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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

Dream Freaks Fall From Space, open run, Second City

Barney the Elf, December 16 through December 30, The Greenhouse Theater Center

The Minutes, December 16 through January 7, Steppenwolf Theatre

Sleeping Beauty, December 16 through December 30, Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire

Red Velvet, December 16 through January 21, Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Hamlet, through December 22, Public House Theatre

The Tiger Who Wore White Gloves, through December 23, eta Creative Arts Foundation

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

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

Peter Pan, December 23 through January 1, Cahn Auditorium in Evanston

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

Flamingo and Decatur, January 4 through February 18, Theater Wit

For The Loyal, January 5 through February 4, Athenaeum Theatre

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

Elf The Musical, through January 7, Paramount Theatre

Violet, through January 13, The Den Theatre

Hard Times, through January 14, Lookingglass Theatre

Wicked, through January 21, Oriental Theatre

Sammy: The Story of Sammy Davis Jr., through January 21, Black Ensemble Theater 

Potted Potter, through January 21, Broadway Playhouse

The Tortoise and the Hare, January 24 through February 19, Beverly Arts Center

Turandot, through January 27, Lyric Opera

Beautiful--The Carole King Musical, through January 28, Cadillac Palace Theatre

BLKS, through January 28, Steppenwolf Theatre

The Humans, January 30 through February 11, Cadillac Palace Theatre 

Hamilton, through September 2, 2018, PrivateBank Theatre
Chicago Symphony Orchestra's "Merry, Merry Chicago,through December 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

"E. Faye & Felicia: Lettin' The Good Times Roll,through January 7, The Biograph

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.