New Yr’s Eve celebrations, gentle reveals and extra


Earlier than Friday

Pageant of Lights and Tree Sale: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. day by day via Friday, Dec. 30, at Cosley Zoo, 1356 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton. 1000’s of twinkling lights, sizzling chocolate and extra. Lights activate at 3 p.m. Free admission, donations are appreciated. cosleyzoo.org.

Mild Up the Lake: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. day by day via Saturday, Dec. 31, at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. The interactive vacation expertise incorporates gentle sculptures, a lighted birch tree maze, stomp gentle exercise, ice skating, a vacation prepare, visits with Santa and a free journey on the Centennial Wheel. Adults: $27, youngsters 3-12: $17. navypier.org/light-up-the-lake.

Winter WNDRland: Midday to eight p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 28-29; 10 a.m. to eight p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 30-31; 10 a.m. to six p.m. Sunday, Jan. 1; midday to eight p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 2-3, on the WNDR Museum, 1130 W. Monroe, Chicago. Contains a new interactive light-up Santa’s Sleigh set up, photographs with Santa and holiday-themed components all through current fan favourite installations. Common admission from $32, VIP expertise $50, youngsters 3-12 from $22, free for teenagers 2 and youthful. wndrmuseum.com/location/chicago.

“A Christmas Story, The Musical”: 1 and seven:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29; 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30; 4 and eight p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 1, at The Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive. Lincolnshire. This present brings the beloved 1983 film in regards to the Parker household to musical life on stage. $59-$64. (847) 634-0200 or MarriottTheatre.com.

“Elf the Musical”: 1:30 and eight p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 3 and eight p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 6 p.m. Sundays via Jan. 8 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Musical stage adaptation of the vacation movie. drurylanetheatre.com/elf-the-musical.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

“A Christmas Carol”: 2 and seven p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 28-29; 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30; and a pair of p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, on the Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. Excessive-end manufacturing of Charles Dickens’ traditional. Tickets begin at $35. goodmantheatre.org.

“Pricey Evan Hansen”: 2 and seven:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, and Friday, Dec. 30; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29; and a pair of and eight p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, on the James M. Nederlander Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St., Chicago. Contains a e book by Tony Award winner Steven Levenson; a rating by Grammy, Tony and Academy Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul; and course by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif. $30-$110. broadwayinchicago.com.

Brookfield Zoo Vacation Magic: 3-9 p.m. day by day via Saturday, Dec. 31, at Brookfield Zoo, 8400 thirty first St., Brookfield. The lights pageant options greater than two million twinkling LED lights, illuminated animal sculptures, a tunnel of lights, a skating rink ($7 per particular person), a drop-off for letters to Santa and extra. Reservations are required for South Gate entry; reservations usually are not required for North Gate entry. Adults: $24.95; youngsters 3-11: $17.95; seniors: $19.95; parking: $13.40. czs.org/HolidayMagic-2.

Winterland: 3-9 p.m. Mondays via Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays, via Jan. 8 at Gallagher Means, 3635 N. Clark St., Chicago. A carousel, market distributors, meals and beverage choices, a 12,000-square-foot ice rink, carnival rides and video games, ice bumper automobiles, music and extra. The expanded occasion extends inside Wrigley Area. Common admission free; admission to Wrigley Area is $5. gallagherway.com.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

Amaze Mild Pageant: 4-10 p.m. day by day via Jan. 8 at Odyssey Enjoyable World, 19111 Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park. An all-immersive storybook expertise with 5 themed worlds of sunshine shows, actions, vacation music and dynamic reside performances. Grownup: $36, youngsters: $30; VIP grownup: $86; VIP baby: $80. amazelightfestival.com.



Illumination, Tree Lights continues via Jan. 7 on the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.
– Courtesy of Morton Arboretum

Illumination, Tree Lights: 4:30-9:30 p.m. day by day via Jan. 7 at Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. Discover six new shows of sunshine, sound and colour alongside the 1-mile strolling path, together with a particular Human+Nature show and an expertise that includes 150 colourful lanterns. Cease by the firepits to roast marshmallows or buy snacks and drinks on the concession tents. Members: $11-$22; nonmembers: $16-$27. mortonarb.org.

Lightscape: 4:30-11 p.m. varied dates via Jan. 8 on the Chicago Botanic Backyard, 1000 Lake-Cook dinner Highway, Glencoe. Expertise nature in winter alongside a strolling path that includes gentle, hearth, colour and music in such shows because the re-imagined hearth backyard and Winter Cathedral. Timed tickets price $30 for members, $32 for nonmembers for adults; $14/$16 for teenagers; free for teenagers 2 and youthful; tickets bought the day of the occasion price $2 extra. (847) 835-6801 or chicagobotanic.org/lightscape.

