Weekend picks: Puddles the Clown plays Raue Center; Arcada hosts Carpenters tribute
The "Sad Clown with the Golden Voice" brings his rich take on favorite songs to the Raue Center in Crystal Lake; "The Nutcracker" pops up all over; Second City's "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Sweater" at COD's McAninch Arts Center; and much more.
Mount Prospect Teddy Bear Walk Saturday to honor creator Dolores HaughMount Prospect Public Library's iconic Teddy Bear Walk returns Saturday, Dec. 7, which continues a tradition of drawing young children and their favorite stuffed animal to the library, going back nearly four decades.
Lazy Dog restaurant bringing 'opportunity to connect' to NapervilleA popular American restaurant with a dog-friendly patio is coming to Naperville as Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar plans to open there in February.
Ne-Yo, Lea Michele, Rob Halford and other artists gift fans with holiday albumsHoliday albums offer everything from gospel to heavy metal this year. Here's a look at several from a wide range of artists, including Ne-Yo, Lea Michele, Chicago and Lake Forest's Andrew Bird.
Book review: Jeff Lindsay has entertaining new thriller 'Just Watch Me'Riley Wolfe gets his kicks executing spectacular robberies that no one else would even contemplate. His victims are always the super-rich, whom he despises as "smug, do-nothing, self-loving leeches." This anti-hero makes his debut in "Just Watch Me," a supremely entertaining new thriller by Jeff Lindsay that promises to be the first of a series.
Cheers! Holiday pop-up bar craze makes its way to the suburbsSanta-themed tiki drinks at Cortland's Garage in Arlington Heights and "A Christmas Story"-themed specials at Hey Nonny help bring the holiday pop-up bar concept from Chicago to the suburbs.
Concerts: JC Brooks Band headlines Chicago's Sleeping Village; DJ NoDJ at Durty Nellie's; and moreJC Brooks puts his smoking hot act on stage at the Sleeping Village with Phillip-Michael Scales; dance to Daft Punk and more as DJ NoDJ recreates club favorites ... with instruments.
West Chicago to kick off the holidays with Frosty FestWest Chicago is ushering in the holiday season Saturday, Dec. 7, with a sleigh full of fun during its annual Frosty Fest. The three-hour event will feature the city's tree lighting, horse-drawn wagon rides, a live reindeer display and a visit by Santa himself.
Japanese master animator Miyazaki's films are finally coming to digital platformsFor years, fans of "Spirited Away" director Hayao Miyazaki had to buy expensive DVD or Blu-ray releases to watch his films at home. That changes Dec. 17.
Relive holiday traditions at Dickens in Dundee festivalGenerations of West Dundee and East Dundee residents have memories of Christmases past when Dickens in Dundee helped define the holiday season. The two-day fest returns this weekend for the 32nd time.
On stage: More holiday theater, 'Dance Nation' dances onto Steppenwolf stageHoliday offerings at Improv Playhouse, Pheasant Run and on other stages are on tap this week at suburban and city theaters.
Sponsored | Ron Onesti: Bret Michaels … A rocker without 'Poison'The frontman for the hard rock band Poison, Bret Michaels, returns to The Arcada for what has become a tradition … a special holiday show on Dec. 6. His sold-out show last year was an incredible experience, so we just had to have him back! It was like an 1980s MTV video! Platinum blondes, fishnets, leather miniskirts --and that was just the guys!