First Midwest Bank will be sponsoring three events for the Rialto Square Theatre’s 2017 Home for the Holidays. This season long holiday event starting November 13 and continuing through December 16 encompasses many activities including concerts, movies and social events. Generations of Joliet area residents have included the Rialto Square Theatre in their holiday plans.

First Midwest Bank’s sponsorship includes the following events – the Nutcracker, on Wednesday November 26: Cirque Holidaze, on Wednesday December 13, and Colors of Christmas, on Friday, December 15.

First Midwest Bank has been a friend of the Rialto Square Theatre for many years. By contributing to the success of the Rialto, we’re helping to fulfill our corporate mission of helping our clients achieve success. Home for the Holidays will allow the holiday traditions of many Joliet and Will County residents to continue and will make this holiday season extra special,” said Jim Roolf of First Midwest Bank.

“We’re excited to have First Midwest Bank sponsor three of our events during our ‘Home for the Holidays…at the Rialto’ program. The three events promise to be really great family entertainment, First Midwest’s commitment to the greater Joliet area community is exemplary,” said Jack Ericksen, Marketing & Development Director Rialto Square Theatre.


CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE visits the Rialto Square Theatre with its critically exclaimed extravaganza on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 7:30 pm.

It’s a cirque show, Broadway musical, and family Christmas spectacular all in one! Hailed by The New York Daily News as a “delicious confection of charm, sparkle and talent by the sleigh load & so full of energy it could end our dependence on oil.” Don’t miss the international sensation that “Dazzled…at The Kennedy Center” according to the Washington Post. Celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2017, Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the holiday season with its critically acclaimed holiday stage extravaganza and is sponsored by First Midwest Bank. Bring the whole family and enjoy the beauty of a Cirque show right in Joliet.

Filled with over 300 imaginative costumes, 20 world-class astonishing acts, the finest singers, original music and seasonal favorites, don’t miss snowmen, penguins, angels, reindeer, toy soldiers, gingerbread men, ornaments and of course Santa. Cirque Dreams Holidaze soaring acrobatics, gravity defying feats, elaborate production numbers and illusions will leave you mesmerized.

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THE COLORS OF CHRISTMAS, AN EVENING OF CHRISTMAS CLASSICS AND GREAT HITS visits the Rialto Square Theatre with a concert for family and friends on Friday, December 15, 2017 at 7:30 pm.

The Colors of Christmas, is a night of Christmas – A Celebration of Holiday Spirit. Be part of this exciting tour, by joining with family and friends to experience the harmony and joy of the Christmas season and to bring the message of Good Will and Peace on Earth. Staring Peabo Bryson, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., Ruben Studdard and Jody Watley, this Christmas concert is sponsored by First Midwest Bank.

Starting in December 1992 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium as a benefit for U.N.I.C.E.F., the tour now includes the 2003 American Idol-winning romantic balladry of Ruben Studdard. He has warmed the hearts of his huge fan base with five albums including his coronation song “Flying Without Wings” which reached number two on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. In a time of year when everyone joins together in a festive holiday mood, and with family spirit more important than ever, ‘The Colors of Christmas’ is a special holiday event that will touch the hearts of people of all ages in a magical evening filled with Christmas music and hit songs.

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The Teddy Bear Tea will be hosted at the Rialto Square Theatre on Friday, November 24, 2017 at 9:30 am 12:00 pm.

Make holiday memories in the Rialto’s enchanted storybook setting. Surrounded by chandeliers, soaring archways and grand columns young and old alike will enjoy this magical setting for brunch. Gather round the beautiful Rialto Tree nestled under the “Duchess,” a magnificent crystal chandelier, and enjoy delicious food and fun activities complete with a special appearance by St. Nick himself and a keepsake Rialto Bear for each child.

This Teddy Bear Tea is an opportunity to bring your special princes and princesses to this holiday wonderland to make memories that will last a lifetime! It is graciously sponsored by ExxonMobil. Be sure to attend this holiday favorite and experience the magic!

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IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE will be presented by Alpha Media, in a live broadcast and theatre performance Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm.

Be taken back in time by AlphaMedia’s production of this 1946 Christmas classic! After George Bailey wishes he had never been born, an angel is sent to earth to make George’s wish come true. George starts to realize how many lives he has changed and impacted in his community of Bedford Falls, and how they would be different if he was never there.

Take the kids and grandkids to this multigenerational nostalgic performance. Experience first-hand how live radio broadcasts used to be made, while watching one or your favorite Christmas classics come to life on stage. The performance will be broadcast live on 1340 WJOL. Experience the magic with this family tradition for every Christmas season.

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Just in time for the holiday season, the Peanuts gang will be coming to the Rialto Square Theatre, Joliet on Friday, December 8, 2017 for A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage.

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage is a fresh take on the timeless classic that gives the audience a completely new way of experiencing the story line as portrayed by real actors who maintain the integrity and spirit of each Peanuts character.

This Emmy and Peabody award-winning story by Charles M. Schulz has been a longstanding tradition, warming the hearts of millions of fans since it first aired on television over 50 years ago. Now, the live on stage adaptation of the classic animated television special brings all your favorite characters to life – all set to the unforgettable sounds of the Vince Guaraldi musical score.

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage encompasses each of your favorite scenes from the original animated television show. It even expands the storyline into greater detail with more fun, more music, more finding the true Christmas spirit. This Peanuts Experience also includes an intermission and, after the final bow, the show crescendos into a celebration of song as the audience is invited to join the Peanuts gang in singing Christmas favorites.

So, join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts gang in their journey to uncover the true meaning of Christmas.

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