Sparkle Mild Pageant: 4:30-9 p.m. Wednesday via Friday, Dec. 28-30, and 4:30-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 31-Jan. 1, at Impression Area, 9850 Balmoral Ave., Rosemont. Immersive shows of tens of millions of vacation lights and outside vacation actions, together with prepare rides, winter tubing, themed mazes and extra. The 2-story Alpine Slide is an additional $22 for limitless rides. A particular menu of festive meals and drinks shall be obtainable. Adults: $25; youngsters 2-12: $20. (847) 636-5450 or sparklerosemont.com.

Winter Lights: 4:30-9:30 p.m. day by day via Jan. 8 at Central Park, Jorie Boulevard and Forest Gate Highway, Oak Brook. A free half-mile illuminated stroll alongside paved pathways. The trail shall be closed throughout inclement climate. obparks.org/winterlights.

Kohlights: 5-7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 27-29, at Kohl Kids’s Museum, 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview. An interactive vacation gentle show designed for kids that includes a sequence of reveals just like the Twinkle Prepare, Prism Promenade and the Shadow Play Snowbank. $20-$25, $5 off for members. kohlchildrensmuseum.org.



Santa's Rock 'N' Lights runs through Sunday, Jan. 1, at the Lake County Fairgrounds & Event Center in Grayslake.

Santa’s Rock ‘N’ Lights runs via Sunday, Jan. 1, on the Lake County Fairgrounds & Occasion Heart in Grayslake.
– Day by day Herald File Picture

Santa’s Rock ‘N’ Lights: 5-10 p.m. day by day via Sunday, Jan. 1, on the Lake County Fairgrounds & Occasion Heart, 1060 E. Peterson Highway, Grayslake. Be wowed by a mile of lights dancing to music throughout this drive-through animated lights present. $29.99-$34.99; on-line ticket buy is required. santasrocknlights.com.

Willow Hill Lights Present: 5-10 p.m. day by day via Sunday, Jan. 1, at Willow Hill Golf Course, 1350 Willow Highway, Northbrook, This drive-through vacation lights present contains a 1.6-mile route with multiple million lights, three drive-through tunnels and a 30-foot Christmas tree. $40 per automotive. willowhillswintermagic.com.

Nights of Lights: Nightfall to 10 p.m. day by day via Jan. 8 at Adams Park, Major and Wesley streets, Wheaton. See greater than 55,000 lights and a brand new animated gentle show on the fountain. Free. downtownwheaton.com/nightsoflights.

Shine Mild Present: 6-10 p.m. day by day via Sunday, Jan. 1, at Northbrook Court docket, 1515 Lake-Cook dinner Highway, Northbrook, and Wintrust Area, 1999 S. Springinsguth Highway, Schaumburg. Drive-through gentle reveals function a wonderland of multiple million lights synchronized to vacation music. $32.99-$42.99; quick go add-on is an additional $20. One ticket per car; on-line buy is required. shinelightshow.com.

House for the Holidays Lighted Christmas Path: 7-10 p.m. day by day via Monday, Dec. 30-Jan. 2, at Shiloh Park, twenty fifth Road and Emmaus Avenue, Zion. The drive-through path showcases greater than 50 Christmas gentle shows with 100,000 lights. cityofzion.com.

“The Sound of Music”: 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 3 and eight p.m. Saturdays, 1 and 5:30 p.m. Sundays via Jan. 14 on the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical as directed by Amber Mak. The Grand Gallery is embellished for the season with an enormous two-story Christmas tree. Tickets begin at $28. paramountaurora.com.

The Second Metropolis’s “Jingle Bell Ruckus”: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday via Saturday, Dec. 31, on the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. Second Metropolis performs a fast-paced, interactive comedy vacation revue that skewers vacation movie classics, household gatherings, Christmas carols and extra. Could include grownup language and themes. Tickets via Dec. 30 are $35; Dec. 31 tickets are $50 and embody a champagne toast. metropolisarts.com.

“It is a Fantastic Life: A Stay Radio Play”: 8 p.m. Wednesday via Friday, Dec. 28-30, on the Oil Lamp Theater, 1723 Glenview Highway, Glenview. Seven actors convey your complete city of Bedford Falls to life in a 1946 radio play full with sound results. $35-$45. oillamptheater.org.

