December 2017

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Shows in December


The Privatebank Theatre Until Jan 7, 2018

The exhilarating hit musical that is changing the face of theater!

Hamilton, The Privatebank Theatre, Chicago
5 star rating5 star rating5 star rating5 star rating5 star rating
tony award

Winner of 11 Tony Awards

Lin-Manuel Miranda's Pulitzer Prize-winning Hamilton, the exhilarating show that is changing the face of musicals, arrives in Chicago for an open-ended run. It's a rollicking historical epic, equal parts...

Prices from: $175

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Cadillac Palace Theater Dec 5, 2017 - Jan 28, 2018

The Broadway smash hit is now on tour, bringing the story of Carole King to life

Beautiful The Carole King Musical, Cadillac Palace Theater, Chicago
5 star rating5 star rating5 star rating5 star rating5 star rating
tony award

Winner of 2 Tony Awards

Tracing the career of Carole King, and endorsed by the beloved Grammy winner herself, Beautiful is the feel good hit of 2014, scoring two 2014 Tony Awards. Described by The New York Times as 'A complex,...

Prices from: $95


Oriental Theatre Dec 6, 2017 - Jan 21, 2018

This Tony Award-winning musical defies gravity!

Wicked, Oriental Theatre, Chicago
5 star rating5 star rating5 star rating5 star rating5 star rating
tony award tony award

Winner of 3 Tony Awards

Once upon a time in the Land of Oz, there was a girl and her dog - no, scrub that. This musical goes way before the arrival of Dorothy Gale and her pooch Toto. THIS is the story of two magically inclined...

Prices from: $85

A Christmas Carol

Albert Goodman Theater Nov 18 - Dec 31, 2017

A moving piece of homegrown Chicago theater that never fails to touch one's soul

A Christmas Carol, Albert Goodman Theater, Chicago
4 star rating4 star rating4 star rating4 star rating

Once again the Goodman Theatre magics up your annual holiday cheer in the form of this beloved holiday tradition. Between the spooky arrival of the ghosts, the jubilant musical numbers and of course the...

Prices from: $70

Irving Berlin's White Christmas

Cadillac Palace Theater Nov 21 - Dec 3, 2017

This cozy trip down memory lane should be put on your wish list!

Irving Berlins White Christmas, Cadillac Palace Theater, Chicago
3.5 star rating3.5 star rating3.5 star rating3.5 star rating

The uplifting story and beloved songs of Bing Crosby's film White Christmas have been enjoyed by families for generations. Now, you can continue the timeless tradition with your family at this glorious...

Prices from: $100

Blue Man Group

Briar Street Theater Open Run

Musical genius at its most inventive - a unique experience for your ears and eyes!

Blue Man Group, Briar Street Theater, Chicago
4 star rating4 star rating4 star rating4 star rating

Unlike anything you've ever seen before, the Blue Man Group's show is a dazzling audio-visual delight, throwing dance, performance art, music and comedy into a big melting pot and giving it a mighty stir....

Prices from: $85

Lyric Opera - The Pearl Fishers

Civic Opera House Nov 19 - Dec 10, 2017

Travel back to ancient Ceylon with Bizet's lush opera

Lyric Opera The Pearl Fishers, Civic Opera House, Chicago

Friendship is pushed to its limits this beautifully exotic work from Bizet that takes us back in time to ancient Ceylon (Sri Lanka) to a lush landscape where two fishermen find themselves subjected to...

Prices from: $110

Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker

Auditorium Theatre Dec 1 - 30, 2017

Don't miss the world premiere of this brand new Nutcracker!

Joffrey Ballet The Nutcracker, Auditorium Theatre, Chicago
5 star rating5 star rating5 star rating5 star rating5 star rating

This year sees The Joffrey Ballet's annual holiday ballet return in a major reinvention choreographed by the iconic Christopher Wheeldon (Swan Lake, An American In Paris)! The previous Joffrey version...

Prices from: $65

Andrea Bocelli

United Center Dec 6, 2017

The biggest selling artist in classical music

Andrea Bocelli, United Center, Chicago
4.5 star rating4.5 star rating4.5 star rating4.5 star rating4.5 star rating

A disciple of Luciano Pavarotti and Zucchero Fornaciari, the blind, Tuscany-born vocalist has emerged as one of the most exciting voices in contemporary opera.

