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There’s plenty to do this weekend as holiday events are in full swing, but some non-festive options include the Field Museum’s “Bloodsuckers: From Legends to Leeches” exhibit and comedian Léo Lins’ Portuguese set.

This 30-minute immersive holiday experience features a re-imagining of “The Nutcracker” with images of animated characters and professional ballet dancers projected into space to music, including “March of the Toys” and “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.” ” rings. Watch Marie and her toy nutcracker face the Mouse King and their adventures in the Land of Sweets.

Through January 7, 2024, Lighthouse ArtSpace Chicago, 108 W. Germania PI.; tickets start at $24.99 immersive-nutcracker.com

If you’re wondering, the Field Museum has the answers. Its newest ticketed, can’t-look-away exhibit, “Bloodsuckers: From Legends to Leeches,” is now open, with “interactions” ranging from very close-up views like a mosquito to a recreation of an animal. Barber’s blood collection station from history.

Through September 2, 2024, Field Museum, 1400 S. DuSable Lake Shore Drive; 312-922-9410 and fieldmuseum.org

Kick off the Christmas season with a concert filled with Austrian folk songs, classical masterpieces and holiday favorites. The choir has a history of nearly 500 years and is known for its lively singing and purity of tone.

Nov. 25, 2 p.m., Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave.; tickets $39-299 at 312-294-3000 and cso.org

If “Elf,” which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, is your favorite Christmas movie, skip rewatching it every year by seeing it in concert. Watch elf Buddy’s adventures in New York City on the big screen as John Debney’s music plays live.

4 p.m. Nov. 25, Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Dr.; tickets start at $45 at (312) 341-2300 and auditoriumtheatre.org

Léo Lins, known as one of Brazil’s greatest comedians and a specialist in black humor, will perform the first show entirely in Portuguese at The Den Theater Heath Mainstage.

Nov. 25, 7:15 p.m. The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave.; tickets $26-$42 at 773-697-3830 and thedentheatre.com


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