Neighborhood News – Lakeview, Chicago Loop, Lincoln Park, Navy Pier

With the Christmas season coming to its spectacular conclusion this weekend, this is the last chance for you and your family to experience some very special holiday events in the city. Don’t miss out on these amazing experiences for you and your loved ones!

Thursday, December 23 marks the final 2021 showing of the 38th Annual Music Box Christmas Sing-A-Long and Double Feature of ‘It’s A Wonderful Life,’ and ‘White Christmas.’ Santa welcomes the audience and, accompanied by Music Box organist Dennis Scott, leads you in the singing of the most cherished Christmas carols of all time. For tickets, click here.

 Christkindlmarket in Downtown Chicago at Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington Street, closes on Friday, December 24. But it’s not too late for last-minute holiday shopping for unique, handmade and imported gifts, the smell of roasted nuts, fresh pretzels, bratwurst and hot spiced wine, family-friendly events & intercultural activities! Special holiday hours are 11am-8pm on Thursday, December 23, and 11am-4pm on Christmas Eve, December 24.

That said, Christkindlmarket continues in the Wrigleyville location at Gallagher Way through December 31, with the same delicious smells and holiday shopping opportunities! 

Zoolights continues through January 2 at Lincoln Park Zoo, with free admission on Mondays and Tuesdays, from 4pm–10pm daily. Wednesday-Sunday, admission is just $5. Thousands of twinkling lights and light sculptures greet visitors as you walk through the Pepper Family Wildlife Center, the Main Mall, and the South Lawn. Visit with Santa through December 23, make your way through the Light Maze, and make yourself a s’mores snack! And the 18-foot holiday tree is sure to inspire festive oohs and ahs!

The Joffrey Ballet’s Nutcracker, reimagined by Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon, ends its 2021 run at the Lyric Opera House,  20 N. Upper Wacker Drive, on Sunday, December 26. In this version, young Marie and the Nutcracker Prince are sent on a Christmas Eve journey through the 1893 World’s Fair. All attendees eligible to receive an approved COVID-19 vaccine (ages 12 and older) are required to show proof of vaccination prior to attending a Joffrey performance and/or event through December 2021 at Lyric Opera House. Patrons are also required to wear protective face coverings at all times. For tickets, click here.

It’s A Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!’ is also a live, interactive show at the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue, presented by the American Blues Theatre. The Chicago Tribune gives it a rave review, saying the show is “filled with original music and classic holiday carols, this warm tale is the don’t-miss show this holiday season!” Directed by Gwendolyn Whiteside, with an original score by Austin Cook, the show remains the story of George Bailey – the Everyman from small-town Bedford Falls, who falls into despair and suicidal thoughts as his dreams of escape and adventure were stopped by family obligation and civic duty. Santa visits the show on December 24, which runs through December 31. Tickets are $25-$65. Click here for more information.

And for an indoor experience you and your family won’t soon forget – Navy Pier’s ‘Light Up The Lake’  runs through January 2 and features a sprawling light garden of large-scale sculptures, with more than 600,000 twinkling lights; an Alpine ice rink; authentic holiday beer garden; kiddie train rides; Santa’s Merry Main Street and other family-friendly and date-night activities. Additionally, take a a ride on the iconic Centennial Wheel! For tickets, click here.

Alison Moran and Dean’s Team Chicago

Restaurant Review – Restaurants Open on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day

With the stress of holiday get-togethers in full swing, take a break and let someone else do the cooking! Throughout the city, restaurants are opening their doors to your loved ones.

Chicago Loop: With a menu crafted by two-Michelin-star Chef Danny Grant, Maple & Ash provides an elegant, sophisticated atmosphere. Reviewers rave about the aged, bone-in ribeye, complimented with baked and loaded short rib mashed potatoes, as well as the agnolotti pasta, spinalis steak, maple glazed bacon, oysters, and potatoes au gratin. Open Christmas Eve from 3pm-8pm, and Christmas Day from 2pm-8pm, Maple & Ash is located at 8 W. Maple. For reservation questions, click here.

River North: Etta is serving Nonna’s Christmas Feast on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 4pm-9pm. The special holiday menu features Nonna’s bottomless rigatoni ala vodka, festive cocktails such as the notorious n.o.g., or a gingerbread old fashioned tableside s’mores and plenty of surprises. Etta is located at 700 N. Clark Street. Click here for reservations.

