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Chicago Local Events Calendar

Chicago Events Calendar

Between summer street festivals, the city's world class theatre scene, and our constantly rotating installments of museum exhibits, Chicago offers an endless variety of events and attractions every day of the week. From Monday night concerts in Millennium Park to exciting Blackhawks action at the United Center, Chicago is a true destination for the arts and entertainment. Whether you're traveling to the Second City for Pitchfork or Lollapalooza, or just want to catch an improv show at the iO while you're in town, we guarantee you'll have an awesome time. Take a look at our Chicago events calendar, explore the city, and take in the city like a local!


December Events Calendar

December Events

Christkindlmarket

  • When: Friday, November 18th - December 24th
  • Where: Daley Plaza in the Chicago Loop
  • Quick Facts:
    • Inspired by the Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg, Germany.
    • Held daily throughout the holiday season

A Christmas Carol

  • When: Saturday, November 19th - Saturday, December 31st
  • Where: The Goodman Theatre
  • Quick Facts:
    • See Ebeneezer Scrooge embrace the holiday spirit as he encounters three yuletide ghosts!
    • After the play, grab a martini and a steak dinner at Chicago's iconic Petterino's, located adjacent to the theatre.

ZooLights at Lincoln Park

  • When: Through January 1st
  • Where:
  • Quick Facts:
    • Every December, the Lincoln Park Zoo decks out its grounds into a delightfully festive winter wonderland.
    • Feeling cold? Warm up with a hot chocolate from one of the zoo vendors or pop into the tropical primate house!

Hamilton

  • When: Tuesdays through Sundays until September 2017
  • Where: PrivateBank Theatre
  • Quick Facts:
    • Since October 2016, the musical that took America by storm has called Chicago's theatre district home.
    • Even if the show is sold out online, tickets will be made available at the theatre, two hours before showtime. Just be prepared to wait in line!

Andrew Bird's Winter Residency

  • When: December 14th - 16th
  • Where: Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago
  • Quick Facts:
    • For years, the Chicago-native Andrew Bird has taken up a multi-day winter residency at the Gold Coast's epic and gothic Fourth Presbyterian Church. It's truly one of the city's most unique concert experiences, year after year.
    • Andrew Bird loops his whistles, vocals, violin, and guitar to create beautiful arrangements of thoughtful folk music.

Tig Notaro

  • When: December 17th
  • Where: Harris Theatre at MIllennium Park
  • Quick Facts:
    • Be ready for off-beat, unique, and truly inspired stand-up from one of comedy's most creative minds.
    • Tig's comedy can seamlessly weave from the absurd to the dark to the sophomoric on a moment's notice. She always delivers everytime she comes through Chicago.

Chicago Bears vs Green Bay Packers

  • When: Sunday, December 18
  • Where: Soldier Field
  • Quick Facts:
    • While Jay Cutler may be out, anything can happen in the 194th meeting between these storied rivals
    • It's probably going to be cold. Be sure to layer up as you cheer on the Chicago Bears.

New Year's Eve with the Windy City Soul Club

  • When: December 31st
  • Where: Logan Square Auditorium
  • Quick Facts:
    • Self-described as "Chicago's Rare Soul Dance Party," the Windy City Soul Club has been Chicago's coolest dance party for over five years.
    • Located in one of Chicago's hippest neighborhoods, the Logan Square Auditorium is surrounded by creative restaurants, craft cocktail bars, and some of our favorite breweries for your pre-party need.

January Events Calendar

January Events

Janeane Garofalo

  • When: January 7th
  • Where: Thalia Hall
  • Quick Facts:
    • Thalia Hall is located above an awesome, Michelin-rated beer hall and a cool, retro-style punch house.
    • Janeane Garofalo is a comedy legend that's done it all over the past 25 years. Don't miss the chance to see her in the unique space!

2017 Cubs Convention

  • When: January 13th - January 15th
  • Where: Sheraton Chicago
  • Quick Facts:
    • The curse has been broken! At the Cubs Convention, you can meet the world champions and take a picture with the World Series trophy!
    • You'll have the chance to get autographs, meet Cubs legends, and hear "Go Cubs Go" over and over and over.

2017 Chicago Ale Fest Winter

  • When: January 28th
  • Where: Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier
  • Quick Facts:
    • Sample beers from dozens of local and national breweries while overlooking Chicago's icy lakefront.
    • Meet brewers and brewery reps as you enjoy tasty treats from the city's best food trucks.

Chicago Donut Fest

  • When: January 28th & 29th
  • Where: Chop Shop
  • Quick Facts:
    • Sample doughnuts from our favorite shops, like Stan's, Glazed and Infused, and Longman & Eagle.
    • There will also be coffee! Taste different blends and single origin offerings from Chicago's best roasters.

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