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Everyone needs a vacation every now and then and if you are living in the Chicago area, you are no different. With the high cost of travel these days though, it is getting increasingly difficult to afford much of a vacation. It doesn't mean you can't still have fun though. Try a Chicago Staycation. These are little mini vacations which involve just a short little drive for either a day trip or a short over night trip. There are plenty of things to do and see and living in the Chicago area you sometimes don't realize what all there is to do. Follow along and you'll get help on planning your next Chicago Staycation. Get tips on what you can do, where you can stay, and even a few coupons to help you save even more money on your Chicago staycation or mini vacation.

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Ringling Bros Circus Chicago Coupon Legends

2014 November 14
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This month the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus makes a stop at the United Center for their 144th edition of the Greatest Show on Earth, Legends. See living legends that include a Unicorn, a Pegasus and a Woolly Mammoth. In addition to that you will be treated to all sorts of awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder. It’s a family event that is unforgettable for all children. Opening night for Legends is on Wednesday, November 19th at 7 pm with performances each night all the way through Sunday, November 30th at 5 pm. Most weekend performances have at least two shows. Just check their calendar to see the current showtimes at the United Center.

Get up to 40% Off Tickets for Ringling Bros Circus at the United Center

Tickets can also be purchased online and if you do purchase your tickets online then be sure to check for offer codes. You should notice an offer code box on the checkout page. Just enter your coupon here and then click apply and you should see your discount appear in the ticket price. Try entering fs24 in to the offer code box for $5 off the cost of your ticket. Group discounts are available as well but you need to make your reservations as early as possible in order to get the group discount rate. Also check into the family 4 pack deal where you can receive a special family discount for 4 when you purchase online. Finally, be sure to check with your local school as they will often send out special promotional flyers that have offer codes on them that you can use to receive discount tickets on certain nights.

Attending at another venue or at another time? Be sure to check out the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus coupons to make sure that you get the absolute most savings possible on the purchase of your tickets.


Create Your Own Signature Scent in an Aroma Workshop

at Aroma Workshop, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Fri, December 05
FULL PRICE: $60.00
OFFER PRICE: $30.00

Aroma Workshop's crack team of olfactory authorities leads you through the process of developing your very own fragrance in this deluxe signature scent-creation class. They'll show you how to sniff an... [more+]

Aroma Workshop's crack team of olfactory authorities leads you through the process of developing your very own fragrance in this deluxe signature scent-creation class. They'll show you how to sniff and analyze dozens of perfume oils to figure out your favorites, then use their fragrance-balancing expertise to help you create your unique personalize blend. It'll be bottled in your choice of an elegant classic or a vintage-style bulb atomizer, along with a half-ounce travel version to take home. So when your friends undoubtedly ask what scent you're wearing, you can tell them it's very exclusive and happens to be named after you. [less-]

"A Beer Carol": Live Radio Play in Praise of Craft Brew

at Drinking & Writing Theater at Haymarket Pub & Brewery, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Sun, December 21
Mon, December 22
Tue, December 23
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Sun, December 21
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FULL PRICE: $20.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $10.00

The Scrooge is this sudsy take on Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" is named Bud Miller, a not-so-subtle jab at the two biggest brands in American beer. The way those companies make watery brew is ... [more+]

The Scrooge is this sudsy take on Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" is named Bud Miller, a not-so-subtle jab at the two biggest brands in American beer. The way those companies make watery brew is a cardinal sin for the craft beer purists at Drinking & Writing Theater, so they've taken the classic holiday tale and turned it on its foamy head. Set as a 1940s-style radio play, "A Beer Carol" follows Miller as he's visited by the ghosts of beer's four ingredients: hops, barley, water and yeast. Along the way he (and you) just might learn the true spirit of craft brewing. [less-]

"Land of Plenty": A Dramatic Look at Work-Life Balance

at Raven Theatre West Stage, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Sun, December 21
FULL PRICE: $22.00
OFFER PRICE: $5.00 - $11.00

Cindy's restaurant has been open for five years, and running smoothly -- until her investor, Steve, shows up. Steve has yet to see any return on his investment and confronts Cindy on the success of he... [more+]

