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The three best things to do today in Chicago

Written by
Grace Perry

1. Rock around the Christmas tree
WXRT’s annual Big Holiday Concert is taking over the Chicago Theatre tonight. See gospel legend, Kennedy Center honoree and South Sider Mavis Staples perform at this iconic venue. (Chicago Theatre, 175 N State St, 7:30pm. $39.50–$49.50.)

2. Immerse yourself in contemporary art
Diana Thater’s latest exhibition at the MCA, "The Sympathetic Imagination," uses large-scale video installations to connect the viewer to the natural world. You could stand to look at some dolphins today. (Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago Ave, 10am–5pm. $12 suggested admission)

3. Visit your ghosts of Christmas Past
One of Chicago’s most beloved holiday traditions, The Goodman Theatre’s A Christmas Carol, is running now through the end of the month. Don’t miss Larry Yando’s near-iconic portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge. (Goodman Theatre, 170 N Dearborn Dr, 7:30pm. $25-$102)

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