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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Places

6 Chicago rooftops open all Winter long

Bundle up, Chicago. Our city is about to enter its 4th (and harshest) season: Winter.

Nonetheless, Chicagoans are tough and always down for a good time. Even during the chilliest months of the year, the show goes on — with restaurants, bars, and events buzzing around town. Believe it or not, there are a variety of outdoor rooftops that cater to Chicago’s winter. Scroll below for our favorite rooftops (and patios) you should visit this season.

 

See the best rooftops and patios for a Chicago winter…

 

I|O Godfrey

I|O Godfrey  (127 W. Huron Street)

The rooftop at I|O Godfrey transforms into a winter wonderland during Chicago’s coldest months.

 

The Peninsula

The Peninsula  (108 E. Superior Street)

Grab a pair of skates and hit the ice rink at the luxury hotel, called The Peninsula Sky Rink.

 

Drumbar

Drumbar  (201 E. Delaware Place)

Sip a craft cocktail in Drumbar’s swanky digs, complete with city views and outdoor fireplaces.

 

J. Parker

J. Parker  (1816 N. Clark Street)

Sit atop the J.Parker, overlooking Lincoln Park and ZooLights — inside warm and cozy confines.

 

Dark Horse

Dark Horse  (3443 N. Sheffield Avenue)

Step inside this inviting neighborhood bar, complete with a beer patio, open year-round.

 

The Gwen

The Gwen  (521 N. Rush Street)

New for 2017, The Gwen Hotel recently unveiled a rooftop curling rink and seasonal cocktails.

 

 

Which wintery spot looks best to you?

 

 

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Bars, Restaurants

9 Coziest Places to Eat & Drink in Chicago

Winter weather is here… and for Chicagoans, that means braving the cold — while still enjoying what our city has to offer. Worry not, the chilly temperatures and snowfall don’t dampen the spirits of Chicagoans. There are plenty of places to cozy up, with a cocktail of choice or hearty meal. Our team at Preview Chicago compiled a list of our favorite spots that always feel welcoming, warm, and full of ambiance.

 

Bookmark this list of Chicago’s coziest bars and restaurants…

 

Gilt Bar

230 W. Kinzie Street  •  Gilt Bar

 

Bavette’s

218 W. Kinzie Street  •  Bavette’s

 

Maude’s

840 W. Randolph Street  •  Maude’s Liquor Bar

 

RL Restaurant

115 E. Chicago Avenue  •   RL Restaurant

 

RM Champagne

116 N. Green Street  •  RM Champagne

 

BLVD

817 W. Lake Street  •  BLVD

 

Celeste

111 W. Hubbard Street  •  Celeste

 

Drawing Room

12 S. Michigan Avenue  •  The Drawing Room

 

The Library

1301 N. State Pkwy  •  The Library

 

Tell us your favorite cozy winter spot in Chicago!

 

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