Art on theMart Winter Holiday Program
The largest permanent digital art projection in the world gets festive. Ooh and aah over six seasonal images that animate the Merchandise Mart’s 2.5-acre riverside façade throughout a two-hour program 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
Holiday Thorne Rooms
Several of the Art Institute of Chicago’s much-adored “little rooms” have been decked out with holiday trimmings. Among the most elaborate: the English Drawing Room of the Victorian Period, which is graced with a Christmas tree; and the California Hallway, now featuring an Otto Natzler midcentury menorah and box with a dreidel. Bring the family and enjoy a fun treasure hunt.
Time: Daily, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; open until 8 p.m. Thurs. (closed Christmas and New Year’s Day)
Place: 220 S. Michigan
Cost: Included in museum admission (starts at $16); info at artic.edu
LondonHouse Holiday High Tea
Pinkies up! This is tea with a joyful spin, as live carolers sing (through Dec. 23) and festive treats are served (think Christmas tree brownies and candy cane macaroons). There’s a tea menu especially for kids, too.
Time: Every Sat. & Sun., 2-4 p.m.
Place: Bridges Lobby Lounge, 85 E. Wacker
Cost: $50 for adults; $25 for children; info at londonhousechicago.com
Fire on the Mile
The Chicago Fire Soccer Club brings this experiential pop-up to the Mag Mile. Drop in and have a blast playing soccer Skee-Ball, foosball, and other games. It’s also your spot to shop exclusive Chicago Fire merch and limited-edition designer collaborations.
Time: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m.
Place: The Wrigley Building, 400 N. Michigan
Cost: Free admission
“Peace in Chicago: An Intergenerational Celebration”
Chance the Rapper collaborator Nico Segal’s the JuJu Exchange (above) joins with Fulcrum Point New Music Project, the Poetry Foundation, Young Chicago Authors, and Chicago Children’s Choir for a dynamic performance. It’s all driven by the desire for unity and peace. Time: 7:30 p.m. Place: Harris Theater Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph Cost: Starting at $15; tickets at harristheaterchicago.org
Jamie Allan’s iMagician … It’s Magic Beyond Belief
Fresh off a run in London’s West End, high-tech magician Allan brings us an illusion-filled show with plenty of “How did he do that?” moments. Expect laser levitations, death-defying water chamber escapes, and lots more.
Time: Matinee and evening showtimes vary
Place: Harris Theater Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph
Cost: Starting at $49.99; tickets at harristheaterchicago.org
“Feast of the Seven Fishes”
Indulge in an updated version of the classic Italian celebration. The menu includes an array of antipasti and traditional fare — Alaskan king crab risotto, whole roasted lobster, and Santa Barbara uni spaghetti with white truffle — with optional wine pairings.
Time: noon-10 p.m.
Place: RPM Italian, 52 W. Illinois
Cost: $85; reservations at rpmrestaurants.com
“The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical”
Rick Riordan’s best-selling novel comes to life onstage. The plot: Percy Jackson, the son of a Greek god, goes on an epic quest to find Zeus’s lightning bolt, unearthing monsters and his own superpowers along the way.
Time: Matinee and evening showtimes vary
Place: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph
Cost: Starting at $25; tickets at broadwayinchicago.com
Lyric Opera of Chicago’s “Cendrillon”
Get lost in this whimsical retelling of the classic fairytale, Cinderella, in which a girl overcomes odds to find her Prince Charming — with a little help from her fairy godmother. Hypertheatrical costumes and music by French composer Jules Massenet add a witty, romantic layer to the action.
Time: Jan. 11 & 17 at 7 p.m.; Jan. 20 at 2 p.m.
Place: 20 N. Wacker
Cost: Starting at $69; $20 for children; tickets at lyricopera.org
“Purple Affair for the Bear” Fundraiser
The Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation’s Young Professionals Board hosts a night of food, cocktails, live music, and dancing. Funds raised go to research to eliminate pediatric cancer and provide hope and support to those touched by it.
Time: 8 p.m.
Place: Theater on the Lake, 2401 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Cost: $100; tickets at bearnecessities.org