December 2018

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Shows in December

Hamilton

CIBC Theatre Open Run

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

Hamilton, CIBC Theatre, Chicago
5 star rating5 star rating5 star rating5 star rating5 star rating
tony award

Winner of 11 Tony Awards

Don't miss Lin-Manuel Miranda's Pulitzer Prize-winning Hamilton, the exhilarating show that is changing the face of musicals. It's a rollicking historical epic, equal parts Sondheim and Notorious B.I.G.,...

Prices from: $105

The Book of Mormon

Oriental Theatre Nov 20 - Dec 2, 2018

The NINE time Tony Award winner is still as outrageous as ever!

The Book of Mormon, Oriental Theatre, Chicago
5 star rating5 star rating5 star rating5 star rating5 star rating
tony award

Winner of 9 Tony Awards

With NINE Tony Awards - including Best Musical - a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, and leading New York Times critic Ben Brantley himself calling it the "best new musical of the century",...

Prices from: $80

Disney On Ice: Frozen

I Wireless Center Nov 29 - Dec 2, 2018

Disney's biggest ice extravaganza is back!

Disney On Ice Frozen, I Wireless Center, Chicago
4.5 star rating4.5 star rating4.5 star rating4.5 star rating4.5 star rating

Frozen is about family, sticking together through thick and thin and accepting who you are. Join Elsa and Anna, with all your favorites, including the hilarious Olaf, adorable Kristoff, and his trusty...

Prices from: $25

Miss Saigon

Cadillac Palace Theater Nov 13 - Dec 8, 2018

The award-winning musical begins its country wide tour

Miss Saigon, Cadillac Palace Theater, Chicago
5 star rating5 star rating5 star rating5 star rating5 star rating

Fresh from Broadway! Heartbreaking musical epic Miss Saigon begins its country wide tour this fall in Rhode Island. A musical by Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil and based on Puccini's famous...

Prices from: $70

Fiddler on the Roof

Cadillac Palace Theater Dec 18, 2018 - Jan 6, 2019

The classic musical in Tony-nominated Broadway revival

Fiddler on the Roof, Cadillac Palace Theater, Chicago

The jubilant classic set on the eve of the Russian Revolution heads out on tour after its hugely successful Broadway revival. Featuring the songs 'If I Were a Rich Man' and 'Matchmaker, Matchmaker', Bartlett...

Prices from: $75

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: $65

The Play That Goes Wrong

Oriental Theatre Dec 4 - 16, 2018

The hit Broadway play is going on tour!

The Play That Goes Wrong, Oriental Theatre, Chicago

Welcome to the opening night of 'The Murder at Haversham Manor' where students of the Cornley University Drama Society are attempting to stage this 1920s production. However, everything that can go wrong...

Prices from: $40

Holiday Inn

Marriott Theatre Nov 7, 2018 - Jan 6, 2019

A Marriott Theatre revival of the festive Irving Berlin musical classic!

Holiday Inn, Marriott Theatre, Chicago

Nothing says the holidays like an old-fashioned musical, so get into the festive swing of things with the new Marriott Theatre revival of Irving Berlin's iconic Broadway tuner Holiday Inn, fresh from a...

The Woman in Black

Royal George Theatre MainStage Nov 15, 2018 - Feb 17, 2019

The terrifying original heads out on a US tour this fall!

The Woman in Black, Royal George Theatre MainStage, Chicago

For the better part of three decades, Stephen Mallatratt's masterful adaptation of Susan Hill's terrifying tale has been thrilling audiences in London's West End, raising pulses and eliciting shrieks at...

Prices from: $75

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Rosemont Theater Dec 7 - 8, 2018

The animated festive favourite comes the stage!

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Rosemont Theater, Chicago

Based on the beloved 1964 animated special, this adaptation brings everyone's favourite reindeer to the stage. This classic tale teaches the importance of friendship and respect, whilst getting everyone...

Prices from: $55

Cirque Musica

I Wireless Center Dec 4, 2018

There's a new brand of magic in Cirque Musica!

Cirque Musica, I Wireless Center, Chicago

This holiday season, catch the elegant marvels displayed by the stunning Cirque Musica, who will be joined by your local symphony orchestra! People of all ages will love this visually exciting treat, including...

