he Joffrey Ballet - Todd Rosenberg

Starting Saturday December 3rd, critically-acclaimed holiday classic ‘The Nutcracker’, in a very special version that highlights Chicago’s famous World’s Fair of 1893, returns to Chicago. 

The Joffrey Ballet’s critically-acclaimed reimagined classic, The Nutcracker by Tony Award®-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, returns to the Lyric Opera House for 25 performances. Set in Chicago’s 1893 World’s Fair, Wheeldon’s The Nutcracker highlights the rich cultural heritage of Chicago and the wonder of the season.

A unique interpretation

Wheeldon’s American tale relocates Marie and her immigrant family to the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, and opens as young Marie and her mother, a sculptress creating the Fair’s iconic Statue of the Republic, host a festive Christmas Eve celebration. After a surprise visit from the creator of the Fair, the mysterious Great Impresario, Marie embarks on a whirlwind adventure with the Nutcracker Prince through a dreamlike World’s Fair.

Six years since its debut, the holiday magic of The Joffrey Ballet’s version of The Nutcracker is more poignant than ever, a story of family and adventure. It is an homage to a city we cherish so much, the perfect way to celebrate another incomparable holiday season in Chicago once more.” 

The Nutcracker has a way of reaching people and it continues to be a point of pride and joy for Chicagoans year after year.   


The Joffrey Ballet performs The Nutcracker Saturday, December 3 through Sunday, December 27, 2022. For the full schedule and tickets, visit the website. Single tickets start at $36.

Art on theMart

For the third year in a row, signature scenes from the production will be projected on the world’s largest canvas, Art on theMart. You can view the digital art projection, designed by local production studio The Mill with music arranged by Joffrey Assistant Conductor & Company Pianist Michael Moricz nightly from November 19 until December 30, in two airings, at 7:30 and 8:00 p.m. Get more information at

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