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The Best Literary, Film, and Seasonal Stuff Happening in Chicago This December

The critics’ picks for the most fun miscellany in the city through year’s end.

The definitely non-boot (but still collectible) mug from Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza this year.
The definitely non-boot (but still collectible) mug from Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza this year.   Photo: Courtesy Christkindlmarket


Jerry Seinfeld

12/13–14 at 7 and 9:30 Give the standup comic some credit for still touring. With all the money he’s made in syndication, this is how you know he does it because he loves it. $49–$83. Chicago Theatre, 175 N State. thechicagotheatre.com



Gene Siskel Film Center

Through 12/5 Foreign Bodies: The Films of Claire Denis. The center mounts this four-week revue of the underrated French director, whose films have long enchanted cineastes. The series includes the premiere of her first noir flick, Bastards (2013). $11. Various times. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N State

Music Box Theatre

Through 12/1 Sound of Music Sing-A-Long! Bust out your karaoke voice for this sing-along version of the Fox classic, now a Music Box tradition.
12/13–24 Annual Music Box Christmas Show. Sing some Christmas carols and then watch White Christmas and It’s A Wonderful Life.
Various times and prices. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N Southport. musicboxtheatre.com

Readings & Lectures

Root Down: Stories of Kith and Kin

12/8–9 at 7 The city’s longest-running storytelling series, 2nd Story, spends the holidays investigating family with tales from Liz Grear, Lott Hill, and Sage Morgan-Hubbard. $18. Webster’s Wine Bar, 480 W Webster. 2ndstory.com


David M. Kennedy

12/12 at 6 Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Kennedy (Freedom from Fear) has written extensively on the history of immigration in the United States. Here, he delivers a talk titled “A Nation of Immigrants” as part of the library’s One Book, One Chicago celebration of Isabel Wilkerson’s The Warmth of Other Suns. Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S State. chipublib.org


Candlelight House Walk

12/8 at 4 Get an intimate inside look at the historic Pullman houses on this tour, specially decorated for the season. $35–$40. Historic Pullman Foundation, 11141 S Cottage Grove. pullmanil.org



Through 12/24 Warm up with some Glühwein at this popular holiday market. Sun–Thu 11–8, Fri–Sat 11–9. Daley Plaza, 50 W Washington. christkindlmarket.com



Through 1/5 The annual family-friendly festival of lights comes to Lincoln Park Zoo for another year. 5–9. Child friendly. Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N Clark. lpzoo.org



One of a Kind Show

12/5–8 More than 600 artists converge on Merchandise Mart to sell their original handmade wares. Thu–Fri 11–8, Sat 10–7, Sun 10–5. Merchandise Mart, 222 W Merchandise Mart. oneofakindshowchicago.com


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