Prices from: $95

Salt Creek Ballet - The Nutcracker

Center East Theatre Dec 16 - 17, 2017

Salt Creek Ballet's Holiday hit returns!

Salt Creek Ballet The Nutcracker, Center East Theatre, Chicago

Once again, Salt Creek Ballet will march their way into North Shore Center this December for the holiday season! This season you will be able to see the brand-new sets and costumes for the first time ever....

Prices from: $65

Escape to Margaritaville

Oriental Theatre Nov 9 - Dec 2, 2017

Sunny new musical based around the music of Jimmy Buffett

Escape to Margaritaville, Oriental Theatre, Chicago

Featuring Jimmy Buffett songs old and new, Escape to Margaritaville is a sunny new jukebox musical which debuts in Chicago before heading off to Broadway. Set on an idyllic island paradise, the show follows...

Prices from: $55

Mannheim Steamroller

Rosemont Theater Dec 15, 2017

Ring in the Festive Season with this incredible rock band's Yuletide classics!

Mannheim Steamroller, Rosemont Theater, Chicago
4 star rating4 star rating4 star rating4 star rating

With the release of Mannheim Steamroller's first holiday album 1984 came the kind of fame that made the act a veritable Christmas time tradition. With founder and composer Chip Taylor at the helm, the...

Prices from: $70

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

Rosemont Theater Dec 3, 2017

A delightful treat for the whole family!

Moscow Ballets Great Russian Nutcracker, Rosemont Theater, Chicago
4 star rating4 star rating4 star rating4 star rating

Featuring spectacular sets and beautifully costumed Russian dancers, Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker is an annual treat for the whole family. Whimsical and imaginative storytelling blends with...

Prices from: $55

42nd Street

Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook Terrace Oct 26, 2017 - Jan 7, 2018

A Drury Lane holiday show direct from Broadway!

42nd Street, Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook Terrace, Chicago

Kicking off the 2017/18 holiday season, Drury Lane presents their own staging of Broadway favorite, 42nd Street! A knowing look into the world of Broadway, this show revolves around the attempts of theatre...

Prices from: $70

Newsies: The Musical

Marriott Theatre Oct 25 - Dec 31, 2017

The high-octane Tony-winning musical!

Newsies The Musical, Marriott Theatre, Chicago

Part of the 2017 Marriott Theatre season, this local production of the hit Broadway musical Newsies will storm the stage this fall, in an electric story of the 1899 New York newsboys who made their living...

Prices from: $60

A Garfield Christmas

Genesee Theater Dec 2, 2017

Based on the animated movie!

A Garfield Christmas, Genesee Theater, Chicago

Everybody's favorite sardonic cat celebrates the holidays in his own inimitable fashion this Christmas! Full of wit and wise cracks, Garfield finds himself low on Christmas spirit. But with the help of...

Prices from: $45

Lyric Opera - Turandot

Civic Opera House Dec 5, 2017 - Jan 27, 2018

Iconic melody of Nessun Dorma ushers in Puccini's closing act

Lyric Opera Turandot, Civic Opera House, Chicago
4 star rating4 star rating4 star rating4 star rating

Giacomo Puccinis magnum opus is a tale set in a fantastical realm of legendary China. The Princess of the title name, Turandot, is played by American Soprano Amber Wagner (star Ryan Opera Center alumni)...

Prices from: $110

It's A Wonderful Life

Theatre at the Center Nov 16 - Dec 22, 2017

A winning musical version of Frank Capra's holiday classic

Its A Wonderful Life, Theatre at the Center, Chicago

Based on the classic Frank Capra movie, this musical version of It's A Wonderful Life is fast becoming a tradition for local theatre companies across the country. Taking inspiration from Dickens' A Christmas...

Prices from: $250

Sleeping Beauty

Marriott Theatre Nov 10 - Dec 30, 2017

A family-friendly musical update of the timeless tale

Sleeping Beauty, Marriott Theatre, Chicago

​Marriott Theatre welcomes back an old favorite, as Sleeping Beauty returns for its third run. Written by Marc Robins, this musical re-telling borrows elements from the Disney movie and the Brothers...

