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For the theater groupies: Chicago Children’s Theatre Holiday Pass

Spread cheer and introduce kids to the wonder of live theater with one simple gift. The Chicago Children's Theatre Performance Pass is good for 4 tickets to the company's upcoming 2017-18 productions in their beautiful new home, The Station, which includes The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party, My Wonderful Birthday Suit!, An Epic Tale of Scale or Last Stop on Market Street. If you use all 4 tickets for one show, you save up to 30% off regularly priced tickets.

The Chicago Children's Theatre Winter Session Pass covers enrollment for one student for one class in the company's 8-week winter session at The Station. Winter session begins January 22, 2018, and the pass is good for select classes, including Bubble Jams, Hip Hop for Totz, Intro to Theatre, Intro to Circus, Stage Combat for Kids and more. With classes and camps for kids ages 0-14, it's the ideal gift for kids who love to get in on the act.

Performance Pass, $125; Winter Session Pass, $170

photo: Chicago Children's Theatre


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— Maria Chambers