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Lincoln Park's Zoolights show, Bing Crosby's White Christmas, and more

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David Spadafora, president of the Newberry Library, goes ape for:

ZooLights at the Lincoln Park Zoo Visiting the Lincoln Park Zoo is one of my wife's and my favorite things to do all times of the year. This season there is a special reason to go: ZooLights, a real Chicago spectacle that's completely free. Beyond the lights themselves, the crowds of children, parents, and grandparents can't help but make you smile. After the middle of the month, the lights are on every evening. We like to arrive a little before twilight on a day when it isn't overcast, which makes possible watching the transition from some color in the sky to lots of color all around. When we can arrive earlier, before 4 PM, we go first to the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool or the Lincoln Park Conservatory, both adjacent to the north end of the zoo. Each is an urban oasis of tranquility and beauty in any season. The transition from them to ZooLights makes for a memorable experience.

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White Christmas

Director: Michael Curtiz

Writer: Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank

Producer: Robert Emmett Dolan

Cast: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, Dean Jagger, Mary Wickes, John Brascia, Anne Whitfield, Richard Shannon, Grady Sutton, Sig Ruman, Robert Crosson, Herb Vigran, Dick Keene, Johnny Grant, Gavin Gordon, Marcel De La Brosse, James Parnell, Percy Helton, Barrie Chase and George Chakiris

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