Shemekia Copeland

Shemekia Copeland (Photo by Suzanne Foschino.)

It’s the weekend before Hanukkah and Christmas, so take some time to relax (or finish up last-minute shopping) with these events around Chicago.

CTA Holiday Train Celebration

Dec. 16

Wherever you’re heading this weekend, take the CTA Holiday Train, which will run on the Purple Line Dec. 16-17. Enjoy free taffy apples (while supplies last) and carols at Church Street Plaza near the Davis Street station in Evanston. See the train schedule here.

Late-er Night Andersonville

Late-er Night Andersonville

Photo by Starbelly Studio.

Dec. 16

If you’ve waited until the last minute to do your holiday shopping, you’re in luck. Businesses throughout Andersonville will be offering discounts and shoppers will enjoy free entertainment and refreshments. The Swedish American Museum will also provide free photos with Santa.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Merry, Merry Chicago!

Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Merry Merry Chicago

Photo by Todd Rosenberg Photography.

Dec. 16-23

Get in the holiday spirit with this CSO performance of holiday classics featuring the Chicago Children’s Choir and Ashley Brown, who originated the role of Mary Poppins on Broadway. This concert, taking place throughout the week, is recommended for ages 5 and up.

Glenview Ice Center Winter Carnival

Glenview Ice Center's Winter Carnival

Image courtesy of Glenview Park District.

Begins Dec. 16

This annual Winter Carnival will feature a Holiday Figure Skating Exhibition (Dec. 16), charity hockey games, Family New Year’s Eve Party, public skating sessions and more. The carnival will run through Jan. 8.

Shemekia Copeland’s Holiday Blues Bash

Shemekia Copeland at Chicago Blues Festival

Photo by Marilyn Stringer.

Dec. 18

Here’s another way to feel festive this weekend. Grammy-nomiated Shemekia Copeland will perform twice at City Winery this Sunday. The shows will also feature special guest Ronnie Baker Brooks.


  • Megon McDonough will perform a holiday-themed concert, “Season of Light,” at Wilmette Theatre Dec. 17. The show will feature holiday classics as well as original songs.

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