Best Chicago Nutcrackers

Posted: October 30, 2019

2019 Nutcrackers

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. These are the best Nutcrackers in Chicago, so get your tickets now before they're sold out!

The Nutcracker
November 8 - December 30
The Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division, Chicago
Celebrating a full decade of making holiday memories with more than 30,000 audience members, The House brings this wholly original, ballet-free show back for its 10th Anniversary production. Appearing again at the Chopin Theatre, and featuring all-new puppets, The Nutcracker is fast-paced, beautifully choreographed, family-friendly, and moving, even for those of us that might be on the Grinch’s side from time to time. Thursdays & Fridays 7:30pm, Saturdays 3:00 & 7:30pm, Sundays 3:00 & 7:00pm. Ages 5 and up. $20 - $50. Learn more.

Salt Creek Ballet's The Nutcracker
November 30-December 1
Hinsdale Central Auditorium, 55th and Grant, Hinsdale
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. This year's production of "The Nutcracker" features the 48-piece Chicago West Chamber Orchestra. 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. See web site for times and ticket prices. Learn more.

Joffrey Ballet The Nutcracker by Christopher Wheeldon
November 30 - December 29
Joffrey Ballet, Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago
The Joffrey’s reimagined classic marks its fourth year as Chicago’s favorite holiday tradition. Wheeldon’s turn-of-the-century tale opens on Christmas Eve, 1892, mere months before the grand opening of the 1893 World’s Fair, as young Marie and her mother prepare for a festive potluck celebration. The magic of the season takes hold when a visit from the charming Great Impresario sets off a whirlwind journey of romance and adventure through a dreamlike World’s Fair. All ages. See web site for ticket pricing and schedule. Learn more.

Ruth Page Civic Ballet's The Nutcracker
December 1-2
Northeastern Illinois University Auditorium Fine Arts Bldg, 3701 West Bryn Mawr, Chicago
This production recreates Ruth Page’s iconic and beloved original full-length staging. Featuring international guest artists from Cuba's Acosta Danza and the prestigious Ballet Nacional de Cuba, alongside the Ruth Page Civic Ballet's elite company, experience the exquisite dancing, stunning costumes and magical settings in the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of the Sweets like never before. All ages. Saturday 3pm and 7pm; Sunday 1pm and 5pm. $32 Adults $20 Students, Seniors and Children under 12. Learn more.

A&A Ballet's Art Deco Nutcracker
December 6-8
Studebaker Theater, 410 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago
Set in 1920s America, Kremnev's “The Art Deco Nutcracker,” featuring Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, is a fresh, yet traditional take on the beloved holiday favoritewith costume and set design inspired by the unique sophistication of the Art Deco era. Compared to the previous productions, the choreography has been reworked to incorporate a new character inspired by Chicago’s modern dance pioneerLoie Fuller. In collaboration with Vitrychenko Gymnastics Academy, operated by bronze Olympic medalist,Olena Vitrychenko,acrobats will be incorporated in the Mother Ginger scene. All ages. December 6 at 7p.m. December 7at 2p.m. & 7p.m. and December 8at 2 p.m. From $30. Learn more.

Schaumburg Dance Ensemble's The Nutcracker
Select dates December 6-15
Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Ct., Schaumburg
Tchaikovsky’s glorious holiday ballet gets the royal treatment in Schaumburg Dance Ensemble’s 25th anniversary production. A corps of professional dancers with a cast of over 100 area student and adult performers are enhanced by dazzling costumes bathed in colorful lights and scenery in the telling of young Clara’s magical adventures to faraway lands. All ages. See web site for schedule and pricing. Learn more.