Cindy's restaurant has been open for five years, and running smoothly -- until her investor, Steve, shows up. Steve has yet to see any return on his investment and confronts Cindy on the success of her business. As Cindy struggles to maintain the restaurant, we find out there is more to life than just work. Playwright Larry Bao's "Land of Plenty" is an exploration of priorities and personal fulfillment. This new drama is the inaugural production for Tiger in the Bush Theatre Company, a fledgling itinerant theater and media production co-founded by Bao and Alyson Calder. [less-]

"H.M.S. Pinafore": Gilbert & Sullivan's Comic Operetta

at The Den Theatre First Floor Mainstage, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Sun, December 21
Fri, December 26
Sun, December 28
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Sun, December 21
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FULL PRICE: $28.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $14.00

Take to the high seas aboard the "H.M.S. Pinafore", Gilbert & Sullivan's beloved comic operetta of mistaken identity, love, intrigue and duty in the British Navy. The Hypocrites' playful reimagining o... [more+]

Take to the high seas aboard the "H.M.S. Pinafore", Gilbert & Sullivan's beloved comic operetta of mistaken identity, love, intrigue and duty in the British Navy. The Hypocrites' playful reimagining of this crowd-pleaser is presented promenade-style, putting you inside the story as you move around the space with the actors. "Pinafore" spins the seaworthy tale of a gentlemanly captain who's arranged for his daughter to marry the First Lord of the Admiralty -- although she's already in love with a common sailor on her father's ship. The show's signature hummable tunes include "I'm Called Little Buttercup," "When I Was a Lad" and "I Am the Captain of the Pinafore." [less-]

"Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer": Your Favorite Transvestite Reindeer

at Mary's Attic at Hamburger Mary's, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Sun, December 21
FULL PRICE: $22.00
OFFER PRICE: $11.00

Break out your high heels and fishnets, it's time once again for "Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer" at Mary's Attic. David Cerda's irreverent parody of the classic children's television special has beco... [more+]

Break out your high heels and fishnets, it's time once again for "Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer" at Mary's Attic. David Cerda's irreverent parody of the classic children's television special has become a beloved (but twisted) holiday tradition. It's the longest-running show featuring a transvestite reindeer in the history of Chicago, and probably also of the world. With the economy in a rut, nobody believes in Santa anymore and he doesn't even believe in himself. As more and more elves are laid off, morale and morals hit an all-time low. Meanwhile Mrs. Claus, now a raging alcoholic, is wreaking havoc at the North Pole. In the midst of all this chaos, a transvestite Rudolph and his misfit friends -- Herbie the "not-gay-enough elf" and Yukon Cornelia, the butch prospector with a deep, dark secret -- search for their own unique brand of happiness and accidentally save Christmas while they're at it. Every year, the show produces new tricks and this year is no exception. [less-]

"From the Heart": Touching Tales of Holiday Giving

at Citadel Theatre, Lake Forest
OFFER DATES:
Sun, December 21
FULL PRICE: $35.00
OFFER PRICE: $17.50

With "From the Heart," playwright Jessica Puller weaves together O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi" and Truman Capote's "A Christmas Memory" to remind us that the perfect gift is one that comes from th... [more+]

With "From the Heart," playwright Jessica Puller weaves together O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi" and Truman Capote's "A Christmas Memory" to remind us that the perfect gift is one that comes from the heart. Since it was first published in 1905, O. Henry's "Magi" has charmed readers with the bittersweet story of how a young couple with little money meets the challenge of buying each other Christmas presents. Capote's 1956 short story is a poignant autobiographical vignette -- a boy's remembrance of cherished holiday rituals shared with a favorite elderly cousin. Puller combines these familiar stories about love and loss for this world premiere performance, directed by Molly Mattaini. [less-]

"The Magic Parlour": An Evening of Classic Magic

at Palmer House Hilton, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Sun, December 21
Tue, December 23
Tue, December 23
FULL PRICE: $75.00
OFFER PRICE: $49.00

An evening of classic close-up magic, "The Magic Parlour" features award-winning, third-generation magician Dennis Watkins performing in an intimate suite at the historic Palmer House Hilton. From min... [more+]

