Thursday, December 06, 2018

Macy's - Upcoming Events in the Chicago Area


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Friday, November 2, 2018 – Monday, December 24, 2018
All Macy’s Locations
For the 11th consecutive holiday season, Macy’s is partnering with Make-A-Wish for the annual Believe campaign, giving the gift of joy to children with serious illnesses. By sending a holiday wish list to Santa, shoppers can join Macy’s in celebrating the wonder of giving and help grant the wish of a critically ill child. More than three children are diagnosed with a critical illness every hour that Macy’s is open for business and wishes give these children the physical and emotional strength they need to fight their illnesses. Macy’s will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish for each letter sent, up to $1 million, from Nov. 2, 2018, to Dec. 24, 2018. Customers can write their letters and drop them off in stores in the red Believe letterboxes or submit them online at
Since 2003, Macy’s has donated more than $112 million to Make-A-Wish, making more than 13,000 wishes become reality in the past 15 years. More than 2.6 million people have been impacted by the wishes that Macy’s has helped grant, including wish kids and their families, volunteers, community groups, nurses, doctors and more. The Believe campaign launched in 2008, and through the annual celebration, Macy’s has donated more than $17 million to Make-A-Wish and helped to grant thousands of wishes.
Holiday Season
Macy’s State Street – Various Locations
Macy’s Great Tree – 7th Floor, Walnut Room
This year’s Great Tree pays homage to some of Chicago’s most iconic landmarks, including Macy’s on State Street’s own Great Clocks. Just like the store’s address (111 N. State Street), this year, Macy’s on State Street celebrates all things 111. Macy’s on State Street is not only celebrating the 111th lighting of the Great Tree, but also the 111 year anniversary of the pair of Great Clocks, as Chicagoans know them today.
Macy’s Holiday Windows – 1st Floor, Outside
The 51st Annual Holiday Windows at Macy’s on State Street will be on display Saturday, November 3, 2018 through January 6, 2019. Macy’s once again will celebrate all the Reasons to Believe, and pay homage to all the things that make the holidays everyone’s favorite time of the year.

Macy’s SantaLand® – 5th Floor
Guests of all ages are invited to visit and get their picture taken with Santa Claus daily through December 24th. Photo packages begin at $17.99. Thursday, November 22nd, Santaland is closed, but look for Santa in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Friday, December 7, 2018 – 12 p.m.
Macy’s State Street – 7th Floor, Culinary Studio

Macy's Culinary Council welcomes chef, restaurant owner and author Darius Williams of DariusCooks.TV for a special in-store holiday cooking demo at Macy’s on State Street. Attendees will learn from the culinary star as he shares stories and best kept culinary secrets while serving up some delicious holiday dishes for the audience to try. While at the store, guests can explore the latest in cookware and gadgets for their kitchens. With a purchase* of $35 or more in the Home department, customers will receive a copy of Chef Williams’ cookbook Stories from My Grandmother's Kitchen: A Darius Williams Cookbook which he will sign after the demo!* Guests will receive a $10 Macy’s gift card when they check into the event. To RSVP, please visit:

Event subject to cancellation or change.  Seating is limited and first come, first served.  *Purchase must be made at Macy's on State Street on December 7, 2018. One per customer, while supplies last and time permits.  Gift cards, gifts and cookbooks distributed on December 7, 2018. Gift card valid 12/7/2018 only. 
Saturday, December 8, 2018 – 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Macy’s Oakbrook –3rd Floor, Crystal Department
Join Macy’s and Vincent Rellis, Waterford Master Craftsman, as he lights up the season with the new Garland collection made in Ireland at the House of Waterford Crystal.  Featuring copper wheel and relief engraving, each hand-crafted piece can take up to five days to create.  The collection showcases the extraordinary talent of Waterford’s Master Craftsmen with an arrangement of flowers on a crystal canvas along with diamond and wedge cuts. Fashioned in the spirit of the season, these items are crafted to become a part of holiday traditions for years to come.  Purchase a beautiful Waterford Crystal piece during the event and Vincent would be honored to sign it for you.* For more information, please visit

Sunday, December 9, 2018 – 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Macy’s State Street – 1st Floor, Tous
This is a customer’s golden opportunity to explore Barcelona fine-jewelry brand Tous. Macy’s is throwing a party to celebrate their Fall-Winter 18/19 Collections. Enjoy sips & sweets, photo op, music and prepare to be charmed!