Salt Creek Ballet's The Nutcracker
December 7
Governors State University, 1 University Pkwy. Universtiry Park
A magical tale featuring Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score, festive set and costumes. 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. A delightful holiday tradition for all ages! The production features internationally recognized soloists along with a cast of 100 students from Salt Creek Ballet, ages eight to seventeen. Salt Creek Ballet is artistically directed by Sergey Kozadayev who trained at the famed Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. Photos with Santa at 3 p.m. All ages. 1 p.m. & 5 p.m. Tickets $40/45; Ages 14 and under $20. Learn more.

Duke It Out Nutcracker
December 7
Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston
The Music Institute presents an unusual version of The Nutcracker, alternating music from the classical (Tchaikovsky) and jazz (Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn) scores with choreography curated by Dance Chicago. Musicians include members of Axiom Brass in a performance that runs a family-friendly 60 minutes. All ages. 2pm. $10. Learn more.

CBC/Elgin Symphony - The Nutcracker
December 7 and 8
Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin
The 2019 Chicago Ballet Conservatory production of The Nutcracker, presented by Elgin Symphony Orchestra. Local dancers and actors share the stage with seasoned professionals to create an inclusive production full of elaborate and enchanting surprises. Performances include live pre-show entertainment by The Chancel Choir of Chicago. This year will also include the option of a very special Sugar Plum Tea party on Saturday, December 7, giving participants the chance to meet cast members, take pictures with characters and dine on sumptuous treats. Ages 2 and up. Saturday at 2pm and 7pm; Sunday at 2pm. From $25. Learn more.

Dance-Along Nutcracker
December 8
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Chicago
Sugar plum fairies and mouse kings of all ages and abilities are invited to point their toes to the familiar music of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic. Members of Ballet Chicago will teach basic ballet positions and movements at an optional lesson at 9am & 12pm; Performances will be at 10am & 1pm All ages. 11am. FREE. Learn more.

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
December 8
Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Rd., Rosemont
Featuring brand new over-the-top production and world class Russian artists. Larger than life Puppets, Nesting Dolls and gloriously hand-crafted costumes bring the Christmas spirit to life. Gather the family and see why the press is raving. Bringing a message of Peace and Unity, the 2019 tour will spread goodwill in over 150 cities across the US and Canada. All ages. 2pm and 6pm. See web site for ticket pricing. Learn more.

Hyde Park School of Dance Presents The Nutcracker
December 13-15
Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th Street, Chicago
Every fall when our students return to the studio, we begin work on one of our largest undertakings of the year. Our annual production of The Nutcracker begins with a placement audition in September, and rehearsals begin shortly thereafter. Tickets will go on sale in early November, and performances take place in beautiful Mandel Hall on the University of Chicago campus. Join us for this heartwarming holiday favorite. All ages. Friday 10am and 7pm; Saturday 1 and 6pm; Sunday 2pm. Adults $25; Students 5 and up $10; Seniors 65+ $20. 5 and under free. Learn more.

Ballet Chicago The Nutcracker
December 13-22
Athenaeum Main Stage, 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. Performances take place at the historic Athenaeum Theatre in Lakeview. All ages. See web site for schedule and tickets. Learn more.

Salt Creek Ballet's The Nutcracker
December 14 and 15
McAninch Arts Center, College Of DuPage, 425 Fawell Boulevard, Glen Ellyn
The MAC is thrilled to bring you a gorgeous new production of The Nutcracker. Hailed by critics and audiences alike, 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. Learn more.

Ballet Makkai presents The Nutcracker
December 14 and 15
Gorton Community Center, 400 East Illinois Road, Lake Forest
The Ballet Makkai Youth Company and students from the Irina Makkai Classical Ballet School perform The Nutcracker. Let your visions of Sugar Plums become reality with this family holiday favorite. Join Clara at her party where she receives the gift of a lifetime, battles giant mice, and travels through a Winter Wonderland to visit the Land of Sweets. For all ages. 4pm. Tickets $20. Learn more

Salt Creek Ballet's The Nutcracker
December 21-22
Centre East at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 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. Saturday 1pm and 5pm; Sunday 2pm. Tickets from $21.50. Learn more.