Lincoln Park: This holiday season, Lettuce Entertain You’s Crab Cellar invites you to join them on Friday and Saturday evening for All-You-Can-Eat Maine Lobster and Prime Burgers feast. Country Club Cole Slaw is included with all meals, and bottomless side dishes for an additional $9.95 charge includes homestyle mac & cheese, and boardwalk fries. Their promise?  “We keep serving until you say “when!”  Prepaid reservations are available Friday & Saturday nights November 26 – December 30, starting at $95 per person plus tax (gratuity not included). Crab Cellar is located at 1962 N. Halsted Street.  For reservations, click here

Lincoln Square: For something completelydifferent, Bourbon Café serves freshly prepared Serbian specialties, including a reviewers favorite Charcuterie board, or Chevapchichi is Grilled minced beef with chopped onions and sour cream. Served with choice of: fries, or sweet potato fries. They also specialize in savory crepes, including a pepperoni not to be missed. Located at 4768 N. Lincoln Ave., Bourbon Cafe is open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Reserve through Open Table.

Bucktown / Wicker Park: Perched high above the big intersection of Damen, Milwaukee and North Avenues in an Art Deco masterpiece, Café Robey is offering a sumptuous buffet of entrees like pan-seared salmon, roasted beef strip with mushroom onion sauce, butternut squash mac and cheese and roast garlic mashed potatoes. Desserts include French silk pie cups and sn English favorite- sticky toffee pudding.  Café Robey is located at 1616 N. Milwaukee Ave. Call the restaurant for reservations and hours.

Merry Christmas to all!

Alison Moran and Dean’s Team Chicago

Chicago Home and Lifestyles – Stress Free Gift Giving This Holiday Season!

It’s been a rough year financially for most of us – understandably. Yet, many are still feeling anxious over seemingly mandatory Holiday traditions.

Here’s why (and how) that should change:

It’s affecting everyone. From elderly relatives on a fixed income to younger twenty-somethings just getting started, it can be a financial drain to purchase Holiday gifts for a lengthy list of relatives and friends.

People are more reasonable than you think. If discussed openly and honestly, most adults are perfectly ok with buying themselves what they need and want for the Holidays! We’re all in the same boat, and are aware of how quickly a perfectly good Holiday can turn into a stressful experience. 

Supply chain problems. Lack of supply in stores caused a bit of a panic this year, but if you plan ahead, it doesn’t have to be catastrophic. My family decided to exchange gift cards. Perhaps a gift to someone’s favorite charity could work too. 

Kids will be kids. Of course, children can’t buy their own gifts! Remember though: most young kids are pretty happy whatever they get. Heck, some of the youngest of the bunch even love the box! 

As the kids get older and begin to have more expectations, simply ask for a wish list. It can also be great to give an “experience” gift. Does your kid love sports? Buy private lessons. Do they love music? Get tickets to see their favorite band. 

Pro-tip: don’t be afraid to speak honestly with your older kids and manage their expectations for gifts! They might be a little disappointed, but not nearly as disappointed if they had been given false expectations.

You’re not alone. I have been reading more often about many families that have decided to pass on gift giving between the adults in the family, and given the circumstances, it makes perfect sense. 

Bottom line, if you have angst or anxiety about buying presents during what is supposed to be a joyful season, you should give it up altogether. It’s not worth your peace of mind!

Here at the end of 2021, we have almost an entire year to give the idea a chance. If we start now, by next Thanksgiving we should be able to convince a majority of the family that this is the way to a stress free holiday season!

Kathleen Weaver-Zech and Dean’s Team Chicago

Five Things That Factor Into Comps

You may think that sale price is the only factor when you’re looking at comps and trying to set a price for your listing. But it’s actually a bit more complicated. Here are five things that affect comps that you might not be aware of.

1. New construction nearby: Because of low prices for lots and varying prices in home building materials, new homes can actually be cheaper and cost less per square foot than existing homes. If there’s a lot of new construction nearby, that can affect the price for your own listing.

2. Renovations: Recently renovated homes typically sell for more than homes that haven’t been updated in a while. If you’ve recently upgraded your home—especially sought-after upgrades like the kitchen or master bath—your home should be priced appropriately.

