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The Santaland Diaries

Bring someone you love to see the Goodman Theatre production of “The Santaland Diaries,” by the wicked funny David Sedaris, through December 30, and stay at the nearby and affordable Chicago Lake Shore Hotel in historic Hyde Park!

David Sedaris is a brilliant writer who presents monologues about his life onstage, delighting audiences everywhere. “The Santaland Diaries” is the unlikely story of a strapped for cash at holiday time actor who takes a job as “Crumpet the Elf” at Macy’s Santaland—and his hilarious observations are more naughty than nice. Brimming “with Sedaris’ wicked humor” (Chicago magazine), this delightfully irreverent “theatrical stocking stuffer” (Chicago Reader) is perfect for those who prefer their eggnog spiked.

Does it matter if “The Santaland Dairies” actually happened, as David Sedaris insists, or, as uncovered by a reporter, the story is fiction? Audiences respond with a resounding “No!” Sedaris uses his family of seemingly wacky folks (his sister is the odd and funny Amy Sedaris, of “Strangers with Candy” fame) to weave stories of his childhood and adult life.

“Funny, campy, foul-mouthed and festive.” Chicago Reader

The Goodman Theatre is located at 170 North Dearborn Street in Chicago. For ticket to see “The Santaland Diaries,” go online to and follow the prompts.

Make your “The Santaland Diaries” experience more enjoyable by staying at the Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, in historic Hyde Park. Chicago Lake Shore offers free shuttle bus service to and from the Loop area and is close to bus and train services. The Lake Shore Café offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. AND Jazz and seafood buffet (non-seafood items available) Friday nights.