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2016.12.23 (wk1014)
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RECOMMENDED:
Movie: Holiday Sing-A-Long Double Feature at Music Box Theatre.
Movie: "Passengers" now playing everywhere.
Ongoing: Ice Skating.
..-Fr: Holiday Train.
..-Sa: Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza.
Ongoing: Winter Vacation at Chicago Public Schools.
Ongoing: Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier.
Ongoing: Collected Holiday Songs and Recipes.
Ongoing: Dance Chicago at Athenaeum Theatre.
Fr: Michael Mcdermot Mischief & Mistletoe at City Winery.
Fr: Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Allstate Arena.
Fr: Daft Punk Xmas Dance Party at Beauty Bar.
Fr: Cosmix at Berlin.
Sa: Hanukkah.
Sa: Live Santa tracking.
Sa: Chinatown ride at Daley Plaza.
Sa: "Matzo Bash" at Sound-Bar.
Sa: Mass.
Sa: "Twisted" at Berlin.
Su: Christmas.
Su: "Adult Swim" on TOON.
Mo: Boxing day.
Mo: Kwanza.
Mo-Fr: Poi Dog Pondering at City Winery.
Mo: Pron and Chicken Dance Party at evilOlive.
Tu: Chicago Underground Comedy at Beat Kitchen.
Tu: Proper Drum&Bass at Debonair Social Club.
We-Th: Harlem Globetrotters at Allstate Arena.
We: Bruce In The USA at Park West.
We: Friends of the Devil at Martyrs'.
We: "In One Ear" at Heartland Cafe.
We: Bittersweet at Berlin.
Th: Umphrey's McGee at Riviera Theatre.
Th: "Unbridled" at Untitled.

Movie:    ^
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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"Passengers" now playing.
W/ Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne, Andy Garcia, ...
http://passengersmovie.com
Theaters Everywhere.
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Now playing.
Star Wars Rogue One, 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.
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Seasonal:    ^
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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Holiday Train. -2016.12.23 Yearly. Wk 3-7p, Sa 1-8p.
Th 12.22: Purple Line
Fr 12.23: Yellow Line.
http://transitchicago.com/holidaytrain
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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 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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Winter Vacation. -2017.01.06 Yearly.
http://www.cps.edu
Chicago Public Schools.
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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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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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Ongoing:    ^
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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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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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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Friday 2016.12.23:    ^
Michael Mcdermot Mischief & Mistletoe. 21+ $23-38 8p.
W/ Christmas Carolers & and a special solo acoustic set.
City Winery, 312-733-WINE, 1200 W Randolph.
http://www.citywinery.com/chicago/
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Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Yearly. All ages. $29-69+ Two show: 3p+8p.
Performing their rock opera "The Christmas Attic"
http://trans-siberian.com
Allstate Arena, 847/635-6601, 6920 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont.
http://allstatearena.com
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Daft Punk Xmas Dance Party. 21+ $0 -10p. 9p-2a.
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Beauty Bar, 312/226-8828, 1444 W Chicago Ave.
http://thebeautybar.com/home-chicago
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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.
12.23: Xmas Special Drag Matinee 10p-midnt.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.
http://berlinchicago.com
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Saturday 2016.12.24:    ^
* Hanukkah (aka Chanukah). A Jewish holiday, lasts eight days. -2017.01.01 Yearly. Sunset to sunset.
Marks the reconsecration of the temple of Jerusalem and the miracle of the lamp.
http://chabad.org/holidays
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* Live Santa tracking. Yearly. All ages. Free.
NORAD air traffic control reports on the big guy all night, with videos, minigames, more.
http://www.noradsanta.org
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Chinatown ride. Yearly. All ages. Free 5:30-11:45p.
Xmas Eve pedal to dinner and drinks in Chinatown (Triple Crown Restaurant, 2217 S Wentworth. Movie and/or drinks at Delilah's after.
312/560-3966 http://thechainlink.org/events/xmas-eve-and-hanukkah-in-chinatown
Daley Plaza, 312/346-3278, 50 W Washington. Washington and Dearborn.
http://cityofchicago.org
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"Matzo Bash" Yearly. 21+ $? 8p-4a.
"The biggest Christmas Eve party in Chicago"
http://MatzoBash.com
Sound-Bar, 312/787-4480, 226 West Ontario. Walkable from Red and Brown lines.
http://sound-bar.com
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Mass. Yearly. All ages. Free. 8p-1a.