3. Developable lots: Not all lots are created equal. Even if the square acreage is the same, a lot that’s easily developable will get a better price than a hilly or rocky lot that needs a lot of preparation.

4. Listing price vs. sale price: Whether sellers actually get their asking price depends greatly on the market. When you’re pricing your home, it’s important to look at sales prices, not just listing prices. The listing price doesn’t always accurately reflect what a home will sell for.

5. Location: Nearby amenities, safety, schools, and noise levels can vary greatly within a neighborhood. Homes in more desirable parts of the neighborhood will sell for a higher price, all else being equal.

THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Enjoying Chicago Holiday Traditions!

It’s the last weekend before Christmas! Hopefully, you’ve completed your holiday shopping so you can enjoy and immerse yourself into any of these Chicago Holiday Traditions!

It may not be Broadway, but Chicago’s live theater productions rank right up there with the best of them. Here are two traditional holiday productions sure to please you:

The Goodman Theatre’s annual holiday production of the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, returns to the stage with Larry Yando as Ebenezer Scrooge now through December 31st. Experience the heartwarming story of Scrooge’s discovery of kindness, compassion, and redemption after being visited by three spirits. Enjoyed by nearly two million theatergoers, this production not only features top notch performances with spirited song-and-dance numbers, but it also has amazing sets, gorgeous costumes and yes, even eye-popping effects! It’s definitely one of the best Christmas stories ever told!

Another Chicago favorite family holiday production is the Joffrey Ballet’s The Nutcracker being performed at the Civic Opera House now through December 26th.  This reimagined classic by Christopher Wheeldon follows young Marie and the Nutcracker Prince on a Christmas Eve journey that is set in Chicago against the backdrop of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. This production features a dazzling spectacle of sights, sounds, and enchantment with Tchaikovsky’s enduring music performed by the Lyric Opera Orchestra along with stunning choreography!  It’s an annual holiday tradition that celebrates the magic of the season and the rich cultural heritage of Chicago!

Chicago’s favorite musical holiday celebration returns to Symphony Center with the world-renowned Chicago Symphony Orchestra teaming up with Broadway star Jessica Vosk for its popular Christmas concert Merry, Merry Chicago! now through December 23rd. In addition to festive arrangements of classical compositions, holiday standards, and carols like “Jingle Bells” and “Oh Come, All Ye Faithful,” this year’s program will feature selections from the Sound of Music and Babes in Toyland! It’s a program filled with seasonal favorites perfect for the entire family!

The Chicago Children’s Choir brings its Voice of Chicago ensemble and the Hyde Park Neighborhood Choir to the Epiphany Center for the Arts in the West Loop neighborhood for a festive holiday season performance of Songs of the Season this Saturday.  The program includes familiar songs like “O Holy Night,” “Winter Wonderland,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” and many others as the choir also celebrates its 65th anniversary!

If you happen to find yourself near the Driehaus Museum (40 E. Erie St.) this Saturday between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., you’ll be able to enjoy Caroling at the Driehaus Museum as well as roasted chestnuts, and holiday cheer!

Finally, Let It Shine returns with its newest Christmas drive-thru light shows in three Chicagoland locations (Northbrook, Schaumburg, and Aurora) now through January 9th (4:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.). You will be immersed into a wonderland of lights as you drive through dazzling tunnels and displays which are synchronized to fun holiday classics! Each location is unique with jaw dropping holiday displays with over one million LED lights!

Sue Moss and Dean’s Team Chicago

Neighborhood News – Chicago Loop, Old Town, Gold Coast, Ravenswood, Uptown

Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the city…twinkling lights, seeing sights…oh, so pretty! Take a moment to enjoy the musical gifts and merriment of the season!

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra invites you to have a Merry, Merry Chicago! On Friday, December 17 at 7:30pm and Saturday, December 18 at 3pm, the Symphony Center, 220 South Michigan Avenue,  Under the direction of CSO conductor Alastair Willis, and featuring guest Broadway star Jessica Vosk, the CSO performs holiday classics, including “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and more, along with orchestral music of the season, including selections from Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden and Tchaikovsky’s Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Trepak from The Nutcracker. Tickets very in price, check website for details. 

