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9 Chicago theater shows to see in December

There’s more than just holiday fare to close out the year on Chicago’s stages

Photograph: Matthew Murphy

In many ways, December is the most seasonal month of the Chicago theater season. Stages are crowded with Christmas plays and holiday theater, including the traditional cornucopia of Carols and battalion of Nutcrackers. But there’s more to this month than the holidays—look for the downtown returns of two well-loved Broadway musicals on tour, and a new young voice at Steppenwolf. Read on for word on nine new shows to see this month, with nary a Christmas tree in sight.