The Second City’s 107th Mainstage Revue, “Algorithm Nation or, The Static Quo”

**** Recommended **** The Second City continues to do what they do best, making people laugh, and laugh, and laugh some more, with their 107th Mainstage Revue, “Algorithm Nation or, The Static Quo”. The Second City formula – a revue filled with snarky commentary on the news of the day, silly sketches, music, improv, audience…

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Mascot Hall of Fame Opening Dec. 26th

     The Mascot Hall of Fame is excited to officially open our doors to the public on December 26th from 10a.m. to 6p.m. Admission to the museum is $12 for adults and children. Hours are Mon.-Wed., Fri., and Sat. (10a.m. to 6p.m.), Thurs. (10a.m. to 8p.m.), and Sun. (10a.m.to 5p.m.) We hope that you will all come…

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Navy Pier’s Winter WonderFest is Family Fun!

**** Recommended **** If you have kids, you definitely need a family outing to the Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier. Instead of sporting events, trade shows or expose, Festival Hall (170,000 sq. ft.) has been transformed into Winter WonderFest, kind of a summer-time carnival dropped into the North Pole. Everywhere you look,…

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Local Worker to have a “Squirrely” Christmas

by Gayle Kosalko   This may seem to be a squirrely little story….and it is, but it’s a sweet one too.     Back in September a work crew set out to cut down a tree in the Historical Society’s yard.  And while they were working, they noticed a baby squirrel watching them.  There had been…

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You’ll Laugh until Your Cheeks Hurts at “The Play that Goes Wrong”

**** Highly Recommended **** “The Play that Goes Wrong” is one of the funniest plays I’ve ever seen. In fact, I can’t remember when I laughed so much, and I wasn’t alone. Everyone was laughing, all the time! The laughter, which started well before the show began, continued until the end. If you’re feeling blue,…

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The Joffrey Ballet’s Chicago-centric Production of “The Nutcracker” is Magnificent

***** Highly Recommended ***** The Joffrey Ballet’s “Chicago-centric” version of “The Nutcracker”, choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, is quite simply magnificent. By setting “The Nutcracker” against Chicago’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, Wheeldon gave the city a unique gift. I am in awe! Loved everything about “The Nutcracker”. 4 BIG Spotlights! The Joffrey Ballet’s production of “The…

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Spotlight on Lake association Jeffrey Leibham reviews “Cendrillon”

***RECOMMENDED*** Just in time for the holidays, Lyric Opera of Chicago has given all of the arts lovers in the area an incredible gift — their charming new production (which is a Lyric premiere) of “Cendrillon.” Beautifully directed by Laurent Perry (who also designed the fantastic costumes) and conducted by the esteemed Sir Andrew Davis,…

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A Charming Production of “Plaid Tidings”​ at the Towle

**** Recommended **** After fifteen years of “Fabulous Fifties Christmas”, the brain trust at Hammond’s Towle Theater, Jeff Casey and Kevin Bellamy, decided it was time for a change, but not a huge one. It’s still the ‘50s, but they’ve gone Plaid! The cosmic VIP has given the Plaids another chance for a concert, this…

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Goodman Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol” is a Holiday Tradition

***** Highly Recommended ****** The Goodman Theatre’s 41st annual production of “A Christmas Carol”, which remains essentially the same from year to year, is a holiday tradition for many families, spanning generations. The Goodman lobby is festive with decorations and a sparkling holiday shopping area. Now in its 41st year, “A Christmas Carol” is once…

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“The Steadfast Tin Soldier” is a New Holiday Treat for Your Family

**** Highly Recommended **** If you’re looking for a special holiday outing for your family, Lookingglass Theatre’s production of “The Steadfast Tin Soldier” would be a really special treat. Featuring five uber-talented artists, amazing puppets, fantastical costumes and more, “The Steadfast Tin Soldier” is completely charming. Mary Zimmerman’s interpretation of the Hans Christian Anderson story…

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