For a holiday concert with a Latin flair, Chicago-based Mariachi Herencia de México presents ‘A Very Merry Christmas Concert’ on Friday, December 17 through Sunday, December 19 at the Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue. As the website describes, the concert is filled with music and dance, and is “perfect for the whole family.  The Latin Grammy-nominated mariachi band will play traditional holiday songs, infused with Latino rhythms, including “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Los Peces en el Rio” and  “Christmas Don’t Be Late.” The group will also play a concert at Thalia Hall on Chicago’s South Side. Time and ticket prices vary, check website for details.

The Millennium Park Holiday Sing-Along  201 E. Randolph Street, concludes this Friday, December 17, at 6pm with the Chicago Community Chorus (CCC). Enjoy the sound of the season and a feeling of community with this group, founded in 2003 by Artistic Director Dr. Keith T. Hampton,  numbers over 130 singers from all walks of life. Face masks are required for all Holiday Sing-Along guests. Free Chicago masks available (while supplies last).

Last-minute shoppers can delight in family fun at Blitzen’s Holiday Experience, from December 16-23, a festive holiday pop-up at Artifact Events, 4325 N. Ravenswood Avenue, in the Ravenswood area, near Lincoln Square.  Blitzen’s offers a holiday market, a bar with festive drinks, photo-ops, and more experiences to discover. Hours are Thursday & Friday: 5pm-10pm (last time slot at 9 pm), Saturday & Sunday: 12pm-10pm (last time slot at 9 pm). From December 20 – 23rd, the hours are Monday-Thursday: 12pm-10pm (last time slot at 9 pm). Hipster Santa pays a visit, and shoppers can indulge in Christmas Karaoke, beverages and décor, and more! For ticket information, click here

For a non-holiday event, NeonNation’s  CircEsteem’s  Winter Circus on Saturday, December 18 at 3pm and 6:30pm transports a group of Gen Z teens back to the 1980s. As their website notes, through rad aerial and acrobatics, and gnarly manipulation acts, the Teens are shown the power women held in the 1980s. CircEsteem’s mission is to unite youth across all backgrounds and identities by fostering self-esteem and mutual respect through the practice and performance of circus arts. Tickets are $7-$40 and benefit CircEsteem’s programs. Check website for address and details. 

“Here we go a wassailing, a wassailing…” A week before Christmas, make it memorable by Caroling at the Driehaus  …also known as the Richard H. Driehaus Museum, 40 East Erie Street, on Saturday, December 18th from 3pm to 6pm. Bask in the Victorian splendor of the former Nickerson Mansion, while participating in the festivities, including caroling, roasted chestnuts, and holiday cheer. Free.

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!” Sing out, loud and proud at the 46th Annual Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Messiah at the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, 55 E. Wacker Drive, on Sunday, December 19, at 2pm. Presented by the International Music Foundation, Covid-19 has required a few adjustments to the beloved holiday gathering: the one-time performance will be 90 minutes in length, with no intermission. Additionally, tickets are free, but reservations are required and can be made online.

Alison Moran and Dean’s Team Chicago

Restaurant Review – Blue Door Kitchen & Garden

“Blue Door Kitchen & Garden, home to celebrated Chef Art Smith, is a farm-to-table oasis in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast and deeply rooted in the philosophy of letting the seasons dictate the menu.”

Management, Blue Door Kitchen & Garden

For a moment of calm during a busy holiday season, the Blue Door Kitchen & Garden on the Gold Coast provides an oasis in the middle of a busy Chicago, serving upscale, Southern-inspired comfort food. 

Created by Chef Art Smith, a Chicago Culinary Museum Hall of Fame inductee, the website notes that Blue Door Garden & Kitchen showcases American heirloom foods made from fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced from Midwest farms, including Oprah Winfrey’s former Indiana property, Blue Door Farm. 

Blue Door’s most peaceable oasis is their patio garden, outfitted with a heated tent for winter dining. The patio is available on a first come, first served basis, and reservations are highly recommended.

Chef Smith’s current menu features traditional Southern-inspired comfort food. 