Late Christmas eve gatherings at most churches welcoming all. Northsiders try the Evanston cluster.
http://bedno.com/mind/seasonal/winter/songs
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"Twisted" Saturdays 21+ $0 -11p, $5 -1a, $7+ 9:30p-5a.
"Meet and mingle with a truly diverse crowd. Dress up or dress down... this is the place to be what you want to be!"
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.
http://berlinchicago.com
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Sunday 2016.12.25:    ^
* Christmas. Christian holiday commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. Yearly.
Gifts are exchanged. Spirit of giving encouraged.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas
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"Adult Swim" Sundays All ages. Free 10p-12a.
Extraordinary block of popular and leading-edge absurdist cartoonage.
http://www.adultswim.com
TOON. On cable.
http://www.cartoonnetwork.com
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Monday 2016.12.26:    ^
Boxing day. Yearly.
Give gifts to service providers such as postal delivery person and trash collector. Sometimes observed on first weekday following xmas.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boxing_Day
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Kwanza. Yearly.
An African American holiday, originally observing the fruit harvest, now with broader themes of family, reverence, commemoration, recommitment and celebration.
http://officialkwanzaawebsite.org
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Poi Dog Pondering. -Friday 21+ $45++ Five Sold Out Nites 8p.
http://poidogpondering.com
City Winery, 312-733-WINE, 1200 W Randolph.
http://www.citywinery.com/chicago/
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Pron and Chicken Dance Party. Mondays 21+ $? 10p-?a.
"A safe haven for all things lewd & crude, lascivious & licentious."
12.26: Stranger Things banger!
http://facebook.com/PnCDjs
evilOlive, 773/235-9100, 1551 W Division.
http://evil-olive.com
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Tuesday 2016.12.27:    ^
Chicago Underground Comedy. Tuesdays 21+ $5 Doors 9p.
"The Hippest, Hottest Stand-Up Showcase to Emerge in Years" +good menu & booze.
http://facebook.com/chicagoundergroundcomedy
Beat Kitchen, 773/281-4444, 2100 W Belmont.
http://beatkitchen.com
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* Proper Drum&Bass. Tuesdays 21+ Free 9p-2a.
12.27: Luis Baro NYC w/ Misfit, AudioPhlex, Megamike, Black Lion.
http://facebook.com/properchicagodrumandbass
Debonair Social Club, 773/227-7990, 1575 N Milwaukee. At North and Damen.
http://debonairsocialclub.com
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Wednesday 2016.12.28:    ^
Harlem Globetrotters. -Thursday Yearly. All ages. $15-136+ Several shows daily.
http://harlemglobetrotters.com
Allstate Arena, 847/635-6601, 6920 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont.
http://www.allstatearena.com
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Bruce In The USA. 18+ $22+ 8p.
Springsteen homage.
http://bruceintheusa.com
Park West, 773/929-1322, 322 W Armitage.
http://parkwestchicago.com
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Friends of the Devil. 21+ $8 8p.
Grateful Dead homage.
https://facebook.com/friendsofthedeviltribute
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln.
http://martyrslive.com/calendar
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"In One Ear" (since 1988). Poetry Open Mic. Wednesdays 18+ $3 10p-?a.
"2nd Longest Running Open-Mic In Chicago!"
http://facebook.com/In-One-Ear-210844945622380
Heartland Cafe, 773/465-8005, 7000 N Glenwood. Near Red Line Morse stop.
http://heartlandcafe.com
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Bittersweet. Last Wednesdays 21+ Free 10p-4a.
DJ Philly Peroxide spins goth club classics and new dark alternative music & video. $2 PBR.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.
http://berlinchicago.com
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Thursday 2016.12.29:    ^
Umphrey's McGee. 18+ $39+ 8p.
http://umphreysmcgee.com
Riviera Theatre, 312/275-6800, 4746 N Racine.
http://rivieratheatre.com
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"Unbridled" Thursdays 21+ Free 9p-2a.
DJs, vaudevillians, burlesque and extreme acts. "New Year. New Show. Still Freaky."
http://facebook.com/UnbridledatUntitled
Untitled, 312/880-1511, 111 W. Kinzie.
http://untitledchicago.com
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Many great exhibits of local works and curated collections. All ages. Free. Mo-Th 8a-7p, Fr 8a-6p, Sa 9a-6p, Su 10a-6p.
