Top 7 Cultural Happenings in December

Concerts, museums, theater... oh my!

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

The Nutcracker
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

Andrew Bird
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

Taylor Bennett
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

The Christians
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

From The Vault

NADA Announces Exhibitors for Inaugural Chicago Invitational Drinking Coffee With the Mayor On Your Mark... Get Back to North Coast! Roller Skating Revival on Michigan Avenue Fireworks Throughout Chicago History If Chicago Got the Olympics James Beard Awards Come to Chicago