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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

​This Wonderful Life, through November 26, Edge Theatre

Arnie The Doughnut, through November 26, Lifeline Theatre

Marisol, through November 26, Raven Theatre

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
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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

The Book of Will, through December 17, Northlight Theatre

Newsies, through December 17, Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire

Breath, Boom, through December 17, Athenaeum Theatre

A GUIDE TO WHAT'S HAPPENING IN CHICAGOLAND
Quixote: On The Conquest of Self, through December 17, Writers Theatre

Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black and White, through December 17, The Artistic Home

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

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

Sleeping Beauty, through December 30, Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire

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

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

The Minutes, through December 31, Steppenwolf Theatre

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

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
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT . . . 
                       CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: 'CRYSTAL' 
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Christkindlmarket, November 18-December 24, Daley Plaza

McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade, November 23, State Street and Randolph Street

ZooLights, November 24-January 7, Lincoln Park Zoo

Thanksgiving Soul Jam (The Whispers, Russell Thompkins & The New Stylistics, The Manhattans, The Intruders), November 24, Star Plaza Theatre
THEATER
CONCERTS
ASSORTED ACTIVITIES
Marquis Hill, J.P. Floyd, November 24, The Promontory

The String Cheese Incident, November 24-25, Chicago Theatre

Kurt Elling, November 25-26, City Winery

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

Marc Anthony, December 3, Allstate Arena

Jay-Z, December 5, United Center

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

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

The Lettermen Christmas Show, December 10, Arcada Theatre

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


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

         (Go From "I Don't Know" To Being In The Know)
School of Rock continues through November 19 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre.
Master guitarist Earl Klugh performs two shows at City Winery on November 29.
The captivating presentation of black history in the musical, Living The Black Renaissance: A Musical Resistance Against Racism, runs through November 19 at the Black Ensemble Theater.
Mariah Carey kicks off the holiday season with her "All I Want for Christmas is You" concert on November 18 at the Chicago Theatre.
The 2017 Thanksgiving Parade on November 23 begins at State and Randolph streets.
In its first on-ice production, Cirque du Soleil presents "Crystal: A Breakthrough Ice Experience" at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates from November 16-19. During the sometimes breathtaking show, gymnasts and skaters skillfully perform acrobatics on the ice and in the air while bringing synchronized skating and freestyle offerings together in the unique style in which Cirque du Soleil is known. Aside from the artistry, there is a story in this production, which introduces spectators to the character Crystal, who after seeing her reflection on the ceiling skating upside down, begins a tour of self-discovery as she speedily glides on the ice in a bizarre world. Crystal is Cirque du Soleil's 42nd original production since 1984. For tickets and more information, go to www.searscentrearena.com or www.cirquedusoleil.com.
Matt Beard/2017 Cirque du Soleil