An evening of classic close-up magic, "The Magic Parlour" features award-winning, third-generation magician Dennis Watkins performing in an intimate suite at the historic Palmer House Hilton. From mind-blowing magic and mind reading to sophisticated tomfoolery and more, "The Magic Parlour" combines baffling illusions and lively laughs, astonishing tricks and sophisticated fun into one of the Windy City's most unique entertainment experiences. "The Magic Parlour" is a production of the award-winning House Theatre of Chicago, of which Watkins is a company member. [less-]

Spider Saloff in Holiday Sensation "Cool Yule"

at Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Sun, December 21
FULL PRICE: $20.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $10.00

Chicago's own cabaret darling Spider Saloff stars in her signature holiday jazz show at the Logan Center Performance Penthouse. She'll entertain with a sleigh full of stories and songs, including "Coo... [more+]

Chicago's own cabaret darling Spider Saloff stars in her signature holiday jazz show at the Logan Center Performance Penthouse. She'll entertain with a sleigh full of stories and songs, including "Cool Yule" and "Boogie Woogie Santa Claus," along with her original take on several seasonal favorites. The award-winning songstress enjoyed long runs in L.A. and Australia with her acclaimed one-woman show, and is a regular at famed clubs in New York and elsewhere. She's also toured internationally with her salute to Gershwin, headlined a much-lauded tribute show to Ella Fitzgerald and released five CDs, including a Christmas disc. [less-]

Unscripted Laughs From Second City's Improv All-Stars

at UP Comedy Club, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Sun, December 21
Sat, December 27
Sun, December 28
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Sun, December 21
Sat, December 27
Sun, December 28
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FULL PRICE: $23.00 - $26.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $11.50

Chicago is renowned across the world as the home of great improv comedy, and with this show, the Windy City's finest improvisers prove it, as they perform under the direction of the legendary Mick Nap... [more+]

Chicago is renowned across the world as the home of great improv comedy, and with this show, the Windy City's finest improvisers prove it, as they perform under the direction of the legendary Mick Napier, who's helmed numerous shows for the famed Second City. Called "slick and entertaining" by the "Chicago Tribune", the hour-long show includes plenty of audience interaction, with hilarious and thoroughly original results. The talented cast includes the cream of the crop from the company that birthed the careers of Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and many more. Plus, no matter how many times you go, it's always a one-of-a-kind evening with fresh laughs. [less-]

"The Merry Widow" -- Famed Viennese Operetta at Cahn Auditorium

at Cahn Auditorium, Evanston
OFFER DATES:
Sun, December 21
Fri, December 26
Sat, December 27
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Sun, December 21
Fri, December 26
Sat, December 27
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FULL PRICE: $32.00 - $69.00
OFFER PRICE: $21.50 - $42.00

Light Opera Works presents Franz Lehar's celebrated Viennese operetta, set in turn-of-the-century France. As champagne flows, can-can girls dance and Lehar's incomparable music swirls, a suitable husb... [more+]

Light Opera Works presents Franz Lehar's celebrated Viennese operetta, set in turn-of-the-century France. As champagne flows, can-can girls dance and Lehar's incomparable music swirls, a suitable husband is sought for "The Merry Widow", who also happens to have inherited a fortune. A former paramour seems to fit the bill, but after their bad break-up, she's not so willing to forgive. A host of complications arise, even as sparks continue to fly between the two. "The Merry Widow Waltz," "Vilja," and "Maxim's" are just a few of the score's many memorable melodies. [less-]

"Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose"

at Raven Theatre East Stage, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Sun, December 21
FULL PRICE: $20.00
OFFER PRICE: $10.00

When the world's greatest detective finds a stolen gem inside a Christmas goose, he and his trusty sidekick Dr. Watson set off on one of their patented adventures in "Sherlock Holmes and the Case of t... [more+]

When the world's greatest detective finds a stolen gem inside a Christmas goose, he and his trusty sidekick Dr. Watson set off on one of their patented adventures in "Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose". A stage adaptation of one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most popular stories -- "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" -- this hour-long comedy-mystery is a charming holiday whodunit that follows the famous duo as they attempt to track down the mystery in Yuletide London. Beloved for its closing sing-along and festive live accompaniment, this ever-popular show returns for its fourth annual engagement at Raven Theatre with even more singing and dancing. [less-]

