Discover the Power of Plants

Garfield Park Conservatory | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Drop in anytime between 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the conservatory's Elizabeth Morse Genius Children's Garden to plant an imaginary garden, build a tropical habitat, help water the plants, or read a book under the tropical canopy. Runs through entire 2012.

When: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Snowman Contest

Irons Oaks | Olympia Fields, Ill.

FREE  

Build a snowman out of biodegradable and natural items to win. Fill out an entry form at the main office.

Cost: Free

Free ice skating

Martin Avenue Homewood Ice Rink | Downtown Homewood, Ill.

FREE  

Nestled in the heart of downtown Homewood, Martin Avenue is an ice skating venue for the entire family. Fully staffed and equipped with free rentals, open skate is from 2-8 p.m. Dec. 7, 8, 15, and 22. Skate rentals are free and most sizes available or bring your own skates.

Cost: Free

Babes in Toyland

AlphaBet Soup Productions | Lombard, Ill.

Someone is trying to foreclose on Mother Gooseland in this humorous twist on a fairytale classic. Performances are Nov. 10-21 at Lewis University in Romeoville; Nov. 29-30 at North Central College in Naperville; and Dec. 5-7 at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Cost: Call for cost

Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group at Briar Street Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

Blue Man Group is a multi-sensory experience that fuses innovative theatrical spectacle and powerful original music with hilarious comedy to create a performance experience unlike any other. One of the world's most popular theatrical productions, today's Blue Man Group is a blend of signature material that has been in the show since the opening, as well as newer passages that examine the influence of technology on today's world with a funny and perceptive look at contemporary communication vehicles.

When: Performance dates and times vary. A full schedule can be found at: www.blueman.com/chicago/buy-tickets
Cost: $49-$97

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Cadillac Palace Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

Max the Dog narrates this classic holiday tale that will entertain the whole family as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is "two sizes too small," decides to steal Christmas away from the Whos, an endlessly cheerful bunch bursting with holiday spirit. Peformances run Dec. 5-16, 2012.

Cost: Call for cost

The Nutcracker

Elgin Community College Visual & Performing Arts Center | Elgin, Ill.

Full-length holiday classic features eight guest artists, in feature and solo performances; plus more than a dozen company dancers from Chicago and surrounding suburbs. Clara's Christmas Tea Parties at 1:30 p.m. prior to the show for an additional fee. Performances at 3 p.m. Dec. 8-9.

Cost: $27, $15 children 12 and under. Tickets to the pre-show Clara's Christmas Tea Parties are $18 for adults; $15 for children 12 and under.

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical

Emerald City Theatre Company | Chicago, Ill.

In a world where a trip to the Laundromat threatens to separate Trixie from her beloved bunny, a girl needs a hero to help--Dad. Can her parents understand what she's saying in time to rescue Knuffle Bunny? Performances run Oct. 2, 2012-Jan. 6, 2013.

Cost: $16, $13 kids, limited number of $10 tickets available for all performances

Santa Deux

Greenhouse Theater Center | Chicago, Ill.

Santa hires the highly ambitious New Elf who promises a faster, more efficient Christmas. When Santa and the North Polians can't seem to keep up with these new ideas, New Elf creates a clone of Santa to help out. But this corporate savvy 'Santa Deux' begins automating and downsizing the entire town and threatens the very essence of Christmas. Performances are 1 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday from Dec. 8-30. Also performances at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12. For more information visit lilbudstheatre.org.

 

Cost: $18, $12 kids

Cinderella

Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences | Lincolnshire, Ill.

Join Cinderella, her Fairy Godmother, a handsome Prince, and two selfish stepsisters in Rodgers and Hammerstein's most beloved tale. Performances run Nov. 17-Dec. 31.

Cost: $15
 





 
 
 
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