The Nutcracker House Theatre of Chicago

Nov 8 to Dec 30th (showtimes here)


House Thretre presents this wholly original, ballet-free show year after year because it truly has something for everyone. The show is fast-paced, beautifully choreographed, family-friendly, and moving for even those of us that might be on the grinch's side from time to time.


House's fantastical expansion of this holiday classic centers on young Clara's journey to save Christmas in the face of grief. With help of a magical nutcracker, this brave girl will risk the darkness, fight the Rat King, and save her family! This modern holiday production weaves together riveting dialogue, astonishing puppetry, original song, and spellbinding spectacle to tell a heartwarming, darkly moving story of magic and hope -- a fun outing for the whole family.


Tickets $20-$50 ($20 Previews).  Box Office/more: 773-769-3832


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The Long Christmas Dinner Chicago Fringe Opera

A chamber opera by German composer Paul Hindemith.

A series of Christmas dinners are celebrated by one family over a period of ninety years, fused into a single, long meal. Hindemith's expressive music reveals what Wilder called the "mill of time": a simultaneous view of the past, present, and future, allowing us to choose whether to perceive such overlap as misfortune, or consolation, or both at once.


Tickets: $15-40.  Info/Box Office: 773-312-393


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Manifest(o): no matter where i go, i still end up me Firenza Guidi & Columbia College Chicago

Manifest(o) is a devised practice, research and training project leading to a site specific performance. It is an promenade performance in which the site becomes a co-player.

Free Admission.
Audience capacity is limited, reservation required -



Leon Forest Prose Awards Guild Literary Complex

The Leon Forrest Prose Awards is an annual competition acknowledging promising new work by emerging and established prose writers in fiction and non-fiction from Chicago and throughout Illinois.

The contest culminates in a public recognition of literary achievement at which semi-finalists in each category, selected by accomplished writers as guest judges, read their work, winners are chosen by audience ballot, and a cash prize of $500 is awarded in each category.

Tickets $10  Box office/More info -

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