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Lauren Warnecke, Chicago Tribune

A sure sign that we are on the other side of the pandemic: The Snow Babies are back!

The Joffrey Ballet’s “Nutcracker” made a few pandemic adjustments last year, including leaving out its tiniest ballerinas unofficially coined the Snow Babies. Restoring seemingly small concessions feels like a big deal for ballet companies, which simply cannot survive without the box-office draw of their “Nutcrackers.”

As a large crowd filed into the Lyric Opera House Saturday afternoon for this “Nutcracker’s” opening day, one sensed a spate of normalcy and a big sigh of relief. For many, a year ago, attending a ballet may have felt risky. Finally, again, pure joy filled the air.

The Joffrey Ballet’s “Nutcracker” runs through late December at the Lyric Opera House.

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