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Events on Friday, December 9th, 2016

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International Gem and Jewelry Show. -Sunday Yearly. $6-8.
Well known annual with great variety and deals.
http://intergem.com
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 847/692-2222, 5555 N River Road, Rosemont.
http://rosemont.com
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* Holiday Toy Ride (since 2003). Yearly. All ages. 6:30a.
Donate a new toy to join. Ends at Corcoran's Grill & Pub (1615 N. Wells).
http://toyridechicago.com
Amling's Cycle, 847/692-4240, 8140 N. Milwaukee, Niles.
http://amlingscycle.com/
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Jerry Seinfeld. $50-175+ 9+7p.
http://jerryseinfeld.com/
Chicago Theatre, 773/561-9500, 175 N State. Downtown.
http://thechicagotheatre.com
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Queensryche. 17+ $27 7p-2a.
http://queensryche.com
Concord Music Hall, 773/570-4000, 2047 N Milwaukee. Near Blue Line Western stop. Body searches. No reentry.
http://concordmusichall.com
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* Acrobatica Infiniti Circus. 21+ $25-40 8p.
Breathtaking acts combining circus, cosplay, and genre fiction.
http://aicircus.com
Uptown Underground, 773/867-1946, 4707 N Broadway.
http://uptownunderground.net
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Karl Denson's Tiny Universe. 18+ $25 9p.
http://karldenson.us/
Park West, 773/929-1322, 322 W Armitage.
http://parkwestchicago.com
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Cosmix. Fridays 21+ $0-5 10p-4a.
"A multimedia music & video dance party where art meets nightlife." Often preceded by theme events. Greg Haus spins Electronica/Indie Alternative dance music.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.
http://berlinchicago.com
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Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (since 1988). Fr/Sa/Su -2016.12.11 Sold out. 11:30p.
BEST OF shows, wrapping their 28 YEAR RUN!
Neo-Futurarium, 773/275-5255, 5153 N Ashland.
http://neofuturists.org
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Seasonal ^
Collected Holiday Songs, Recipes and Stories. -2016.12.30 Yearly. All ages. Free.
Check out this terrific comprehensive set of popular holiday songs, recipes and stories.
http://bedno.com/winter
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HOLIDAY CLASSICS. -2017.01.03 Yearly. All ages.
* A Christmas Carol: 11.19-12.31 Goodman Theatre, 312/443-3800, 200 S Columbus, http://goodmantheatre.org
* The Nutcracker: 12.10-12.30 Joffrey Ballet, Auditorium Theatre, 312/431-2357, 50 E Congress, http://www.joffrey.com
* Christmas Around The World: 11.17-01.03 Dozens of spectacular International holiday decorated trees, Museum of Science and Industry, http://msichicago.org
* Zoolights: 11.25-01.01 Over a million lights, certain dates/times, Lincoln Park Zoo, http://lpzoo.com
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Ice Skating. -2017.02.28 Yearly.
Weather permitting: Wrigley Field; Millennium Park, 312/742-5222, 55 N Michigan; Warren Park, 773/262-8656, 6601 N Western; Riis Park, 312/746-5735, 6100 W Fullerton; Daley Plaza, 312/742-7650, 337 E Randolph; more...
http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/facilities/ice-rinks/
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Winter Wonderfest (since 2001). -2017.01.08 Yearly. All ages. $10-25+ Hours vary.
Festival Hall is transformed into a wonderland of lush decorated trees, sparkling lights, wintertime decorations and a main town square with vending. Includes ice rink, inflatable slide/bungee games. Santa and elves listen to children's wishes in a mountain top village.
Navy Pier, 312/222-9328, 600 E Grand.
http://navypier.com
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Christkindlmarket (since 1997). Festive German style holiday market. -2016.12.24 Yearly. All ages. Free Su-Th -8p, Fr+Sa -9p 11a.
50 Timber cabins, ethnic foods, fine crafted gifts, music, sweets.
http://christkindlmarket.com
Daley Plaza, 312/744-3370, 50 W Washington. Washington and Dearborn.
http://cityofchicago.org
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Holiday Train. -2016.12.23 Yearly. Wk 3-7p, Sa 1-8p.
Fr 12.09: Blue Line
Sa 12.10: Blue Line
Tu 12.13: Red Line
We 12.14: Purple Line
Th 12.15: Red Line
Fr 12.16: Purple Line
Sa 12.17: Red & Purple Lines (photos w/ Santa)
Th 12.22: Purple Line
Fr 12.23: Yellow Line.
http://transitchicago.com/holidaytrain
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Ongoing ^
"Office Christmas Party" now playing.
W/ Kate McKinnon, Olivia Munn, Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Chung, T.J. Miller, Jason Bateman, ...
http://officechristmasparty.com
Theaters Everywhere.
http://bedno.com/movies
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Different rock, experimental, jazz, ethnic bands almost every night. 21+ $?
Metro / SmartBar, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark, Near Red Line Addison stop, metrochicago.com
Darkroom, 773/276-1411, 2210 W Chicago, darkroombar.com
Double Door, 773/489-3160, 1572 N Milwaukee, Wicker Park near Blue line Damen stop, doubledoor.com
Empty Bottle, 773/276-3600, 1035 N Western, dive-ish, emptybottle.com
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln, martyrslive.com
Ravinia, 847/266-5100, Highland Pk, ravinia.org
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Holiday Sing-A-Long Double Feature (since 1984). -2016.12.24 Yearly. $10-15 Various times.
"White Christmas" and "It's a Wonderful Life" double features with singing between (and during) lead by Santa.
Music Box Theatre, 773/871-6604, 3733 N Southport.
http://www.musicboxtheatre.com
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Now playing.
Jackie, Bad Santa 2, Rules Don't Apply, A Street Cat Named Bob, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Officer Downe, Arrival, The Love Witch, Doctor Strange, Trolls, ...
Theaters Everywhere.
http://bedno.com/movies
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WAY too much great theater and comedy and dance to cover.
Pickup Reader and NewCity and TimeOut magazines.
Hundreds of city locations.
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Dance Chicago (since 1995). -2017.02.14 Yearly. All ages. $25+ Various times. 8:15p.
100s of performers, 100s of works.
http://dancechicago.com
Athenaeum Theatre, 773/935-6875, 2936 N Southport.
http://www.athenaeumtheatre.com
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