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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Logan Square, one of Chicago’s most eclectic neighbourhoods, is the embodiment of hipsterism. Its streets are enveloped in all sorts of appealing scents like roasted coffee, homemade pastries and freshly-brewed beer; residents carry themselves with effortless flair, as if they just stepped out of an American Apparel ad.

The area’s energy is intoxicating. No wonder people are willing to pay a fortune in return to the privilege of calling this place home. The lucky owners of some of the most luxurious homes in Logan Square, currently listed for sale on Realtor.com, will set up their Christmas trees in high-end living rooms, large enough to accommodate the entire Chicago Blackhawks team. We dare you to take a sneak peak and not get green with envy (Or buy them in a heartbeat.)

 

1. 2142 W Lyndale St. — $1,699,900

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A place to your (extended) family heart’s content: Picture your parents, grandparents, aunts and cousins perched on this creamed-colored sofa or one of the many comfy chairs on Christmas morning, the sun flooding in through those floor-to-ceiling windows, open gift boxes sprawled on the oak floor. The mosaic mirror and the two accent paintings? Artsy, playful, yet not over the top, they leave the spotlight to the mighty Christmas tree.

 

2.  1936 N Wilmot Ave — $1,599,000

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Invite the crème de la crème of your friends: With vaulted ceiling and hardwood flooring, this room looks like a setting for “Pride and Prejudice.” The tall candle holder, the fireplace, the rocking chair and the piano, a timeless pièce de résistance, take you back in time to aristocratic parties where young ladies would charm the audience by playing cheerful sonatas. What keeps the place from looking obsolete is a statement red wall and chunky paintings.

 

3. 1921 N Honore St. — $2,100,000

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Take delight in a white Christmas (with a few shades of grey): This idyllic living room has you covered in case the snow fails to make an appearance on the most important date of December.

Even in subzero temperatures, its fireplace should keep you nice and toasty. Airy windows and recessed spotlights divided to all four corners of the ceiling create the illusion of an even bigger space. Truth is, hadn’t it been for a handful of accents of grey, to wit, a sturdy sofa and the fireplace bricks, the room would have looked rather sterile. It’s basically a free pass to go crazy with the holiday decorations.

 

4. 2116 W Charleston St — $949,900

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Royals? More like home buds: We’ve seen bigger, more luxurious living rooms than this one, but the intimate vibe it’s exactly what makes it a refreshing alternative to its opulent counterparts. Whoever pieced it together had only one thought in mind: the bigger, the better. Two massive, dark brown leather reclining chairs face the flat screen and a wide faux fireplace. Every inch of spare space is occupied by voluminous statuettes. Not a tacky combination thanks to furniture symmetry, but the future owner will have to settle for a symbolic pine branch as his only festive ornament.

 

5. 2113 W McLean Ave  $1,400,000

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A therapeutic experience to clear your mind:  Holidays get-togethers bring out a lot of angst. This year, instead of playing charade, you and your dear ones can take turns laying on this chic low sofa and get it all out. Just being in this room will put you in a serene mood. A small glass coffee table, a minimalist cream rug and handful of decorative wood pieces give a break to tired computer eyes. The roomy windows are like an open invitation for your mind to wander — way better than a visit to the shrink office.

 

6. 1931 N Wood St.  $949,900

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A college graduate’s dream come true: This little sanctuary can help any 20-something start their adult life on the right foot. The melange of patterns and textures injects liveliness, while calming grey walls and the scarcity of art decor staves off visual fatigue. As for the leather ottoman? Beside squeezing in two more late birds to the Christmas party, it will support your feet after long work days, when all you’ll want for dinner is a glass (or three) of wine.

 

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