Our Top 4 Chicago Arts Experiences, Holiday Season 2013

The holiday season is upon us and many of us are thinking about the best and the most memorable way to spend it. Living in Chicago gives us a great number of opportunities to get into holiday spirit and enjoy everything the city has to offer. Musicals, plays, performances, and concerts are specifically tailored to bring Chicagoans and visitors some holiday cheer. Here are some of my top favorite performances of this season; I would highly recommend attending at least one of them to discover the holiday magic!

Verdi’s La Traviata at Lyric Opera of Chicago is a romantic story about a young lady, Violetta, who was the most beautiful courtesan in Paris. Desired by wealthy and famous men, she always felt fulfilled until she fell in love with Alfredo Germont. Unfortunately Alfredo’s father is concerned about this girl ruining their family name and Violetta selflessly pushes away the love of her life. Will love conquer all or is it too late?

Die Fledermaus at Lyric Opera of Chicago is another great operetta but with a much happier and funnier plot. Two good friends decide to compete in mischievous tricks while a wife contemplates a romantic fling and her maid tries to get into show business by any means. A good laugh is guaranteed!

If you are looking for an easy, joyful night full of Christmas spirit and holiday music, then Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour at The Chicago Theater is the perfect event to attend. This show includes special guests such as Keiko Matisui, Oleta Adams and Jonathon Butler, whose outstanding performances will leave you feeling truly merry.

Similar yet very unique is the holiday concert “Chanticleer Christmas” at Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which is a great way to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season. The glorious voices of male vocal ensemble Chanticleer bring you the best in classic and contemporary carols. The program spans the globe and the centuries, all the way back to England in the 1300s.

Check out one or more of these exciting performances. Other favorite arts experiences for Chicago’s holiday season? Leave them in the comments.