Best Chicago Nutcrackers

Posted: November 08, 2021

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2021 Nutcrackers

The family holiday classic is back this year - Experience The Nutcracker in person again! It's one of the world's most beloved ballets, and quite often the first ballet experience for children. It's the Nutcracker - and if you're thinking about taking your kids to see it this year, you've got plenty of options to choose from! Here's a roundup of Chicago Nutcracker productions, in order of show start date. Get your tickets now before they're sold out!

Salt Creek Ballet presents "The Nutcracker"
November 27-28
Hinsdale Central Auditorium, 5500 South Grant Street, Hinsdale
A traditional holiday classic for young and old alike. Meet the young Clara and her hero, the Nutcracker, as you are transported on a magical journey, encountering toys that come alive, dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers, and the Sugar Plum Fairy along the way. Sunday's performance also includes special admission to the "Sugar Plum Party" where audience members can meet characters from "The Nutcracker," step onto the stage, and enjoy refreshments in an enchanted, winter wonderland. All ages. Saturday 1pm and 5pm; Sunday 1pm. $37-48. Learn more.

The Fox Valley Nutcracker
November 27
Batavia Fine Arts Centre, 1201 Main Street, Batavia
Fox Valley Ballet is very proud to present The Fox Valley Nutcracker, a Fox Valley holiday tradition that showcases students and families from local dance studios alongside professional dancers, in the beloved holiday classic The Nutcracker. Featuring beautiful dance, lavish sets, festive costumes, and Tchaikovsky's magical score. Kick off your holiday season with The Fox Valley Nutcracker. All ages. 2pm. From $32 adult, $22 child 10 and under. Learn more.

Von Heidecke’s Chicago Festival Ballet’s The Nutcracker
November 28
Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago Street, Joliet
This holiday favorite fairytale ballet is perfect for the entire family. The magical production features lavish costumes, exquisite sets, including a Christmas tree that grows before your eyes, and sensational choreography by ballet master, Kenneth von Heidecke. Journey through the land of whirling snowflakes and visit the kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy. This is one holiday tradition you won’t want to miss. All ages. 2:00 pm. $38.50 | $30.50 | $22.50 children 12 & under. Learn more.

Schaumburg Dance Ensemble's The Nutcracker
December 3, 4, 5 and 10, 11, 12
Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Ct., Schaumburg
Schaumburg Dance Ensemble returns with its 26th annual production of Tchaikovsky’s magical holiday ballet. Featuring live narration, beautiful costumes, and a large cast of professional and student dancers, The Nutcracker follows the adventures of young Clara through a vivid dreamland of dueling mice, waltzing flowers, and dancing snowflakes. With enchanting choreography and timeless themes of love, hope, and courage. All ages. See web site for schedule. $30 adult /24 student /22 senior.Learn more.

M3 Dance's The Nutcracker
December 4-5
Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin
Join us for the NEW and greatly anticipated 2021 production of The Nutcracker presented by M3 Dance. This year's production will feature local dancers and actors sharing the stage with seasoned professionals to create an inclusive production full of surprises. Directed by Lauren Blane Bogren, this fresh twist of a classic story will truly be the must-see performance of the holiday season! All ages. Dec. 4th 2pm & 7pm, Dec. 5th 2pm. Learn more.

A&A Ballet presents The Art Deco Nutcracker
December 4
Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave., Chicago
This family-friendly performance is set in 1920’s America featuring Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, as a fresh, yet traditional take on the beloved holiday favorite with costume, set design and story lines inspired by the unique sophistication of the Art Deco era. This year’s production features award-winning rhythmic dancers, stunning/projected set designs, added scenes and characters, as well as choreography by Alexei Kremnev - former artistic director at The Joffrey who took home the outstanding choreography award at the 2021 Youth American Grand Prix. All ages. 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. From $28. Learn more.

Joffrey Ballet's The Nutcracker
December 4-26
Lyric Opera House, 20 North Wacker Drive, Chicago
Christopher Wheeldon’s reimagined classic returns for the holidays. Follow young Marie and the Nutcracker Prince on a Christmas Eve journey through the 1893 World’s Fair, a dazzling spectacle of sights, sounds, and enchantment. This annual holiday tradition celebrates the magic of the season and the rich cultural heritage of Chicago. All ages. Learn more.

Ballet Chicago’s The Nutcracker
December 10-19
Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave., Chicago
Through its inspiring story, beautiful music, and charming choreography, The Nutcracker is a celebration of the joyous holiday season. Every year The Nutcracker takes us on an unforgettable journey with young Marie as she travels from her home on Christmas Eve to the Kingdom of Snow and the Land of the Sweets. Performance lasts 90 minutes plus a 15-minute intermission. Children 3 & under free on lap. Thu/Fri 7pm, Sat 2pm and 7pm, Sun 2pm. $18 and up, 3 and under can lap sit for free. Learn more.

Ruth Page's The Nutcracker
December 2-3
Featuring a cast of guest artists alongside an elite company, stunning costumes and magical settings in the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of the Sweets, these performances promise world-class entertainment and holiday joy for children of all ages. Saturday 11 am and 3pm, Sunday 1 and 5pm. $40 for general admission, $25 for seniors, students and children under the age of 12 years, $10 for NEIU faculty and staff. Learn more.

Duke It Out Nutcracker
December 11
Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston
The Music Institute of Chicago brings back a holiday tradition with “Duke It Out!,” featuring the classical (Tchaikovsky) and jazz (Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn) versions of The Nutcracker in a music and dance performance. The Music Institute of Chicago will adhere to all current protocols related to the COVID-19 pandemic, as determined by the state of Illinois and the CDC. All ages. 2pm. General Admission $10. Learn more.

Salt Creek Ballet's The Nutcracker
December 11-12
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, 9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie
Salt Creek Ballet’s The Nutcracker marches back onto the North Shore Center stage with an affordable full-length holiday production performed in the grand Russian style by a professional company with incredible guest soloists! For a holiday production that first delighted audiences way back in 1892, Salt Creek Ballet’s The Nutcracker demonstrates how to make this historic ballet and holiday tradition just as accessible and relevant today. All ages. $24 – $52. Learn more.

Salt Creek Ballet Nutcracker
December 18-19
McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn
Salt Creek Ballet’s enchanting production is everything you hope for with stunning costumes and magical effects. With a jaw-dropping Christmas tree that grows nearly 60 feet tall, 125 exquisite costumes, internationally recognized guest soloists and live music by New Philharmonic, this magical production offers all of the grandeur of the timeless tale you’ve come to love. All ages. Sat 2pm & 7pm, Sun 1pm & 5pm. $46 Adult | $36 Youth. Learn more.

Dancenter North's The Magic of the Nutcracker
December 21-22
Genesee Theatre, 203 North Genesee St., Waukegan
Dancenter North's The Magic of the Nutcracker is the largest, most lavish production in Lake County! Featuring over 100 performers, elaborate sets, graceful dancers and Tchaikovsky's beautiful score, this 33rd anniversary performance will inspire audience members both young and old. Share the beauty of this dazzling holiday treat with your family. All ages. 6pm. $18.00 to $40.00. Learn more.

Ruth Page's The Nutcracker
December 18
College of Lake County’s (CLC) James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, 19351 W. Washington St.. Grayslake
Featuring a cast of guest artists alongside an elite company, stunning costumes and magical settings in the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of the Sweets, these performances promise world-class entertainment and holiday joy for children of all ages. $25 for general admission, $22 for seniors, $20 for faculty/alumni/staff, $15 for students and $10 for children up to age 12. 1 and 5 p.m. Learn more.