It’s the Oak Park Arts Districts “Third Friday Gallery Walk” on 12/16 starting at 6pm.  Come see the decor, meet the artists, dine in a great restaurant, and maybe pick-up that special gift.  See for details.  

Saturday, 12/17 at 7:30pm and on Sunday, 12/18 at 4:30pm, kick-off the season with Intuit Dance Company’s performance of the “Nutty Nutcracker”.  Performance is at Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School, 325 S. Kenilworth in Oak Park.  Call 524-0500 for tickets or get them at the door.  This is a contemporary performance of a holiday classic. 

Also, on Saturday, 12/17 at 10am the wonderful Lake Theater has a gift for you – a Free showing of “Polar Express”.  See for more details.

And, for the ultimate classic, come to Pleasant Home, 217 S. Home in Oak Park for its traditional one-man performance of “A Christmas Carol”.  Reservations are strongly encouraged.  Call 383-2654 or visit .

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