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Friday, December 15

A Christmas Carol at Goodman Theatre

when: Dec 15, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 at Times vary, check calendar

where: Loop, Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, Il

cost: $25+

ages: 6+

Holiday Milk + Cookie + Santa with Monica + Andy

when: Dec 15, 2017 - Dec 23, 2017 at Writing available daily; Milk + Cookies on 12/2 & 12/9, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

where: Lincoln Park, Monica + Andy, 2038 N. Halsted, Chicago, Il

cost: Free

ages: All ages

Jurassic World: The Exhibition

when: Dec 15, 2017 - Jan 7, 2018 at Sun.-Wed., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat., 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

where: Museum Campus, The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, Il

cost: Basic admission + Jurassic World: $37/adult, $25/child

ages: All ages

Winter Play at Morton Arboretum

when: Dec 15, 2017 - Mar 31 at Daily, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

where: Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, Il

cost: $14/adults; $9/ages 2-7; discounts available on Wednesdays

ages: All ages

Blue Man Group

when: Dec 15, 2017 - May 31 at Showtimes vary, check schedule

where: Lakeview, Briar Street Theatre, 3133 N. Halsted, Chicago, Il

cost: $39-$99

ages: 4+

A Dazzling Holiday Trolley Ride

when: Dec 15, 2017 - Dec 23, 2017 at Nov. 24-26, Dec. 1-3, Dec. 8-23; tours at 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.

where: Mag Mile, Tour departs from the John Hancock Observatory, 875 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Il

cost: Adults, $29; children, $18

ages: All ages

Merry Merry Chicago

when: Dec 15, 2017 at Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 3 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.

where: Loop, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Il

cost: $50-$135

ages: Ages 5 & up

Arbor Reading at Morton Arboretum

when: Dec 15, 2017 - Mar 31 at Wed. & Fri., 11-11:45 a.m.

where: Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, Il

cost: $5/non-member child; $4/member child

ages: 2-6, with adult

Doane at Dusk at Adler Planetarium

when: Dec 15, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

where: Museum Campus, Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, Il

cost: Free

ages: All ages

Shark Feeding Tour: Behind the Scenes at Shedd

when: Dec 15, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 at Sat. & Sun., 9:45 a.m.

where: Museum Campus, Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, Il

cost: $89.95/ages 12 & older, $80.95/ages 10-11, $54/members

ages: 10+

Potted Potter at Broadway Playhouse

when: Dec 15, 2017 - Jan 21 at Various showtimes

where: Magnificent Mile, Broadway Playhouse, 175 E. Chestnut, Chicago, Il

cost: $64+

ages: All ages

Experience The Nutcracker With a Twist

when: Dec 15, 2017 - Dec 30, 2017 at Thurs. & Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.

where: Wicker Park, Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division St., Chicago, Il

cost: $15-$45

ages: 5 & up

Butterfly Release at Peggy Notebaert

when: Dec 15, 2017 - Dec 31 at 2 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

where: Lincoln Park, Peggy Notebaert Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Dr., Chicago, Il

cost: $9/adults; $6/ages 3-12; free for ages 2 & under

ages: All ages

Brunch with Santa at Brookfield Zoo

when: Dec 15, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017 at 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. seatings

where: Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Rd., Brookfield, Il

cost: $41.95/adults; $31.95/ages 3-11; free for ages 2 & under

ages: All ages

Get Up Close & Personal with Penguins at Shedd

when: Dec 15, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.; daily last week of Jun.-Aug. 28 & Fri.-Sun., Sept.-mid-June.

where: Museum Campus, Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, Il

cost: $75.95/adults, $66.95/kids, $40/members.

ages: 6+

Build It! at Kohl Children’s Museum

when: Dec 15, 2017 - Mar 4 at Mon., 9:30 a.m.-noon; Tues.-Sat., 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.

where: Kohl Children's Museum, 2100 Patriot Boulevard, Glenview, Il

cost: $12; free for infants 12 months & under

ages: All ages

Ken Ludwig’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

when: Dec 15, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 at Showtimes vary, check calendar

where: Streeterville, Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut, Chicago, Il

ages: All ages

SpotHero Garage at Kohl Children’s Museum

when: Dec 15, 2017 - Dec 31 at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

where: Kohl Children's Museum, 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview, Il

cost: $12/adults & children, $11/seniors, free for ages 12 months & under

ages: All ages

Ice Skating with a View

when: Dec 15, 2017 - Mar 4 at Times vary, check website for details

where: Millennium Park, McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, Michigan Ave., between Washington & Madison Streets, Chicago, Il

cost: Free skating; Skate rental: $12 Mon-Thurs., $14 Fri.-Sun.

ages: All ages

Shadow Puppet Story Time at Wonder Works

when: every Friday at Fri., 11:30 a.m.

where: Wonder Works, 6445 W. North Ave., Oak Park, Il

cost: Included with admission; $7/person

ages: All ages

Go Gnome Hunting!

when: Dec 15, 2017 - Mar 31 at Daily, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

where: Morton Arboretum, 4100 IL Rte. 53, Lisle, Il

cost: Hunt is free with general admission

ages: All ages

It’s a Wonderful Life the Musical

when: Dec 15, 2017 - Dec 23, 2017 at Thurs. & Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 4:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.; Check schedule for additional holiday performances

where: Lincoln Park, Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, Il

cost: $19-$49

ages: All ages

Go Behind the Scenes at Shedd Aquarium

when: Dec 15, 2017 - Dec 31 at Fri.-Sun., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.

where: Museum Campus, Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, Il

cost: $55.95/ages 12 & up, $46.95ages/7-11, $20/members

ages: 10+

Santa’s Wonderland Comes to Bass Pro Shops

when: Dec 15, 2017 - Dec 24, 2017 at 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

where: Bass Pro Shops & Outdoor World, 709 Janes Ave., Bolingbrook; 6112 W. Grand Ave., Gurnee; 1000 Bass Pro Dr., East Peoria; 6425 Daniel Burnham Dr., Portage, IN, Citywide

cost: Free

ages: All ages

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