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10 Things to Do This Weekend: Dec. 9-11

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(Courtesy of Chicago Toy & Game Fair)(Courtesy of Chicago Toy & Game Fair)

1. Play

Play your game at 2022 Chicago Toy and Games Festival, where you can play with the latest toys and games, including the giant Jenga. Be sure to check out the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, Magician Exhibitions and the North American Rummikub Championship (Saturday).

Details: 10am-6pm Saturday; Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont. $10; $5 per child / MAP


Find more holiday events: Chicago Holiday Event Guide 2022


2. Buy

More than 30 artists and creators display their wares at Chicago Art Department Holiday Market. Enjoy live music, chilled drinks, and live workshops as you sail.

Details: 6-10pm Fridays at the Chicago Art Department, 1926 S. Halsted St. Free / MAP


3. Listen

Every December since 1879, the Apollo Chorus of Chicago has performed “Handel’s Messiah.” That annual holiday tradition continues with a pair of performances by Illinois’ oldest performing arts organization.

Details: 3:00pm Saturday and Sunday at Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St. $12-$35/ MAP


4. Weaving

Get into the tufting trend and Create your carpet. In just a few hours, you’ll be turning stitches of yarn into a tufted rug. Before you go, pick an image you’d like to make into a rug. The organizer recommends using images with bright colors.

Details: 6pm Friday; Saturday 11.30am and 4.30pm. 1 PM Sunday at Freestyle Ceramics, 2927 S. Archer Ave. $78/ MAP


5. Wrap

Pretty paper and ribbons in all colors make great holiday gifts, but they also mean a lot of junk. This year create your own materials that are compostable, recyclable or reusable al DIY sustainable gift wrapping event.

Details: Saturday 1-5pm at Rebuilding Exchange Evanston, 1245 Hartrey Ave., Evanston. Free; Suggested donation of $2 per package / MAP

(Ylanite Koppens / Pixabay) (Ylanite Koppens / Pixabay)

6. Search

Looking for unique gifts that are more eco-friendly? Find the perfect gift on The trashy holiday market which presents goods from artisans who transform recycled materials, reuse objects and promote zero waste activities.

Details: Saturday 12-5pm at KOVAL Distillery, 4241 Ravenswood Ave. Free / MAP


7. Tune in

Among the seasonal selections present in “Celtic Woman: A Christmas Symphony.” Irish harp, bagpipes and bodhran drum are accompanied by a full live orchestra.

Details: 7:00 pm Sunday at the Auditorium Theater, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Drive. $47-$158 / MAP


8. Mix

Hot cocoa, Christmas crafts, such as ornaments and tree decorations, and a “gift” toy are available Englewood Winter Festivalwho provided holiday gifts to more than 450 kiddos in the community last year.

Details: Saturday from 2 to 6 pm on West 64th and South Honore streets. Free / MAP


9. Create

The winter installment of the Hyde Park Center quarterly series, Day Centerfeatures a performance by the Fourth Coast Ensemble, a holiday art sale, and art activities, including how to make postage stamps from scrap materials.

Details: Saturday 1-4pm at Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. Free / MAP


10. Glimpse

Vivian Maier: In colourfeatures 65 images taken by the famed suburban nanny who roamed her lens through the streets of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs from the 1950s to the 1970s. Take a sneak peek via this”History of Chicago Tonight”..

Details: 9:30-16:30 Tuesday-Saturday; noon to 5:00 pm Sunday through Dec. 31 at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St. $19; $17 for seniors and students; free for children under 18 / MAP

(Courtesy of Vivian Maier Estate)(Courtesy of Vivian Maier Estate)

The events listed are subject to change. We recommend double-checking times and locations before heading out the door. Want to share with us your upcoming events to consider in a future roundup? Email us.


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Written by Natalia Chi

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