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Blue Man Group, open run, Briar Street Theatre

Thirsty! open run, Apollo Theater

The Winner . . .of Our Discontent, open run, Second City

Escape to Margaritaville, through December 2, Oriental Theatre

The Belle of Amherst, through December 3, Court Theatre

Irving Berlin's White Christmas, through December 3, Cadillac Palace Theatre

The Audience, through December 3, TimeLine Theatre Company

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, December 5 through January 28, Cadillac Palace Theatre

Gobsmacked! December 5 through December 10, Broadway Playhouse

Wicked, December 6 through January 21, Oriental Theatre

In Sarah's Shadow: The Eleanora Duse Story, through December 9, Prop Theatre
A Swell In The Ground, through December 10, The Gift Theatre

Marie Christine, through December 10, Theater Wit

The Pearl Fishers, through December 10, Lyric Opera

A Klingon Christmas Carol, through December 17, Raven Theatre

The Book of Will, through December 17, Northlight Theatre

Newsies, through December 17, Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire

Breath, Boom, through December 17, Athenaeum Theatre

Quixote: On The Conquest of Self, through December 17, Writers Theatre

Hamlet, through December 22, Public House Theatre

The Importance of Being Earnest, through December 23, Writers Theatre

Fade, through December 23, Victory Gardens Theater (Biograph)

The Joffrey Ballet––The Nutcracker, through December 30, Auditorium Theatre

Sleeping Beauty, through December 30, Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire

Tony 'n Tina's Wedding, through December 30, Chicago Theatre Works

The Holiday Radio Show, through December 30, Berger Park Coach House

A Christmas Carol, through December 31, Goodman Theatre

The Christmas Schooner, through December 31, Mercury Theater Chicago

Ken Ludwig's 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, through December 31, Broadway Playhouse

Billy Elliot the Musical, through December 31, Ruth Page Center for Arts

It's A Wonderful Life (Live in Chicago!), through January 6, American Blues Theater

42nd Street, through January 7, Drury Lane Theatre

The Minutes, through January 7 Steppenwolf Theatre

Elf The Musical, through January 7, Paramount Theatre

Puff: Believe It Or Not, through January 7, The Greenhouse Theater Center

Hard Times, through January 14, Lookingglass Theatre

Violet, through January 13, The Den Theatre

Hamilton, through April 29, 2018, PrivateBank Theatre
Renegade Craft Fair, December 2-3, Bridgeport Art Center

BrewLights, December 7, Lincoln Park Zoo

St. Lucia Festival of Lights, December 13, Swedish American Museum

Chicago Symphony Orchestra's "Merry, Merry Chicago,December 15-23, Symphony Center

Randolph Street Market Festival, December 16-17, Beaux Arts Plumbers Union Hall Building

Christkindlmarket, through December 24, Daley Plaza

Morton Arboretum Holiday Lights, through January 1, Morton Arboretum in Lisle

ZooLights, through January 7, Lincoln Park Zoo

Christmas Around the World, through January 7, Museum of Science and Industry

Wonderland Express at Chicago Botanic Garden, through January 7, Chicago Botanic Garden

Fantasia: Christmas After Midnight, November 28, Chicago Symphony Center

Earl Klugh, November 29 (two shows), City Winery

Evanescence: Synthesis Live With Orchestra, November 30, Chicago Theatre

Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton, December 2, City Winery

Marc Anthony, December 3, Allstate Arena

Jay-Z, December 5, United Center

Barry Manilow ("A Very Barry Christmas"), December 5, Allstate Arena

Andrea Bocelli, December 6, United Center

B96 Jingle Bash (featuring Taylor Swift, Backstreet Boys, Fifth Harmony, Khalid, Logic, Sabrina Carpenter), December 7, Allstate Arena

Keith Sweat and Will Downing, December 9, The Venue at Horseshoe Casino

Dave Koz, December 9, Chicago Theatre

Erykah Badu, Common, Musiq Soulchild, De La Soul, December 9, Wintrust Arena

Shemekia Copeland, December 9, City Winery

The Lettermen Christmas Show, December 10, Arcada Theatre

XSCAPE ("The Great Xscape Tour"), December 15, United Center

Brian Culbertson, December 15-16, The Montrose Room

The Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Show, December 17, Star Plaza Theatre

Petula Clark, December 17, Arcada Theatre
Sinbad, December 2, The Venue at Horseshoe Casino

Eric Darius, December 2, The Montrose Room​

Stephen Bishop, Kyle Vincent & Elliot Lurie, December 2, Arcada Theatre

         (Go From "I Don't Know" To Being In The Know)
The Tony Award-winning Beautiful: The Carole King Musical returns to Chicago December 5 through January 28 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. The show tells the inspiring true story about King's rise to stardom, beginning in 1959 as a 16-year-old singer/songwriter. It goes further to focus on the period in which she wrote songs with her husband Gerry Goffin and highlights their close relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann. Beautiful features a collection of familiar songs, including "It's Too Late," "You've Got A Friend," "So Far Away," "I Feel The Earth Move," ("You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" and "Beautiful"––all which helped King become an iconic personality who distinguished herself as one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. For tickets and more information go to
The Mercury Theater Chicago production of The Christmas Schooner continues through December 31.
Taylor Swift headlines the B96 Jingle Bash on December 7 at Allstate Arena.
The legendary Petula Clark performs at the Arcada Theatre on December 17.
The "Christmas Around the World" exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry features more than 50 trees and other displays through January 7.
The United Center will be the place to be when hip-hop king Jay-Z, one of the best-selling musicians of all time, hits the stage on December 5.
​Abby, who, like her sister, is a major presence on stage, has embraced the role in a show that tells the inspiring true story about King's rise to stardom, beginning in 1959 as a 16-year-old singer/songwriter. It goes further to focus on the period in which she wrote songs with her husband Gerry Goffin and highlights their close relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann.