You may still be in the midst of finishing papers for various courses but it is not too soon to start thinking about how to manage the holidays and think about what you might do to prepare for winter quarter.
It is important to take time to get rest, see friends or family, and generally recuperate. If you want to start thinking about the thesis or reading ahead this is a great time to get some reading done. Just set yourself a schedule and devote an hour or two each day or set a study date with friends either in Hyde Park or wherever you land to go to a coffee shop and get some work done.
Be sure to stay connected. If you are spending part of the holiday in Hyde Park you may find campus a little quiet. Stop by the MAPH office and check in with us. We’ll post the days the office is closed or hours are shortened. Be sure to check the library schedule as the hours may be different. Find other MAPHers who are in town to venture out and see some sights or just sit in a coffee shop and quietly read together.
Now for the fun part. . .
In search of some healthy recreation after spending hours inside writing?
More holiday and anti-holiday events after the jump. . .
Looking for Hanukkah events?
The Maxwell Street Klezmer Band plays at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Hanukkah celebration.
There is also Howard Levy and Canto Alberto Mizrahi’s Hannukah Jam at the Spertus Museum.
At National Pastime Theatre, look for Hannukatz which unites the season of light with the music of Cats (yes, Cats the musical).
Looking for some traditional Christmas-y fare?
American Theatre Company has a radio play production of It’s A Wonderful Life. The Goodman Theatre offers, A Christmas Carol. The Poetry Foundation features retired University of Chicago professor Nicholas Ruddall reading A Child’s Christmas in Wales.
More of a participant? Join in the DIY Messiah at the Harris Theatre.
There is a schedule of caroling at the Bean if you want free music. You still time to hit the Christkindl Market and look at the lights and windows downtown and Zoolights at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Here is the schedule for the CTA’s Holiday Train. Because the CTA is best done up in lights.
Non-traditional Holiday events?
No holidays please – but still want to celebrate the end of the quarter?
The Music Box Theatre is showing Raiders of the Lost Ark. Take in one of the many free events or exhibits at the Chicago Cultural Center listen to a blues band or take in some photography. How about the Museum of Contemporary Art? There are taiko drummers performing and Andrew Bird. Plus the museum is small and the collection really manageable in an afternoon. Look for the silent film The Artist which should be playing in Chicago soon. The Blue Man Group gives you strange festivities and music with no holiday vibe. How can there be? They are blue. See them in the city where they started.