Prices from: $30


V Live Aug 31, 2017

Alt-R&B goddess SZA heads out on her debut album CTRL tour

SZA, V Live, Chicago

Songstress of the moment Solana Imani Rowe AKA SZA is riding high off the release of her debut album CTRL, a critically lauded offering that's placed her firmly at the forefront of alt-R&B, favoring experimental...

Prices from: $80

Gospel Brunch

House of Blues Until Dec 31, 2017

A regular musical treat for the whole family!

Gospel Brunch, House of Blues, Chicago

Head down to the House Of Blues on selected Sunday mornings for a celebration of the Lord with a gospel concert as well as a delicious brunch served up for the whole family to enjoy! Offering a wide selection...

Prices from: $65

Late Nite Catechism

Great Room - Royal George Theater Until Dec 30, 2017

Hilarious, well-written and inspired!

Late Nite Catechism, Great Room Royal George Theater, Chicago

The two-act solo performances feature Sister giving instruction to a roomful of students (AKA you the audience). Call it Loretta Young meets Carol Burnett. This is part catechism class, part stand-up routine....

Prices from: $55

Straight No Chaser

Civic Opera House Dec 9, 2017

The a-capella collective go back on tour!

Straight No Chaser, Civic Opera House, Chicago
4 star rating4 star rating4 star rating4 star rating

The 10-man a-capella group, who found fame on Youtube after forming at Indiana University, continue to dazzle with their renditions of pop classic and modern chart hits, including "Let It Go", and Pharrell...

Prices from: $50


United Center Dec 5, 2017

Rap's grandmaster is back, stronger than ever

Jay Z, United Center, Chicago

For many, Jay-Z has been and always will be one of rap's all timers, but there's no denying in recent years he's ceded to the spotlight to the likes of Kendrick. In 2017, that all changes, because new...

Prices from: $40

Nick Offerman

The Chicago Theatre Dec 1, 2017

Nick Offerman is taking his fantastic moustache on the road again!

Nick Offerman, The Chicago Theatre, Chicago

Nick Offerman is a man of many talents - an actor, a comedian and a passionate woodworker. Best known for his role as Ron Swanson in Parks and Recreation, Offerman become involved in Chicago's improv comedy...

Prices from: $70

Joe Biden

The Chicago Theatre Dec 11, 2017

Heading to a venue near you on his American Promise tour

Joe Biden, The Chicago Theatre, Chicago

Former Veep and the face that launched a thousand memes, Joe Biden is on tour across the nation this year, in support of his new memoir, Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship & Purpose. Chronicling...

Prices from: $70

A John Denver Christmas

Rosemont Theater Dec 16, 2017

Bring along your Stetson for this holiday tribute show!

A John Denver Christmas, Rosemont Theater, Chicago

Chris Collins and Boulder Canyon ride into the Windy City this holiday season, performing the late Christmas Cowboy's best-loved hits, including Rocky Mountain High, Take Me Home, Country Roads, Annie's...

Prices from: $50

Marc Anthony

All State Arena Dec 3, 2017

The top selling tropical salsa artist of all time!

Marc Anthony, All State Arena, Chicago

Marc Anthony is well known for many things - his good looks, his marriage to pop sensation Jennifer Lopez (aka J-Lo) and his acting career - however his claim to fame remains his multi-award winning career...

Prices from: $80

The National

Civic Opera House Dec 12 - 13, 2017

The National tour new record Sleep Well Beast

The National, Civic Opera House, Chicago

If you've been waiting patiently (or not so patiently) for The National's follow-up to their highly acclaimed 2013 release, Trouble Will Find Me, you don't have to wait much longer! Brand new studio album...

Prices from: $100

Shopkins Live

Star Plaza Theater Dec 10, 2017

The first-ever live show!

Shopkins Live, Star Plaza Theater, Chicago

The international toy sensation comes to glorious multi-colored life when it heads out in a brand-new stage show across the country this summer! Originally from Australia, the Shoppies (Jessicake, Bubbleisha...

Prices from: $30

The Midtown Men

Genesee Theater Dec 1, 2017

Authenticity is the core of this musical brotherhood... the Midtown Men sound as crisp as their Rat Pack-inspired suits!

The Midtown Men, Genesee Theater, Chicago
4 star rating4 star rating4 star rating4 star rating

The original stars of Broadway's storming hit musical Jersey Boys are taking the country by storm with a whole new musical act that celebrates the music of the 1960s. The Midtown Men not only perform their...

