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Events this weekend, starting Friday, December 4th, 2015

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Friday 2015.12.04 ^
Kiss Kiss Cabaret (since 2011). Fr/Sa 18+ $20-40 8p.
A wild mix of hilarious hosts, quirky musicians, incredible variety performers and beautiful burlesque beauties.
Uptown Underground, 773/867-1946, 4707 N Broadway.

Cosmix. Fridays 21+ $0-5 10p-4a UNCONFIRMED
"A multimedia music & video dance party where art meets nightlife." Often preceded by theme events. Greg Haus spins Electronica/Indie Alternative dance music.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.

Improv Star Trek. Fridays $14 10:30p.
Cast creates an episode live from audience title, detailing adventures of a lesser-known crew on a less "enterprising" starship. May include first contact, time travel, mind control, intergalactic intrigue, unexplained phenomena, the eminent destruction of the entire quadrant, or all of the above.
iO Theater, 312/929-2401, 1501 N Kingsbury. Chris Farley Cabaret.

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (since 1988). Fr/Sa/Su All ages? $6-11+ Su 7p, Fr+Sa 11:30p.
30 plays in 60 minutes, lots of improv, very welcoming, sometimes topical.
Neo-Futurarium, 773/275-5255, 5153 N Ashland.

Saturday 2015.12.05 ^
Winter Wonderfest (since 2001). Yearly. All ages. $10-17+ Hours vary.
Festival Hall is transformed into a wonderland of lush decorated trees, sparkling lights, wintertime decorations and a main town square with vending. Includes ice rink, inflatable slide/bungee games. Santa and elves listen to children's wishes in a mountain top village.
Navy Pier, 312/222-9328, 600 E Grand.

Santa Hustle 5K. Yearly. $45 9a.
Several thousand registered. Before and after parties. Paid registration includes costume.
Soldier Field, 312/235-7000, 1410 S Museum Campus Dr.

College of Complexes (since 1951). "The Playground for People Who Think" Saturdays All ages. $3? 2.5hrs 6-11p UNCONFIRMED
Structured weekly free speech forum with quality lecturers and good American food and bar.
Dappers East Restaurant, 773/509-9100, 2901 W. Addison.

Miracle On State Street (since 1999). Yearly. All ages. $40-65+ 7:30p.
W/ Nico & Vinz, George Ezra, Elle King and Third Eye Blind.
Chicago Theatre, 773/561-9500, 175 N State. Downtown.

Improvised Shakespeare. Saturdays 18+ $16+ 10:30+8p.
Based on audience suggestion The Co creates a fully improvised play in Elizabethan style with ALL the typical elements.
IO Theatre, 773/880-0199, 3541 N. Clark.

"Twisted" Saturdays 21+ $0 -11p, $5 -1a, $7+ 9:30p-5a.
"Meet and mingle with a truly diverse crowd. Dress up or dress down... this is the place to be what you want to be!"
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.

El Circo Cheapo. 1st Saturdays $10-ish. 7+10p.
Outstanding local circus artists perform a casual and intimate show. Sells out. "BYO Picnic Basket"
Aloft Circus Arts, 2041 W Carroll #306.

Midnight Marauders ride. Monthly. 18+ Leaves after 11:30p-?a.
"Drinking club with a biking problem" Home after dawn.
Billy Goat Tavern, 312/222-1525, 430 N Michigan. Lower Hubbard.

Sunday 2015.12.06 ^
* Hanukkah (aka Chanukah). A Jewish holiday, lasts eight days. Yearly. Sunset to sunset.
Marks the reconsecration of the temple of Jerusalem and the miracle of the lamp.

Toys For Tots motorcycle parade (since 1978). 1st Sunday in December Yearly. All ages. Bring a toy. 9:30a.
World's largest, drawing over 20000 participants! Many biker Santas. Assembly begins hours earlier.
Dan Ryan Woods, 83rd and Western. Travels all the way North to Foster.

Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Sale (since 2006). Yearly. All ages. Free 11a-6p UNCONFIRMED
Over 150 of today's finest indie-craft talents setting up for holiday shoppers sure to find something.
Bridgeport Arts Center, 773/247-3000, 1200 W. 35th St.

