Between holiday parties and holiday shopping, there’s no shortage of things you could do in December. But sometimes we get caught up in the everyday stuff and forget there’s a whole city of culture out there for us to embrace. Here are seven things you can do — from live music to live theater — this December.
A Christmas Carol
What it is: Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas show about family, hope, dreams, redemption and, above all else, kindness and charity to your fellow man.
Where: The Goodman Theatre through Dec. 31
What it is: The world premiere of a new look at the classic Nutcracker as envisioned through the guise of the World’s Fair of 1893, set in Chicago, by the renowned Joffrey Ballet.
Where: Auditorium Theatre – Dec. 10-30
What it is: Chicago-area native Bird brings his show – complete with violins and whistles to the city for a special holiday show.
Where: Fourth Presbyterian Church Dec. 14 through 16
What it is: He may be Chance the Rapper’s younger brother, but this is an opportunity to catch the rising hip-hop star in a small venue before he blows up to his brother’s level.
Where: Metro on Dec. 23
Maxwell and Mary J. Blige
What it is: Two of the most sensual, beautiful and powerful R&B singers take the stage together – and separately – to make you get up and dance in the aptly titled King and Queen of Hearts Tour.
Where: United Center on Dec. 14
Phantom of the Opera
What it is: It’s Phantom … one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musicals. If you have to ask, you need to get tickets.
Where: Cadillac Palace Dec. 14 through Jan. 8
What it is: A show that explores faith in America through the eyes of a storefront pastor who grows his congregation into a mega church and starts to question its validity.
Where: Steppenwolf through Jan. 29