Prices from: $120

98 Degrees

Genesee Theater Dec 16, 2017

The 90s boyband heartthrobs return with a Christmas album and tour

98 Degrees, Genesee Theater, Chicago

This year marks their 20th anniversary as a band, so the boys from 98 Degrees decided to celebrate by making a new Christmas record. Their second yuletide offering after 1999's This Christmas, Let It Snow...

Prices from: $70

Celtic Thunder

The Chicago Theatre Dec 7, 2017

The all-male Irish wonders' Symphony Tour

Celtic Thunder, The Chicago Theatre, Chicago

The Irish all-male wonder from producer Sharon Browne, and legendary songwriter/composer Phil Coulter, performs an eclectic mix of songs ranging from the traditional to the contemporary, with some international...

Prices from: $60

Dennis DeYoung

Star Plaza Theater Dec 16, 2017

Bringing Styx's greatest hits to the stage once again, bigger and better

Dennis DeYoung, Star Plaza Theater, Chicago

One of the founding members of the 70s rock band Styx, Dennis DeYoung is a songwriter of extraordinary diversity, whether it be heartfelt ballads (Babe), synth-pop (Mr. Roboto) or epic theatrical prog-rock...

Prices from: $65

Oak Ridge Boys

Star Plaza Theater Dec 17, 2017

Harmonies galore with this legendary Country quartet

Oak Ridge Boys, Star Plaza Theater, Chicago

Going strong since 1940, this gospel and country quartet (composed of Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden, Richard Sterban) were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2015. Celebrated...

Prices from: $65

Under The Streetlamp

Star Plaza Theater Dec 3, 2017

Rat Pack sparkle with voices to match!

Under The Streetlamp, Star Plaza Theater, Chicago

One of the country's most in demand vocal groups, Under the Streetlamp are hot of the success of their Rockin' Around the Clock PBS special. The four boys first met while performing in the hit musical...

Prices from: $65

Cast Of Impractical Jokers & The Tenderloins

All State Arena Dec 15, 2017

The stars of TruTV's Impractical Jokers hit the road

Cast Of Impractical Jokers The Tenderloins, All State Arena, Chicago

Sketch comedy troupe The Tenderloins are the stars of TruTV's Impractical Jokers. A novel twist on the candid camera format, the show features one of the stars interacting with the public, being fed his...

Prices from: $80

K-Love Christmas Tour

Rosemont Theater Dec 8, 2017

The biggest names in contemporary Christian music

K Love Christmas Tour, Rosemont Theater, Chicago

The biggest name in contemporary Christian music has gathered three great artists together for this seasonal tour. Encompassing carols, classic Holiday pop tracks and songs of worship, The K-Love Christmas...

Prices from: $45

Rufus Wainwright

Center East Theatre Dec 3, 2017

A singer/songwriter whose lush, theatrical pop harks back to the traditions of Tin Pan Alley, cabaret, and even opera...

Rufus Wainwright, Center East Theatre, Chicago

Rufus Wainwright's lush, theatrical pop harks back to the traditions of Tin Pan Alley, cabaret and even opera. Son of Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, brother to musical siblings Martha and Wainwright,...

Prices from: $100

Iliza Shlesinger

Vic Theater Dec 1, 2017

A comedienne with a ballsy outlook on the age old mars/venus debate

Iliza Shlesinger, Vic Theater, Chicago

Iliza Shlesinger is on fire and taking no prisoners! In what has been a whirlwind rise to popularity in the last few years, she's the only female to have won the title of NBC's Last Comic Standing, her...

Prices from: $65

Johnny Mathis

Rosemont Theater Dec 1, 2017

More than 350 million albums sold and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award!

Johnny Mathis, Rosemont Theater, Chicago

Johnny Mathis is a grammy award winning singer songwriter. For most of his career Mathis has focused his music in a jazz style but has since combined that with an easy listening style. He has persevered...

Prices from: $70


House of Blues Dec 6, 2017

Thought-provoking hip hop from a fresh perspective

LeCrae, House of Blues, Chicago

As modern pop-culture purveys the pursuit of hedonism, the mainstream success of a rapper who champions faith, monogamy and spiritual wellbeing seems highly unlikely, yet Christian rapper LeCrae has beat...