Prices from: $45

Charlie Brown Christmas

Rosemont Theater Dec 22, 2018

Charlie and the gang ring in the Holidays

Charlie Brown Christmas, Rosemont Theater, Chicago

Charlie and the gang are here to show you the true meaning of Christmas in this stage adaptation of the classic TV Special. Debuting in 2013, this theatrical production faithfully recreates the atmosphere...

Prices from: $50

Mannheim Steamroller

Rosemont Theater Dec 15, 2018

The epic festive concert returns for another year of yuletide fun!

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: $65

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

Rosemont Theater Dec 2, 2018

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

Salt Creek Ballet - The Nutcracker

Center East Theatre Dec 15 - 16, 2018

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: $50

Joffrey Ballet - The Nutcracker

Auditorium Theatre Dec 1 - 30, 2018

Journey to the Chicago World's Fair in this vibrant production

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, following its critically acclaimed major reinvention by the iconic Christopher Wheeldon in 2016. The previous Joffrey version ran for many...

Prices from: $65

Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Tilson Thomas Conducts Tchaikovsky 6

Symphony Center Orchestra Hall Dec 14 - 15, 2018

Tchaikovsky's crowning glory headlines this program of Russian greats

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Tilson Thomas Conducts Tchaikovsky 6, Symphony Center Orchestra Hall, Chicago

Tchaikovsky's final output and arguably his crowning glory, Symphony No. 6 has long since been the subject of interpretation. From aural suicide note to treatise on the hidden homosexual experience, many...

Prices from: $115

Shrek - The Musical

Marriott Theatre Oct 5 - Dec 30, 2018

Everyone's favorite ogre stars in his own musical

Shrek The Musical, Marriott Theatre, Chicago

Join Shrek, Fiona and Donkey in this magical musical version of the Oscar-winning Dreamworks animation. Following the same story beats as the movie, this Tony-winning show features original songs from...

A Christmas Carol

Albert Goodman Theater Nov 17 - Dec 30, 2018

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

A Christmas Carol, Albert Goodman Theater, Chicago
5 star rating5 star rating5 star rating5 star rating5 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: $45

Lyric Opera of Chicago - Il Trovatore

Civic Opera House Nov 17 - Dec 9, 2018

Verdi's most thrilling dramatic opera is a passionate tale of love, revenge and tragedy

Lyric Opera of Chicago Il Trovatore, Civic Opera House, Chicago

A roof-raising opera packed to the rafters with memorable melodies, enrapturing romance and hot-blooded jealousy, Verdi's Il Trovatore comes to the Lyric Opera Of Chicago as part of its brand new 2018/19...

Prices from: $130

Lyric Opera - Anna Netrebko

Civic Opera House Dec 2, 2018

The world's leading opera diva performs at Chicago's Lyric Opera for one special night only!

Lyric Opera Anna Netrebko, Civic Opera House, Chicago

Often likened to the next Maria Callas, it's hard to believe Russian Austrian operatic soprano Anna Netrebko had a life before opera, let alone a job that included scrubbing the floors at St. Petersburg's...

Prices from: $180

Lyric Opera of Chicago - Cendrillon

Civic Opera House Dec 1, 2018 - Jan 20, 2019

Massenet's light-hearted fairytale opera based on Cinderella

Lyric Opera of Chicago Cendrillon, Civic Opera House, Chicago

Massenet's elegant operatic retelling of beloved fairytale Cinderella is imbued with the composer's trademark sense of wit. Sumptuously sentimental and heart-warming, the adaptation is an unapologetically,...

Prices from: $135

Late Nite Catechism

Great Room - Royal George Theater Until Dec 29, 2018

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

Thom Yorke

The Chicago Theatre Dec 4, 2018

Radiohead's Thom Yorke on rare solo tour!

Thom Yorke, The Chicago Theatre, Chicago

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke returns to the road with a series of solo shows this year, featuring appearances by Nigel Godrich and Tarik Barri. Expect to hear tunes old and new as Yorke bares his soul...

Prices from: $60

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

Rosemont Theater Dec 1, 2018

Turning Tchaikovsky on his head!

The Hip Hop Nutcracker, Rosemont Theater, Chicago
4.5 star rating4.5 star rating4.5 star rating4.5 star rating4.5 star rating

What do you get when you combine the elegant holiday score of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker and a DJ with pin-sharp contemporary hip hop dance? This hit show mashes up two very American icons into a stunning...

