The Nutcracker, Holly Days at the Art Institute, and more holiday weekend things to do | Bleader

The Nutcracker, Holly Days at the Art Institute, and more holiday weekend things to do

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Get crafty at Holly Days. - COURTESY ART INSTITUTE CHICAGO
  • Courtesy Art Institute Chicago
  • Get crafty at Holly Days.

Time to plan the holiday weekend. Here's some of what we recommend:

Fri 12/25: The people of Bump and Grindcore host Ludacrismas, the annual holiday party dedicated to all things Luda at Beauty Bar (1444 W. Chicago) featuring music from DJ Trew and All the Way Kay, Ernest Wilkins, a GlitterGuts photobooth, and drag superstar Lucy Stoole. 9 PM

Fri 12/25: The North Pole Soul Brothaz Christmas Bash at North Bar (1637 W. North) is a dance party with tunes by DJ Alo, DJ Kwest On, and Dirt Diggler spin funk, soul, R&B, and classic house music. 10 PM-2 AM

Sat 12/26: Reformation Church-Chicago hosts Black Nativity Meets Kwanzaa at Lutheran School of Theology (1100 E. 55th), a performance of the works of Langston Hughes set to jazz music. The celebration also includes a performance by Imani Sacred Jazz Ensemble and an authentic Kwanzaa candlelight ceremony. 5 PM

Through 12/27: In its 60th season, the Joffrey Ballet performs its late founder's beloved adaptation of the holiday classic The Nutcracker one last time. The show's run at the Auditorium Theatre (50 E. Congress) ends Sunday with special appearances from Joffrey Ballet alum. Sat 2 and 7 PM, Sun 2 PM

Sun 12/27: Holly Days at the Art Institute of Chicago (111 S. Michigan) is a family festival featuring a special look at the museum’s Neapolitan creche and holiday-decorated Thorne Rooms, plus a craft station to create a diorama featuring holiday traditions. 10:30 AM-3 PM

For more stuff to do this weekend—and every day—check out our Agenda page.


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