With various special events, music and performances almost every day.
Chicago Cultural Center, 312/744-6630, 78 E Washington. SE of State/Lake train stops.
http://chicagoculturalcenter.org
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Various good modern art shows. All ages. $0-12, Free Tu 10a-8p, Mo closed, We-Su 10a-5p.
Museum of Contemporary Art, 312/280-2660, 220 E Chicago.
http://mcachicago.org
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LIKE A DOWNTOWN AMUSEMENT PARK. All ages. Mostly free.
With Giant Ferris Wheel, IMAX theatre, historic carousel, a*mazing Chicago ride, classic spinning swing ride, new mini-golf course, major VR games, food court, quality restaurants and bars, stained glass window museum, enclosed garden, wonderful specialty shops, children's museum, water taxis, several cruise lines and the Shakespeare Theatre.
Summer: 10a-10p Su-Th, 10a-midnt Fr-Sa; Fall: Mo-Th 10a-9p, Fr+Sa 10a-11p, Su 10a-7p; Winter: 10a-8p Mo-Th, 10a-10p Fr-Sa, 10a-7p Su.
Navy Pier, 312/222-9328, 600 E Grand. On-site parking, or Grand Red line stop then take free trolley.
http://www.navypier.com
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See how the universe works. All ages. $10-18+ Mo-Fr 9:30a-4:30p (-10p 1st Fridays), Sa/Su 9a-4:30p, closed xmas, open -6p 12.26-1.5.
Much high tech exhibitry.
Adler Planetarium, 312/922-7827 (STAR), 1300 S Lake Shore.
http://www.adlerplanetarium.org
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Masterpieces. All ages. $0-18 Mo/Tu/We/Fr 10:30a-5p, Th 10:30a-8p, Sa/Su 10a-5p, closed xgiving+xmas.
And other interesting permanent and visiting exhibits.
Art Institute, 312/443-3500, 210 S Michigan.
http://artinstituteofchicago.org
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World class gardens. Easy to get to. All ages. $8.75 parking. 8a-sunset, closed xmas.
385 acres, 23 gardens, 9 islands, prarie simulation, oriental features, miniature railway, produce, shows, restaurant, more...
Chicago Botanic Gardens, 847/835-5440, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe.
http://www.chicago-botanic.org
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Quality exhibits and activities for young minds. All ages. $0-14, Free Th 5-8p. 10a-5p.
Chicago Children's Museum, 312/527-1000, Navy Pier.
http://chicagochildrensmuseum.org
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Natural History done right. All ages. $6-12. Last entry 4p, closed xmas. 9a-5p.
"Sue" permanent dinosaur exhibit, insects, anthropology, world culture, geology, ecology, much more.
Field Museum, 312/922-9410, Roosevelt at Lake Shore Drive.
http://www.fmnh.org
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Exhibits covering 4000 years of surgical history. Not for the squeamish. All ages. $3-6, Free Tuesdays. Tu-Sa 10a-4p. Closed 12.24-25, 12.31-1.1.
International Museum of Surgical Science, 312/642-6502, 1524 N Lake Shore.
http://www.imss.org
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World class zoo. Now with web cams. All ages. Free (Building hours vary) 9a-6p.
Lincoln Park Zoo, 773/742-2000, 2200 N Cannon.
http://www.lpzoo.com
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Consistent world class wonderland, set aside a whole day. All ages. $6-11 +parking/movies, Sometimes free. Mo-Sa 9:30a-4p, Su 11a-4p.
Exhibits include clock (possibly the best historical collection in existence), trains, toys, flight, genetics, chemistry, coal, petroleum, human body slices, cyberspace, farming, the U-505, TONS of space flight tech, and much more.
Museum of Science and Industry, 773/684-1414, 57th at Lake Shore.
http://www.msichicago.org
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Truly stunning world class aquarium. $11-18, some deal days. Sa/Su 9a-6p, Mo-Fr 9a-5p (-6p in summer), some later days.
Rear outside deck has the city's best skyline view. Now with web cams.
Shedd Aquarium, 312/939-2438, 1200 S Lake Shore.
http://SheddAquarium.org
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Notes:    ^
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2016.12.23