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Ice Skate in the Sky, opens Jan. 1, 9am-11pm, $5/25min on top of JHO admission
Go ice-skating on the 94th floor of the John Hancock more than 1,000 feet up in the air on the world's highest ice skating rink while looking over the Magnificent Mile, the city's lakefront & Lake Shore Drive.
Holiday Extravaganza Segway Glide, Daily until 12/31, All Day
Details: Enjoy holiday window decorations while gliding on a Segway through the loop and along Michigan avenue. Stop for hot chocolate at the Christkindlmarket and view the magnificent tree at Daley Plaza.
Improv Olympic's Interactive New Year's Eve, Dec. 31. 10:30pm, iO, $25
Details: Enjoy musical sketch comedy, interactive games and perhaps be asked to join the comedy groups on stage as they tickle your funny bone on the eve of 2012. A champagne toast and party favors are included.
CorePower Yoga New Years Eve Class, Dec. 31, 10:30-11:30pm, CorePower Yoga, FREE
Details: Grab your yoga mat and end 2011 on a healthy note! Enjoy a free yoga class and then toast with nonalcoholic drinks at midnight.
New Year's Week Extravaganza, Dec. 27 at 5:30pm & 9pm, The Laughing Chameleon, $25
Details: The Laughing Chameleon, the North Shore's only full-service comedy, magic and variety club, will be hosting an exclusive New Year's Week Extravaganza with Diva Moments from Broadway Star, Christina Bianco.
Rockmitzvah 2011 Christmas Eve Event, Dec. 24 at 7pm, Rockit Bar & Grill, $30
Details: This 8th annual Christmas Eve event has 50% off food throughout the night and a private reception from 8:30-10pm which include great drink packages too.
Chicago Trolley Holiday Lights Tours, Dec. 22-23 at Various Times, Around Chicago, $26
Details: See all of Chicago's holiday lights in the comfort of a heated trolley! Start at Water Tower Pumping Station and see lights from the Magnificent Mile, Zoo Lights, Christkindlmarket, Art Institute, Buckingham Fountain, Winter Wonderfest and more!
The Addams Family, Dec. 22 at 7:30pm, Cadillac Palace Theatre, $27-$95 Details: The Addams Family returns to Chicago! Enjoy this bizarre family created by Charles Addams.
Rudolph, the Red-Hosed Reindeer, Dec. 22 at 7:30pm, Mary's Attic, $15-$20
Details: This classic story has a twist when its made into a parody featuring a cross-dressing reindeer.
JALBC Holiday/Anniversary Party Benefitting Imerman Angels: Have a drink, bid on Jonny!
Details: Go to the Holi-Date Ball benefiting Imerman Angles while listening to some live piano music along with a date auction!
Oops! I Christmassed Again: A Britney Spears Christmas Carol, Dec. 23 at 11:59pm, ComedySportz Theatre, $10
Details: This modern twist on "A Christmas Carol" focuses on a character portraying pop princess Britney Spears. Her three ghosts include Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, and Madonna. See if Britney decided to return to the limelight or not.
The Nativity, Dec. 22 at 7:30pm, Goodman Theatre, $40
Details: Langston Hughes' story of the birth of Jesus us performed through scripture, poetry, song, and dance.
Bye Bye Liver: The Chicago Drinking Play, Dec. 23 at 8pm, Fizz Bar & Grill, $20
Details: Check out this booze-themed comedy performance with interactive drinking games.
Festivus - Eve of the Eve, Dec. 23 at 9pm, English
Details: Get entry at both English and Hubbard Inn and enjoy the parties! Dance to featured DJ's, passed appetizers, and premium open bar
The Roast of Santa Claus, Dec. 23 at 8pm, Gorilla Tango Theatre, $15
Details: The League of Miscreants perform dark parodies of Christmas traditions
Ugly Sweater Hip-Hop Extravaganza, Dec. 23 at 11pm, U.S. Beer Company, $7
Details: Sport your most tacky holiday sweater at this bash featuring hip-hop performances.
Whirled News Tonight, Dec. 24 at 8pm, iO, $14
Details: Audience member choose news articles for a satirical improv performance.
Yuletide Cheer in the Lobby of the Palmer House, Sat & Sun at 2-4pm, $35
Details: Enjoy a special afternoon of tea service and get your dance on with the Joffrey Nutcracker Ballet students.
