Cheap Thrills: November 30 – December 5

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It’s a week filled with fabulous sights, sounds and yes – even special little lovelies that can only be enjoyed in this, the coziest season of the year. So strap on your skates – or skis… or snowshoes – and head out into the best city in the world for loads and loads of free fun!

Monday, November 30

Start off the work week right… with a little metal on ice! The Chicago Park District’s nine ice skating rinks have opened their doors for a bit of wintery, slippery fun. Skate rental is $6 and admission is free. Most rinks are open from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Mondays.

Tuesday, December 1

For something a little out of the holiday box, expand your mind by attending a public lecture given by Emory Douglas. As the Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party, Mr. Douglas created the group’s visual style of the Black Power Movement. Called the “Norman Rockwell of the ghetto,” his images portray strength and dignity amidst poverty and oppression. The lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. at Columbia College.

Wednesday, December 2

Chicago is a hustling, bustling city, one filled with happy noise all day long. Experience the city’s music in a whole new way at the Third Coast International Audio Festival. More than 20 producers created short audio pieces that portray Chicago through sound, story and imagination. Be sure to attend this event at the Chicago Cultural Center and RSVP in advance to

Thursday, December 3

One of the best parts of the holiday season are the movies and the Chicago Film Archives wants to Tinsel the Town with some fabulous cinematic treats. They’ll be showing eight short, vintage holiday-themed films at the Chicago Cultural Center, each sure to be better than the last! Films start at 7 p.m., but you’d better arrive early to nab a seat.

Friday, December 4

Forget the egg nog and head straight for the espresso. Once you’ve caffeinated yourself into the stratosphere, take your art-loving friends to 410 S. Michigan for A Night at the Fine Arts Building. From 6 p.m. until midnight, there will be open artists studios, galleries, live music, spoken word and theater performances.

Saturday, December 5

Still digesting Thanksgiving dinner? Burn off those holiday pounds with a little cross country skiing and snowshoeing at Northerly Island. It’s free whether you have your own gear or not, a delightful way to celebrate the season, and the scenery! Oh the scenery! There must be three inches of snow on the ground, so start begging ole man winter now.

– Shannon Sankstone

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