“A Christmas Carol”: 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, and midday Friday, Dec. 30, at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. See the thirtieth anniversary of Drury Lane Theatre’s manufacturing of Charles Dickens’ vacation story, designed for a youthful viewers. Tickets begin at $52. drurylanetheatre.com/Theatre-for-Younger-Audiences.

“The Golden Women — The Misplaced Episodes, The Compulsory Vacation Particular”: 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 29-30, on the Hoover-Leppen Theatre, 3656 N. Halsted St., Chicago. Dorothy, Rose, Blanche, Sophia and their wacky pals and family members return in all-new episodes written by Creative Director David Cerda and directed by Spenser Davis. $24-$29. theatreinchicago.com.

Blue Man Group: Varied dates and instances on the Briar Road Theatre, 3133 N. Halsted, Chicago. Masks are inspired however are elective. Present is advisable for teenagers 3 and older. $49-$69. briarstreetbroadway.com.

Christmas Tree Lane: Day by day via Saturday, Dec. 31, at Depot Park, 90 E. Woodstock St., Crystal Lake. The fourth annual occasion options 40 embellished bushes. Hosted by Downtown Crystal Lake and the Metropolis of Crystal Lake. downtowncl.org.

“The Immersive Nutcracker”: Varied instances via Sunday, Jan. 1, at Lighthouse ArtSpace Chicago, 108 W. Germania Place, Chicago. Expertise “The Nutcracker” delivered to life on an impressive scale that includes Tchaikovsky’s “The March of the Toys” and “The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” and extra. Tickets begin at $30. lighthouseartspace.com/artspace/chicago.

“Little Ladies”: Varied instances and days via Jan. 15 at Mayslake Peabody Property, 1717 thirty first St., Oak Brook. World premiere of an adaptation written by First Folio Creative Affiliate Heather Chrisler. $29-$59. firstfolio.org.

Friday, Dec. 30

New Yr’s Eve-Eve Household Celebration: 10-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30, at Station 34, 34 S. Major St., Mount Prospect. A child-friendly New Yr’s Eve-Eve celebration with music, dancing, leisure, meals and a balloon drop. $12. downtownmountprospect.com.

New Yr’s Eve Household Celebration: 4-6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30, on the Vernon Hills Park District Sullivan Group Heart, 635 N. Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills. Ring in 2023 with a celebration that includes meals, music, video games and extra. All ages should register. $5; free for teenagers 2 and youthful. vhparkdistrict.org.

New Yr’s Seashore Ball Drop Pool Celebration: 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30, on the Vaughan Athletic Heart, 2121 W. Indian Path, Aurora. Ring within the new yr with the New Yr’s Seashore Ball drop countdown. Plus, benefit from the waterslides, an inflatable impediment course, splash zones, a zero-depth pool, music and extra. $12-$15. foxvalleyparkdistrict.org.

Salute to Vienna New Yr’s Live performance: 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30, on the Chicago Symphony Heart, 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. A re-creation of the beloved Neujahrskonzert, the live performance that has welcomed the New Yr for greater than 80 years in Vienna and all around the world. $49.50-$97.90. cso.org.

Latin Fireplace: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30, on the Hemmens Cultural Heart, 45 Symphony Means, Elgin. A celebration of Latin American orchestral hits paired with performances of Costa Rican trumpeter José Sibaja and vocalist Mónica Abrego. Tickets begin at $20. (847) 931-5900 or hemmens.org.

“Irving Berlin’s White Christmas”: 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30; 2 and eight p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31; and a pair of p.m. Sunday, Jan. 1, at Heart Theatre, North Shore Heart for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Introduced by Music Theater Works and primarily based on the traditional movie “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.” $39-$106. northshorecenter.org.

Radiance NYE Live performance: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 30-31, on the Lake County Fairgrounds & Occasion Heart, 1060 E. Peterson Highway, Grayslake. Music from Subtronics, Of the Timber and Stage Up on Friday and Liquid Stranger, Rusko and Day by day Bread on Saturday. Common admission: $114 per day, $184 for each days; VIP: $152 per day, $252 for each days. nyeradiance.com.

Saturday, Dec. 31

New Yr’s Eve Bash: 8:30-11 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, at Kohl Kids’s Museum, 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview. The morning session consists of music from Wendy and DB whereas the afternoon occasion contains a DJ and dance social gathering. Each instances embody juggling reveals, social gathering hat making and horns, household photographs and a confetti drop at “midnight.” $23 for members, $35 for nonmembers, and free for teenagers youthful than 1. kohlchildrensmuseum.org/special-events/nye/

Midday Yr’s Celebration: 10:30 a.m. to midday Saturday, Dec. 31, at Salt Creek Sports activities Heart, 647 Customers Ave., Palatine. Ring within the New Yr early with a bounce home, dancing, a craft, picture op and video games adopted by a countdown and balloon drop at midday. $10-$12, free for folks. saltcreekpd.com.

