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Thursday 2017.12.14
* Hanukkah (aka Chanukah). A Jewish holiday, lasts eight days. -2017.12.20 Yearly. Sunset to sunset.
Marks the reconsecration of the temple of Jerusalem and the miracle of the lamp.
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Dreaming Bigger in Strange Times. -2017.12.16 Th+Fr -6p, Sa+Su 12-4p.
Invitational exhibition featuring women artists currently residing in the Midwest.
Woman Made Gallery, 312/738-0400, 2150 S Canalport #4A-3.
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Andrew Bird. -Thursday All ages. $50+ 4 shows. 8p.
Gezelligheid Concert w/ Joan Shelley.
andrewbird.netFourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E Chestnut St. Anderson Hall\.
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Illenium. 17+ $25-88 8p.
W/ Minnesota, Said the Sky, Dabin.
illenium.comAragon Ballroom, 773/561-9500, 1106 W Lawrence. Near Red line Lawrence stop.
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Michelle L'Amour's show. Thursdays 21+ Free 8p-2a.
Weekly nite of vaudevillians, burlesque and extreme acts.
facebook.com/UnbridledatUntitledUntitled, 312/880-1511, 111 W. Kinzie.
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Friday 2017.12.15
* 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).
toyridechicago.comAmling's Cycle, 847/692-4240, 8140 N. Milwaukee, Niles.
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* Acrobatica Infiniti Circus. 3rd Fridays 21+ $25-40 8p UNCONFIRMED
The Nerd Circus! Combining circus, cosplay, and genre fiction for all manner of fans. Great performers, breathtaking acts. Showcasing new works and fan favorites from silly to sensual: fire eating, trapeze, straps, juggling, hula hooping, aerial ring, comedy, acrobatics and more! Also raffle, swag, photo booth...
aicircus.comUptown Underground, 773/867-1946, 4707 N Broadway.
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Blacklight Blackout (since 2011). 3rd Fridays 21+ Free 10p-2a UNCONFIRMED
Big freakfest in a tiny space. Lots of DJs, cheap beer, UV paints, radiation.
facebook.com/blacklightblackoutexitExit, 312/395-2700, 1315 W North. 2nd Fl.
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Cosmix. Fridays 21+ $0-5 10p-4a UNCONFIRMED
"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.
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Saturday 2017.12.16
** Holiday Rampage ride. Yearly. All ages. Food+drinx from 11am, leaves after 1p.
Jolly horde of mischievous Dreidels, Santas and Elves and kin visit liquor stores and bustling retail areas spreading bike winter love.
bedno.com/fb/165850267335307Twisted Spoke, 312/666-1500, 501 N. Ogden. Near Grand/Racine.
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College of Complexes (since 1951). "The Playground for People Who Think" Saturdays All ages. $3? 2.5hrs 6-11p.
Structured Weekly Free Speech Forum With Quality Lecturers and Good American Food And Bar.
12.16: The History and Current Situation on the Ground in Palestine / Israel - through poetry, prose and art.
312/326-2120 collegeofcomplexes.orgDappers East Restaurant, 773/509-9100, 2901 W. Addison.
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Todd Rundgren. -Sunday 18+ $60-200+ 2 nites. Sold out. 8p.
Bring a toy to donate.
toddrundgren.comPark West, 773/929-1322, 322 W Armitage.
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Horizon Tour. 18+ $30+ 9p.
W/ Seven Lions, Tritonal, Kill The Noise.
horizontour.orgAragon Ballroom, 773/561-9500, 1106 W Lawrence. Near Red line Lawrence stop.
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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.
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Kiss Kiss Cabaret (since 2011). Saturdays 18+ $20-40 10p.
A wild mix of hilarious hosts, quirky musicians, incredible variety performers and beautiful burlesque beauties. Catch the up-close magic show at 7:30p.
kisskisscabaret.comUptown Underground, 773/867-1946, 4707 N Broadway.
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Vaudezilla! Saturdays 18+ $20 10:30p.
One-of-a-kind burlesque, drag, and aerial acts ranging from classic Vegas-style showgirls to cutting-edge gender-non-conforming performance artists.
Vaudezilla.comStage 773, 773/327-5252, 1225 W. Belmont. Near Racine.
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Neverland Purity Ball. 21+ $50+ 11p.
6th annual "White Party" w/ DJs Abel and Alex Cabot.
facebook.com/NeverlandPartiesMetro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.
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Sunday 2017.12.17
Vintage Garage. 3rd Sundays $? 11a-6p.
100 vintage and antique dealers.
847/579-9079 vintagegaragechicago.com5051 N Broadway Uptown between Foster and Argyle.
