Elf-B-I agent -- who're trying to track down Santa's missing Naughty or Nice List before his sleigh takes off. Join the festive fun at the Broadway Playhouse. [less-]

"Arnie the Doughnut": Sweet Fun for the Whole Fam

at Lifeline Theatre, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Sat, November 25
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FULL PRICE: $15
OFFER PRICE: $5 - $7.50

If you've ever dreamt about a life-sized doughnut, you're in luck -- but please remain seated, because this particular doughnut is not having any of your eyes-glazed-over hungry looks. Arnie, a lovabl... [more+]

If you've ever dreamt about a life-sized doughnut, you're in luck -- but please remain seated, because this particular doughnut is not having any of your eyes-glazed-over hungry looks. Arnie, a lovable but naive chocolate-frosted, rainbow-sprinkled doughnut, is the happiest pastry in the bakery when he's chosen from the case by a customer. But when mild-mannered Mr. Bing tries to eat the unsuspecting Arnie, both are in for the surprise of their lives. Man and doughnut must work to redefine their relationship while trying to outwit the meddlesome President of the Cozy Confines Condo Community. Join Arnie on his zany quest to prove that he's more than just some sweet thang - and that friends can come in all shapes and sizes - in this hit musical adaptation of the 2003 book that kicked off the beloved children's series by Laurie Keller at Lifeline Theatre in Chicago. [less-]

Learn More, Live More Winter/Autumn Festival

at Unity Community Center, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Sat, November 25
FULL PRICE: $5
OFFER PRICE: COMP

Head to the Learn More, Live More Winter/Autumn Festival for a gifts bazaar, learning stations where you can learn to make art, jewelry, calligraphy, food and teas, and how to do dances, qi gong and a... [more+]

Head to the Learn More, Live More Winter/Autumn Festival for a gifts bazaar, learning stations where you can learn to make art, jewelry, calligraphy, food and teas, and how to do dances, qi gong and acupressure. There will also be a silent auction with prizes from local businesses and food and drink samples available. The festival raises funds for a free intergenerational program where those 55 years of age and older and those 19 years of age and younger are paired together to learn a new skill every week over 8 weeks at no cost to them. [less-]

A Ballet-Free Adaptation of "The Nutcracker"

at Chopin Theatre Mainstage, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Sat, November 25
Sat, November 25
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FULL PRICE: $30 - $52
OFFER PRICE: $15 - $36.50

The House Theatre of Chicago's original, ballet-free version of "The Nutcracker" returns to Chicago's Chopin Theatre Mainstage with its fantastical deconstruction of E.T.A. Hoffmann's time-honored hol... [more+]

The House Theatre of Chicago's original, ballet-free version of "The Nutcracker" returns to Chicago's Chopin Theatre Mainstage with its fantastical deconstruction of E.T.A. Hoffmann's time-honored holiday story. With lots of humor and heart, this fresh theatrical interpretation centers on young Clara's journey to save Christmas following her brother's death. With the help of a magical nutcracker given to her by her beloved Uncle Drosselmeyer, she bravely fights the Rat King to save her family. This modern holiday production weaves together riveting dialogue, astonishing puppetry, original songs and spellbinding imagery to tell a heartwarming holiday story of love, loss and hope. [less-]

Real Carol Behind Classic "A Christmas Carol"

at Madison Street Theatre, Oak Park
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Sat, November 25
Sat, November 25
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FULL PRICE: $30
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $15

Before Scrooge, author Charles Dickens had his own ghosts to contend with. "A Dickens Carol" uses real events to reimagine the story of Scrooge from Dickens' point of view. With his marriage and finan... [more+]

Before Scrooge, author Charles Dickens had his own ghosts to contend with. "A Dickens Carol" uses real events to reimagine the story of Scrooge from Dickens' point of view. With his marriage and finances in trouble in 1840s London, Dickens has become bitter toward life itself, a bit like the curmudgeonly character he has yet to create. But on a cold Christmas eve, a horrible train crash plunges him into the icy Kent river. Stuck in a carriage slowly sinking into the water, three spirits lead Dickens on a journey through his past, present and future. The journey transforms his life and inspires him to write his most celebrated work ever. The carol behind the carol, this all-new twist on a family ghost story at Oak Park's Madison Street Theatre promises to melt the heart of the scroogiest Scrooge out there. [less-]

