Holiday Festivities and Work during Winter Break

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.

Planning Ahead?

Skating through the end of the 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?

There is ice skating in Millennium Park and on the Midway.  The Museum of Science and Industry has Christmas Trees, a Dr. Seuss exhibit and a U-Boat what sounds more festive than that!

More holiday and anti-holiday events after the jump. . .

Looking for Hanukkah events?

The menorah in Daley Plaza

The Maxwell Street Klezmer Band plays at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Hanukkah celebration.

The Maxwell Street Klezmer Band gets around, they will also be playing for free at the Art Institute.

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?

Riding the CTA holiday train. . .

You have a choice of three different Nutcrackers:  The Joffery, for a cheaper option Ballet Chicago has one as well and for a subversive version check out The House Theatre production.

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.

Caroling at “the bean”

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?

A Christmas Carol: The Silent Bah Humbug apparently uses no words and has a black and white Weimar-feel. The Silent Theatre Company is putting the ghostly back in this ghost story.

For humor you have The Annoyance Theatre Christmas Pageant a Christmas-themed improv show. The Santaland Diaries is playing at Theatre Wit.

Bah Humbug!

No holidays please – but still want to celebrate the end of the quarter?


So this is the film that taught you Academia would be an adventure . . .



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.


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