Plus, with any $199 or more Tous purchase receive a custom floral bouquet!*

Event subject to change or cancellation. *One per person. While supplies last.

Blue Man Group Brings New Meaning to "Winter Blues" with Expanded Performance Schedule for Holiday Season and 2019 Winter Months (Chicago, IL.)

    Holiday Performance Schedule Includes Four New Year’s Eve Shows
     Blue Man Group, continuing its open run at Chicago’s Briar Street Theatre (3133 N. Halsted), will welcome colder temperatures with added performances for the holiday season and 2019 winter months. The expanded performance schedule includes four New Year’s Eve performances as well as performances on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day. Blue Man Group’s Chicago production recently debuted new moments featuring new instruments, technologies and audience interactions. The expanded winter performance schedule will provide audiences with more opportunities to experience the new content.
    Blue Man Group will ring in 2019 with four special performances Monday, December 31. Families can celebrate New Year’s Eve early with Blue Man Group’s kid-friendly performances at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Children will be transformed into members of Blue Man Group’s band with pre-show face painting. Other festivities include a “midnight” countdown after the show, complete with party hats and noisemakers, as well as a special performance of “Auld Lang Syne” by the Blue Men.
    Blue Man Group will continue to celebrate the New Year with additional performances at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Guests of the 7 p.m. performance can enjoy a celebratory champagne toast and festive party hats. The 10 p.m. show audience will also experience a spectacular New Year’s Eve countdown party complete with noisemakers, a midnight champagne toast, confetti drop and performance of “Auld Lang Syne” by the Blue Men.
    Blue Man Group Ticket Information
    Tickets are available from $49-$99. Tickets may be purchased by calling 1-800-BLUE-MAN (1-800-258-3626) or visiting A full show schedule and ticket pricing, can also be found at
    Special rates are available for groups of 10 or more, varying from $46- $69 per person. For groups of 10 or more, call the group sales department to book at: 773-348-3300 or email to request information.
    2018 Holiday & 2019 Winter Performance Schedule:
    Thursday, December 6 – 8 p.m.
    Friday, December 7 – 8 p.m.
    Saturday, December 8 – 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
    Sunday, December 9 – 1 and 4 p.m.
    Thursday, December 13 – 8 p.m.
    Friday, December 14 – 8 p.m.
    Saturday, December 15 – 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
    Sunday, December 16 – 1 and 4 p.m.
    Wednesday, December 19 – 8 p.m.
    Thursday, December 20 – 8 p.m.
    Friday, December 21 – 5 and 8 p.m.
    Saturday, December 22 – 11 a.m., 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
    Sunday, December 23 – 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
    Monday, December 24 – 2 and 5 p.m.
    Wednesday, December 26 – 11 a.m., 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
    Thursday, December 27 – 11 a.m., 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
    Friday, December 28 – 11 a.m., 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
    Saturday, December 29 – 11 a.m., 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
    Sunday, December 30 – 11 a.m., 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
    Monday, December 31 – 1, 4, 7 and 10 p.m. (New Year’s Eve)
    Tuesday, January 1 – 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
    Wednesday, January 2 – 5 and 8 p.m.
    Thursday, January 3 – 5 and 8 p.m.
    Friday, January 4 – 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
    Saturday, January 5 – 11 a.m., 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
    Sunday, January 6 – 1 and 4 p.m.
    Thursday, January 10 – 8 p.m.
    Friday, January 11 – 8 p.m.
    Saturday, January 12 – 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
    Sunday, January 13 – 1 and 4 p.m.
    Thursday, January 17 – 8 p.m.
    Friday, January 18 – 8 p.m.
    Saturday, January 19 – 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
    Sunday, January 20 – 1, 4 and 7 p.m.
    Monday, January 21 – 2 p.m. (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
    Thursday, January 24 – 8 p.m.
    Friday, January 25 – 8 p.m.
    Saturday, January 26 – 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
    Sunday, January 27 – 1 and 4 p.m.
    Thursday, January 31 – 8 p.m.
    Friday, February 1 – 8 p.m.
    Saturday, February 2 – 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
    Sunday, February 3 – 1 p.m.
    Thursday, February 7 – 8 p.m.
    Friday, February 8 – 8 p.m.
    Saturday, February 9 – 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
    Sunday, February 10 – 1 and 4 p.m.
    Thursday, February 14 – 8 p.m. (Valentine’s Day)
    Friday, February 15 – 8 p.m.
    Saturday, February 16 – 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
    Sunday, February 17 – 1, 4 and 7 p.m.
    Monday, February 18 – 2 p.m. (Presidents’ Day)
    Thursday, February 21 – 8 p.m.
    Friday, February 22 – 8 p.m.
    Saturday, February 23 – 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
    Sunday, February 24 – 1 and 4 p.m.
    Thursday, February 28 – 8 p.m.
    About Blue Man Group
    Blue Man Group is an award-winning show and entertainment phenomenon, performed and seen by more than 35 million people worldwide since 1991. A dynamic combination of art, music, comedy and technology, the show’s euphoric celebration of human connection has universal appeal for a broad range of age groups and cultural backgrounds. The show is continually refreshed with new music, fresh stories, custom instruments and state-of-the-art technology. Blue Man Group has permanent theatrical productions in New York, Las Vegas, Boston, Chicago, Orlando, Berlin and a World Tour. Blue Man Group is owned and operated by Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group.
    This creative collective has become part of the pop culture zeitgeist. Blue Man Group has served as the face of branding campaigns for Intel and TIM/Brasil and appeared countless times on hit shows like “The Tonight Show,” “Arrested Development,” “Ellen,” “Schlag den Raab” (Germany), “WOWOW” (Japan), and “Caldeirão do Huck” (Brasil).
    Beyond the stage show, they are Grammy-nominated recording artists, known for their contributions to various film and TV scores and multiple Blue Man Group albums, including their most recent, THREE.  Their “Megastar World Tour” rock concert parody played arenas across the globe. The group’s recently published first-ever book, Blue Man World, is a visually stunning anthropological exploration of the curious bald and blue character.