"The Magic Parlour": An Evening of Classic Magic

at Palmer House Hilton, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Sat, November 25
Sat, November 25
Sat, November 25
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FULL PRICE: $79
OFFER PRICE: $39.50 - $49

An evening of classic close-up magic, "The Magic Parlour" features award-winning, third-generation magician Dennis Watkins performing in an intimate suite at the historic Palmer House Hilton. From awe... [more+]

An evening of classic close-up magic, "The Magic Parlour" features award-winning, third-generation magician Dennis Watkins performing in an intimate suite at the historic Palmer House Hilton. From awe-inspiring magic and mind-reading to sophisticated tomfoolery and more, "The Magic Parlour" combines baffling illusions and lively laughs, astonishing tricks and sophisticated fun to create one of the Windy City's most unique entertainment experiences. "The Magic Parlour" is a production of the award-winning House Theatre of Chicago, of which Watkins is a company member. [less-]

"Elf the Musical": A Modern Holiday Classic

at Paramount Theatre, Aurora
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Wed, November 29
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FULL PRICE: $38 - $64
OFFER PRICE: $38 - $64

Take a hilarious hit movie, add in some seriously impressive song-and-dance numbers, and tie a big Broadway bow around it, and you've got the sweet family treat known as "Elf the Musical". The festive... [more+]

Take a hilarious hit movie, add in some seriously impressive song-and-dance numbers, and tie a big Broadway bow around it, and you've got the sweet family treat known as "Elf the Musical". The festive fun starts as soon as you enter the lobby of Aurora's Paramount Theatre, where you'll be greeted by a two-story Christmas tree and thousands of sparkling lights. Then fasten your sleigh belts for a fun ride that follows the story of Buddy, a little boy who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. He grows up unaware that he's an actual human, but his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities eventually force him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy then takes off on a journey to New York to find his birth father, discover his true identity and help the city remember the true meaning of Christmas -- and this sparkling holiday show will no doubt do the same for you and yours. [less-]

"It's a Wonderful Life -- A Live Radio Play"

at Oil Lamp Theater, Glenview
OFFER DATES:
Thu, November 30
Fri, December 01
Sun, December 03
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FULL PRICE: $35
OFFER PRICE: $17.50

"It's a Wonderful Life" has become a holiday staple for many families. So what better way to kick off the season than to see this classic fave in a whole new way -- live on stage! This show-within-a-s... [more+]

"It's a Wonderful Life" has become a holiday staple for many families. So what better way to kick off the season than to see this classic fave in a whole new way -- live on stage! This show-within-a-show takes place on December 24, 1946 in Studio A at WBFR Radio, where a cast of six actors is preparing to present "It's a Wonderful Life" live to the listening audience. With the help of a sound-effects artist, the ensemble reenacts the beloved story of George Bailey, a young man who's given up on his dreams and stands on a bridge, ready to end it all. Just then, an angel arrives to show Bailey how the lives of those he loves would be affected if he were not around. The story's message is profound and remains relevant for today's audiences. See it at Oil Lamp Theater in Glenview, and stay for cookies and hot chocolate after each show! [less-]

Russian Grand Ballet Presents "The Nutcracker"

at Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Thu, November 30
FULL PRICE: $40 - $85
OFFER PRICE: $34 - $69

Lovers of ballet, lovers of the holidays or simply lovers of pure, thrilling spectacle flock each year to the Tchaikovsky classic. Filled with enchanted toys, mischievous mice and sugar plum fairies, ... [more+]

Lovers of ballet, lovers of the holidays or simply lovers of pure, thrilling spectacle flock each year to the Tchaikovsky classic. Filled with enchanted toys, mischievous mice and sugar plum fairies, the tale of Clara (or Masha, in the case of this Russian production) and her magical Nutcracker Prince has enraptured generations of children and adults. Now Russian Grand Ballet comes to Chicago with its traditional yet dynamic version of "The Nutcracker", featuring some of Russia's brightest ballet stars. Create a new holiday tradition with Tchaikovsky's immortal "The Nutcracker" at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park. [less-]

