When Christmas comes around, Chicago lights up. There’s no shortage of twinkling tours to take you around Chicago's best holiday displays. Here are 6 ways to sightsee this season.
1) HOLIDAY LIGHTS TOUR WITH CHICAGO TROLLEY
Hop on these bright red rides and see Chicago lit up in all its holiday finery on this popular tour. You’ll whisk past the famous window displays at Macy’s on State Street, as well as numerous downtown and neighborhood sites in between the two stops: Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza and ZooLights at the Lincoln Park Zoo.
2) SPOTLIGHT ON ARCHITECTURE
Soaring skyscrapers and towering Christmas trees... a perfect Chicago combination! This heated trolley tour is led by the experts in architecture: Chicago Architecture Foundation. Whisk down The Magnificent Mile and through The Loop while your guide shines light on the star architectects and developers who shaped our city. Take note, but also take pictures! Stops include the city's official Christmas tree in Daley Plaza and the tree beneath the Wrigley Building.
3) TWO-WHEELED FUN: TOURS BY SEGWAY
For the adventurous, these two-wheeled tours are the way to go. Step onto the futuristic, self-balancing ride and you’ll be zipping around Millennium Park in no time. Head over to the theater district before hopping off to wander around Christkindlmarket.
4) ON A BOAT! HOLIDAY DINNER CRUISES
For unmatched views of the city horizon aglow in lights, board the evening dinner boats from Navy Pier. Delectable meals and dancing combine with holiday glitz along these Lake Michigan cruise ships.
5) A SEASON-SAMPLING TOUR
Eat, drink & walk your way through shimmering lights and decadent bites. For three hours, this walking tour offered through Bobby's Bike Hike hits all the indoor and outdoor highlights... and when it's too cold, heads underground as well! Bring your appetite for brownie sampling at the Historic Palmer House Hotel (where brownies were invented), special seasonal craft beer, and tastes of German foods in Chicago's largest open-air Christmas festival Christkindlmarket.
- Holiday Hike will be available daily November 24 to December 31
6) SKY-HIGH HELICOPTER TOURS
There is perhaps no tour that is more memorable — and magical! — than one that jets you out and above the city. An aerial thrill ride that showcases the waterfront and the downtown skyline from thousands of feet in the air, Chicago helicopter tours will leave you in awe as you pass above beautiful landmarks such as Buckingham Fountain, as well as seasonal decorations like ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo and the shining white lights along The Magnificent Mile.
For more holiday ideas across the city, visit choosechicago.com/holidays or browse the Events Calendar to find out what's happening during the dates of your stay.