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December 2019 events calendar for Chicago

Find the best holiday activities in Chicago, including free things to do, and picks from theater, art and music

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Don't let the snow and cold temperatures keep you inside as winter arrives—you'll be missing out on a long list of things to do in Chicago. Stay toasty throughout December by taking part in the cavalcade of holiday events, sliding across the ice at local skating rinks or sipping hot cocktails at a seasonal pop-up bar. There are also productions of The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol to see, as well as a stacked lineup of New Year's Eve concerts, including Noname, Guided By Voices, Galantis and more. There's no reason to be bored during the final month of the year—load up your calendar with the best things to do in Chicago this December.

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