Christkindlmarket time in Chicago is officially upon us, but fear not, there are still holiday-free events going on in the city this weekend!


1. Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again

  • When: Until January 26th 2020; 10:30AM-5:00PM.
  • Where: Art Institute of Chicago; 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60603.

Why this is fun: Arriving in the Midwest after drawing hordes in San Francisco and New York, this retrospective (the first to be organized by a U.S. institution since 1989) of Andy Warhol’s career features more than 350 works for guests to explore. Instead of focusing on a specific era of his life, “From A to B and Back Again” accounts for the entire breadth of the Pop Art legend’s output, from early illustrations that were commissioned for magazines to recolored portraits of celebrities that graced the cover of Interview magazine. While there are plenty of familiar pieces on display (a print of Marilyn Monroe, several Campbell’s soup cans), there are also sections of the exhibit devoted to lesser-known aspects of Warhol’s practice, including performance art, television and publishing. Filled with self-portraits, homages to vaunted brands and celebrations of fame, “From A to B and Back Again” accentuates the echoes of Warhol’s art in the contemporary world—and seeing so much of it one place only makes its prophetic themes that much clearer.

For more details, visit the website. 


2. Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light

  • When: Through January 5th; 9:30AM to 4:00PM.
  • Where: Museum of Science and Industry; 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60637.

Why this is fun: This annual tradition began in 1942 with a single tree, newly decorated every day for 12 days to represent the countries fighting alongside America during World War II.

The tree was a wartime tribute to the Allies, but it also symbolized hope during the uncertain times. By bringing together so many ethnic holiday customs, the display was a reminder that there is more to join us than divide us. Since its first year, the display has certainly grown but this spirit remains unchanged. It’s what makes MSI the perfect place to tour a world of traditions during the holidays.

For more details, visit the website.


3. Dead Man Walking

  • When: Saturday, November 16th; 7:30PM.
  • Where: Lyric Opera of Chicago; 20 N. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60606.

Why this is fun: A young couple is brutally killed, and the convicted murderer, Joseph De Rocher, sits on death row. Sister Helen Prejean agrees to be his spiritual adviser. As she meets his family, and the families of his victims, she begins questioning every attitude she has about how human beings treat each other. Based on real-life events, Jake Heggie’s music and Terrence McNally’s libretto explore the nature of friendship and forgiveness in the most profound ways. Hugely acclaimed in major houses internationally, Dead Man Walking is widely acknowledged as one of the most riveting operas of the 21st century. It simply demands to be seen.

For more details, visit the website.


4. PAWS Chicago Fur Ball

  • When: Friday, November 15th; 6:00PM.
  • Where: The Drake; 140 E. Walton Place, Chicago, IL 60611.

Why this is fun: Chicago’s leading pet-friendly black-tie event returns to the appropriately fancy confines of The Drake for its 18th annual fundraiser with pets (and humans) dressed in formal wear walking the red carpet, dinner buffets (human and dog varieties), and dancing, plus a silent and live auction.

For more details, visit the website.


5. Christkindlmarket

  • When: Friday, November 15th – Tuesday, December 24th; 11:00AM – 8:00PM.
  • Where: Daley Plaza; 50 W. Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602.

Why this is fun: You know it’s officially Christmas season in Chicago once this German-styled Christmas market pops up in Daley Plaza. Returning for its 24th year in 2019, the event includes live bands throughout this weekend and a second Christkindlmarket in Wrigleyville from November 22 through December 31.

For more details, visit the website.


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