12/4 to 12/5 at 7:30 p.m.
This all-male choir wows audiences with the breadth of its repertoire and the clarity of its countertenors.
$39 to $56. Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut. cso.org
One of a Kind Show
12/5 to 12/8
Conquer your holiday shopping list at this craft market on steroids. More than 600 artists ply their wares and give free workshops.
$12 to $30. Merchandise Mart, 222 W. Merchandise Mart. Hours: oneofakindshowchicago.com
12/5 to 2/9
In this Chicago premiere, a deaf man brings his girlfriend (played by the fiery Steppenwolf ensemble member Alana Arenas) home to meet his hearing parents. Familial dysfunction ensues.
$20 to $82. Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted. steppenwolftheatre.com
The Little Prince
12/5 to 2/2
The classic French novella gets revamped with lots of gravity-defying acrobatics in this David Catlin–helmed adaptation.
$40 to $75. Lookingglass Theatre, 821 N. Michigan. lookingglasstheatre.org
Foreign Bodies: The Films of Claire Denis
The Gene Siskel Film Center devotes four weeks to the works of this underrated French director. Start with her latest, Bastards (2013), her first noir thriller.
$13. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State. siskelfilmcenter.org
12/6 at 9 p.m.
Supported by a supercharged horn section, the former James Brown impersonator is a hip-swiveling must-see.
$20. Metro, 3730 N. Clark. etix.com
Inside the Outside
12/6 to 2/16
Fishing lures, a pine tree air freshener, logs made of zinc—six artists reflect on our culture’s strange relationship with nature.
Alderman Exhibitions, 1138 W. Randolph. aldermanexhibitions.com
Candlelight House Walk
12/8 at 4 p.m.
Ever wondered what the insides of the historic Pullman houses look like? Here’s your opportunity.
$35 to $40. Historic Pullman Foundation, 11141 S. Cottage Grove. pullmanil.org
Steep Canyon Rangers
12/8 at 7 p.m.
The bluegrass quintet performs songs from its latest Grammy-winning album, Nobody Knows You.
$25. Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. oldtownschool.org
Root Down: Stories of Kith and Kin
12/8 to 12/9 at 7 p.m.
What are the holidays without some tales? 2nd Story hosts this wine-fueled evening featuring three local authors.
$20. Webster’s Wine Bar, 1480 W. Webster. 2ndstory.com
12/10 at 9 and 10:30 p.m. and midnight
The acclaimed local percussionist performs selections from free jazz pianist and composer Andrew Hill’s 1964 record Black Fire.
$10. Andy’s Jazz Club, 11 E. Hubbard. andysjazzclub.com
12/10 to 1/18
Don’t miss hunky baritone Bo Skovhus as Gabriel von Eisenstein, the wealthy Casanova in this famous operetta about a practical joke gone wrong.
$34 to $264. Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker. lyricopera.org
Kranky 20th Anniversary Show
12/12 at 9 p.m.
The local punk label Kranky Records ushers in its 20th year with three earsplitting bands: Disappears, Implodes, and Lichens.
$12. Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western. ticketweb.com
Fred Hersch Trio
12/12 to 12/15 at 8 and 10 p.m.
Since his recovery from an AIDS-related coma in 2008, the New York pianist has not let up. His playing—original takes on standards and new, vibrant works—is still among the most gorgeous around.
$25 to $45. Jazz Showcase, 806 S. Plymouth. jazzshowcase.com
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
12/12 to 12/15
Back by popular demand: the beautiful yet abstract One Thousand Pieces by rising-star choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo.
$25 to $99. Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph. hubbardstreetdance.com
12/13 at 8 p.m.
In case you missed her triumphant July performance (or you’re just super-obsessed), Bey returns to show us why she’s not giving up her pop diva crown anytime soon.
$45 to $250. United Center, 1901 W. Madison. ticketmaster.com
12/13 at 7, 12/14 at 7 and 9:30 p.m.
Despite all the money Seinfeld has made in syndication, the comedian continues to rant humorously about the minor inconveniences of modern life—proof he does it because he loves it.
$49 to $83. Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. thechicagotheatre.com
Annual Music Box Christmas Show
12/13 to 12/24
Join a carol sing-a-long and then watch White Christmas or It’s a Wonderful Life (or both!) on the big screen.
$10 to $17. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport. musicboxtheatre.com
12/14 to 12/23
The CSO hooks the kids with this family-friendly concert featuring sing-along Christmas carols and an obligatory visit from Kris Kringle himself.
$35 to $125. Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. cso.org
12/21 to 12/22
Consider this a drum circle for the ages: three generations of Taiko (Japanese percussion) performers, plus butoh master Judy Kajiwara.
$10 to $18. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago. mcachicago.org
The Normal Heart
Hotshot director David Cromer tackles the lead role in Larry Kramer’s seminal drama about AIDS in the early 1980s.
$37 to $50. Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. timelinetheatre.com
Innovative doesn’t even begin to describe this photographer, who cuts crescent shapes into his prints to create a dizzying effect.
Kavi Gupta Gallery, 845 W. Washington. kavigupta.com
Ebony G. Patterson
Santa visits the seals and other aquatic animals in this revamping of the Shedd Aquarium’s popular live show.
General admission plus $6 to $8. Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore. sheddaquarium.org
Siam: The Queen and the White City
The Siamese queen dazzled at the 1893 World’s Fair; now the Chicago History Museum pays homage to her with photographs, costumes, and other artifacts drawn from her formidable collection.
$12 to $14. Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark. chicagohs.org