Midday Yr’s Eve Celebration for the Household: 10:30 a.m. to midday Saturday, Dec. 31, at Cornerstone Church, 41W170 Russell Highway, Elgin. Midday Yr’s Eve Celebration with pizza, video games, picture alternatives and a balloon drop at midday. Free, however reservations requested. b.hyperlink/noon-years-eve.

Household New Yr’s Eve Bash: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, on the Vaughan Athletic Heart, 2121 W. Indian Path, Aurora. Take pleasure in a noon celebration with inflatables, crafts, video games, a DJ and a balloon drop at midday. $11-$14. foxvalleyparkdistrict.org.

New Philharmonic’s New Yr’s Eve Pops & Viennese Celebration: 1:30, 5 and eight:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, on the McAninch Arts Heart’s Belushi Efficiency Corridor, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. New Philharmonic shall be joined by bass-baritone Mischa Bouvier and the electrical violin band CoverGirls. $67-$77. atthemac.org/occasions/nye22/.

Household New Yr’s Eve Celebration: 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, on the Prairie Lakes Group Heart, 515 E. Thacker St., Des Plaines. Ring in 2023 with video games, snacks, inflatables, knowledgeable DJ and extra. $10 per resident, $12 for nonresidents earlier than Dec. 30; $15/$17 on Dec. 31. Free for adults who’re accompanying a baby. dpparks.org.

Steve Cochran’s NYE Comedy Present: 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, on the Raue Heart for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. Longtime Chicago radio persona Steve Cochran will headline with particular visitors John DaCosse, Mike Toomey and Tim Benker. $37-$52; tickets for RaueNOW members begin at $25.90. rauecenter.org.


The Modern Day Romeos will be part of the festivities at the 95 WIIL ROCK Tom & Stino Big Ball New Year's Eve Bash starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Gurnee.

The Trendy Day Romeos shall be a part of the festivities on the 95 WIIL ROCK Tom & Stino Large Ball New Yr’s Eve Bash beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, on the Vacation Inn Conference Heart in Gurnee.
– Courtesy of the Trendy Day Romeos

95 WIIL ROCK Tom & Stino Large Ball New Yr’s Eve Bash: 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, to 1 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1, at Vacation Inn Conference Heart, 6161 W. Grand Ave., Gurnee. That includes Trendy Day Romeos, Keith Magnine, a buffet dinner, social gathering favors, a champagne toast at midnight and extra. $110. 95wiilrock.com.

New Yr’s Eve Household Celebration at Enchanted Fort: 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, at Enchanted Fort Household Leisure Heart, 1103 S. Major St., Lombard. Ring in 2023 with meals, a particular balloon drop, a toast and a countdown celebration. Reservations required. $46.95. enchanted.com.

New Yr’s Eve Household Celebration at Haunted Trails Burbank: 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, at Haunted Trails Household Leisure Heart, 7759 S. Harlem Ave., Burbank. Meals and video games and ring within the New Yr with a particular balloon drop, toast and countdown celebration. Reservations required. $41.95. hauntedtrailsburbank.com.

New Yr’s Eve Household Celebration at Haunted Trails Joliet: 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, at Haunted Trails Household Leisure Heart & Picnics, 1423 N. Broadway St., Joliet. Meals, video games and indoor points of interest plus a particular balloon drop, toast and countdown celebration. Reservations required. $41.95. hauntedtrailsjoliet.com.

Folkstage New Yr’s Eve Celebration of Wealthy Warren: 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, at Previous City College of People Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. That includes Tom Paxton, Reggie Harris, Claudia Schmidt, Vance Gilbert, Anne Hills and particular visitors. $100. oldtownschool.org.

New Yr’s Eve 1922: 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, to 1 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1, at Rock Backside Brewery, 1 W. Grand Ave., Chicago. Take pleasure in two hours of reside jazz by the Steve Knight Trio previous a two hour showcase of comedy, tune, drag, burlesque and extra. 21-and-older occasion. $60. cli.re/25513-new-years-eve-1922.

New Yr’s Eve Celebration at The Drake Lodge Chicago: 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Dec. 31, at The Drake Lodge, 140 E. Walton, Chicago. Celebration Vegas-style with six ballrooms of leisure, native DJs, two balloon drops, champagne toast at midnight and extra. $159-$395. chicago-scene.com/new-years-eve-chicago.

