Holidays

Quintessential Guide to Christmas in Chicago

Christmas in the city. There’s something special about it. Lights adorn every corner and merriment fills the air. Each winter, Chicago hosts a number of longstanding traditions for visitors and locals alike. So, if you’re looking to feel the Christmas spirit: We’ve got you covered. Scroll below for our “holiday bucket list,” if you will.

 

Top 10 things to do for Christmastime in Chicago…

 

Christkindlmarket

One of Chicago’s premier winter events, Christkindlmarket is a traditional German holiday market held at Daley Plaza.

Holiday tea

Indulge in formal tea, served extra special for the holidays at luxury locations like The Drake and The Peninsula.

Catch a live performance

Now’s the time to see a seasonal live performance, like The Nutcracker or A Christmas Carol.

Macy’s Christmas windows

For some of us, it will always be Marshall Field’s — but stop by to see the festive window displays at Macy’s State Street.

ZooLights

Each December, Lincoln Park Zoo transforms into a winter wonderland full of colorful lights that are free for all to enjoy.

Wrigley Building

Stroll along Michigan Avenue and pause at the Wrigley Building to marvel at the grand Christmas tree and decor.

CTA holiday train

Whether you plan ahead to ride the decked-out train, or you catch it by chance: riding the holiday CTA is $2.25 fare well spent.

Watch a classic flick

A handful of Chicago theaters screen Christmas classic, like Home Alone, at ArcLight Cinema and Regal Webster Place.

Ice skating

Grab some skates and hit the ice one of Chicago’s many ice rinks, like at Millennium Park or Maggie Daley Park.

Walnut Room

A Chicago tradition since 1907, The Walnut Room at Macy’s is a festive destination for visitors and locals alike.

 

What’s your favorite holiday tradition in Chicago?

 

 

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Events

5 Kid Free Activities in Chicago

 

No kids allowed!

Kid Free Events in Chicago this Summer

We love our little ones, but sometimes it’s nice to attend an event where little kiddies have to stay home. Call a babysitter because we’ve got a list of our top 5 kid free events this summer in Chicago. For tickets and more info, click here

 

Adults Night at the Lincoln Park Zoo

THU, JUL 21 AT 6:30 PM, CHICAGO, IL

Lincoln Park Zoo – 2150 North Cannon Street, Chicago, IL 60614

From the zoo website: Have you ever wondered what it would be like to explore Lincoln Park Zoo after the gates close? Well, now’s your chance! Leave the kids at home and head over to Lincoln Park Zoo for Adults Night Out. Guests will enjoy unique animal chats, concessions, including cash bars throughout the zoo and entertainment at this after-hours event.

 

ART PARTY: So Live at the Lacuna Artists Lofts

FRI, JUN 10 AT 7:00 PM, CHICAGO, IL

Lacuna Artist Lofts – 2150 South Canalport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60608

This kid free, second Friday show will feature sculptor, Craig Campbell, renowned artist for The Hobbit trilogy, as well as other notable projects. This particular show is about live art demos and pop-ups from local artists. There will be a live DJ as well as five floors of curated public space.

 

Ladies’ Night Out at Moe’s Cantina

MON, JUN 20 AT 5:00 PM, CHICAGO, IL

Moe’s Cantina – 155 W Kinzie St, Chicago, Il 60654

This unique ladies night is catered toward bachelorette and, surprisingly, divorce parties! Tickets include entrance to the event, a raffle ticket to win free drinks/prizes, mini manicures and games.

 

2nd Annual Miami in Chicago at Oak Street Beach

FRI, JULY 15 AT 6:00 PM, CHICAGO, IL

Oak Street Beach – 1001 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60611

Can’t afford a vacation to Miami? We’ll we’ve brought Miami to you! Tickets include event entry, two drink tickets, buffet, and entertainment for 4 hours (DJ, Dancers, Beach Contest).

 

Top Dogs of Summer Road Show at Pork & Mindy’s

THU, JUN 9 AT 5:00 PM

Pork & Mindy’s – 1623 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647

Hosted by Mikes Hard Lemonade, this event will feature Food Network Star Jeff Mauro and his take on the backyard favorite, the hot dog. Kicking off patio season, this Bucktown eatery will offer samples of the black cherry hard lemonade with Mauro’s hot dog creation. If you can’t make the event, the hot dog will be available at Pork & Mindy’s through the end of the week.

 

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