The One of a Kind Holiday Show has started! (Chicago, IL.)



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The 18th annual One of a Kind Holiday Show is officially open! More than 600 talented makers have set up shop across the entire 7th floor of The Mart. This is the best place in Chicago to find truly unique and thoughtful gifts for the holiday. Check out our online gallery to see our artists, their work and live action from the Show floor!

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Juicebox FREE Family Performance Series 2019 Winter/Spring Schedule at Chicago Cultural Center (Chicago, IL. )


Juicebox Presented by Lifeway Foods Offers Free Family Performance Series at the Chicago Cultural Center and Garfield Park Conservatory

The free music series starts Friday, January 4, 2019, and continues through May

The popular free Juicebox Presented by Lifeway Foods will entertain and educate young children and their families with a schedule of music, dance and performances at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) and the Garfield Park Conservatory (300 N. Central Park Ave.).

With its engaging performances in a kid-friendly setting, the free-admission Juicebox programs are geared toward the “stroller set” and enjoyable for the whole family. Children will experience a diverse range of artistic and educational presentations, with hosts regularly inviting youngsters to move, dance and otherwise interact with performers.

The winter and spring program begins on Friday, January 4, and will continue on the first and third Friday of each month at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) and following Saturday of each month at the Garfield Park Conservatory (300 N. Central Park Ave.) through May. All performances take place from 11–11:45am unless otherwise noted.

Juicebox Winter and Spring 2019 Schedule
All performances take place from 11–11:45am
Schedule Subject to Change

January 4: Chicago Cultural Center
January 5: Garfield Park Conservatory
Laura Doherty
A Chicago favorite, Laura Doherty acoustically rocks kids’ world with breezy, folk-pop tunes from her multi-award winning recordings. Her performances also feature her adorable puppet friends Jazzasaurus, Muddy Puddles and Domingo the Flamingo. This upbeat, interactive concert will have kids dancing and clapping along to Doherty's original catchy tunes.