Prices from: $50

Straight No Chaser

Civic Opera House Dec 15, 2018

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: $55

Cole Swindell and Dustin Lynch

I Wireless Center Dec 7, 2018

Mega-star Cole Swindell is joined by Dustin Lynch on tour!

Cole Swindell and Dustin Lynch, I Wireless Center, Chicago

Like many a modern Country star, Cole Swindell began his career in Nashville as a songwriter behind the scenes, penning numbers for the likes of Craig Campbell, Thomas Rhett, and of course, longtime buddy...

Prices from: $45

Jeff Dunham

All State Arena Dec 31, 2018

Jeff, Achmed and company embark on their Passively Aggressive Tour!

Jeff Dunham, All State Arena, Chicago

One of the most successful comics in the business, Jeff Dunham returns to the road this year in his brand new Passively Aggressive tour. He'll of course be joined by Achmed the Dead Terrorist, Jose Jalapeno...

Prices from: $80

Jimmy Carr

Thalia Hall Dec 2, 2018

Jimmy Carr is back with his The Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour

Jimmy Carr, Thalia Hall, Chicago

Jimmy Carr is back with his The Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour - and he wants you to join him! After woo-ing the UK with material from the show, he's decided to try his luck across the pond...

Prices from: $75

The Piano Guys

The Chicago Theatre Dec 8, 2018

A unique blend of classical and pop music from internet sensation, The Piano Guys

The Piano Guys, The Chicago Theatre, Chicago

From Bach to Bruno Mars, The Piano Guys have made a name for themselves as one of the decade's foremost blenders of pop, rock, film scores and more with the best of classical music. Known for both their...

Prices from: $85

Brian Regan

The Chicago Theatre Dec 31, 2018

The perfect balance of sophisticated writing and physicality...

Brian Regan, The Chicago Theatre, Chicago

Critics and peers agree Brian Regan has distinguished himself as one of the premier comedians in the country. The "perfect balance of sophisticated writing and physicality" (Wall Street Journal), Brian...

Prices from: $40

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

The Chicago Theatre Dec 12 - 16, 2018

A delicious confection of charm, sparkle and talent by the sleigh load!

Cirque Dreams Holidaze, The Chicago Theatre, Chicago
4 star rating4 star rating4 star rating4 star rating

Ornaments come to life when Cirque Dream: Holidaze's costumed characters perform astonishing feats that celebrate the holiday season with spectacle, imagination and whimsical dreams. Marvel at gingerbread...

Prices from: $50

Allen Stone

Vic Theater Dec 1, 2018

This son of a preacher man has the vocal chops!

Allen Stone, Vic Theater, Chicago

Allen Stone was raised on Gospel and cut his teeth singing in church when he was a youngster, leading the congregation in song with an emotive voice and his trusty acoustic guitar. With the discovery of...

Prices from: $50

Maxwell

The Chicago Theatre Dec 2 - 3, 2018

Maxwell's, 50 Intimate Nights Live!

Maxwell, The Chicago Theatre, Chicago

After a wait of seven years, Maxwell finally released blackSUMMERS'night in 2016, a highly anticipated record which contained the reliably cool lead single 'Lake by the Ocean'. This year sees Maxwell preparing...

Prices from: $85

Michael McDonald

Genesee Theater Dec 15, 2018

The man with the voice is out on tour once more!

Michael McDonald, Genesee Theater, Chicago

From his silver hair to his stunning and unique vocal stylings, Michael McDonald is one of the biggest names of the 70's and 80's. Starting from humble beginnings as a back up singer for Steely Dan, he...

Prices from: $70

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

Royal George Theatre MainStage Nov 23 - Dec 30, 2018

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: $50

August Greene

The Chicago Theatre Dec 1, 2018

The hip hop supergroup tours their debut self-titled album August Greene

August Greene, The Chicago Theatre, Chicago

The brainchild of modern jazz/R&B crossover visionary Robert Glasper, hip hop icon Common and drummer/producer/rapper Karriem Riggins, August Greene began life as a jam without any expectations. The trio...

Prices from: $65

Daughtry

Copernicus Center Theater Dec 7, 2018

Daughtry returns for 2018!

Daughtry, Copernicus Center Theater, Chicago

Alternative rock band Daughtry formed in 2008 after vocalist Chris Daughtry made it to the finals in the fifth season of American Idol. The show proved to be the perfect platform for the North Carolina...

