This week on the show, we’re kick starting the holiday season with a program about celebrating the holidays in an urban environment. We’ll speak with Cindy Gatziolas of the Chicago Mayor’s Office of Special Events . She’ll tell us about the city’s plans for the holidays, and how a city works with private organizations to make the season bright.

Then, what’s Christmas in the city without a Christmas carol? We’ll speak with sound designer Lindsay Jones about bringing the sounds of Charles Dickens’ London to life in the theatre.

All that, plus we’ll have a line-up of our own ghosts of Christmas past. We’ve brought back some of our favorite guests and friends of the show to discuss their holiday plans, and what makes the city such a special place to celebrate this time of year.

Smart City is a syndicated, weekly hour-long public radio talk show that takes an in-depth look at urban life: the people, places, ideas and trends that affect us all. Host Carol Coletta, president and CEO of CEOs for Cities, talks with national and international public policy experts, economists, business leaders, artists, developers, planners and others on the pulse of city life for a penetrating discussion on urban issues.

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