6 Must-See Holiday Performances

November 15, 2012

What we listen to becomes the heartbeat of the holidays. Whether classical music or carols—spoken or sung—events at these Midwest venues are a gift. Turn one evening into a special getaway with our quick travel tips for dinner and lodging nearby.   The Nutcracker. Photo Courtesy of Herbert Migdoll.  


The Nutcracker, The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago Clara’s dreams come to life amid a soaring, glowing setting. The lavish Auditorium Theatre perfectly showcases the opulence rendered by The Joffrey Ballet and the Chicago Philharmonic. (800) 982-2787; joffrey.org

Dates December 7–27, 2012

Before Try Atwood Cafe for American cuisine spiced with global flavors. (312) 368-1900; atwoodcafe.com

After The nearby Hotel Monaco offers classy accommodations in a boutique setting. From $189. (866) 610-0081; monaco-chicago.com