There's no denying it. The Christmas trees are up. The Lite 93.9 has switched over to Christmas music. (Which means I have removed it from my car radio pre-set buttons.) It's the holiday season.
Embrace your inner child at the largest toy and game fair in the country this weekend. The Chicago Toy & Game Fair brings well over 100 toy and game exhibitors to Navy Pier to sell their wares and generally impress attendees. Ever dreamed of meeting the guy who invented Jenga? No? Well, you can meet him anyway at the inventor signings.
Don't miss the last Randolph Street Market of the year! (Don't worry, this one is indoors.) The Holiday Market runs all weekend, offering modern, vintage and antique holiday goods. I've been to the summer markets, and I'm always amazed at the crazy things you can find. Put a holiday spin on it, and I'm sure you could get all of your shopping done. Plus they have free gift wrapping which works out great for me since I still wrap presents like a 5-year-old.
Millenium Park ice skating rink opens today. I know it sounds cheesy and touristy, but you have to do it at least once. (Anyone remember Skate on State? I MISS THAT!) And, yes, you can rent skates there.
I just heard of this event, and I'm super excited to go try it out. ThePoisonCup hosts a regular paint night for anyone and everyone to come and pretend to be an artist. The event is $40 per person, but I'd pay it considering you get a 16X20 canvas, a wine tasting, light appetizers and three hours of painting time with a local artist as your instructor.
You might want to stay far far away from the Michigan Avenue area tomorrow night. It's the The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, which means tens of thousands of "which way is the Miracle Mile?" tourists will take over downtown. Although I do have to say that the fireworks display over the Chicago River is pretty cool.
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