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A 12-foot tree will be set up decorated Children’s Playroom Frank Lloyd Wright Home Studio during annual Victorian Christmas tours.

A 12-foot tree will be set up and decorated in the Children’s Playroom at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio during the annual Victorian Christmas tours. | Photo submitted

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Updated: January 15, 2014 6:02AM


GORILLA TANGO’S SKOKIE THEATRE: 7924 Lincoln Ave., Skokie. (847) 677-7761; COMEDYSPORTZ performs at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 26-29. Tickets are $25 and $15 for students.

SECOND CITY: Piper’s Alley, 1608 N. Wells. (312) 337-3992. “The Second City’s 101st Revue, Let Them Eat Chaos,” “Clown Car Named Desire,” “What The Tour Guide Didn’t Tell You,” and “The Second City’s Dysfunctional Holiday Show” will be performed through December. Tickets are $16-35.50 for each.

ZANIES: 1548 N. Wells. (312) 337-4027. Patti Vasquez, Dec. 14-15. Female Funnies, Dec. 16. Comedy Central Showcase, Dec. 17. Larry Reeb, Dec. 18-22. Dwayne Kennedy, Dec. 26-29

ZANIES: Pheasant Run Resort and Spa on North Avenue in St. Charles. (630) 513-1761. Chad Daniels, Dec. 14. Lenny Schmidt, Dec. 18-21 and 26-28.

ZANIES: MB Financial Park, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont. (847) 813-0484. Ron Hawking, Dec. 15. The Tuesday Ten Showcase, Dec. 17. Midnight Swinger, Dec. 18-21. Taylor Mason, Dec. 26-28.


DALEY PLAZA: 50 W. Washington St. (312) 494-2175; Christkindlmarket Chicago will be open through Dec. 24. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 24. Admission is free.

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT HOME: 951 Chicago Ave., Oak Park. Free Victorian Christmas tours will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 14 and 21. Free hot chocolate will be serve in the home and courtyard.

GARFIELD PARK CONSERVATORY: 300 N. Central Park Ave. (773) 761-4477. “Sugar from the Sun,” a permanent exhibit, shares the basic story of how plants make sugar, the energy source for all life on Earth.

LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTER CHICAGO: 601 N. Martingale Road, Schaumburg. (847) 592-9700; Winter wonderland to celebrate Holly Jolly Holidays will be on display through Dec. 28. There will be holiday-themed mini-figures; penguin Scavenger Hunt in the Jungle Expedition; photo opportunity with life-sized Santa and snowman LEGO models; building challenges and more. Admission is $20.

NAVY PIER: 600 E. Grand Ave. (866) 273-2469 or visit Santa Lunch Cruise aboard Spirit of Chicago from 12:30 to 3:15 p.m. Dec. 15. Includes a holiday buffet, DJ entertainment, a special appearance by Santa. Cost is $42.90 and kids are $29.95. Reservations required. Snowglobe Live! through Jan. 12. Step inside this 15 foot tall, life-sized snow globe to capture a truly unique holiday memory. Open from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from noon to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Winter WonderFest through Jan. 12. Opens daily at 10 a.m. Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus inside Winter WonderFest through Dec. 24. Visiting times are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Sundays and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.


ELGIN PUBLIC MUSEUM: Lords Park, 225 Grand Blvd. (847) 741-6655. Winter holiday exhibit titled “Touching on Traditions” will be open weekends in December.

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY: 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, (773) 684-1414; Permanent exhibits include: “Science Storm”; “You! The Experience”; U-505 submarine and more. Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light on display through Jan. 5.

PEGGY NOTEBAERT NATURE MUSEUM: 2430 Cannon Drive. (773) 755-5100. Features Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, a 2,700 square-foot greenhouse filled with pools of water, flowers, tropical trees and 1,000 butterflies. Permanent exhibit “Nature’s Lunchbox” shines the spotlight on healthy eating. The exhibit Animal Secrets will be on display through Jan. 21. Wreathing the Bison through Dec. 31. Get your holiday pictures taken in front of the Museum’s iconic Bison, which will be wreathed in eco-friendly holiday flair for the season. Breakfast with the Butterflies at 8 p.m. Dec. 15. Cost is $15. Green gifting workshop will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 21. Flying Fox Animal Show at 11 a.m. Dec. 21. Sounds of the Season from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 26 and 28. Nature’s Creatures Animal Show from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 26.


CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER: 78 E. Washington St. (312) 744-6630; The Protégé Philharmonic will present its Christmas Concert at 3 p.m. Dec. 15. Admission is free.


AUDITORIUM THEATRE: Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway. t (800) 982-2787; The Joffrey Ballet celebrates the 26th annual presentation of Robert Joffrey’s “The Nutcracker” performed through Dec. 28. The Chicago Philharmonic, led by Joffrey Music Director Scott Speck, provides live accompaniment of the classic score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Tickets are $31-132.

BROADWAY PLAYHOUSE: Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut St. (800) 775-2000; “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” performed through Dec. 29. Tickets are $31.30-$72.25.

GOODMAN THEATRE: 170 N Dearborn. (312) 443-3800; “A Christmas Carol” will be performed through Dec. 28. Tickets are $25-88.

LINKS HALL: 3111 N. Western Ave. (773) 281-0824; “Catch Your Breath” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14-15. Tickets are $15-20.

METROPOLIS PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE: 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. (847) 577-2121. “A Christmas Carol” will be performed through Dec. 24. Tickets are $15.50-30. The artwork of Pamela Olin will be featured in the lobby Dec. 20 through Dec. 24. The Second City will perform “Holiday in the Heights,” a sketch comedy revue of holiday traditions, through Dec. 31. Tickets are $29.50-60. A White Christmas Holiday Concert will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16. Tickets are $25. The World Famous Glen Miller Orchestra will perform at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17. Tickets are $40-45.

RAVEN THEATRE COMPLEX: 6157 N. Clark St. (773) 338-2177; “A Klingon Christmas Carol” is translation of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale into the language and culture of Star Trek’s famous warrior aliens, the Klingons, and will be performed through Dec. 29. Tickets are $20-30.

REDMOON THEATRE: 2120 S. Jefferson St. (312) 850-8440; “Winter Pageant,” featuring collaborators The Happiness Club of Chicago, Kalapriya Dance, Indonesian Dance of Illinois, Pineapple Dance Studio, Mexican clown artist Fernando Córdova Hernández, aerialist Helena Reynolds and surf-rock band, The San Andreas Fault, will be performed Dec. 14-15 and 20-22. Tickets are $$10-25 and free for children 3 and under.

SHAKESPEARE THEATRE: Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand Ave. (312) 595-5633; “A Q Brothers’ Christmas Carol” will be performed through Dec. 22. Tickets are $20-35. “The Merry Wives Of Windsor” will be performed through Jan. 19. Tickets are $48-78.

STAGE 773: 1225 W. Belmont (773) 327-5252. “The Normal Heart” will be performed through Dec. 22. Tickets are $24. “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” by Tom Mula will be performed through Dec. 15. Tickets are $25. “We Three Lizas” will be performed through Jan. 5. Tickets are $10-20.


BROOKFIELD ZOO: First Avenue between Ogden Avenue and 31st Street. (708) 688-8000. Holiday Magic on display from 4 to 9 p.m. Dec. 14-15, 21-22 and 26-31. Chicagoland’s largest lights festival surrounds you in the cheer of over 1,000,000 twinkling lights, caroling to the animals, ice carving, laser light shows, live entertainment, and a new holiday light spectacular. Breakfast with Santa at 9 and 11 a.m. 14, 15, 21 and 22. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet with a special appearance from Santa and Mrs. Claus along with some special zoo costumed characters. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Cost is $40.95 and $28.95 for children.

CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN: 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. (847) 556-1778. The Winter Farmers’ Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 15. Wonderland Express will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Jan. 5. The Wonderland Express is light show, a miniature railroad garden, and the city of Chicago in miniature. Tickets are $12 and $10 for seniors and children ages 3 to 12. Children 2 and under are free. Christmas Concert at 2 p.m. Dec. 21. Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 at the door and children 2 and under are free. Ticket price includes concert and access to Wonderland Express.

MORTON ARBORETUM: I-88 and Route 53, Lisle. (630) 968-0074, Enchanted Railroad will travel through an indoor wonderland through Jan. 5. Illumination exhibit daily from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. through Jan. 4. Closed Dec. 16, 24, 25. Engage your senses with dazzling projections, trees that respond to your touch and sound, and vivid, electric colors throughout. Cost is $15 and $10 for children ages 2-17.

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