Dickens' Classic "A Christmas Carol" at Goodman Theatre

at Goodman Theatre - The Albert, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Fri, December 01
Sun, December 03
Wed, December 06
FULL PRICE: $56 - $84
OFFER PRICE: $41 - $69

Now a beloved Chicago tradition celebrating its 40th anniversary, The Goodman Theatre ushers in the holiday season with its adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic holiday story "A Christmas Carol". Au... [more+]

Now a beloved Chicago tradition celebrating its 40th anniversary, The Goodman Theatre ushers in the holiday season with its adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic holiday story "A Christmas Carol". Audiences look forward to the "bah humbugs," the electrifying arrival of the ghosts, the jubilant musical numbers and dancing, and Scrooge's joyful rediscovery of life, love and the Christmas spirit. Goodman's "Carol" continues to lift heats and spirits after four decades more than a million visitors, and the timeless holiday tale promises to be merrier and more magical than ever. The "Daily Herald" says the play is "the crown jewel of the holiday season" -- find out for yourself or relive the magic again. [less-]

"Pete the Cat": Puppet Adaptation of Children's Book Series

at McAninch Arts Center, Glen Ellyn
OFFER DATES:
Fri, December 01
FULL PRICE: $20
OFFER PRICE: $7

"Pete the Cat", the world's coolest feline, comes to life in a new show at Chicago's McAninch Arts Center. Based on the "New York Times" best-selling children's book series, "Pete the Cat" is a fun ne... [more+]

"Pete the Cat", the world's coolest feline, comes to life in a new show at Chicago's McAninch Arts Center. Based on the "New York Times" best-selling children's book series, "Pete the Cat" is a fun new musical adventure featuring the skateboarding, surfing, rocking blue cat and his best buds. Kids 3 and older will love watching Jimmy Biddle, the world's most organized second grader, journey on a "Really, Really Big Adventure" to Paris and back in a VW Bus with his best buddy Pete. [less-]

Joffrey Ballet Performs "The Nutcracker"

at Auditorium Theatre, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Fri, December 01
Sat, December 02
Sat, December 02
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FULL PRICE: $85 - $133
OFFER PRICE: $60 - $100

See Tony Award-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon's production of "The Nutcracker" in this breath-taking performance by the Joffrey Ballet. This fresh adaptation of the timeless Christmas ball... [more+]

See Tony Award-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon's production of "The Nutcracker" in this breath-taking performance by the Joffrey Ballet. This fresh adaptation of the timeless Christmas ballet is set during the historic 1893 Chicago World's Fair and centers on Marie -- a young, impoverished girl from the South Side whose parents work at the fair. On the night before Christmas, a magical nutcracker guides Marie through a beautiful dreamland based on the World's Fair and the many exotic people, animals and places represented there. With Tchaikovsky's eternal music played by the Chicago Philharmonic, this electrifying work from one of the world's foremost choreographers leaps into Chicago's Auditorium Theatre. [less-]

"Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular": Live Orchestra & Amazing Feats

at Rosemont Theatre, Rosemont
OFFER DATES:
Sat, December 02
FULL PRICE: $58.70 - $79.33
OFFER PRICE: $39 - $49

Combining some of the world's greatest circus performers with a live symphony orchestra, "Cirque Musica" transforms its one-of-a-kind show into a winter wonderland spectacular. Set to a program of fav... [more+]

Combining some of the world's greatest circus performers with a live symphony orchestra, "Cirque Musica" transforms its one-of-a-kind show into a winter wonderland spectacular. Set to a program of favorite holiday songs, these veteran performers of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and Cirque du Soleil perform amazing feats of athleticism and grace. Soaring aerialists and acrobats defy gravity while strongmen and jugglers pull off the impossible. If you're looking for something a little different than your typical Christmas show, the "Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular" will get you in the Yultetide spirit while giving you a unique and entertaining experience, at Chicagoland's Rosemont Theatre. [less-]

