It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

The holidays are looming, and that may mean relatives are coming out of the woodwork. Whether your family is gathering for a meal or is just planning a trip to explore the city, you’re the in-the-know person.  After they’ve checked out the Macy’s State Street windows and shopped till they dropped they’ll need some indoor activity. They’re going to expect you to have the 411 on holiday happenings so they can entertain themselves.

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Here are a few ideas for spreading holiday cheer:

This is the 38th year for the Goodman Here are a few ideas for spreading holiday cheer.  This is the 38th year for the Goodman Theatre’s annual production of A Christmas Carol. You can’t go wrong by suggesting this holiday classic. Even the biggest Scrooge is likely to enjoy this production.

Speaking of classics, A Charlie Brown Christmas opens at the Water Tower Theatre November 21st. As far as family-friendly entertainment goes, you can’t beat this.

Send them off to Lincolnshire to see ELF at the Marriott Lincolnshire Theater. The play is based on the movie starring Will Ferrell and features a well-respected cast.

Or they can go old school with a twist. The Paramount Theatre in Aurora is staging the musical version of A Christmas Story.

As far as spectacle goes, The Joffrey Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker is a thrilling theatrical experience, and local children’s choirs get the opportunity to perform on stage during the ballet.

The Drury Lane Theatre’s production of White Christmas will remind you that Hollywood doesn’t make ‘em like they used to.

The 21 and older crowd will get a laugh out of Christmas Dearest. It’s a parody of A Christmas Carol featuring Mommy Dearest herself, Joan Crawford. You can see it at Mary’s Attic in Andersonville.

If hearing beautiful voices is a hit with your family, Baritones Unbound is going to get their attention. The audience gets to hear songs from each musical period starting from Mozart’s era.

It may not be holiday oriented, but if you haven’t seen Disney Presents The Lion King, you really should. The whole family will walk out smiling from this production at the Cadillac Palace Theatre.

Beautiful— The Carole King Musical opened December 1st at the Oriental Theatre. It was a smash on Broadway, and is filled with music that inspired a generation.

Proof that good things come in small packages is on full display at the Art Institute of Chicago’s Holiday Thorne Rooms. The magnificent miniatures delight new visitors and veterans with their exquisite attention to detail. General admission is free to Illinois residents Thursdays between 5pm and 8 pm.

Another winner is the Museum of Science and Industry’s Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind experience to see dozens of Christmas trees beautifully decorated to represent Chicago’s ethnic communities.

If you visit the Shedd Aquarium over the holidays you can observe festive aquatic shows and have breakfasts with Santa.

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