Weekend Events Around Town: 11/18 – 11/20

Need some ideas for what to do this weekend? Chicago Tonight knows what is going on!

Starring (and written by) Emmy Award winner Holland Taylor of Two and a Half Men, Ann tells the story of former Texas Governor Ann Richards. It is a revealing and multifaceted portrait of Richards’ life, as well as a stirring and inspirational story. Learn more about Ann. Tickets range from $20 to $85. The show will run through December 4.

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Bank of America Theatre
18 W. Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60603
Friday, November 18: 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 19 & Sunday, November 20: 2:00 pm
Saturday, November 20: 8:00 pm

The Jackie Wilson Story
The Black Ensemble Theater will inaugurate its newly constructed stage this Friday with the revival of The Jackie Wilson Story, the 2000 production which first brought national attention to the theater, and a national tour and recognition for its star, Chester Gregory. The original play was written and directed by the pioneering founder of the Theater, Jackie Taylor. The show is a music-filled story of the life of Detroit-based singer Jackie Wilson, whose hits included ''Lonely Teardrops'' and ''Higher and Higher,'' spanning styles from blues to Motown. Learn more about the show. Tickets are $65 for adults and $58.50 for children and seniors.

Black Ensemble Theater
4450 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL  60640
Saturday, November 19: 8:00 pm & 10:00 pm grand opening after party
Sunday, November 20: 3:00 pm

The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival
You don’t need to wait until Thanksgiving to get your holiday season in gear! The 20th Annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival features day-long activities to delight the entire family. Start out at Lights Festival Lane, featuring live performances by popular artists, holiday booths, games, and of course, photos with Santa. The Festival culminates with the Lighting Procession, where Grand Marshals Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse from Walt Disney World® will illuminate more than one million lights along The Magnificent Mile. The parade will also include more than 30 floats, marching bands, celebrity appearances, balloons, more Disney characters, and the guest of honor, Santa Claus. The parade's grande finale is a fireworks display along the Chicago River.

Lights Festival Lane & Concerts
Pioneer Court
401 N. Michigan Ave.
Saturday, November 19: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Additional Lights Festival Lane Activities
John Hancock Center Plaza
875 N. Michigan Ave.
Saturday, November 19: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Lighting Procession
N. Michigan Avenue, from Oak St. to Wacker Drive
Saturday, November 19: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

School of the Art Institute Holiday Art Sale
Get a head start on your holiday shopping at this annual event at the School of the Art Institute, where students display and sell items they’ve been diligently creating all year long. The sale will feature photography, paintings, prints, sculptures, jewelry, wearable art and other works by young artists on the rise. The students receive the majority of their total sales. Free admission.

School of the Art Institute
MacLean Center Ballroom
112 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603
Friday, November 18, 2011: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday, November 19, 2011: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Chicago Book Expo
The Writers House Project sponsors this pop-up bookstore showcasing the works of more than 40 Chicago-based fiction and poetry publishers. The Project seeks to create a greater sense of community between literature aficionados and local writers in collaboration with art and literary organizations.

4701 N. Broadway & 4720 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
Saturday, November 19: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, November 20: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Millennium Park Ice Skating
Millennium Park ice skating is here for the season! Skate under the shadow of the Bean and grab a hot cocoa during the rink’s eleventh season. The rink is free and open to the public, but skates can also be rented for $10. The rink will be open from November 18, 2011 through March 11, 2012. Check in advance for holiday hours.

Millennium Park
Intersection of Michigan Ave. and Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602
Mondays through Thursdays: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Fridays: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturdays (through December17): 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Saturdays (beginning January 7): 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sundays: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

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