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New Fox cartoons. Sundays All ages. Free 7p UNCONFIRMED
May include Simpsons, Family Guy, Bob's Burgers, Last Man on Earth, more.
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"Adult Swim" Sundays All ages. Free 10p-12a.
Extraordinary block of popular and leading-edge absurdist cartoonage.
adultswim.comTOON. On cable.
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Monday 2017.12.18
Do-it-Yourself Messiah (since 1976). A grand tradition. -Tuesday Yearly. All ages. Free but sells out. RSVP required. 7p.
Handel's work with full orchestra, audience participates as chorus.
888/880-9701 imfchicago.org/programs/do-it-yourself-messiahHarris Theater, 312/334-7777, 205 E Randolph. Millennium Park.
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Pron and Chicken Dance Party. Mondays 21+ $? 10p-?a.
"A safe haven for all things lewd & crude, lascivious & licentious."
12.18: Star Wars Banger.
facebook.com/PnCDjsThe Mid, 312/265-3990, 306 North Halsted.
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Tuesday 2017.12.19
Chi Hack Night. Tuesdays All ages. Free 6-10p UNCONFIRMED
"Volunteers create web apps with open data to improve transparency, efficiency, and decision-making for governments and our democracy."
chihacknight.org1871, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza. 12th Floor.
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Chicago Underground Comedy. Tuesdays 21+ $5 Doors 9p.
"The Hippest, Hottest Stand-Up Showcase to Emerge in Years" +good menu & booze.
facebook.com/chicagoundergroundcomedyBeat Kitchen, 773/281-4444, 2100 W Belmont.
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Proper Drum&Bass. Tuesdays 21+ $0-15 9p-2a.
12.19: Makoto (Tokyo).
facebook.com/properchicagodrumandbassDebonair Social Club, 773/227-7990, 1575 N Milwaukee. At North and Damen.
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Wednesday 2017.12.20
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Seasonal
Collected Holiday Songs, Recipes and Stories. -2017.12.29 Yearly. All ages. Free.
Check out this terrific comprehensive set of popular holiday songs, recipes and stories.
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HOLIDAY CLASSICS. -2018.01.03 Yearly. All ages.
* A Christmas Carol: 11.18-12.31 Goodman Theatre, 312/443-3800, 200 S Columbus, http://goodmantheatre.org
* The Nutcracker: 12.01-12.30 Joffrey Ballet, Auditorium Theatre, 312/431-2357, 50 E Congress, http://www.joffrey.com
* Christmas Around The World: 11.17-01.07 Dozens of spectacular International holiday decorated trees, Museum of Science and Industry, http://msichicago.org
* Zoolights: 11.24-01.07 Over a million lights, certain dates/times, Lincoln Park Zoo, http://lpzoo.com
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Ice Skating. -2018.02.28 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...
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Winter Wonderfest (since 2001). -2018.01.07 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.
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Christkindlmarket (since 1997). Festive German style holiday market. -2017.12.24 Yearly. All ages. Free Su-Th -8p, Fr+Sa -9p 11a.
50 Timber cabins, ethnic foods, fine crafted gifts, music, sweets.
christkindlmarket.comDaley Plaza, 312/744-3370, 50 W Washington. Washington and Dearborn.
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Holiday Train. -2017.12.23 Yearly. Wk 3-7p, Sa 1-8p.
Fr 12.08: Blue line
Sa 12.09: Blue line (+photos on Pink line)
Tu 12.12: Red line
We 12.13: Purple line
Th 12.14: Red line.
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A Klingon Christmas Carol. -2017.12.17 Yearly. All ages. $22+ Th-Sa 8p, Su 2p.
"Scrooge has no honor, nor any courage. Can three ghosts help him to become the true warrior he ought to be in time to save Tiny Tim from a horrible fate? Performed in the Original Klingon with English Supertitles, and narrative analysis from The Vulcan Institute of Cultural Anthropology."
edgeoforion.com/klingon-christmas-carolRaven Theatre, 773/338-2177, 6157 N Clark.
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Ongoing
Holiday Sing-A-Long Double Feature (since 1984). -2017.12.24 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.
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Now playing.
The Disaster Artist, The Shape of Water, The Man Who Invented Christmas, Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, Justice League, Thor: Ragnarok, Bad Moms Christmas, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, Blade Runner 2049, Lucky, Battle of the Sexes, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, In Search of Fellini, ...
Theaters Everywhere.
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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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The Infinite Wrench. -2017.12.17 Su 7p, Fr+Sa 11:30p.
Successor to TMLMBGB's 28 year run.
Neo-Futurarium, 773/275-5255, 5153 N Ashland.
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