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This Week in CHI: November 30 – December 6

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Thanksgiving is over and we are in full holiday season mode! Chicago has decked their halls, and the Christmas season is all around us. Here are the best things to do this week to get you in the holiday spirit!

Start your week off at opening night of The Second City’s off-night winter sketch revue and laugh as they poke fun at all of the insufferable and crazy parts parts of the holidays. Holidazed & Confused Revue continues to be the holiday season’s most time-honored, riotous send-up of the Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and everything in between.Tickets start at $17. For more information visit the website. The Second City Mainstage, 1616 N Wells St., Chicago, IL.


It’s opening night for highly anticipated Tony Award-winning hit Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, about the early life and career of the legendary and groundbreaking singer/songwriter, at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre. Check out this awesome musical at one of Chicago’s historic theaters. Tickets begin at $50. For more information visit the website.  The Oriental Theater, 24 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL.

It’s that time of year again! BrewLights is back at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Come enjoy dozens of seasonal beers, take photos with Santa, and walk beneath the sparkling lights adorning the paths of the zoo! Admission is free, beer is not. But don’t worry, proceeds benefit o the zoo, helping keep it open to the public year round. For more information visit the website. Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N Clark St., Chicago, IL.

Kick off the winter holidays right: with cookies! The Fairmont Chicago at Millennium Park hosts its second annual Cookies and Cheer, A Luxury Cookie Exchange. Mix and mingle with Fairmont’s esteemed culinary staff, enjoy wine tastings, and sample an incredible array of seasonal cookies. Plus, take home three dozen gourmet cookies of your choosing, wrapped in custom luxury packaging. Tickets, $50 per person and space is limited. For more information visit the website. 5:30p.m.- 7:30 p.m. Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, 200 North Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL


Joffrey Ballet brings The Nutcracker back to Chicago. Celebrate the holiday season with this classic production featuring Tchaikovsky’s famous score, with fanciful scenery, beautiful costumes, and a timeless story. Opening night is Friday and tickets start at $136. For more information visit the website. The Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy. Chicago, IL.

Elixir, the hot spot bar connected to Replay Andersonville, will host their first mixology course with head mixologist, Vlad. This Saturday will feature a class on how to make “Hot Toddies”. Participants will enjoy examples of classic hot toddies and hot buttered rum, learn about classic hot cocktails and will get to make their own hot toddies with a “Build your own Hot Toddy Bar,” featuring an extensive selection of Elixir’s spirits, spices, liqueurs, teas and sweeteners. Tickets, $10. For more information, check out the Facebook page. Elixir Andersonville, 1500 W Balmoral Ave., Chicago, IL.


We have been dying to check out the pre-fixe brunch menu at C Chicago for quite some time, and will finally be doing it this Sunday — we recommend you join us! This four course menu begins with a melon and lemon verbena Shooter and champagne foam. At $18 per person, this brunch is definitely something to check out. For more information, visit the website. C Chicago, 20 W. Kinzie St. Chicago, IL.

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