In our newly adopted city of Chicago, this will be our first Thanksgiving. (Well, technically not true, because over the past 10 years we've been in the Chicagoland area for Thanksgiving at least 3 times. But this will be our first time as Chi-CAG-oans. So that should count.)
One of the things that continues to amaze me is the amount of cultural options for kids here. Coming from NY, there was never a dearth of things to do. But it seems like there are just as many things to do here. Or maybe they just seem more accessible here.
This is certainly the season, at any rate. There's tons of culture for kids to participate and revel in.
For example, the CSO is chock full of family friendly music over the next 6 weeks. Here are just 4 of the amazing things going on, and I'm not counting specifically Christmasy stuff like their Nutcracker excerpts or their Yule show, which are specifically designed to cash in on that family friendly feeling that December engenders.
Any one of these concerts would be a great way to expose your child (and yourself) to the wonder of live music.
Downtown Sounds Sat Nov 22 at 11 am and 12:45pm (featuring the music of Gershwin, Strauss, and Tchaikovsky, among others). Check out the link for a kids book about the music and for Parent and Teacher guides. Yes, Music can be educational!
The Vienna Boys Choir Sat Nov 29 at 3 pm. The legendary sweet sounding kids pull into Chicago for a one show retrospective which I am reliably informed by people in the know is a Thanksgiving classic!)
Pixar in Concert Fri Nov 28 at 8pm, Sat Nov 29 at 8pm, Sun Nov 30 at 3pm Scores from 14 Pixar films will be played, along with some of the most memorable film clips from the movies. Highly recommended for young film buffs.
Sweet Honey In The Rock Sun Dec 7 at 3 pm. Legendary a cappella group sings holyday songs from around the world and from many different cultures. Their music and their harmony is just astounding.
For more information about these shows and others, including showtimes, ticket prices, and tickets, please visit the CSO website http://www.cso.org.
Please note that in my work as a blogger I do from time to time receive free tickets for performances or sample items for review from some of the groups or companies mentioned above. I promise you that my reviews and previews are not influenced by the free-ness of the tickets/items. I call them as I see them!