Christmas cranks love to give a good poke at beloved holiday traditions. But you don’t have to be a total Grinch to enjoy The Second City’s swing at “A Christmas Carol.”
Between the cheery excess on the radio and Muzak in the mall, even the most Christmas-crazy of us can get caroled-out long before it’s time to toss back a mug of eggnog.
Artist James Ensor pinched from religious painting to make a point about art and the world he lived in.
Through Dec. 24 (above): Christkindlmarket: One of the city’s most treasured traditions, the German-inspired outdoor holiday market returns, with dozens of artisans hawking handmade goods, food vendors serving traditional German fare and, of course, a healthy serving of seasonal merriment.