Can you believe December is here already?  The year just flew by. Despite the holiday hustle and bustle, there are a number of cool, stress-free activities to get into.  End the year on a fun note with these 10 Events You Should Look for this December:
Hyde Park Holly Day- December 1

This family fun event is perfect to get you in the holiday spirit.   Face-painting, cookie decorating, free holiday movies (Frozen, How the Grinch Stole Christmas)- and it’s FREE.  What more can you ask for?  

The Hip Hop Nutcracker- Rosemont Theatre- December 1- 7:30 pm

Classic ballet The Nutcracker gets a new school take of with The Hip Hop Nutcracker –set in contemporary New York City.  All-star dancers, an on-stage DJ and an electric violinist make up this production.  Tickets available here.

 Dave Hollister- City Winery- December 3

Chicago’s own.   Purveyor of Ghetto Hymns –literally.  Singer of 90’s classic My Favorite Girl.  (Tell us that doesn’t still knock.)  In a rare appearance, Mr. Hollister will bring his talents to the City Winery stage this December 3.

Maxwell “50 Intimate Nights Live” Tour- The Chicago Theatre- December 2 and 3

The elusive crooner is back with a new single (Shame), and perhaps a new project?  Either way, if you don’t know how a Maxwell show gets down….catch him at the Chicago Theatre.  You won’t be disappointed.  Special Guest- Marsha Ambrosius

Vends & Vibes- Arts Block 301 &329 E Garfield- December 8 & 9

Continuing in the spirit of Small Business Saturday, we give a nod to this annual pop up sponsored by Arts and Public Life.  Vends + Vibes: An Arts Marketplace is a FREE two-day, boutique winter marketplace of handmade crafts and unique productions made primarily by South Side artists and creative entrepreneurs.  The event is sound tracked by popular local DJs.  Make sure to add this one to your shopping trip list

South Side Community Art Center-Holiday Affordably Art Sale- December 8- 3831 S. Michigan Ave.

If you’ve visited the South Side Community Art Center, you know they exhibit some pretty awesome artwork.   Well, now might be a great time to grab some new pieces during their affordably art sale. Books, paintings, postersand more.

Chante Moore Christmas Concert- The Promontory- December 8-  2 shows 6 pm; 8:30 pm

Chante Moore will bless the Promontory with songs from her new LP Christmas Back to You– a collection of classic and original Christmas recordings.    And since Chante can sang, it should be a wonderful.  Tickets available at Eventbrite.


Sip and Sew Chicago- December 8- The Bridgeport Art Center (12-3) and (4:30 -7:30 pm)

Did you ever want to learn to sew? Sip and Sew is back with its winter session. Beginning and intermediate level sewers will get the fundamentals of sewing while completing a fun class project. Sewing materials and complimentary drinks (wine) are included. Tickets are available at Eventbrite.

           

Harlem Globetrotters- December 27- Allstate Arena- Rosemont/ December 28- United Center

Remember watching the Globetrotters as a kid?  Well, a new generation is delivering all of the basketball tricks we used to love.   Makes a great family fun night.  Tickets are available at www.harlemglobetrotters.com.

           

Familiar by Danai Gurira – Steppenwolf Theatre- through January 13

When actress Danai Gurira isn’t thrilling fans of The Walking Dead or defending Wakanda, she is busy writing critically acclaimed plays.  Her latest work, Familiar is now playing at the Steppenwolf Theatre.  According to Steppenwolf Theater, Familiar is the story of a tight-knit Zimbabwean-American family “searching to preserve their past while building a new future. “  Tickets are available at Steppenworf Theatre’s website.

 

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