5 Things to Do: December 11-13

Carousel at Navy Pier's Winter WonderFest

Spend some time with your family in Chicago at Navy Pier’s Winter WonderFest or the Art Institute, where you can build a gingerbread house. Or, enjoy some music at 27 Live and Found Kitchen and Social House. Plus, a laugh-out-loud funny Second City show is coming to the ‘burbs.

Will Tilson at 27 Live

Will Tilson
Photo courtesy of Will Tilson.

Dec. 11

Start your weekend with a concert at 27 Live. Corky Siegel says local blues/rock musician Will Tilson is “as good as it gets.”

The Second City’s Holidazed

The Second City
Logo courtesy of The Second City.

Dec. 11
Arlington Heights

In the midst of holiday craziness, we could all use a break to laugh at holiday craziness. The Second City brings this hilarious show to Arlington Heights every year, but you can keep coming back because you’ll never see the same show twice.

Build Your Own Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House
Dec. 12

Sign up for this special family event at the Art Institute (11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2-4:30 p.m.) on National Gingerbread House Day, and then explore the museum, including the Holiday Thorne Rooms.

Cabaret at Found Presents: “A Christmas Carol”

Found Kitchen and Social House
Photo by Kelly Allison.

Dec. 12

Frank Babbitt, Lyric Opera of Chicago violist, will perform “A Christmas Carol” with live musical underscore. Seating is limited and reserved seating is only available to those with reservations before or after the show.

Tommy Hawk at Winter WonderFest

Navy Pier Winter WonderFest
Photo courtesy of Navy Pier.

Dec. 12

If you haven’t been to Navy Pier’s Winter WonderFest yet, visit this weekend and meet Chicago Blackhawks mascot Tommy Hawk. WinterFest offers ice skating, 24 rides, a Ferris wheel and more, all indoors.


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