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Hyde Park School of Dance's The Nutcracker
Photograph: Marc MonaghanHyde Park School of Dance's The Nutcracker

Chicago ‘Nutcrackers’ to get your holiday season cracking

A dozen or more different takes on the family favorite can be found around the city and suburbs every holiday season.

Written by
Kris Vire

After nearly 30 years, the Joffrey Ballet retired cofounder Robert Joffrey’s much-loved staging of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. In its place, a brand new version by Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon debuted in 2016. The Joffrey’s new edition might be the most anticipated Nutcracker of the holiday season, but it's only one among many variations on the E.T.A. Hoffmann story to be found around Chicago. Take your pick from this ’cracker pack. For a more varied list, check out our guide to Christmas plays and holiday theater in Chicago.

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