Ruth Page Civic Ballet's "The Nutcracker"

at Northeastern Illinois University Auditorium, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Sat, December 02
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FULL PRICE: $25
OFFER PRICE: $5 - $10

Highlights from iconic choreographer Ruth Page's stunning original staging of "The Nutcracker" are back for another year of yuletide excitement at Northeastern Illinois University Auditorium in Chicag... [more+]

Highlights from iconic choreographer Ruth Page's stunning original staging of "The Nutcracker" are back for another year of yuletide excitement at Northeastern Illinois University Auditorium in Chicago. This beloved holiday spectacle takes you through the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets, all with exquisite sets and costumes and masterfully-choreographed movement. This production features all your favorites, including the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Snow Queen and Sugar Plum/Snow Cavalier, along with guest artists, dancers and students from Ruth Page Civic Ballet. [less-]

"That's Weird, Grandma: It Came From the Voting Booth" -- Written by Kids, Staged by Adults

at The Neo-Futurarium, Chicago
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Mon, December 04
Mon, December 11
Mon, December 18
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FULL PRICE: $5 - $15
OFFER PRICE: $5 - $8

"That's Weird, Grandma" is a weekly show of short sketches and songs adapted from stories written by students in Barrel of Monkeys' arts education programs. The special 20th anniversary performance --... [more+]

"That's Weird, Grandma" is a weekly show of short sketches and songs adapted from stories written by students in Barrel of Monkeys' arts education programs. The special 20th anniversary performance -- dubbed "It Came From the Voting Booth" -- features a sketch collection focusing on the 2016 election and all things political. The show runs the gamut from clever and funny to touching and poignant, and includes live music, original song-and-dance numbers, wigs and props galore and a rotating cast of talented professional actors. [less-]

"The Nutcracker" From Salt Creek Ballet

at Governors State University Center for Performing Arts Theatre, University Park
OFFER DATES:
Sat, December 09
Sat, December 09
FULL PRICE: $36 - $43
OFFER PRICE: $18 - $21.50

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Salt Creek Ballet company marches onto the stage with an all-new production of Tchaikovsky's holiday favorite, featuring new sets, costumes, a 42-piece ensemble and i... [more+]

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Salt Creek Ballet company marches onto the stage with an all-new production of Tchaikovsky's holiday favorite, featuring new sets, costumes, a 42-piece ensemble and internationally recognized guest dancers. Audiences of all ages will enjoy the magical story of young Clara, who dreams that her new toy nutcracker soldier has come to life. Together, they experience a fantastical adventure filled with waltzing flowers, giant mice and sugar plum fairies. Watch in wonder a cast of 100 dancers, including local children and young adults from the school of the Salt Creek Ballet, plus guest artists Ilya Kozadayev -- a former soloist with Houston Ballet -- and Yumelia Garcia, who just this year retired as a leading artist from Joffrey Ballet. Between the performances, you're invited to a Sugar Plum Party, where you can take pictures with Santa, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies and enter to win prizes. [less-]

Chicago Tap Theatre's Holiday Show "Tidings of Tap!"

at North Shore Center, Center Theatre, Skokie
OFFER DATES:
Sun, December 10
FULL PRICE: $40
OFFER PRICE: $20

Quickly becoming one of Chicago's favorite family traditions, "Tidings of Tap!" hot steps its way into the holiday with a fun and sophisticated dance show celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah and the winte... [more+]

Quickly becoming one of Chicago's favorite family traditions, "Tidings of Tap!" hot steps its way into the holiday with a fun and sophisticated dance show celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah and the winter season, all set to live music. Along with exciting new pieces from the Chicago Tap Theatre, you'll also see the return of favorites like the battle between Frosty and Rudolf in "Bohemian Tapsody," the men of CTT kicking up their heels with "Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah," and more tap-happy twists on classic Yuletide tunes. Tiny dancers will even have a chance to get in on the act, as kids in the audience are invited on stage to join in the show's finale at Skokie's North Shore Center. [less-]

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