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Holiday Performances for Groups on Chicago's North Shore

Special group pricing only available if booking through Caryn Shulman, Tourism Sales Manager at Chicago's North Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau. She can be reached at or call at 847-763-0011 ext. 125.

North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, Skokie

The Manhattan Transfer
Beginning with their first performances in the early 1970s, The Manhattan Transfer has become the cornerstone of contemporary music. Originally launched by Tim Hauser in 1969, Hauser, Alan Paul, Janis Siegel and Laurel Masse were the group by 1972. Cheryl Bentyne joined the group in 1979 after Laurel Masse left. The group is known for their amazing harmony and versatility, incorporating pop, jazz, R&B, rock and roll, swing, symphonic, and a cappella music.

November 24
Ticket prices start at $48
Add on lunch/dinner in Skokie available


Music of the Baroque
From the heaven-storming timpani of the opening chorus, the Christmas story unfolds in dramatic narrative, moving arias, and inspiring chorales-performed with the power and passion Music of the Baroque always brings to Bach's great choral works.

November 25
Groups 10+ Adult $35, Senior $25, Student $10
Add on lunch/dinner in Skokie available


Chicago Tap Theatre "Tidings of Tap"
Audiences have made Chicago Tap Theatre's annual warm and witty celebration of Christmas, Chanukah and the Winter Season part of their holiday tradition for over a decade. The amazingly talented Dasha Merkulova returns with her gymnastic skills along with new tap dances, returning favorites and more magic!

December 9
Tickets $24-40
Add on lunch/dinner in Skokie available


Salt Creek Ballet's The Nutcracker
Salt Creek Ballet's The Nutcracker marches back onto the North Shore Center stage with an affordable full-length production performed in the grand Russian style by a professional company with incredible guest soloists! For a holiday production that first delighted audiences way back in 1892, Salt Creek Ballet's The Nutcracker is the perfect way to introduce young children to the power and beauty of classical dance.

December 15-16
Tickets $20; Groups 10+ 10% discount, Groups 25+ 15% discount
Add on lunch/dinner in Skokie available


American Girl Live!
Experience American Girl® in an all-new musical, coming this holiday season to the North Shore Center in Skokie! American Girl Live is a premiere stage production, featuring all-original songs and unforgettable experiences. Come along to sleepover camp with some new friends for an exciting summer away from home. As bold tales of bravery and friendship come to life, iconic American Girl characters lend a hand through story and song. Join your favorite American Girl characters and the campers as they follow their hearts, share their dreams and learn the power of friendship.

December 21-23
Tickets $37-47
Add on lunch/dinner in Skokie available

Oil Lamp Theater, Downtown Glenview

It's a Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play
This heartwarming classic is a show within a show. It's December 24, 1946 in Studio A at WBFR Radio, and a cast of six actors is preparing to present It's a Wonderful Life live to the listening audience. With the help of only a sound-effects artist, the ensemble re-enacts the story of George Bailey, a young man whose dreams of traveling the world are thwarted by his sense of responsibility to the family business. Down on his luck, Bailey, compassionate yet disheartened, is at the end of his rope. He questions his purpose in life and considers ending it all. Just then, an angel arrives to show Bailey how the lives of those he loves would be affected if he were not around.

November 29 - December 29
Groups 10+ $30 per person
Add on lunch/dinner in Glenview available


Northlight Theatre, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, Skokie

Mansfield Park
When shy but clever Fanny Price is sent away by her impoverished parents, she must adapt to life as the poor relation at her aunt and uncle's wealthy estate. But Fanny soon learns that beneath the glitter of wealth and status, people aren't always what they seem. Playwright Kate Hamill, known for her acclaimed adaptations of Sense and Sensibility and Vanity Fair, brings her unique sense of playfulness and theatricality to Austen's classic tale of the clash between love and conscience.

November 8 - December 16
Ticket prices start at $30. Group pricing available.
Add on lunch/dinner in Skokie available


Writer's Theatre, Downtown Glencoe

Mischief is afoot in the sleepy village of Edmonton and the fate of the world is at stake in this smart modern fable. When the emotionally conflicted son of the local lord and an ambitious newcomer come into conflict, help presents itself to both of them in the same guise-as the Devil himself. But while these two young men take advantage of the Devil's bargain to accomplish their own questionable ends, someone else in town stands her ground-Elizabeth, an outcast whom everyone believes to be a witch.

September 26 - December 16
Ticket prices start at $35. Group pricing available.
Add on lunch or dinner at Guildhall, Downtown Glencoe available


Twelfth Night, Or What You Will
Shakespeare's romantic, boisterous and poignant comedy has never felt more relevant-or more hilarious! When young Viola is shipwrecked on an unfamiliar shore, presuming her twin brother drowned in the same wreck, she must disguise herself as a man to secure a job with the local Duke Orsino. But when asked to further Orsino's romantic interests with the powerful Olivia, she finds herself tangled in an increasingly confused love triangle. Crossed wires, cross purposes and crossed garters abound, leading to a final scene of revelations that allows almost everyone to live happily ever after...

November 7 - December 16
Ticket prices start at $35. Group pricing available.
Add on lunch or dinner at Guildhall, Downtown Glencoe available

Music Theatre Works, Evanston

Into the Woods
Everybody's favorite storybook characters come together in this wise and witty tale about the consequences of what you wish for. A Tony Award-winning musical (and hit movie in 2014), with these songs: Children Will Listen, I Know Things Now, No One Is Alone and It Takes Two.

December 22-31
$37 main floor, $27 balcony
Add-on lunch/dinner in Evanston available


Rock 'N Ravioli, Downtown Evanston


Remembering Red...A Tribute to Red Skelton
This expert portrayal of Red Skelton will have you in stitches with some of Red's most well-known characters. Laugh with Clem Kadiddlehopper, giggle with Gertrude and Heathcliffe, and feel the love of Freddy the Freeloader. Add a little "Guzzlers Gin" and some pantomimes and you'll be remembering Red Skelton, Americans favorite clown.

One day only, Saturday, November 10
Lunch served at 1:00pm
(cheese ravioli, penne pasta, Ron's homemade meatballs, garlic bread, cannoli)
Show begins at 2:00pm, over at 3:30pm. $45 per person includes lunch, show, tax and gratuity.


Ethel M. Barber Theater Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts, Northwestern University, Evanston

A Chorus Line
The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical sensation about "every little step" towards the ultimate Broadway dream!

November 9 - December 2
Group of 10+ $24.25 adult; $21.25 seniors
Add on lunch or dinner in Evanston available



Chicago Botanic Garden

Hannukah Concert

The klezmer family tradition: music by the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band. Celebrate the music of the holiday season! The clarinet swings, violin sings, voices rise, everyone is dancing! The Maxwell Street Klezmer Band will perform two festive one-hour concerts. Buy tickets in advance and save more than ten percent. Ticket price includes concert and a visit to Wonderland Express. 

December 9