Concerts in Blue Island

The Winter Blues Festival Featuring Millie Jackson at Horseshoe Casino on Friday, February 20 (Up to 35% Off)

The Winter Blues Festival feat. Millie Jackson

The Venue at Horseshoe Casino

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Award-winning blues, soul, and R & B singer-songwriters are known for their romantic lyrics, groovy melodies, and hits

$61.75 $40.14

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New Year's Eve Soiree at JW Marriott Chicago on December 31 at 9 p.m. (Up to 38% Off)

New Year's Eve Soiree

JW Marriott Chicago

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The swanky New Year’s Eve celebration inside the lavish hotel includes multiple event rooms and live entertainment

$167.98 $125

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Lisa Lisa and Coro at The Portage Theater on Saturday, December 27, at 7 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

Lisa Lisa and Coro

The Portage Theatre

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Innovator of the freestyle scene and singer of “Can You Feel the Beat” joins Miami Vice actor and voice behind “Where Are You Tonight”

$25 $15

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Bass Therapy with Lny Tnz, Choppa Dunks, and Others at Portage Theater on Saturday, January 24 (Up to 35% Off)

Bass Therapy w/ Lyn Tnz + Choppa Dunks + Duelle + G-Buck

Portage Theater

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Quintet of genre-defying EDM artists pack the club, headlined by Netherlands-based duo Lny Tnz in their Chicago debut

$23.08 $15

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"Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical" on November 20–28 (Up to 31% Off)

"Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical"

The Chicago Theatre

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The Grinch wages a losing battle against the spirit of Christmas in a musical based on the beloved animated television special

$49.18 $34

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Walker Stalker Con 2015 at Navy Pier on February 21 or 22 at 11 a.m. (Up to 50% Off)

Walker Stalker Con 2015

Navy Pier

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The stars of “The Walking Dead” are joined by actors from horror films and fellow AMC show “Breaking Bad” during panels and events

$38 $19

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The Countdown: NYE 2015 Masquerade Ball at Maggiano's Grand Ballroom on December 31 at 8 p.m. (Up to 46% Off)

The Countdown: NYE 2015 Masquerade Ball

Maggiano's Grand Ballroom

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The extravagent masquerade ball features the city’s top DJs, drinks, appetizers, two rooms of music, and free masks for all guests

$145 $79

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The Sexiest Ugly Sweater Concert! with DJ Y2K at Red Ivy on Friday, December 19 (Up to 55% Off)

The Sexiest Ugly Sweater Concert!

Red Ivy

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Dance to DJ sets at a celebration of “ugly” sweaters

$22.09 $10

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V103 R&B and Old School Fest at UIC Pavilion on Saturday, November 29, at 6:30 p.m. (Up to 40% Off)

V103 R&B and Old School Fest

UIC Pavilion

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Keith Sweat joins the Isley Brothers, and Mint Condition for an evening of old-school R&B hits

$82.13 $48.99

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Sebastian Bach on Dec. 18 or Stroke 9 and Bottle of Justus on Nov. 14 at Cubby Bear (Up to 30% Off)

Sebastian Bach or Stroke 9 and Bottle of Justus

Cubby Bear

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Alternative jams from Stroke 9 of “Little Black Backpack” fame, or hard-rocking classics from Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach

$20 $15

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Chippendales at House of Blues Chicago on Saturday, January 31, at 9 p.m. (Up to 31% Off)

Chippendales

House of Blues Chicago

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World-famous all-male dancers don cuffs, collars, and little else as they raise temperatures with sultry moves

$47.60 $33

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Founded in 1997 by inventive Chicago artist Sean Graney, The Hypocrites curates unorthodox theatrical endeavors with inimitable panache and an underlying emotional vulnerability. Praised by the Chicago Sun-Times for its propensity to “never do things the expected way,” The Hypocrites have applied its unconventional approach to classic texts such as The Threepenny Opera, Frankenstein, and Kafka's The Trial. Throughout the years, these productions have earned the company a trophy case of Joseph Jefferson citations, as well as an After Dark Award and a letter of recommendation from Shakespeare’s great-great-great-great grandfather.

4527 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago,
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For nearly 40 years, the Civic Opera Barber Shop has offered straightforward men's grooming services inside the Civic Opera building, with all its gold-leafed art-deco finery. A red, white, and blue barber pole outside the salon beckons potential customers while representing the three colors of human hair. Within, plush burgundy thrones elevate heads to the ideal styling height, giving the veteran barber full sway over every strand as he shaves stubble with straight razors and hot lather, cuts hair into no-nonsense styles, and trims back beards to distinguish man from wolfman.

20 N Wacker Dr
Chicago,
IL
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A 15-year veteran of the Chicago theater community, Lauren Wolf returned to the Second City after recording her debut album All My Secrets in LA in 2011. Backed by a talented band—including Josh Groban’s guitarist Ricky Z—the singer and single mother has graced the stage at The House of Blues, Hard Rock Cafe, and Mayne Stage, drawing comparisons to Janis Joplin for her powerful pipes. Lauren soulfully croons lyrics inspired by her personal struggles and unfinished macramé projects set to upbeat rhythms influenced by the music of the '60s, '70s, and '80s.

3535 North Clark Street
Chicago,
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Occupying a building that sprang up at the turn of the 20th century, the Irish American Heritage Center (IAHC) somehow manages to cram Ireland into one of Chicago?s city blocks. Work from Irish artists hangs in the building?s art gallery, books from Irish authors fill its library, Irish plays light up its 658-seat theater, and Irish food and drinks delight the crowd on the main floor at the Fifth Province Pub. The IAHC also has a knowledgeable staff of instructors, who teach classes on everything from Irish dance and music to Irish language and genealogy.

4626 N Knox Ave.
Chicago,
IL
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Chicago Sinfonietta was already markedly different from its counterparts when it played its first notes in 1987. Its founder and conductor Paul Freeman wanted to create a symphony that actually reflected the community in which it existed. The ensemble he formed brought together musicians from diverse racial and cultural backgrounds, who interpreted both classical pieces and forgotten compositions from composers of color. His concept proved successful—the symphony toured Europe, played the Kennedy Center twice, and produced 14 albums, all while tunefully demonstrating the universality of music.

Today, Chicago Sinfonietta continues to perform unique programs, and supports music education and professional development opportunities for members of underrepresented communities. Freeman retired from his post at the end of the 2011 season, passing the reins new music director Mei-Ann Chen, but his legacy lives on in the music of performers he helped get started, including classical-music legend Yo-Yo Ma.

220 S Michigan Ave.
Chicago,
IL
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And lets stop right there - because we're not going to get anywhere unless we acknowledge the 1,000 pound gorilla in the room. Everyone knows there are two kinds of people in this world. There are those who are along for every step of the roller-coaster sequence of set-the-stage upbeat ditties, then something-went-wrong sad crooners, and finally the hopeful-resolution-entire-cast-sings-final-chorus ballads. And then there are those who insist that musical is the basest and shallowest art form on the face of the earth.

2540 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago,
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