Thinking Ahead to Winter Break: Holiday Activites for College Kids

We know you can hardly wait to see your college kids … but winter break can be oh-so-long. So check it out: Mibs’ ultimate guide to winter break entertainment options in Chicago.

Plan you family events now!

What: The Addams Family
When: November 13-January 10
Where: Ford Oriental Center for the Performing Arts, 24 W. Randolph, Chicago
Dining recommendation: “The Village” at The Italian Village Restaurants or Nine

What: In the Heights
When: December 15-January 3
Where: Cadillac Palace Theater, 151 W. Randolph Chicago
A Mibs “must-see”. The 2008 Tony Award Winning Best Musical
Dining recommendation: Trattoria No 10

What: Million Dollar Quartet
When: Now running-January 3
Where: Apollo Theater
Dining recommendation: Café BaBa Reeba

What: Blue Man Group
When: Open run
Where: Briar Street Theater
Dining recommendation: Mia Francesca

What: Second City: America All Better
When: Dates throughout December and January
Where: The Second City Main Stage Theater
Dining recommendation: Topo Gigio Ristorante

What: Cirque du Soleil: A New Twist on Vaudeville
When: November 19-Jaunuary 3rd
Where: The Chicago Theater
Dining recommendation: Catch 35

What: The Joffrey: Nutcracker
When: December 11-December 27
Where: The Auditorium Theater
Dining recommendation: Rhapsody

What: The Chicago Blackhawks
When: December 12,13,16,18, 20, 22, 27,31 and January 3, 5, 10,14
Where: The United Center
Dining recommendation: La Luce

What: The Chicago Bulls
When: December 15,17,19, 21, 29 and January 2, 4, 9,11,15
Where: The United Center
Dining recommendation: La Luce

Hot Tix: Be Spontaneous!

You can be spontaneous and get good seats to great productions at half the price. Go to:

There are 2 Hot Tix outlets downtown as well:

72 E. Randolph, Chicago
(Between Michigan Avenue and Wabash Avenue, across the street from Chicago Cultural Center)
Tuesday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

163 E. Pearson, Chicago
(At Michigan Avenue, in the Water Works Visitor Center)
Tuesday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Waited too long? Reliable Ticket Brokers and Ticket Services:

Formally known as Mr. B’s Ticket –if they don’t have what you are looking for they can usually find it…they are online and also have a location in Skokie. Call them up and drive over the same day and have the tickets in your hand within hours.

2. Tickets Now:
Resale tickets. Associated with Ticketmaster

3. Online seats:
Online and also located in the area. Become a regular customer and earn VIP status. VIP status entitles you to coupons, promo codes and usually a 10% discount.

4. Stubhub:
Fans buy and sell tickets

And finally: Fun downtown eats for the whole family

1. Fogo de Chao
661 N. La Salle St., Chicago
An authentic Brazilian steakhouse.

2. Grand Lux Cafe
600 N Michigan Ave., Chicago
Great location overlooking Michigan Avenue. The fun global menu offers something for everyone.

3. Sushi Samba Rio
504 North Wells St., Chicago
Fun atmosphere. Great food. Great people watching. Check out the bathroom and rooftop dining.

4. Gino’s East
633 N Wells St., Chicago
(between Erie St & Ontario St)
Customer-inscribed graffiti covers every inch of this casual restaurant–which is known for the best handmade, deep-dish pizzas. That said get ready for a wait, which can be as long as 2 hours.

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