Holiday and Christmas concerts in Chicago

’Tis the season for carols, Handel and arena shows. Be of good cheer at the best Christmas concerts in Chicago.
Andrew Bird
Photograph: Jesse Lirola

Most of the best concerts in December might arrive on the last day of the month, New Year’s Eve, but you should embrace the yuletide spirit before the ball drops. Traditionalists can sing along to Handel’s Messiah or bring the kids to the Chicago Symphony’s festive year-end concerts. Local radio stations throw their massive bashes and balls, armed with tons of 2017’s pop hitmakers, including Taylor Swift, the Chainsmokers and dozens of other stars (it’s like a winter Lollapalooza). There are also local celebrations, featuring sets from violinist Andrew Bird and guitarist Ryley Walker. Give yourself the gift of classical carols or rock-and-roll jingles at these Christmas concerts.

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