January 18: Chicago Cultural Center
January 19: Garfield Park Conservatory
Duke Otherwise
With his guitar, tap shoes, and distinct baritone, Duke Otherwise performs a hilarious, charming and interactive musical program for all ages.  From Madison, Wisconsin, Duke's original songs are bursting with clever wordplay and fun ideas relatable to both kids and adults.  Be ready to dance, laugh, volunteer and have your spontaneous suggestion be added to the show!    

February 1: Chicago Cultural Center
February 2: Garfield Park Conservatory
Jabberwocky Marionettes
Jabberwocky Marionettes is a mother daughter puppet company featuring Lolly Extract and Amber Marsh. Together they have created original productions and events with the Chicago Park District, the Chicago Public Libraries, the Arts In The Dark Parade, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and the Field Museum to name a few.

February 15: Chicago Cultural Center
February 16: Garfield Park Conservatory
Tunes with Tim
Chicago kiddie rocker Ted Brednup uses his wide repertoire of classic songs–from nursery rhymes to Beatles tunes–to inspire dancing and singing while teaching the basics of music including rhythm and tempo, melody and harmony.

March 1: Chicago Cultural Center
March 2: Garfield Park Conservatory
Little Miss Ann
Get ready to clap and sing along as Little Miss Ann and her band play upbeat and interactive originals. Chicago's Ann Torralba, best known as Little Miss Ann, is an award-winning kids musician, former Chicago Public School teacher and instructor at the Old Town School of Folk Music, who has performed across the country from Lollapalooza to SXSW, and been featured on WXRT Local Anesthetic, Sirius XM Kids Place Live and more. 

March 15: Chicago Cultural Center
March 16: Garfield Park Conservatory
Jodi Koplin & the Jigglejam Band
Get ready to wiggle, jiggle and giggle as you sing and dance along with Jodi Koplin & the Jigglejam Band. Their engaging style and catchy tunes spark imagination, promoting self-esteem while silliness abounds. Via a wide range of musical styles from folk to rock, country to calypso, boogie to blues, the Jigglejam Band will keep the whole audience jammin' along! 

April 5: Chicago Cultural Center
April 6: Garfield Park Conservatory
Stacy Buehler
Stacy Buehler loves to make music with young children, and her live shows include upbeat traditional tunes, peppered with lively originals. Part of the children’s music world for the past 20 years including two albums under the name Stacymusic, you can catch her performances at places like the Chicago Children’s Museum and Millennium Park’s Family Fun Festival.

April 19: Chicago Cultural Center
April 20: Garfield Park Conservatory
Halau i Ka Pono
Learn more about Hula – the Hawaian dace expressing all that we see, hear, taste and feel. With Halau i Ka Pono, the Hula School of Chicago. Started in 2009 to share indigenous Hawaiian culture and stories through the joy of dance, the school teaches hula, Hawaiian mythology, cultural values and history at beginner level classes for children and adults.

May 3: Chicago Cultural Center
May 4: Garfield Park Conservatory
Mr. Dave Music
Mr. Dave Music brings the joy of music into the lives of children, families and adults with a warm educational experience. The Wicker Park location offers a schedule of music and yoga classes, private lessons, birthday parties and “baby raves.”

May 17: Chicago Cultural Center
May 18: Garfield Park Conservatory
To be announced on the website this spring.

About Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events:
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicagos artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicagos non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the Citys future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the Citys cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors. For more information, visit, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ChicagoDCASE.

About Lifeway Foods, Inc.
Lifeway Foods, Inc. (LWAY), recently named one of Forbes’ Best Small Companies, is America’s leading supplier of the probiotic fermented beverage known as kefir. In addition to its line of drinkable kefir, the company also produces frozen kefir, specialty cheeses, probiotic supplements and a ProBugs line for kids. Lifeway’s tart and tangy cultured dairy products are now sold across North America, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Learn how Lifeway is good for more than just you at