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Five Holly Jolly Outings

Marisa Sobotka | December 4, 2017 | Feature Features

Looking for ways to make this holiday season merry and bright? Unwrap the perfect plan with these festive events around the city.
The Q Brothers take audiences on a high-energy, rapping journey through "Q Brothers Christmas Carol," now playing.

Q Brothers Christmas Carol: The Chicago Shakespeare Theatre presents the return of the ever-popular Christmas classic, Q Brothers Christmas Carol. After sold out runs three years in a row, the production is back and better than ever. Performed in the brand new Yard performance space, the hip hop legends Q Brothers Collective present an unforgettable show. Audience members can look forward to the classic Charles Dickens tale, but with rap, reggae and rock music twists. Now through Dec.31, times vary, tickets from $30, 800 E. Grand Ave.

Holiday Lights Tour: Join Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co. in ringing in the season with a magical trolley ride around the city. Riders will take a tour of the magnificent light displays in the city’s most popular destinations, including the Gold Coast, where everyone will be treated to a Sprinkles cupcake, Chicago’s famous Christkindlmarket and the Zoolights at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Now through Dec. 23, times vary, tickets $29, 875 N. Michigan Ave.

One of a Kind Holiday Show: Pay a visit to Chicago’s Merchandise Mart for their 17th annual seasonal shopping event. The show features gifts from over 600 artists, plenty of local food options and live music to help put attendees in the holiday spirit. Art lovers can chat with up-and-coming creators from around the country and find the perfect gifts for their loved ones. Dec. 7-10, times vary, tickets $12, 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, 7th floor

12 Days of Lou’s: Saint Lou’s Assembly has curated a Christmas event like no other. This twelve day long extravaganza is jam packed with spirited activities like wreath decorating with Santa himself, a donut and cocktail making class led by Bon Vivant Cakes and S’more’s Out Back: A bonfire and christmas movie screening on the restaurant's patio. Anyone who spots their resident “Elf on a Shelf” throughout the 12 events will have a chance to win prizes like concert tickets or Lou’s gift cards. Dec. 12-23, times vary, 664 W. Lake St.

Café Spiaggia’s Feast of the Seven Fishes: Café Spiaggia hosts a delicious Southern Italian Christmas celebration sure to taste like home. Executive Chef Joe Flamm and Chef Tony Mantuano have created a six-course sharable feast inspired by their Italian grandmothers. Steelhead Tartar with crispy sunchoke and fennel and bucatini vongole with clams, peperonata and white wine are just some of the menu’s mouthwatering options. To close out the dinner, attendees can indulge in traditional Italian Christmas cookies. Dec. 21, 5:30PM and 8:30PM, tickets $75, 980 N. Michigan Ave., Ste. 2


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