Concerts in Zion

Chris Botti at Riverside Theater on December 4 at 8 p.m. (Up to 57% Off)

Chris Botti

Riverside Theater

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Grammy-winning trumpeter and composer serenades audiences with romantic pop, smooth jazz, and classical instrumentals

$58.57 $25

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Big Band Holidays with Jazz at Lincoln Center at Uihlein Hall Marcus Center on December 1 (Up to 41% Off)

Big Band Holidays With Jazz At Lincoln Center

Uihlein Hall Marcus Center

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Wynton Marsalis’s ensemble, Jazz at Lincoln Center, celebrates the holidays with vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant

$75.80 $45

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Tributes to Nirvana, Beastie Boys, Weezer, Tool & More at The Cubby Bear on October 10–December 6 (Up to 46% Off)

Cubby Bear

Cubby Bear

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Rock out with tributes to Rage Against the Machine, Sublime, Pearl Jam, Beastie Boys, Tool, and more at this Wrigleyville hotspot

$9.95 $7

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The Sexiest Ugly Sweater Concert! with DJ Zebo 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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I Rock the Mic with MC Lyte and Doug E. Fresh at Arie Crown Theater on Sunday, December 7 (Up to 42% Off)

Arie Crown Theater

Arie Crown Theater

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An all-star cast, including MC Lyte, Doug E. Fresh, Rakim, and Big Daddy Kane, rocks the mic at this gathering of old-school rappers

$69.21 $40

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Cirque Dreams "Holidaze" at The Chicago Theatre on December 17 or 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

The Chicago Theatre

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Colorfully costumed acrobats, strongmen, and daredevils perform awe-inspiring physical feats as a live band plays holiday songs

$61.02 $46

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The Music Theatre Company's production of Merrily We Roll Along, a Stephen Sondheim composition based on the 1934 Kaufman and Hart play, weaves a show biz success story in reverse. The musical begins with Franklin Shepard’s wild fame as a film producer before unraveling nearly 20 years of his past to uncover countless love affairs, missed opportunities, and humble dreams.

1849 Green Bay Rd
Highland Park,
IL
US

The Stained Glass Coffeehouse's concerts immerse audiences in the soothing euphonies of local and nationally known musicians in an intimate space. Tangleweed weaves a bluegrass twang into original songs and traditional ditties, getting feet stomping with old-timey aplomb. Guests take home a copy of the band's fourth album, Please Punch Richard for Me, keeping concert-formed memories alive or training a flock of parrots to imitate the singers' voices. Annie and Rod Capps couple the former's winsome vocals with the latter's deft instrumental accompaniment, and Kim and Reggie Harris caress ears with a songbook of folk music and African-American spirituals. Irish-American guitarist and singer Joe Jencks opens up hearts with soulful lyrics and crystalline vocals, and local artists open every concert, warming up audiences and melting heckling snowmen before headlining acts take the stage. The proceeds from each event will be donated to local and international charities.

225 Wilmot Rd
Deerfield,
IL
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Metropolis Performing Arts Center enriches the community with the beauty and culture of the theater, so it only makes sense that their version of a 5K is intensely theatrical. Dressed as a favorite stage, screen, or TV character, participants walk, jog, and monologue their way through a route that rolls by the verdant lawns and tree-lined streets of Arlington Heights. Twists and turns down Walnut and Maple and Chestnut streets breaks up Evergreen and Highland Avenue straightaways, and prizes at the finish line reward out-of-breath thespians for creating the best group or individual costumes.

111 W Campbell St
Arlington Hts,
IL
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Helmed by Victor Muenzer, a Grammy-winning conductor and trumpeter, the Park Ridge Civic Orchestra breathes new life into classical masterworks, operatic favorites, and Broadway hits. Instead of hiring Shakespeare’s ghost to run a kissing booth, the orchestra delivers two tributes to his most famous love story, Romeo & Juliet, in its "Valentine Romance" program. A cadre of soloists who have played with venerable Chicagoland and international orchestras make hearts swoon during Prokofiev’s emotionally intense Romeo & Juliet, op. 64 and a star-crossed suite from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story. In addition to performing a solo, local violist Dan Golden will premiere his latest composition, Eine Kleine Klezmer Musik, a danceable love song to Jewish music from Eastern Europe.

5 South Prospect Avenue
Park Ridge,
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• Seating in section 2 or 4, rows C–J, for the show on Thursday, July 14, at 10 a.m. • Seating in section 2, rows C–J, or section 4, rows D–J, for the show on Friday, July 15, at 10 a.m. • Seating in section 1, row C, or section 2 or 3, rows D–J, for the show on Saturday, July 16, at 10 a.m.

10 Marriott Dr
Lincolnshire,
IL
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Whose Line Is It Anyway? stars Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood tickle ribs in an evening of improvised comedy. Starting with suggestions form the audience, Mochrie and Sherwood fashion witty sketches that free guffaws from bellies and remind sad clowns what they've given up for their craft. Interactivity spices up the evening, with the comedic pair calling audience members to the stage to assist in chuckle-making scenes. The Hemmens Cultural Center ensconces guests in main-floor seats guaranteed to be within 100 feet of the stage, affording straight sightlines to onstage action and comfortable distance from the occasional gargoyle infestations of the balcony.

45 Symphony Way
Elgin,
IL
US

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