"HoliDaze": 6 Original Short Plays From Step Up

at Chicago Dramatists Theatre, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Sun, December 21
FULL PRICE: $30.00
OFFER PRICE: $15.00

Celebrate all the dysfunctional chaos of the season with the return of the hit show "HoliDaze", a collection of six original one-act plays from Step Up Productions. From hilarious to heartwarming, the... [more+]

Celebrate all the dysfunctional chaos of the season with the return of the hit show "HoliDaze", a collection of six original one-act plays from Step Up Productions. From hilarious to heartwarming, these six stories run the gamut of the holiday experience. A boy wizard confronts Daniel Radcliffe for co-opting his identity. A mother experiences her first Christmas since being released from a mental institution. Two mismatched neighbors bond over a set of keys lost during a wild New Year's Eve. A lonely working mother finds a connection at a carpet convention. Come join the dysfunctional fun before having to face your own wacky loved ones this season. [less-]

'60s Hollywood Noir Thriller "Desperate Dolls"

at Strawdog Theatre, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Sun, December 21
Sun, December 21
Tue, December 23
FULL PRICE: $15.00
OFFER PRICE: $7.50

Three gorgeous women are ripe for their big break, but this dark trip through the seedy side of Hollywood turns hopeful dreams into nightmares. Set in 1968, Sunny Jack Fennigan has the best intentions... [more+]

Three gorgeous women are ripe for their big break, but this dark trip through the seedy side of Hollywood turns hopeful dreams into nightmares. Set in 1968, Sunny Jack Fennigan has the best intentions, making movies with female stars designed to turn a quick buck at the box office. When a powerful agent known only as "Captain" offers up starlets Matchbox, Pretty Sexy and The Vil for Fennigan's latest picture, the story takes a twisted turn through back-alley motels and murder scenes. [less-]

"The Eastern Star": A Holiday Concert With the Oak Park Concert Chorale

at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Melrose Park
OFFER DATES:
Sun, December 21
FULL PRICE: $18.00
OFFER PRICE: $9.00

With "The Eastern Star", the Oak Park Concert Chorale raise their voices for an evening of choral gems to herald the Christmas season. The chorale is one of the Midwest's leading choral ensembles, fea... [more+]

With "The Eastern Star", the Oak Park Concert Chorale raise their voices for an evening of choral gems to herald the Christmas season. The chorale is one of the Midwest's leading choral ensembles, featuring both a cappella and accompanied performances. This concert highlights the work of noted Chicago area composers, including the premiere of new compositions by Harvey Hahn and Rowen Bell. You'll also hear pieces by Carl Schalk, Paul Bouman, Paul Lindblad, the late Richard Hillert, and the late Victor Hildner. [less-]

Irish-American Folk Rockers The Westies Album Release Party

at City Winery Chicago, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Sun, December 21
FULL PRICE: $20.00
OFFER PRICE: $10.00

Celebrate the release of The Westies' new album with a party at City Winery Chicago.The Westies are a new Chicago band, a male-female duo composed of folk rocker Michael McDermott and Heather Horton. ... [more+]

Celebrate the release of The Westies' new album with a party at City Winery Chicago.The Westies are a new Chicago band, a male-female duo composed of folk rocker Michael McDermott and Heather Horton. The Westies' new album, "West Side Stories", is a song cycle inspired by the real life Westies, a ruthless gang of Irish mobsters that ruled Hell's Kitchen in the '60s and '70s. The album uses the gangsters as a metaphor for the dark side that lurks inside us all, the forces that lead us to struggle with ourselves, destroy relationships and leave us clinging to love as just a memory. [less-]

All-Female Variety Show: "The Gogo Show" -- Comedy & Music

at Greenhouse Theater Center, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Sun, December 21
Sat, January 10
Sat, January 24
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Sun, December 21
Sat, January 10
Sat, January 24
Sat, February 07
Sat, February 21
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FULL PRICE: $15.00
OFFER PRICE: $7.50

