Category: Holiday Events in Chicago

Guide to Lincoln Park Zoo’s ZooLights 2019

Guide to Lincoln Park Zoo’s ZooLights 2019
It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays. One of Chicago’s most popular holiday traditions, ZooLights, returns this holiday season on Friday, November 29th. ZooLights illuminates the zoo with more than 2.5 million lights and hundreds of dynamic displays. The zoo is transformed into a twinkling winter wonderland for 28 nights complete with ongoing programs... Read more »

Macys announces 112th Annual Great Tree lighting

Macys announces 112th Annual Great Tree lighting
A holiday tradition for over a century If you lived in Chicago or ever visited during the winter holiday season, seeing the Great Tree at Macy’s (formerly Marshall Field’s) is most likely a treasured childhood memory. Since the beginning parents brought their children, the children grew-up and brought their children, grandparents and even great-grandparents all... Read more »

Joffrey Ballet’s Nutcracker: a holiday favorite at the Auditorium Theatre

Joffrey Ballet’s Nutcracker: a holiday favorite at the Auditorium Theatre
The wonderful story of “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” written by German author E. T. A. Hoffmann in 1816 never gets old. The ballet adapted by Alexandre Dumas (“The Three Musketeers” and “The Count of Monte Cristo”) from Hoffmann’s story, with music by Tchaikovsky was first performed at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, Russia in 1892.... Read more »
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Put a visit to Christkindlmarket on your Christmas list

The downtown market sits on Daley Plaza under the watchful eye of the Picasso.
The Christkindlmarket with its welcoming wooden booths topped with red and white candy cane striped awnings is modeled after the original Christkinklmarket which began in 1545 in Nuremberg Germany. The first Christkindlmarket in Chicago was a small market on Pioneer Court that started 21 years ago. The next year the market was moved to Daley Plaza... Read more »

The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival street closures, parade route & safety

The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival street closures, parade route & safety
The holiday season heats up this weekend with the opening of Christkindlmarket, the official city tree lighting and the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival With over a million people expected to come to the city this weekend, just for the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, traffic will be a mess. Public transportation is always advised and even more... Read more »

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival: Are you ready?

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival: Are you ready?
  Chicago’s biggest holiday celebration the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival is coming Friday, November 17 and Saturday, November 18. This year’s expanded fest features two days of free, family fun to celebrate the holiday season. Day one, will offer over a dozen family activities, plus food, fun and music at Festival Lane on Pioneer Court. Day two... Read more »
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The Park at Wrigley Holiday Events from Christkindlmarket to Santa's Workshop

The Park at Wrigley Holiday Events from Christkindlmarket to Santa's Workshop
The Park at Wrigley will transform into a winter destination with attractions including an ice rink, the Christkindlmarket, a  holiday tree, Santa’s workshop and more Just when you thought you’d have to “wait until next year” to head to Wrigley Field, sources behind The Park at Wrigley have announced a blizzard of winter events and... Read more »

Chicago Calendar of Holiday and Winter Events 2017

Chicago Calendar of Holiday and Winter Events 2017
The 104th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, the opening of the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink and the Maggie Daley Park Ice Skating Ribbon, the CSO, Caroling at Cloud Gate, the Dance-Along Nutcracker, the Wreathing of the Lions,  Do-It-Yourself Messiah and more. Get your calendars ready! With Halloween events winding down, Chicago is revving up its winter and holiday engine from... Read more »

New Years Eve 2016: Show Me Chicago's guide to happenings around town

New Years Eve 2016: Show Me Chicago's guide to happenings around town
2017 is just around the corner. You’ve made it through the holidays and now it’s time to make your resolutions and then go out and celebrate!’ But where? With so many choices from neighborhood bars, to the big city brew ha ha to your family-room flatscreen, it’s not easy to decide. Show Me Chicago has... Read more »
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Magnificent Mile Lights Festival: info & street closures

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival: info & street closures
It looks like after Chicago’s summer-like-fall that winter is arriving right along with the BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival tomorrow Saturday, November 19. With temperatures expected to plummet more than 40 degrees from Thursday and Friday’s 60’s and 70’s, it will feel more like the holidays we’ve come to know, love and expect in... Read more »
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