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Wednesday, November 05, 2014
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events November 2014
On Tuesday, November 25, the City of Chicago and UL present this annual holiday tradition in Daley Plaza (Washington St. and Dearborn St.). The FREE event begins at 4:30pm
with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Santa and Mrs. Claus, The Grinch and
performances headlined by rocker Dee Snider, and the official tree
lighting will happen at 5pm.
Joining Dee Snider, who will perform a medley from Broadway In Chicago's Dee Snider's Rock & Roll Christmas Tale, are Hansel and Gretel from Emerald City Theatre's Hansel & Gretel: A Wickedly Delicious Musical Treat and Tony Award® winner Shuler Hensley as The Grinch to provide color commentary during the ceremony and help light the tree.
Santa Claus will once again set up shop on Daley Plaza in an all NEW Santa House
provided by ECODOME Inc. Santa's Midwest headquarters will be open to
children of all ages to experience the wonder of the North Pole and take
their picture with Santa Claus throughout the holiday season.
with Santa Claus begin on Tuesday, November 25, from 6pm to 8pm, with
special hours on Wednesday, November 26, from 11am to 8pm and
Thanksgiving Day, November 27, from 11am to 4pm. Santa's regular
visiting hours will begin on Friday, November 28, and continue every
Friday, Saturday and Sunday through December 21 from 11am to 8pm. During
Christmas week, December 22-23 the house will be open each day from
11am to 8pm, with special hours on Christmas Eve from 11am to 4pm. Santa
will be available for photos, so don't forget to bring your camera!
The McCormick-Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park will open on Friday, November 14,
and will remain open through Saturday, March 7, 2015, weather
permitting. For more than a decade, the rink has drawn over 100,000
skaters annually and is free and open to the public. The rink, located
on Michigan Avenue between Washington and Madison Streets, offers skate
The McCormick Tribune Ice Rink will operate under the following hours:
Starting Friday, November 28, at 6pm,
sing your favorite holiday carols in the reflection of Millennium
Park's stunning landmark and the accompaniment of some of Chicago's best
choral groups. Caroling at Cloud Gate (aka "The Bean") continues each Friday through December 19 at 6pm in Millennium Park.
SpinOff 2014 returns November 7-22
for a celebration of contemporary dance with work by emerging and
established, Midwest-based choreographers and dance companies. All
performances are FREE and feature Chicago and world premieres as well as
excerpts from works-in-progress.
Performance locations include the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington Street), Storefront Theater (66 E. Randolph Street), Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph) and The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago (916 S. Wabash Studios).
No reservations are necessary; seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning a half-hour before each show. *N.B.: Some performances contain material inappropriate for children and are for mature audiences only.
This FREE performing arts series is tailor made for toddlers but is
engaging for the whole family. Children are encouraged to move, meet the
artists and sometimes even partake in the performances. Performances
take place every first and third Friday of the month at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) and the following Saturday at the Garfield Park Conservatory (300 N. Central Park Ave.) beginning at 11am.
Performing November 7-8, the Striding Lion Performance Group
invites young audiences to participate in dance, theater and musical
storytelling in their unique brand of educational performance
On November 21-22, Elements Contemporary Ballet partners with Baroque Band, period-instrument group, in a mini-performance of The Sun King based on the life of French monarch Louis XIV.
Wired Fridays presents electronic dance music and local world-famous DJs in a mid-day dance party setting in the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.). The series, which occurs on the first and third Friday of each month from noon to 1pm, features original Chicago House music along with various other EDM genres.
Spinning November 7 is DJ Terry Hunter,
one of the most sought after House music DJ/producers in the world.
Hunter has contributed his production talent on music remixes for songs
by the late Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige and R. Kelly.
Most recently, Terry released the Jennifer Hudson track "It's Your
World" (featuring R. Kelly).
The uniquely talented DJ Colette comes to Wired Fridays November 21. Colette's recent album When the Music's Loud,
named one of the top 20 dance albums by Billboard, is a perfect example
of her musical range, displaying both lounge and up-tempo tracks that
showcase her tremendous vocals.
The 2015 schedule of DCASE festivals and events is now online at cityofchicago.org/dcase.
Start making plans now to attend the Millennium Park Music Series, the
Chicago Blues Festival, the Taste of Chicago, SummerDance, the Chicago
Air and Water Show, the World Music Festival Chicago, the Fifth Star
Awards and many more!