Take a break from all your holiday shopping and party prep and take in a show! You’ll get plenty of seasonal cheer and enjoy dance, drama and musical theater. There is something for everyone when you enjoy the your Holidays on Chicago’s North Shore.
Mr. Dickens' Hat
Mr. Dicken’s Hat
Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
Nov. 26, 2021–Jan. 2, 2022
World Premiere! In a cozy Victorian shop sits the hat of Charles Dickens, who once used it to carry water to the victims of a train wreck (that’s true!). When a pair of bumbling thieves plots to steal it (that’s imaginary!), young Kit sets out to foil their plan, save the hat, and free her father from debtors’ prison. Filled with original music and a host of colorful characters, constables and carolers, this warm winter’s tale brings to life the universal lesson: “Beneath our hats, we are all the same.”
It's a Wonderful Life: a Live Radio Play
It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
Oil Lamp Theater, 1723 Glenview Rd., Glenview
Nov. 26–Dec. 30
Embrace the real spirit of this festive time with everyone’s favorite classic performed live on stage with It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. Seven actors bring the entire town of Bedford Falls to life in a 1946 radio play—complete with sound effects—to tell the story of George Bailey, whose troubles lead him to wish he had never been born. The angel Clarence visits on Christmas Eve to help George realize how many lives he has touched and how different the world would have been without him.
Music of the Baroque: Holiday Brass & Choral Concerts
Music of the Baroque: Holiday Brass & Choral Concert
Alice Millar Chapel, Northwestern University, 1870 Sheridan Rd., Evanston
Experience the most enduring tradition in Music of the Baroque’s history. Celebrate the season with inspiring music in beautiful spaces as Andrew Megill, conductor of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Chorus and the Carmel Bach Festival Chorale, leads joyful carols, moving chants and jubilant works for brass. Long recognized as one of the region’s top classical groups, Music of the Baroque’s professional chorus and orchestra is one of the leading ensembles in the country devoted to the performance of eighteenth-century works.
Evanston Symphony Holiday Concert
Evanston Symphony Holiday Concert
Music Theater Works Presents Billy Elliot The Musical
Billy Elliot The Musical
Salt Creek Ballet's The Nutcracker
Salt Creek Ballet’s The Nutcracker
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
Catch the return of The Nutcracker, this family-affordable holiday tradition—performed in grand Russian style by a professional company—is the perfect way to introduce young children to the power and beauty of classical dance. The whimsical tale of young Clara and her magical journey with waltzing flowers, giant mice and sugar plum fairies is exquisitely set to Tchaikovsky’s enchanting musical score. See amazing new sets, vibrant costumes and internationally-recognized guest dancers with a cast of one hundred, including local children and young adults.
Writer’s Theatre, 325 Tudor Ct., Glencoe
Dec. 9, 2021–Jan. 23, 2022
Irreverently performed by stand-up comedian Alaudin Ullah — with live accompaniment by tabla percussionist Avirodh Sharma — this exhilarating tour-de-force will have you simultaneously empathizing with and laughing over Alaudin’s experiences of immigration, the Yankees and the complex nature of the American Dream. Alaudin is on the verge of success when a family crisis defers his dreams. While confronting his family history, he takes us on a moving and hilarious journey from 1930s colonial India to New York’s Spanish Harlem to present-day Hollywood for a once-in-a-lifetime audition.
8-TRACK: The Sounds of the 70s
8-TRACK: The Sounds of the 70s—In Concert
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre, 721 Howard St., Evanston
Dec. 3, 2021–Jan. 23, 2022
Put on your leisure suits, halter tops and platform shoes and boogie down through 10 years of ground-breaking music! Propulsive rhythms and dazzling harmonies make 8-TRACK a fast-paced musical journey through one of the most impassioned decades of the 20th Century. This Baby Boomers’ dream features music of The Emotions, The Carpenters, Labelle, Barry Manilow, Marvin Gaye, The Doobie Brothers, The Bee Gees, KC and the Sunshine Band, and more! Critics call it “an electric, energetic and powerful good time!” Optional pre-show three-course prix fixe dinners, plus a full bar.