If you're looking for an alternative to skating at
Millennium Park this winter, look up. Way up-94 stories, to be
exact. Touted as the World's Highest Ice Skating Rink, the 94th
floor of the John Hancock Center gives ice skaters a bird's-eye
view of the city and the lake.
At 20 feet by 45 feet, the rink is probably too small to
be your solo destination of the day, but paired with a trip to see
the view from the Hancock, it's a nice way for kids to burn off
energy while parents enjoy the great view. And because it's
synthetic ice, skaters stay warm and don't get wet.
The rink is scheduled to be open for skating from 9
a.m.-11 p.m. through April 18. A 25-minute skate session costs $6
(in addition to the cost to get into the Hancock Observatory). You
can bring your own skates or rent some there for a
Professor McBumble's group of traveling actor's teach the
lesson's of Anti-Bullying by using fairtales as their backdrop.
Performances run from Jan. 23-May 3 at various locations. Check
website for dates and location schedule.
Blue Man Group is a multi-sensory experience that fuses innovative theatrical spectacle and powerful original music with hilarious comedy to create a performance experience unlike any other. One of the world's most popular theatrical productions, today's Blue Man Group is a blend of signature material that has been in the show since the opening, as well as newer passages that examine the influence of technology on today's world with a funny and perceptive look at contemporary communication vehicles.
Cathy Rigby takes flight in an all new production that runs from
Jan. 30-Feb. 10, 2013.
Buddy follows the journey of a young
African-American orphan as he searches for his father. Clues kept
in a suitcase lead him to adventures in Depression-era Michigan,
where he finds community among a group of jazz musicians and,
ultimately, an unexpected sense of home. Performances are
Jan. 12-Feb. 24, 2013.
Based on the book by Gary D. Schmidt, performances are 10 a.m.
Tuesdays and Thursdays and 2 p.m. Saturdays from Jan. 19-March 2
(no performances Jan. 26-Feb. 2). Recommended for children 9 and
The Cat in the Hat is the perfect friend for a boring rainy
afternoon. From games and mischief to Thing One and Thing Two, The
Cat brings all sorts of trouble to this gray day--but will Sally
and her brother be able to explain the mess to Mother? Performances
run Jan. 26-June 9, 2013.
When happily ever after isn't what he expected, the Frog Prince
heads out for a new adventure. While searching for his true
amphibian self, he meets witches from Snow White, Sleeping Beauty,
Hansel and Gretel, and Cinderella's Fairy Godmother. Performances
run Jan. 26-June 9, 2013.
This third installment continues the marriage of classic
literature to music. Students will be introduced to Blues concepts
along with other contemporary music. Playwright J. e Franklin
reconstructs timeless fables about morals and values that stimulate
critical thinking in a setting filled with music, fun, and
laughter. Showtimes are 10 a.m. and noon Monday-Friday from Oct.
29-June 14. Summer performances are June 24-Aug. 2.
Teenage DeShawn goes from making exceptional to poor grades in a
matter of months due to the violent death of his best friend and
the break-up of his family. Presented in collaboration with the
University of Chicago Urban Health Initiative, this performance
examines the need to recognize signs of depression in youth due to
family disintegration and violence. Performances run Oct. 29-June