A Christmas Story, The Musical!, Dec. 14-30, The Chicago Theatre, $35-$79
Details: America's #1 Christmas movie comes to life on stage as a hilarious holiday musical based on writings of radio humorist Jean Shepherd
The Christmas Schooner, Dec. 25 at 3pm, Mercury Theater, $23-$59.50
Details: This musical tale is based by true events of the late 19th Century pioneer families who had to overcome hardships to celebrate the Christmas spirit in Chicago.
Speakeasy, Dec. 25 at 7pm, Everleigh Social Club, $5
Details: Dance to 1920s-style jazz live by Ben Tatar and L'amourchestra. In between sets the Chicago Starlets perform striptease routines. BYOB.
Holly Days at the Art Institute, 12/27-12/30, 10am-3:30pm, Free with Admission
Details: Explore storytelling, interactive gallery walks and family art making activities. The Art Institute's mascot Artie the Lion makes a special appearance.
Game Night, Dec. 27 at 6:30pm, Bucktown/Wicker Park
Details: Bring your own game to play or try something new from the store's extensive library
Get off the Couch, Dec. 28 at 8pm, Villains Bar & Grill, $5 suggested donation
Details: Do something different this Wednesday and go listen to acoustic music featuring new artists each month.
Free Tours at Clarke House Museum, Dec. 28 at 12pm and 2pm, Clarke House Museum, FREE
Details: Free tours on Wednesday at the Clarke House Museum which is Chicago's oldest house. See what life was like for a family in Chicago before the Civil War.
Bubble Bash, Dec. 31 at 9am, DuPage Children's Museum, $20-25
Details: Annual family-friendly countdown with train-themed activities on all floors. Refreshments and musical performances.
Youth New Year's 2012 Celebration All Nighter, Dec. 31 at 7pm-7am, $30-35
Details: A fun NYE party for kids?? Drop off your little ones at Joliet Park District's first overnight New Year's party for kids ages 8-12. They'll enjoy music, sports, tumbling, art, movies, games and bounce houses. Drop-off at 7pm, doors are locked at 9pm and kids can party, safely, all night until you pick them up at 7am.
Cage the Elephant Concert, Dec. 31, 9pm, Aragon Ballroom, $30
Details: Check out the "Ain't No Rest For The Wicked" singers on this New Year's Eve show for ages 17+
10th Annual All Singles New Year's Eve Celebration, Dec. 31, 7:30pm-1am, Pinstripes Bistro, $69-75
Details: Meet and mingle with other singles in and around Chicago for a New Years to remember with cocktails, dinner, dancing and more! Ring in the new year and possibly meet your mate!
Chuckle Bowl Spectacular New Year's Eve Party, Dec. 31, 9pm, Lincoln Square Lanes, $30
Details: For an off-beat and affordable alternative to NYE events, check out this 6th annual bowling and comedy new years event. Grab your bowling shoes, get ready for some laughs and by The Lincoln Lodge comedy and variety show and get ready to ring in the new year with bowling, free pizza and a Miller High Life (the champagne of beers!) toast.
Christmas Volunteer List
Christmas Cheer Foundation Details: An all-volunteer group that delivers prepared meals, toys and books to Chicagoland homebound and hungry on Christmas Day to over 15,000 people.
The names are secured from public service agencies, schools, township service offices, and people who call for help. Its success is based on contributions from community members and local business owners and hundreds of volunteers. The need for volunteers and donations grows annually.
The Salvation Army
Details: Whether you're ringing a bell with the iconic red kettles, wrapping toys for children to open for Christmas, or packaging holiday meals to distribute to those in need, there are countless ways for you to give back.
Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly
Details: Spend some quality time with the elderly and escort them to different holiday parties whether in their home or elsewhere!
Chicago's Christmas Ship
Details: Help give Christmas trees to disadvantaged families who would not otherwise be able to have a Christmas tree. A committee was formed to do just that, acting as an activity of the Navy League.
Greater Chicago Food Depository
Details: Volunteer at one of the Greater Chicago Food Depository's member soup kitchens, pantries and shelters by helping prepare and serve meals.
Details: A few hours of your time will make a difference in the lives of the children and adults that call Misericordia "home"