Blue Door is one of a handful of restaurants in the city serving a daily brunch, from 11am-2pm. Highly recommended is the Art Smith Fried Chicken & Waffles, featuring a buttermilk waffle served with rosemary maple syrup. Smith’s take on Avocado Toast pairs it with pickled shrimp, asparagus, hard boiled egg, and tarragon. Beignets, a Louisiana deep-fried staple, are served with raspberry-champagne coulis and fresh fruit. Quiche Lorraine pairs house lardon (French-inspired  cubes or short strips of bacon cut crosswise) and roasted onions.

One Google reviewer raved, “The best southern food in the city! Everything on the menu will blow you away… the fried chicken is crispy and the shrimp mac-and-cheese and corn bread is to die for. Shrimp and grits and salmon was also good.”

“All dishes are fantastic!!,” another exclaimed. “We had deviled egg, fried chicken, kale salad and hummingbird cake. Love the atmosphere and the food here.”

Dinners start with appetizers like Southern-inspired Deviled Eggs, made with chicken crackling, house mustard, and bacon. Or, try the butternut squash soup with toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds) and crème fraiche. For a lighter touch, start with Cauliflower Florets, served with a seasonal dipping sauce. 

Another light option are the salads, which includes a fresh Beet Salad, with roasted and pickled beets, Granny Smith apples, pecans, gruyere crème fraiche, orange and fennel vinaigrette. Or an Eggplant Salad, featuring breaded eggplant, arugula, cherry tomatoes, and goat cheese, with a balsamic glaze.

Dinner entrees are Southern-focused with American and French accents. Shrimp & Grits are made with white corn grits, andouille sausage, okra, and a tomato stew. Salmon en Croute is served with apple butter, Brussels sprouts, fennel, and rosemary cream. Rack of Lamb is served with roasted fingerling potatoes, carrots, and celery root puree. Coq Au Vin offers a duck leg with pearl onions, mushrooms, zucchini, and a red wine reduction.

Save room for Blue Door’s desserts, especially the traditional deep-south Hummingbird Cake, with pecan, coconut crumble, seasonal coulis, or the Key Lime Pie, with whipped cream, macadamia praline, and a burnt honey caramel.

Blue Door Kitchen & Garden is located at 52 W. Elm Street. Their hours are Monday-Friday,  11am – 9pm, and Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 9pm. Reservations are highly recommended. For more information, click here.  

Alison Moran and Dean’s Team Chicago

Chicago Home and Lifestyles – Mobility Actually Decreases Pain!

When faced with physical aches and pains, our tendency is to move less. We forget that more movement is what’s essential to prevent and stop pain! 

Many of us sit at a computer all day long for work, and we wonder why we’re so stiff and begin to lose range of motion. Sitting all day causes your hip flexors, hamstrings, and the joints themselves to stiffen which can lead to back and knee pain. Not to mention typing, which over time can cause all sorts of upper body issues. 

Small and regular upper body exercises will keep a good range of motion in your shoulders. The good news? These movements need no equipment and can be done anywhere! Move your arms in a swimming motion forwards and backwards. Swing your arms back as high as you can. Raise one arm, then the next over your head stretching with each movement, using your hips too. 

Rather than being sedentary, which is the culprit behind much of our pain. Make every effort to get your recommended amount of steps every day! This will keep your joints lubricated and your muscles supple. The ideal is 10,000 steps per day but of course that can vary depending on your day and needs. Some days may be 6,000 and others 15,000 but make a conscious effort to move! 

Our body is all connected, pain in one place can cause pain in another that seems unrelated; for example, if you have knee problems it can cause pain in your back. Look for hip flexor exercises, they will help your entire lower body. Working on the calf and upper leg muscles can also help your knee stability. 

Overall principle: get up and move as much as you can! Take 15 minutes every 3 hours or so to move your body. Take a walk around the block. Do some squats, swing your arms to work those shoulders. Stretch those hamstrings. Take 10 minutes before bed to lay flat and stretch out all your muscles. Your body will thank you!

Kathleen Weaver-Zech and Dean’s Team Chicago

How An Agent Can Help Alleviate Stress

Purchasing a home can be a stressful experience, whether you’re a first-time buyer or you’ve been through the process before. But that’s one of the reasons that working with a real estate professional is so worthwhile. With your agent’s guidance, buying a home should be enjoyable, rather than stressful. Here are some of the more unique circumstances where your agent can make your life much easier.

