DECEMBER 2017 – Yes, we know, you’re so focused on buying everyone you love holiday gifts (and a few for yourself — we know you are) that you forgot to check the calendar of what else is happening around the city. Good thing we’re good at multi-tasking because while we were scooping up great deals on Cyber Monday, we were flipping to another tab in our web browser to find oodles of things for you to do around the city in December. So take a breath, pull yourself away from the shopping cart and go have some fun!
Happy’s Holiday Pop-up Bar
What: Welcoming the naughty and nice alike, our newest pop-up bar lets visitors escape the Windy City’s oh-so-frightful weather for an experience that’s – well – delightful. Warm up with some liquid cheer crafted by Land and Sea Dept., break the ice over board games, and get in the spirit by participating in holiday programming each night – including DJ nights, karaoke, trivia, live music, and more. Happy’s is open to the public from 5pm – midnight on Friday and Saturday nights and from 12pm – 5pm on Sunday through December 30. Each Sunday will feature family-friendly programming, so bring the little ones and have a beer or two while the kids have some holiday fun – including a visit from Santa himself!
When: Weekends in December
Where: The Tank at Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
Twyla Tharp Minimalism and Me
What: This world premiere of one of the world’s most acclaimed dancers and choreographers highlights Tharp’s early works and pulls from 20 she created between 1965 to 1970. While she discusses how minimalism influenced her dance, members of her company will perform.
When: Dec. 7-10
Where: MCA Chicago
Cost: $10 to $45
Race: Are We So Different?
What: Examine race in America through stories and images told through biological, cultural and historical perspectives.
When: Through July 2018
Where: Chicago History Museum
Cost: Included in general admission fee.
SNL: The Experience
What: Re-live more than 40 years of the iconic, groundbreaking sketch comedy show with a hands-on, interactive exhibit that brings to life Studio 8H. You’ll check out Lorne Michaels’ office, the basement where Wayne and Garth shot Wayne’s World, visit the set of Weekend Update and 500 total artifacts throughout the 12,000-square-foot exhibit.
When: Through December 2018. Closed Mondays.
Where: Museum of Broadcast Communications (360 N. State)
Cost: $20-$25; kids under 12 are free.
What: Can it really be the holidays without the Joffrey Ballet’s annual retelling of Tchaikovsky’s iconic tale now told with the backdrop of the 1893 World’s Fair?
When: Dec. 1-30
Where: Auditorium Theatre
Cost: Various prices based on ticket location
It’s a Wonderful Life: Life in Chicago
What: Watch as the American Blues Ensemble re-creates the entire town of Bedford Falls as depicted in the classic movie, It’s a Wonderful Life. With sound effects, caroling and an original score, the story comes to life through a 1940s-style radio show. Stick around after the performance as the cast delivers milk and cookies to the audience.
When: Through Jan. 6, 2018 (arrive 10 minutes before your performance for prizes and audiograms).
Where: American Blues Theater (1225 W. Belmont)
Cost: $19 to $49
Rodin: Sculptor and Storyteller
What: In its first exhibit dedicated to Auguste Rodin since 1923, the Art Institute will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sculptor’s death. Visit the museum to take in beautiful examples of the human form shone with great detail in bronze and stone like his Adam and Eve sculptures — as well as prints, drawings and photographs of Rodin’s friends and contemporaries like Claude Monet and Henri Matisse.
When: Through March 4, 2018
Where: The Art Institute
Cost: Fast Pass Admission tickets cost $29