Geja’s Café, 340 W. Armitage, will treat all moms to a complimentary 5-minute massage and glass of bubbly on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13th. Moms will step away from the table to receive a well-deserved relaxing chair massage in a secluded area, courtesy of a licensed massage therapist from Massage House. The restaurant will open at 1 p.m. on Mother’s Day. Read more
Reviewed by: Matthew Perta
Photo Credit: Michael Brosilow
If you’re a theater lover with a thirst for holiday traditions there’s a good chance you’ve seen Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol performed many times on stage. What do you retain from it year after year? Is it a classic ghost story about a miserly old man who’s visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future? Maybe you see it as a tale of forgiveness and redemption. Read more
Other Theatre is pleased to announce casting for the third revival of its holiday hit BARNEY THE ELF, a campy and irreverent musical comedy, written by Bryan Renaud with lyrics by Renaud and Emily Schmidt. Read more
Canada’s 3x JUNO (Canada’s Grammy) nominees/3x CFMA winning ambassadors of musical diversity, Sultans of String, have expanded the traditional notion of Christmas music with their new, genre-hopping disc, “Christmas Caravan” available today via McKhool/CEN/The Orchard, a division of Sony Music. Recorded and co-produced with JUNO Award winning engineer John ‘Beetle’ Bailey. Read more
Back by popular demand, Chicago Shakespeare Theater(CST) announces the highly anticipated return of the cheeky holiday classic Q Brothers Christmas Carol, from hip-hop sensations the Q Brothers Collective and developed with CST Creative Producer Rick Boynton. After three wildly successful runs in 2013, 2014, and 2015 to sold-out houses, the raucous and irreverent musical event now takes the stage of the Theater’s innovative third venue, The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare, November 21–December 31, 2017.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day in a warm wave of romance and relaxation at Le Méridien Chicago – Oakbrook Center, 2100 Spring Road in Oak Brook, Illinois with a Romance Package and El Tapeo’s special pre-fix menu. Known as one of Chicago’s best hotels, it provides the perfect ambiance for a weekend getaway. From a romantic dinner with breathtaking views to a couple’s massage in the lavish Spa Suites, Le Méridien Chicago – Oakbrook Center has something for couples everywhere this Valentine’s Day weekend. Read more
Reviewed By: Stacey L. Crawley
The Goodman’s 39th annual production of A Christmas Carol has done it again! Chicago Favorite Larry Yando returns for the ninth time as the grumpy, petulant miser Ebenezer Scrooge in this fantastic take on an old classic. Heidi Sue McMath’s lavish costumes and Todd Rosenthal’s intricate set design were the perfect backdrop to this beloved Christmas tale. Throughout the show the stage comes alive with swirls of movement (choreographed by Tommy Rapley) and holiday spirit. Read more
Reviewed By:Jim Schneider
The much anticipated, $4 million dollar world premiere of Joffrey Ballet’s revolutionary Nutcracker opened last night to much fanfare from the press and lukewarm applause from the audience. Creator Christopher Wheeldon feels that Joffrey Ballet “…needed a Nutcracker “that specifically belongs to the Joffrey Ballet – a version that accurately represents it’s dedication to unique repertoire and innovative works” (so what was Robert Joffrey’s 20 year + Nutcracker? Chopped Liver?).
Founder Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino’s Nutcracker was rich in the classic tradition and one Chicago has come to claim as its own holiday tradition. They stayed true to Tchaikovsky’s brilliant score and Marius Petipa’s choreography which was a key to its success. The Nutcracker was originally commissioned by the Russian Imperial Ballet, choreographed by Marius Petipa, and premiered in December of 1892 before the Czar and Czarina. Read more