* SantaCon. Yearly. 21+ $10+ 12-8p UNCONFIRMED
Long running Santa costumed pub crawl.
Beef and Brandy, 312/372-3451, 127 S State St.

Jingle Bash. Yearly. All ages. $20-125 5:30p UNCONFIRMED
B96 presents Ariana Grande, Pharrell, 5 Seconds of Summer, Martin Garrix, Lil Jon, ...
Allstate Arena, 847/635-6601, 6920 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont.

New Fox cartoons. Sundays All ages. Free 7p.
May include Simpsons, Family Guy, Bob's Burgers, American Dad, more.

"Adult Swim" Sundays All ages. Free 10p-12a.
Extraordinary block of popular and leading-edge absurdist cartoonage.
TOON. On cable.

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Seasonal ^
Collected Holiday Songs, Recipes and Stories. -2015.12.30 Yearly. All ages. Free.
Check out this terrific comprehensive set of popular holiday songs, recipes and stories.

HOLIDAY CLASSICS. -2016.01.03 Yearly. All ages.
* A Christmas Carol: 11.14-12.27 Goodman Theatre, 312/443-3800, 200 S Columbus,
* The Nutcracker: 12.04-27 Joffrey Ballet, Auditorium Theatre, 312/431-2357, 50 E Congress,
* Christmas Around The World: 11.19-01.03 Dozens of spectacular International holiday decorated trees, Museum of Science and Industry,
* Zoolights: 11.27-01.03 Over a million lights, certain dates/times, Lincoln Park Zoo,

Ice Skating. -2016.02.28 Yearly.
Weather permitting: Wrigley Field; Millennium Park, 312/742-5222, 55 N Michigan; Warren Park, 773/262-8656, 6601 N Western; Riis Park, 312/746-5735, 6100 W Fullerton; Daley Plaza, 312/742-7650, 337 E Randolph; more...

Sing-a-long Sound of Music. -2015.12.06 Yearly. $12-15.
The classic film, subtitled, with costume contest. Usually sells out.
Music Box Theatre, 773/871-6604, 3733 N Southport.

Christkindlmarket (since 1997). Festive German style holiday market. -2015.12.24 Yearly. All ages. Free Su-Th -8p, Fr+Sa -9p 11a.
50 Timber cabins, ethnic foods, fine crafted gifts, music, sweets.
Daley Plaza, 312/744-3370, 50 W Washington. Washington and Dearborn.

Holiday Train. -2015.12.23 Yearly. Wk 3-7p, Sa 1-8p.
Nov.28:Green*, Dec.1:Green, Dec.2:Orange&Brown, Dec.3:Orange&Brown, Dec.4:Orange&Brown, Dec.5:Orange&Brown*, Dec.8:Pink, Dec.9:Pink, Dec.10:Blue, Dec.11:Blue, Dec.12:Blue, Dec.15:Red, Dec.16:Purple, Dec.17:Red, Dec.18:Purple, Dec.19:Red&Purple*, Dec.22:Purple, Dec.23:Yellow. (*=Photos with Santa).

Ongoing ^
Different rock, experimental, jazz, ethnic bands almost every night. 21+ $?
Metro / SmartBar, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark, Near Red Line Addison stop,
Darkroom, 773/276-1411, 2210 W Chicago,
Double Door, 773/489-3160, 1572 N Milwaukee, Wicker Park near Blue line Damen stop,
Empty Bottle, 773/276-3600, 1035 N Western, dive-ish,
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln,
Ravinia, 847/266-5100, Highland Pk,

Now playing.
Hunger Games 4, The Night Before, Peanuts, Spectre, Love, Our Brand Is Crisis, Steve Jobs, I Smile Back, Jem and the Holograms, Rock the Kasbah, Pan, The Walk, The Martian, The Intern, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

WAY too much great theater and comedy and dance to cover.
Pickup Reader and NewCity and TimeOut magazines.
Hundreds of city locations.

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