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Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale
November 4, 2014 - January 4, 2015
Broadway Playhouse 175 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL

Dee Snider, infamous lead singer of Twisted Sister, has created and stars in a VERY funny, VERY rocking and (sshhh!) VERY sweet new holiday musical, guaranteed to rock your whole family’s holiday. Details.
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
November 25, 2014
Daley Plaza 50 W. Washington St. Chicago, IL

The holiday season officially commences when the switch is flipped and the lights begin to sparkle. Live performances, festive holiday music and more will take place. Details.
McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade
November 27, 2014
Downtown Chicago on State St Chicago, IL

Giant helium balloons, remarkable floats, award-winning marching bands, talented equestrian units, unique performance groups, local and national celebrities Details.
The Ugly Sweater Run™CHICAGO
November 29, 2014
Soldier Field 1410 Museum Campus Dr. Chicago, IL

Rummage up the Ugliest Sweaters you can find and celebrate the Holidays by participating in the best 5k of the year. Join thousands of runners and walkers from around the nation at a local Ugly Sweater Run near you. If you’ve never run a 5k before, this is a great way to burn some calories before receiving hot chocolate and a choice of Sam Adam’s Winter Lager, Boston Lager, or Angry Orchard Hard Cider. Details.
The Nutcracker
December 5 - 28, 2014
Joffrey Tower 10 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL

Don’t miss the glorious Chicago holiday tradition: America’s #1 Nutcracker! A grand production with Tchaikovsky’s glorious score played live by The Chicago Philharmonic. Details.
Holiday Bricktacular
December 6, 2014 - January 4, 2015
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago 601 N. Martingale Rd Schaumburg, IL

Step out of the cold and into a winter wonderland filled with LEGO brick at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago’s annual Holiday Bricktacular! Throughout the month of December, young brick fans are invited to play special seasonal games and deck the halls with loads of brick-tastic holiday fun! Details.
2014 Jingle Bell Run/Walk
December 13, 2014
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 2430 N Cannon Dr, Chicago, IL

Wear a holiday themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Raise funds to help find a cure for arthritis, the nation's leading cause of disability. Run or walk a 5 kilometer route or run a 10k route with your team members and celebrate the season by giving. Details.
Rudolph Ramble 8K & Donner Dash
December 14, 2014
Lincoln Park Chicago, IL

Whether you run, walk, or just stand and cheer, you're invited to make spirits bright for youngsters in need by making a donation or contributing a new toy to Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Details.
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
December 16, 2014 - January 4, 2015
Cadillac Palace Theatre 151 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL

This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs. Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream… or a really great pair of shoes. Details.
Handel’s Messiah
December 21 - 22, 2014
Harris Theater 205 E. Randolph Dr Chicago, IL

The music of Handel comes to life in Chicago every Christmas with his magnificent Messiah performed by a chorus of thousands, world-class soloists and a full orchestra of local professional and amateur volunteer musicians. Details.
The Resolution Gala
December 31, 2014
Navy Pier 600 East Grand Ave Chicago, IL

The greatest celebration of the New Year, and the party that will create the threshold of excitement for the entire year, will be held at the Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier in Chicago. This event will outshine the amazing outcome of the first and allow first time attendees to realize what they had missed last year. Details.
30th Annual New Year's Day 5K Run/Walk
January 1, 2015
Lincoln Park (Stockton Drive & LaSalle) | Chicago, IL

A portion of run/walk proceeds will benefit the Lake View Citizens' Council, a non-profit neighborhood organization. In addition, there will be a post-event party at a local neighborhood establlishment that includes the awarding of winner trophies and raffle prizes. This gathering will also include a complimentary drink to those 21 years of age and older (with ID) as well as non-alcoholic drinks for participants of all ages. Details.
Luxury Bridal Expo
January 4, 2015
Chicago Marriott O’Hare 8535 W. Higgins Rd. Chicago, IL

The Expo allows you and your entire bridal party to sample wedding cake, hear music, meet wedding photographers, hold flowers, sit in a limousine, and see the bridal fashion show that everyone is talking about! Details.
Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show
January 14 - 18, 2015
McCormick Place 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL

If you love boating, camping, fishing, RVing, OR sailing, this is YOUR show! There’s no better place to see and buy. Plus, an incredible line up of family-friendly features, boating, sailing and RVing education and hands-on activities that make a day at the show fun for everyone! Details.
Ideal Home Show Chicago
January 23 - 25,2015
McCormick Place 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL
From the most comprehensive shopping opportunity for buyers and sellers of remodeling, comfy interiors, ideal kitchen-baths to lively outdoor spaces, new trends, leading edge products never seen before, innovative features in the marketplace and MUCH More! Details.
Chicago Restaurant Week
January 30 - February 12, 2015
Various Venues in Chicago, IL

Over 250 restaurants take part so get a taste of the city's rich, culinary diversity: Italian, French, Spanish, Korean, Thai and more! Between the neighborhood favorites and downtown hotspots, you can feast on delicious multi-course menus all across the city and suburbs. Details.
The 13th Annual Chicago Maritime Festival
April 18, 2015
The Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL
Celebrate the city’s diverse maritime community and heritage. Activities include seminars, demonstrations, exhibits, and workshops. Topics include underwater archeology, boating safety,Great Lakes history, marine art, maritime music, tall ships, lighthouses, privateers, and much more. Details.

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