"The Taming of the Shrew" stars an all-female cast at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.


Shakespeare's hit "The Taming of the Shrew" is enjoying re-imagined success at Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier. The production continues through Nov. 12.

CST artistic director Barbara Gaines has come up with a standout staging of the popular tale which, in this rendition, stars an all-female cast who play various roles throughout the show.

The play features themes of love, politics and power and is, in CST's production, set in 1919. It revolves around a Suffragette theme.

Starring in the show is a powerful cast of Chicago actresses, many of whom will be familiar to Windy City theatergoers. Appearing in the play are many lauded performers including Alexandra Henrikson, Crystal Lucas-Perry, Olivia Washington, E. Faye Butler, Hollis Resnik, Heidi Kettenring, Tina Gluschenko, Kate Marie Smith, Lillian Castillo, Cindy Gold, Ann E. James, Rita Rehn and Faith Servant.

Shakespeare fans will enjoy this playful redux of one of the bard's masterpieces. FYI: Tickets range in price from $48 to $88. Visit

Take a Holiday Lights Tour

Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Co. begins its annual Holiday Lights Tour on Nov. 24. The tour journeys to a number of Chicago landmarks and sites, including Lincoln Park ZooLights, John Hancock Plaza Tree, Christkindlmarket and more. Tours are 2 1/2 hours.

Dates for the tours are Nov. 24 to 26; Dec. 1 to 3 and Dec. 8 through 23. Tour times are 5:30, 6 and 6:30 p.m. Visit

Visit Macy's Great Tree

Macy's State Street in Chicago will have its Great Tree on display in the Walnut Room through Jan. 7.  Macy's Holiday Windows will also be on display from Saturday through Jan. 7. Visit


The annual German-themed Christkindlmarket will be held Nov. 17 through Dec. 24 at Daley Plaza in Chicago. The market is based on the annual market in Nuremberg, Germany. Various vendors will have items on display. Other locations of the Christkindlmarket are in Naperville, Illinois and at The Park at Wrigley. Visit

Navy Pier Celebration

Chicago's Navy Pier had its first "A Celebration ExPierience" fundraiser on Nov. 7 at the Chicago landmark.

"We didn't want it to be your typical chicken dinner...we wanted it to be more of a fun event" and definitely something unique, said Navy Pier board member Lisa Aronin.

Aronin, who was a host committee chairwoman of the event, said their aim was to showcase a select group of food vendors from the Pier for the meal portion of the event. Live entertainment from E. Faye Butler, Felicia P. Fields and other Chicago-area performers was also featured.

Guests boarded trolleys to the Aon Grand Ballroom at the Pier for the evening's festivities.

Aronin said their mission for the Pier is for it to continue to be a "cultural" landmark drawing guests from "across the city and across the globe." She said this first-time fundraiser would benefit the various programming held at the Pier.

"Since 2011 when we became non-profit, we've been offering free programming," Aronin said.  Proceeds from the gala will help support the diverse free programming that annually attracts the public to what's known as the "People's Pier." For more information on Navy Pier, its attractions and programs, visit

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Eloise writes about food and entertainment for The Times, subjects she has covered for over two decades in and around the Region. She was the youngest of eight children in a Chicago household filled with fantastic cooks and artists.