Holiday Guide 2022

Let us help make your holiday season in Chicago the best it can be with fun events, recipes from local chefs and more.

Holiday recipes

Chicago-based chefs provided the Sun-Times with exclusive recipes for some of their go-to holiday dishes.

“This was a must dish for Christmas Day lunch,” says Comacchio, the chef at Gioia Ristorante & Pastificio,
“Each bite reminds me of Mexico,” says Beatrix executive pastry chef Yasmin Gutierrez, of her holiday cookies.
Ravioli in tomato sauce is a breeze with the Chicago chef’s recipe.
Cornbread muffins and collard greens with smoked turkey are pure comfort food with Soul & Smoke chef’s classic recipes.
“Korean rice cake soup is my favorite thing — really a childhood memory for me,” chef Kim says.
“Cochinita pibil is prepared and used for multiple dishes like tacos, tortas or panuchos. It is always served with a salsa called xnipec,” says chef Raul Gutierrez.
Holiday theater
Like all Manual Cinema work, “Christmas Carol” is grounded in moving images rendered cinematic via old-school, overhead projectors.
The veteran Chicago actor has portrayed Ebenezer Scrooge in the Goodman Theatre’s production of “A Christmas Carol” for 15 seasons.
In his world premiere play, writer Vichet Chum honors family members who survived the Pol Pot regime.
Holiday movies and comedy
These promising titles will take audiences to 19th century West Point, 1920s Hollywood, the distant moon Pandora and beyond.
The comedian, now appearing on ABC’s “A Million Little Pieces,” feels connected to the places that used to showcase her unique voice.
Holiday music and dance
The group, affectionately known as TSO, returns to Allstate Arena with “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve — The Best of TSO and More.”
Since 1995, the all-male vocal ensemble has become an essential and beloved part of the city’s musical celebration of the yuletide.
Told from the perspective of a teenage girl, “Mary” offers a contemporary spin on the nativity story and delivers a message of empowerment.