Prices from: $40

Mike Birbiglia

The Chicago Theatre Dec 8, 2017

The boy-next-door comedian - funny, clean-cut and cute

Mike Birbiglia, The Chicago Theatre, Chicago

In his career of 11 years, Mike Birbiglia has released two critically acclaimed albums and three Comedy Central specials. At 24, Mike was one of the youngest comedians ever to appear on The Late Show With...

Prices from: $65


Thalia Hall Dec 9, 2017

Christian rockers Needtobreathe tour in support of their album Hard Love

Needtobreathe, Thalia Hall, Chicago

Christian rockers Needtobreathe head out on tour once again, this time in support of their brand new (and sixth!) studio album, Hard Love.

Prices from: $230


I Wireless Center Dec 10, 2017

The Australian Christian music quartet are hitting the American road with new album Love Riot in tow

Newsboys, I Wireless Center, Chicago

With an astonishing 18 albums (6 of which have achieved gold status) under their belts, Australian quartet Newsboys are living proof that pop rock and worship music can successfully cross paths. Formed...

Prices from: $40

Michael Carbonaro

Genesee Theater Dec 8, 2017

The prankster magician live

Michael Carbonaro, Genesee Theater, Chicago

Prepare to be amazed by Michael Carbonaro! The Carbonaro Effect star is heading out on tour, giving audiences a chance to see his mixture of sleight of hand, performance art and illusions up close. One...

Prices from: $60

Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night

Royal George Theatre MainStage Nov 24 - Dec 31, 2017

Festive, Interactive fun for the whole family!

Christmas Bingo Its a Ho Ho Holy Night, Royal George Theatre MainStage, Chicago

Celebrate this festive season with something a little out of the ordinary... Christmas Themed Bingo! Devised by Nicki Quade, the woman behind Chicago's popular religious themed play 'Late Night Catechism',...

Prices from: $55


Upstairs Theatre At Steppenwolf Theatre Dec 7, 2017 - Jan 21, 2018

Riotously funny and magically rendered

BLKS, Upstairs Theatre At Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago

Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Friends in Harmony

Chicago Symphony Center Dec 2, 2017

Prices from: $120

Damien Escobar

Vic Theater Dec 2, 2017

Prices from: $73


House of Blues Chicago Dec 2, 2017

Prices from: $39

Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Shaham Performs Mendelssohn Violin Concerto

Chicago Symphony Center Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 3, 2017

Prices from: $107

Lore Podcast

Oriental Theatre Chicago Dec 3, 2017

Prices from: $43

Jeffrey Foucault

City Winery - Chicago Dec 3, 2017

Prices from: $57

The Dream Syndicate

Thalia Hall Dec 4, 2017

Prices from: $138

A Chanticleer Christmas

Fourth Presbyterian Church Dec 5, 2017 - Dec 6, 2017

Prices from: $214

Thrice and Circa Survive

Aragon Ballroom Dec 7, 2017

Prices from: $51

Christmas Bingo

Royal George Theatre Dec 8, 2017

Prices from: $51

Angel Olsen

Riviera Theatre - IL Dec 9, 2017

Prices from: $48

Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Home Alone

Chicago Symphony Center Dec 9, 2017 - Dec 10, 2017

Prices from: $76

Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Dvorak 5 and Barber Cello Concerto

Chicago Symphony Center Dec 7, 2017 - Dec 12, 2017

Prices from: $107


Aragon Ballroom Dec 14, 2017

Prices from: $41

Suicide Boys

Metro Smart Bar Dec 14, 2017

Prices from: $53


Concord Music Hall Dec 16, 2017

Prices from: $69

Seven Lions

Aragon Ballroom Dec 16, 2017

Prices from: $65

Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Merry, Merry Chicago

Chicago Symphony Center Dec 15, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017

Prices from: $120

Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Trifonov, Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky

Chicago Symphony Center Dec 14, 2017 - Dec 19, 2017

Prices from: $107

Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass

Chicago Symphony Center Dec 20, 2017

Prices from: $60

Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Merry, Merry, Chicago

Chicago Symphony Center Dec 22, 2017 - Dec 23, 2017

Prices from: $120

Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Shostakovich 5 and Beethoven Violin Concerto

Chicago Symphony Center Dec 21, 2017 - Dec 23, 2017

Prices from: $107

Hard Times

Lookingglass Theatre Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017

Prices from: $122

December 2017

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