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Friday, December 15

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+

Build It! at Kohl Children’s Museum

when: Dec 15, 2017 - Mar 4, 2018 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

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

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+

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+

Go Gnome Hunting!

when: Dec 15, 2017 - Mar 31, 2018 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

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

Discover Math in Nature with a Mirror Maze

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

where: Hyde Park, Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, Il

cost: Free with general museum admission; $18/adults; $11/children 3-11; $17/seniors 65 & up (discounts available online)

ages: All ages

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

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

Beginner’s Art Studio Drop-In at Wonder Works

when: Dec 15, 2017 - Dec 31 at Mon. & Wed-Sat 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sun. 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

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

cost: Included with admission; $7/person

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

Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea at Shedd Aquarium

when: Dec 15, 2017 - Sep 30 at Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

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

cost: $39.95/adults; $29.95/ages 3-11

ages: All ages

Visit Santa HQ at Fashion Outlets of Chicago

when: Dec 15, 2017 - Dec 24, 2017 at Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Nov. 24 & 25, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Nov. 26; 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Dec. 17, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Dec. 24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

where: Fashion Outlets of Chicago, 5220 Fashion Outlets Way, Rosemont, Il

ages: All ages

Firezone Drop In

when: Dec 15, 2017 at noon to 3 p.m.

where: Firezone, 1100 National Pkwy., Schaumburg, Il

cost: $10

ages: 2-9

Story Time at Kohl Children’s Museum

when: Dec 15, 2017 - Dec 31 at Mon., 11 a.m.; Wed., 3:30 p.m.

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

cost: Free with admission

ages: All ages

Monica + Andy Pop-up Guideshop at The Shops at North Bridge

when: Dec 15, 2017 - Jan 31, 2018 at Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

where: Magnificent Mile, The Shops at North Bridge, 520 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Chicago, Il

ages: All ages

Ice Skating with a View

when: Dec 15, 2017 - Mar 11, 2018 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

Caroling the Holiday Classics at Cloud Gate

when: every Friday at Fri., 6 p.m.-7 p.m.

where: Millennium Park, Cloud Gate aka "The Bean" , Near Michigan Ave. & Washington St., Chicago, Il

cost: Free

ages: All ages

Kids Nite Out: Dinner & a Show

when: Dec 15, 2017 at 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

where: Wicker Park, The Kids' Table, 2337 W. North Ave., Chicago, Il

cost: $40/child

ages: 4+

StoryTime! at Volumes

when: Dec 15, 2017 - Dec 29 at Wed. & Sat., 10 a.m.

where: Wicker Park, Volumes Book Cafe, 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, Il

cost: Free

ages: All ages

Monica + Andy Pop-up Guideshop at The Shops at North Bridge

when: Dec 15, 2017 - Jan 31, 2018 at Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

where: Magnificent Mile, The Shops at North Bridge, 520 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Chicago, Il

ages: All ages

Sing-a-Long with Mr. Singer at LPZ

when: Dec 15, 2017 - Apr 30 at Wed. & Fri., 9:15 a.m. & 10 a.m.

where: Lincoln Park, Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark St. , Chicago, Il

cost: Free

ages: 6 & under

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