Settle in for a hilarious night of comedy and music as the "The Gogo Show" comes to the Greenhouse Theater Center. Culling the best female comedians from Chicago, this variety show features stand-up, ... [more+]

Settle in for a hilarious night of comedy and music as the "The Gogo Show" comes to the Greenhouse Theater Center. Culling the best female comedians from Chicago, this variety show features stand-up, solo performances, storytelling, sketch, improv and songs. On any given night you might hear a song about a ukulele played on a ukulele or an all-female Beastie Boys cover band. Every show is a unique experience full of laughs delivered from a female perspective. [less-]

A NASA Kidnapping Leads to Absurd Comedy in "Spaceboy"

at The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Sun, December 21
Sun, December 28
Sun, January 04
FULL PRICE: $10.00
OFFER PRICE: $5.00

With plans to raise the perfect galactic being, a renegade wing of NASA kidnaps an imaginative little boy who's already obsessed with space. But things don't quite work out exactly as planned ... beca... [more+]

With plans to raise the perfect galactic being, a renegade wing of NASA kidnaps an imaginative little boy who's already obsessed with space. But things don't quite work out exactly as planned ... because the boy starts to wonder what the branch of NASA is really up to -- and he comes to some shocking conclusions. Director Ben Larrison previously wrote, directed and appeared in "The Imminent Future" at The Annoyance and was the host and head writer of the satirical news show "The Update Report". [less-]

"Evening of Expression": Stand-Up Comic's One-Woman Show

at Greenhouse Theater Center, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Sun, December 21
FULL PRICE: $20.00
OFFER PRICE: $10.00

Chastity Washington combines her seasoned stand-up routine with a dramatic performance, capturing the voices and stories of several different women in a variety of circumstances, and then delivering h... [more+]

Chastity Washington combines her seasoned stand-up routine with a dramatic performance, capturing the voices and stories of several different women in a variety of circumstances, and then delivering her comedy act in the second half of the show. Washington's performed at clubs and colleges nationwide, and was the only female finalist at a 2011 Bay Area comedy competition. She's also a gifted mimic, who's landed spots on BET's "Comic View" and HBO's "Def Comedy Jam", and notched several appearances at the prestigious "Just for Laughs" Festival. She staged her well-received show "Evening of Expression" in her hometown of Milwaukee as well. [less-]

A Cappella Choir Bella Voce's "Holiday Delights"

at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Evanston
OFFER DATES:
Sun, December 21
FULL PRICE: $30.00 - $38.00
OFFER PRICE: $8.50 - $19.00

Acclaimed Chicago a cappella group Bella Voce celebrates the season with updated arrangements of traditional carols from across the globe, as well as their signature take on Renaissance favorites. Fou... [more+]

Acclaimed Chicago a cappella group Bella Voce celebrates the season with updated arrangements of traditional carols from across the globe, as well as their signature take on Renaissance favorites. Founded in 1982, Bella Voce has earned a reputation as one of the nation's leading interpreters of the choral repertoire, earning awards for their brilliant singing and adventurous programs. Led by Artistic Director Andrew Lewis, this mixed ensemble is also set to entertain with holiday music from the Baroque era and the 20th century. [less-]

"A Very Orwellian Christmas Special": Noir Comedy With a Dystopian Spin

at Royal George Theatre, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Sun, December 21
FULL PRICE: $23.00
OFFER PRICE: $11.50

What could be better than celebrating Christmas every single day? While this may sound like a dream come true for those of you overflowing with holiday spirit, in "A Very Orwellian Christmas Special" ... [more+]

What could be better than celebrating Christmas every single day? While this may sound like a dream come true for those of you overflowing with holiday spirit, in "A Very Orwellian Christmas Special" it's a reality, and it's anything but dreamy. This dystopian, noir-influenced comedy from the Royal George Theatre finds Santa ruling the world with an iron mitten like a not-so-holly-jolly overlord. But two revolutionaries -- Dirk Action and Holly Day -- are willing to do whatever it takes to make their way through Santa's elven minions and overthrow the big man in red. [less-]