New Yr’s Eve with American English: 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, on the Raue Heart for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. Ring within the new yr with the Beatles tribute band. $29.50-$50. occasions.rauecenter.org.



Enjoy live entertainment, dancing, a countdown and a fireworks show at midnight during New Year On The Pier starting at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, at the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier in Chicago.

Take pleasure in reside leisure, dancing, a countdown and a fireworks present at midnight throughout New Yr On The Pier beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, on the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier in Chicago.
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New Yr On The Pier: 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, to 1 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1, on the Aon Grand Ballroom, 840 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. Stay leisure on the massive stage, dance flooring, countdown spectacular and fireworks present at midnight. $100-$240. navypierevents.greencurtainevents.com.

New Yr’s Eve with Roxy Bellows: 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, at The Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave., Skokie. Roxy Bellows performs present stoppers and ballads in a present made up on the spot. $35. cli.re/26053-new-years-eve-with-roxy-bellows.

NYE Celebration, “I Am King” The Michael Jackson Expertise: 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, on the Des Plaines Theatre, 1476 Miner St., Des Plaines. That includes the internationally acclaimed Michael Jackson tribute artist Michael Firestone joined by Broadway musicians and dancers together with Chicago’s Personal Piano Man Band. $49. desplainestheatre.com.

Ringing in a Rockin’ New Yr with Infinity: 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, on the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Major St., St. Charles. Rock band INFINITY rings within the New Yr. $49. arcadalive.com.

A Funeral for 2022: 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, to 1 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1, at The Bit Theater, 4034 Fox Valley Heart Drive, Aurora. After the particular comedy present, the theater will flip right into a dance social gathering with a complimentary champagne toast. Tickets begin at $25. bitimprov.com/tickets.

Purple Disco Machine, Disco Extravaganza: 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, on the Aragon Ballroom, 1106 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago. That is an 18-and-older occasion. $63-$254. aragonballroom.org.

Sky Excessive NYE: 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Dec. 31, at Virgin Lodges Chicago, 203 N. Wabash Ave, Chicago. Welcome 2023 up within the clouds. The celebration will function performances from Basura Boys, Useless House, Dom Brown and extra. $30-$75. virginhotels.com/chicago/nye.

Timeless New Yr’s Eve: 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, at Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Convention Heart, 3500 Midwest Highway, Oak Brook. Relive the times of the Rat Pack and ring within the 2023 New Yr. $125-$450. Purchase tickets at eventbrite.com.

Tribute to Speaking Heads: 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, on the Epiphany Heart for the Arts: Epiphany Corridor, 201 S. Ashland Ave., Chicago. Have fun New Yr’s Eve with Large Go well with’s Tribute to Speaking Heads. $25-$160. epiphanychi.com.

Zoo Yr’s Eve at Lincoln Park Zoo: 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, on the Lincoln Park Zoo, 2400 N. Cannon, Chicago. Tens of millions of dazzling lights, money bars, a DJ, video games, giveaways and extra. Animal buildings shall be open, and there shall be a dance social gathering within the lion home. For ages 21 and older solely. $40. lpzoo.org.

The Den’s New Years Laughin’ Eve: 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, at The Den Theatre, Heath Major Stage, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. Stand-up comedy performances from Chicago superstars Lucia Whalen and Nate Armbruster, music from DJ Thee David Davis, social gathering favors and a midnight countdown with a shock drag queen. $40. thedentheatre.com.



Stand-up comedian Preacher Lawson will perform a New Year's Eve show at 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, at Chicago Improv in Schaumburg.

Slapstick comedian Preacher Lawson will carry out a New Yr’s Eve present at 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, at Chicago Improv in Schaumburg.
– Related Press

Ring within the New Yr With Preacher Lawson: 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, on the Chicago Improv, 5 Woodfield Highway, Schaumburg. Contains a New Yr’s countdown with social gathering favors and complimentary champagne. For ages 18 and over. $50. improv.com/chicago.

Sunday, Jan. 1

2023-New Yr-Comedy Slam: 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 1, at Vacation Inn Countryside, 6201 Joliet Highway, Countryside. Hosted by HBO’s Funnylady Sonya D. $25. standupandlaughtour.com.

Thursday, Jan. 5

Magical Creatures Fan Fest: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, on the Geneva Public Library, 127 James St., Geneva. Gown up for quite a lot of video games and crafts impressed by unicorns and dragons. gpld.org/occasion/7438809.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

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