Posts tagged "holiday"

10 ways to enjoy Thanksgiving weekend with your family in Chicago

With Chicago thermometers only reaching the 20s and 30s in early November, it’s beginning to feel more and more like the holidays. And, I’m all for making the most of the holiday feeling. That’s why I’m gearing up for the next big holiday to come our way – Thanksgiving. Even with the ever-present chance of... Read more »

9 ways to celebrate Día de los Muertos with your family in Chicago

Walking through the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, it’s easy to see the excitement building among its residents and visitors to celebrate Day of the Dead (or Día de los Muertos). Store walls are decorated with dancing skeletons. Bakery shelves are lined with sugar skulls. Brightly colored paper flags flap in the breeze over narrow alleyways. And, miniature skeletons sit,... Read more »

Cinco de Mayo 2014: 5 family-friendly ways to celebrate the holiday in Chicago

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Over time, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture, cuisine and music across the United States – and especially here in Chicago. This year, Cinco de Mayo falls on Monday,... Read more »

A Passport to Holiday Fun at Chicago's Christkindmarket

It’s hard to believe that Hannukah has come and gone and Christmas is just about a week away. But, it’s true. For some people, it means acting fast to buy all of those last-minute gifts. For others, it means savoring all of the holiday festivities and events before the trees, lights or other decorations come... Read more »

Holiday Foods from Around the World: Select Recipes from Chicagoans (Part 2)

For the 2012 holiday season, I asked for Chicagoans to send me their favorite traditional holiday recipes. And, wow, did I get some amazing stuff. From recipes to stories to traditions, I learned a lot about how people from different cultures celebrate the holidays here in Chicago. While a lot of the celebrations differ from... Read more »

Holiday Gift Guide: Children's Presents that Celebrate Chicago and the World

Friday marks the official start of the holiday shopping season and the beginning of the inevitable rush to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. I always dread this time of year due to the insane amount of pressure I put on myself to come up with the ideal presents that will be... Read more »