Enjoy Chicago During the Holidays
Before Chicago turns into Chi-Beria, and sub-zero temperatures take a hold of our lives, Chicagoans have the holiday season. Although, staying home under the blankets drinking tea and watching Netflix sounds like the obvious choice. Fall and Winter activities are not to be overlooked.
ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo lights up for holiday splendor, known as ZooLights, which begin on November 27, and will continue until January 3rd. For a detailed calendar visit the website. Lincoln Park Zoo
- Musical Light shows
- Warm spiced wine and frosty lager (My reason to go)
- Live ice carving every night
- Dinner and Snacks
- Rides on the AT&T Endangered Species Carousel
- Rides on the Lionel Train Adventure
On December 10th, enjoy adults night out at ZooLights. Adults 18 and up can enjoy a kid free zone from 6:30-10 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advanced for $15 and enjoy DJ tunes and free rides on the AT&T Endangered Species Carousel.
Don’t forget to strap on your skates for Ice Skating at Lincoln Park Zoo. Ice skate by the farmhouse and enjoy refreshments at the main barn afterwards. For more details visit: Events
One of my new favorite holiday traditions has become the Christkindlmarket. Kick off the holiday season on November 20, doors of the market open at 11 a.m. This delightful market offers something for everyone: warm spiced wine, beer, bratwurst, pretzels, and traditional German food with a touch of Chicago influence. Christkindlmarket
Christkindlmarket Chicago moved to Daley Plaza in 1997 and has become a cherished holiday event. A tradition that has origins in Nuremberg, Germany, dating back to 1545.
If you want to avoid the crowds I recommend getting there when the market opens. That being said, the crowds aren’t that bad, lines move quickly. At night, the lights and decorations look even better, the smoke rising from the food vendors blends into the night.
Chicago’s Irish Christmas Market
Chicago’s Irish Christmas Market will be a new experience this year. Located in North Center Town Square, 4100 N. Damen. From December 11 through December 13, enjoy an european style outdoor market. Mingle with the locals and eat delicious food. http://irishxmasmarket.com
Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker opens on December 4, 2015. And it is a must see holiday classic. http://www.joffrey.org/nutcracker
Museum of Science and Industry: Christmas Around the World
The tradition began in 1942 with a single tree, which was dedicated to the Allies of WWII. Visit MSI and enjoy the 45-foot Christmas tree centerpiece, surrounded by 50 smaller ones. With the help of volunteers, the trees are decorated to represent the various cultures and traditions. Museum of Science and Industry
Goodman Theatre: A Christmas Carol
Now playing through December 27! For tickets and information visit: Goodman Theatre
Millenium Park Ice Skating
Ice skate this season while enjoying a view of the Chicago Skyline. Entrance to the rink is free, bring your own skates or rent them fro $12. Remember, it will be crowded! I recommend arriving early to avoid the crowds. Millenium Park
Maggie Daley Park: Skating Ribbon
Not your typical ice skating rink, the skating ribbon is located in Maggie Daley Park. Check out the website for the opening day: Maggie Daley Park
“Skate under Skyscrapers”
Don’t Forget Hot Chocolate
Mindy’s Hot Chocolate: http://hotchocolatechicago.com/products
1747 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60647
Make a reservation online or call (773) 489-1747
Ghirardelli Chocolate: http://www.ghirardelli.com
830 N Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60611
Cafe Viena: http://www.cafeviennachicago.com
2523 N Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614
Leonidas Belgian Chocolates: http://www.leonidas-usa.com
The Chicagoan, 59 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611