Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s danc(e)volve: New Works Festival
Company dancers Alice Klock, Florian Lochner and Rena Butler created new work specifically for their fellow company members. Each emotive piece draws on the choreographers’ personal experiences.
Time: Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.
Place: Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph
Cost: Starting at $425; tickets at hubbardstreetdance.com
Art on theMART Winter Holiday Program
The largest permanent digital art projection in the world gets festive. Ooh and aah over six seasonally inspired images that animate theMART’s 2.5-acre riverside façade throughout a two-hour program created by Obscura Digital.
Time: Every Wed.-Sun. & New Year’s Eve, 7-9 p.m.
Place: Wacker Drive, between Wells & Orleans
Cost: Free; info at artonthemart.com
The audio-visual exhibition by photographer Abigail Zoe Martin celebrates the inner light of 81 notable and everyday Chicagoans (including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, chef Curtis Duffy, and singer/actress Kiara Lanier shown above). Each was nominated by those previously photographed, sharing their truths in raw interviews.
Time: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Place: Zhou B Art Center, 1029 W. 35th
Cost: Free; info at zhoubartcenter.com
Petit Margeaux Holiday Market
Take a break beside the giant Christmas tree in the Waldorf Astoria cobblestone courtyard and do a little snacking and shopping. There are raclette and mulled wine stations, mugs for sale, and more. Go for the family cookie-decorating classes on Saturdays from noon-1 p.m. (except on Dec. 15 when there is a special gingerbread house decorating class for $35).
Time: Every Sat & Sun., noon-4 p.m.
Place: 11 E. Walton
Cost: Free; info at michaelmina.net
Après Ski Winter Market
Get in the holiday spirit at Cerise, Virgin Hotels Chicago’s rooftop lounge and shop local vendors curated by Stock Mfg. You’ll find home goods, apparel, jewelry, vintage records, skincare and more from artisans and makers including Crucial Detail, Echo Vie, Electric Jungle and Shikama Jewelry. Also part of the fun: craft cocktails from Cerise and wine tastings from No Fine Print Wine Co., as well as live DJs.
Time: Fri., 4-9 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Place: 203 N. Wabash, 26th fl
The Joffrey Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”
Tony Award-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon’s reimagined holiday classic swirls around, the Chicago’s World’s Fair of 1893. The
two-act ballet is set to Tchaikovsky’s classic score, performed live by the Chicago Philharmonic.
Time: Matinee and evening showtimes vary
Place: Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress
Cost: Starting at $35; tickets at joffrey.org
One of a Kind Holiday Show
More than 600 independent artists from across the country and beyond have a gift for everyone on your list. Shop everything from ceramic kitchenware to recycled paper home decorations to handcrafted artwork and jewelry.
Time: Thurs. & Fri., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Place: The Mart, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza
Cost: $12 (covers all four days); kids 12 and under free; tickets at oneofakindshowchicago.com
Catholic Charities’ Spirit of Saint Nicholas Ball
The annual black-tie gala, now in its 29th year, kicks off with a reception followed by dinner, dancing, and a late-night cafe with entertainment by Ken Arlen Orchestra. Proceeds benefit the children served by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s child development centers, after-school programs, and more.
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan
Cost: $550; tickets at catholiccharities.net
JDRF Illinois One Dream Gala
Dream big with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation during its annual fundraiser, which features a silent auction, dinner, and special performance by Barenaked Ladies. Proceeds go to research funding, advocacy, and support for those living with Type 1 Diabetes.
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: McCormick Place, 2301 S. King
Cost: Starting at $525; tickets at jdrf.org
Cirque Dreams “Holidaze”
This feast for the eyes is pure holiday pageantry, surfacing a global cast of cirque artists that perform acrobatics, dance, music, and theatrics. Expect more than 300 costumes (snowmen, penguins, toy soldiers) that dazzle all ages.
Time: Wed.-Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m., 3 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 1 & 5 p.m.
Place: Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State
Cost: Starting at $25; tickets at ticketmaster.com
Santa Baby Pop-Up Christmas Bar
Lift your spirits (ahem, beer and cocktails) at this immersive, over-the-top experience. It’s one decorative bar setting after another, including Alpine Village, Brat Haus Beer Hall, Santa’s Workshop, Rudolph’s Elf Dive Bar, and more. Drinks include sharable spiked Jingle Juice, and there’s also food by chef Chris Lorenz.
Time: Mon.-Thurs., 4 p.m.-close; Fri., 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sat. & Sun., 10-3 a.m.; closed Thanksgiving; special hours on Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve.
Place: 3505 N. Clark
Cost: $20-$35; tickets at the door or santababybar.com