Out-of-town buyers: If you’re looking for vacation homes or moving to a job in a new city, there’s a good chance that viewing homes will be difficult—you could be a long drive or even a plane ride away. With today’s video messaging apps like Zoom or Facetime, your agent can walk you through a property virtually. It’s not the same as walking through in person, but it will at least give you an idea about whether a property is worth pursuing further.

When life is just too crazy: If you’re just getting too busy with everything else going on in your life, a good buyer’s agent should be able to recognize the situation and help you take a step back. They can suggest that you take a few weeks off from your home search to recharge, or only focus on properties that exactly fit your wants list.

Inspection issues: You’re dreaming about move-in day, and then some unforeseen issues turn up during inspection. A good agent can work out those issues by negotiating a lower offer—to cover costs of repairs—or by getting the seller to fix the problem.

THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Abundance of Cheer for the Holiday Season!

This weekend in Chicago offers an abundance of cheer with pub crawls and pop-up bars all decked out for the Holiday season plus more!

TBOX is BACK! Festa’s annual 12 Bars of Xmas Pub Crawl returns to the Wrigleyville neighborhood this Saturday (10 a.m. – 7 p.m.) starting off at Cubby Bear (1059 W. Addison St.). After being on break in 2020 and to celebrate its 25th year, the theme for this year’s event is “Back to the 90s!” TBOX will celebrate the music, fashion, culture, movies, and everything else from the glorious, carefree decade when it was born in 1996. Over 30 bars throughout the neighborhood will be participating as participants dress in crazy costumes and take advantage of festive drink specials while indulging in traditions like “cereal shots” and sticker exchanges! Plus, the best part of this event is not only does it support dozens of local businesses but it also donates to local charities!

Back for the 2021 Holiday season and better than ever is Frosty’s Christmas Bar located at 809 W. Evergreen Ave. in the River North neighborhood now through January 2nd. This bar has decked the halls across three levels for festive fun with four bars, two dance floors, dancing elves, a singing Santa, live Nutcrackers, and a party that doesn’t end until 4 a.m.  So, don your favorite holiday attire and enjoy a glass of something boozy and marshmallow-topped while snacking on Christmas cookies amid the twinkling lights, tinsel, and over-the-top decorations! Afterall, it’s an amazing 21+ Christmas experience in the heart of Chicago!

Indulge in a little childhood nostalgia at the Misfit Christmas pop-up bar located at The Rambler Kitchen & Tap (4128 N. Lincoln Ave.) in the North Center neighborhood now through January 2nd. This bar is a tribute to the 1964 beloved classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer television special and the Island of Misfit Toys. This event opens with an outdoor scene featuring 10-foot custom-painted wood characters from the Island of Misfit Toys while inside, each room is inspired by a different scene with Christmas lights, Misfit Toy figurines and staff dressed as characters.  Lastly, The Rambler’s 600 square foot heated and covered beer garden is transformed into Santa’s workshop! Then top off your experience with a festive cocktail or Hermey’s hot chocolate, and bites from a themed food menu!

Don’t want to go to The Loop for your annual glühwein fix? Then head on over to the Christkindlmarket Wrigleyville located at Gallagher Way (3637 N. Clark St.) in the Wrigleyville neighborhood. Even though this is a smaller-scale market than its downtown counterpart, there’s just as much holiday cheer here!  Plus, it’s also a part of the Winterland at Gallagher Way which offers plenty of fun outdoor holiday activities for the entire family!

One of Chicago’s most popular and beloved Christmas traditions, The Music Box Christmas Double Feature and Sing-A-Long, is celebrating its 38th anniversary this year now through December 23rd at the Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport Ave.). Enjoy some seasonal cheer with the screening of “White Christmas” (the touching story of two war veterans turned entertainers who help save a winter resort and meet a couple of lovely ladies in the process), and “It’s A Wonderful Life” (after George Bailey wishes he had never been born, an angel is sent to earth to make his wishes come true. However, George starts to realize how many lives he has changed and impacted, and how they would be different if he was never there.)  Also, each screening includes an appearance by Santa Claus and a Christmas sing-along.  Plus, you can opt to see just one of the films or purchase a discounted ticket to see both.

“Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings!  That a boy Clarence!!”

Sue Moss and Dean’s Team Chicago