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A Charlie Brown Christmas
November 14, 2015 - January 3, 2016
Broadway Playhouse Water Tower Place, 175 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL

Tis the season to celebrate everyone’s favorite Peanuts pals as they dig past the commercialized gimmicks of presents and decorations to rediscover the true meaning of Christmas. Through a pageant and a spindly tree, Charlie Brown and friends bring the holiday spirit back to life for families once again! “And for Charlie Brown, it was truly the merriest Christmas ever.” - See more at: Details.
A Christmas Carol
November 14 - December 27, 2015
Albert Theater 170 N Dearborn St Chicago, IL

Join Ebenezer Scrooge as he journeys through his past, present and future to discover the importance of friendship and love—with plenty of jubilant musical numbers, spectacular costumes and hilarious “Bah Humbugs!” along the way! Details.
Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light
November 19, 2015 - January 3, 2016
Museum of Science and Industry 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr Chicago, IL

As is tradition, the museum's 45-foot Grand Tree takes center stage in the Rotunda decked out in 30,000 lights. It takes on a different theme each year so expect giant gears to be part of the decor to match the special MSI exhibit, Robot Revolution. Details.
November 20 - December 24, 2015
Daley Plaza Chicago, IL

Browse the stalls to shop for handcrafted holiday gifts (ornaments, knit caps, cuckoo clocks and more), while enjoying spiced wine, strudel, sausage and other traditional treats. Towering over 50 feet high, the city's official Christmas tree claims a spot here also, making this the perfect holiday photo opp. Details.
The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Michigan Ave Chicago, IL

The "Mag Mile" hotels and shops light up in glorious fashion as more than one million lights adorn the boulevard's 200 trees. The accompanying procession is a show-stopper led by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse from Walt Disney World Resort, who are followed by festive floats and a cast of characters. A fireworks show over the majestic Chicago River keep the festivities going into the night. Details.
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Daley Plaza Chicago, IL

This highly-anticipated event draws people of all ages to the heart of Chicago's downtown Loop. Live performances and festive music begin in the early afternoon and the holidays officially commence at 5pm, when the switch is flipped. The luminous tree continues to sparkle throughout December, surrounded by the festive Christkindlmarket huts and Santa House. Details.
Turkey Day Chicago
Thanksgiving Morning, Thursday, November 26, 2015 9:00 a.m.
Lincoln Park Chicago, IL

Warm up your Thanksgiving appetite with Chicago’s longest running Thanksgiving tradition; the 37th Annual Turkey Day Run Chicago. Bring the whole family, come dressed for the part, and join runners, joggers and walkers for some lighthearted fun. Details.
November 27, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Lincoln Park Zoo 2001 N Clark St, Chicago, IL

Lincoln Park Zoo features millions of holiday lights, ice carvings, music, carousel and train rides, food and gift shopping (plus photos with Santa some days). Details.
One of a Kind Show and Sale Chicago
December 3 - 6, 2015
The Merchandise Mart 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL

This will be the ideal place to find truly unique items for yourself, your home and everyone on your holiday gift list. More than 600 talented artists will set up shop at the 2015 show. Speak with artists one-on-one, attend artist demonstrations, and create something yourself at a crafting workshop. Indulge in gourmet cafes and enjoy fashion shows and live music Details.
The Nutcracker
December 4 - 27, 2015
Auditorium Theatre 50 E Congress Pkwy, Chicago, IL

See Robert Joffrey's version of this holiday favorite for the last time! Don't miss this lavish, beloved holiday tradition, with Tchaikovsky's score performed live by The Chicago Philharmonic. Details.
Santa Hustle Chicago 5k
Saturday, December 5, 2015 8:00 a.m.
Downtown Chicago, IL

See Chicago unlike ever before as thousands of Santas race along the streets and paths of the lakefront. Jingle all the way through the course with candy and cookies, festive music, creative Christmas images, and so much more, it is all designed to get you in the perfect holiday mood. It is bound to be a Christmas tradition you do with your family and friends year after year. The 2015 Santa Hustle Chicago Charity is proud to be partnering with the American Cancer Society. Details.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve”
Monday, December 28, 2015 8:00 p.m.
Allstate Arena 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont, IL

The story follows the journey of a young runaway who, on Christmas Eve, breaks into an abandoned vaudeville theater seeking shelter from the cold, and the ghostly visions she experiences from that concert hall’s past. Details.
Chi Town Rising
Thursday, December 31, 2015
Various Venues Chicago, IL

There will of course be the midnight fireworks, with the new event expected to tie in with the existing celebrations at Navy Pier. A new feature is to be the ascension of a giant Chicago Star up the side of the West Tower of the Hyatt Regency, in what would appear to be a kind of inverse mimicry of the Times Square ball drop. Details.
31st Annual New Year's Day 5K Run/Walk
Friday, January 1, 2016 11:00 a.m.
Lincoln Park Chicago, IL

Here's a smart resolution for the coming year: Start it off on a healthy footing at Chicago's New Year's Day 5K Run & Walk, the city's first official 5K of 2016. Now celebrating its 31st year, this iconic event is an annual fave with Windy City fitness enthusiasts! Details.
The Polar Dash 1600m
January 9, 2015 8:45 a.m.
Chicago Lakefront Chicago, IL

The Dash 1600m is a fun, quick jaunt along the snow-banks of the Chicago Lake Front. All runners get their Polar Dash fleece, Polar Dash hat, as well as a finisher's medal. Once you complete this race we'll have Hot Chocolate waiting for you at the finish line! This is a cold weather race and participants must come ready to run in any kind of wintry weather. Details.
The Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
January 17 - 18, 2016
Wentz Concert Hall 171 E. Chicago Ave Naperville, IL

The themes associated with Dr. Martin Luther King are well-know, and over forty years after his death, still timely and relevant. Brotherhood. Struggle. Adversity. Triumph. Love. Dr. King’s life and work continue to inspire us. This concert begins and ends with gospel and spiritual music courtesy of our friends from the Apostolic Church of God Sanctuary Choir. Details.
Steamy Swamp Punk Mardi Gras Bash
Saturday, January 30, 2016
Chicago Cultural Center 78 East Washington St Chicago, IL

Our entire Krewe party year culminates in a Mardi Gras Bash on the Saturday before Mardi Gras. Featuring Live Music by The Heard and Big Shoulders Brass Band Hurricanes, Swamp Juice, Beer, Wine, Pop and Buffet Details.
Cupid’s Undie Run
Saturday, February 13, 2016 12:00
John Barleycorn Wrigleyville 3524 North Clark St Chicago, IL

This Valentine’s Day weekend, come put the hilarity in charity with hundreds of half-naked runners taking to the streets in celebration of their fundraising for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Details.

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