Prices from: $65

The Dollop

Athenaeum Theater Dec 1, 2018

The bits of history you didn't learn in class

The Dollop, Athenaeum Theater, Chicago

Every couple of weeks, Gareth Reynolds and Dave Anthony explore an historical titbit on their podcast The Dollop. They're not interested in history's grand sweeping narratives, rather those stories which...

Prices from: $45

Bob Seger

All State Arena Dec 14, 2018

He's one of rock's most famed performers!

Bob Seger, All State Arena, Chicago

Prices from: $115

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Secrets & Illusions

Victory Gardens Biograph Theatre Dec 1 - 2, 2018

Unlock Your Destiny with Secrets & Illusions!

Secrets Illusions, Victory Gardens Biograph Theatre, Chicago

Chicago Symphony Orchestra - The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

Chicago Symphony Center Dec 1, 2018

Prices from: $145

Haken (17+ Event)

Bottom Lounge Dec 1, 2018

Prices from: $36

VNV Nation (18+ Event)

Metro Smart Bar Dec 1, 2018

Prices from: $53

Ezra Furman

Thalia Hall Dec 1, 2018

Prices from: $181

Mutual Benefit (21+ Event)

Empty Bottle Dec 1, 2018

Prices from: $181

Floorplan

Metro Smart Bar Dec 1, 2018

Prices from: $99

Cedric Tiberghien

Chicago Symphony Center Dec 2, 2018

Prices from: $145

3OH!3 (18+ Event)

Metro Smart Bar Dec 2, 2018

Prices from: $55

Mac Miller (17+ Event)

Aragon Ballroom Dec 3, 2018

Prices from: $60

Parquet Courts (18+ Event)

Vic Theater Dec 3, 2018

Prices from: $45

Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Chen Leads All-Mozart

Chicago Symphony Center Dec 1, 2018 - Dec 4, 2018

Prices from: $145

Cavetown (Moved From Subterranean)

Bottom Lounge Dec 8, 2018

Prices from: $50

Cavetown

Subterranean Dec 8, 2018

Prices from: $50

Brand X

Reggies Rock Club Dec 8, 2018

Prices from: $37

Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets

Chicago Symphony Center Dec 7, 2018 - Dec 9, 2018

Prices from: $138

Silverstein (17+ Event)

House of Blues Chicago Dec 11, 2018

Prices from: $36

Chicago Symphony Orchestra - The Inextinguishable Symphony

Chicago Symphony Center Dec 6, 2018 - Dec 11, 2018

Prices from: $145

Roosevelt (18+ Event)

Bottom Lounge Dec 12, 2018

Prices from: $61

Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Michael Tilson Thomas

Chicago Symphony Center Dec 13, 2018

Prices from: $145

Small Town Murder (18+ Event)

Vic Theater Dec 14, 2018

Prices from: $47

Slander

Concord Music Hall Dec 14, 2018

Prices from: $86

Cloud Nothings (17+ Event)

Thalia Hall Dec 14, 2018

Prices from: $76

Pink Talking Fish (18+ Event)

Park West Dec 14, 2018

Prices from: $35

Bomba Estereo (17+ Event)

Thalia Hall Dec 15, 2018

Prices from: $111

Midland

Joes on Weed Street Dec 15, 2018

Prices from: $50

Vienna Teng

City Winery - Chicago Dec 16, 2018

Prices from: $74

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass

Chicago Symphony Center Dec 19, 2018

Prices from: $175

Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Handel Messiah

Chicago Symphony Center Dec 21, 2018

Prices from: $146

Kurt Vile (18+ Event)

Riviera Theatre - IL Dec 22, 2018

Prices from: $57

Handels Messiah

Chicago Symphony Center Dec 22, 2018

Prices from: $179

Saved By the 90s

House of Blues Chicago Dec 22, 2018

Prices from: $23

Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Handels Messiah

Chicago Symphony Center Dec 20, 2018 - Dec 23, 2018

Prices from: $205

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Chicago Symphony Center Dec 14, 2018 - Dec 23, 2018

Prices from: $185

Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra - Salute To Vienna

Chicago Symphony Center Dec 30, 2018

Prices from: $185

A Midsummer Nights Dream

Chicago Shakespeare Theatre Dec 6, 2018 - Dec 30, 2018

Prices from: $93

DeRay Davis

Arie Crown Theater Dec 29, 2018 - Dec 31, 2018

Prices from: $93

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