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Weekend Alert December 9–11: Holiday Shopping, Ice Skating with Animals, Lighting Up The 606 + A Lego Tree

Museum of Science and Industry Chicago

Chilly temps are starting to hit the city, but the best events in Chicago are just warming up. Take on the cold with our many ice skating rinks that are sure to show you a great time. We've also got many holiday shopping markets for you to find the best gifts your loved ones could ask for and much more. It's time to make some weekend plans! 


Ho Ho Ho! and Bah, Humbug!: Find Your Favorite Holiday Characters Onstage at These Family-Friendly Theaters around Chicago

Mrs. Claus! A Holiday Musical

A family theater excursion offers the perfect excuse to dress up for a night on the town and gather some cherished holiday memories. Santa, Mrs. Claus, Scrooge, Clara and the Nutcracker, and even Charlie Brown are all in Chicago to share the spirit of the season with families.


Savor Bites from Chicago’s Top Chefs at First Bites Bash January 26: TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

First Bites Bash 2016

It's the first foodie celebration of the year, and the date is set for Thursday, January 26, 2017. A new location at Navy Pier, a new celeb chef host and 32 new restaurants are on the lineup for this 1-night only tasting party. Start 2017 off with this stylish celebration of the Chicago culinary scene... and do it with a deal: Early Bird tickets have just been posted.


Need a Winter Warm-Up? Sample These Spicy Dishes, and Explore Chicago to Boot, with Fiery Jamaican, Italian, and Senegalese Food

Yassa African Restaurant

It's December in Chicago and baby, it's cold outside. That legendary Chicago windchill is starting to whip up the city's cold factor. But no worries. This is the perfect time to explore some spicy cuisine in three of Chicago's eclectic neighborhoods. So pull on a comfy coat and head to your corner of the city or venture to an area you've yet to explore, BronzevilleRogers Park or the West Loop, for a warming culinary adventure.


Get into the Holiday Spirit with Seasonal Exhibits, Shows and Workshops: 6 Chicago Museums to Visit Right Now

Art Institute of Chicago

A trip to a Chicago museum is always a fun learning experience, but during the holidays, special events, fantastical decor and seasonal workshops offer a brilliant bonus. Only in Chicago can you travel the world of holiday traditions, celebrate with the belugas and eat breakfast with both Santa and a T. rex. Here are six ways to celebrate the season at Chicago's most beloved museums


P is for the Palmer House Peacocks: Chicago A–Z

Palmer House Peacocks

Every major American city has a jewelry story that has appealed to high society, and Chicago is no exception. The city's first jewelry store was run by one Elijah Peacock, which he opened in 1837, the same year Chicago was established as a city. In a very real sense it predated the establishment of a nouveau riche class of Chicago residents. Nevertheless, the store served members of the moneyed elite, who stepped into the store through a set of doors that exemplified the riches


The Best Hotel Restaurants in Downtown Chicago

Travelle Kitchen and Bar

When planning where to stay, dining options may play second or even third fiddle to location and pricing. But in Chicago, they don't have to. Nestled inside Chicago's most prestigious hotels are some of the best chefs and the best food this city has to offer—right in the heart of the city. The best part? You don’t have to be a guest to test out some of the best hotel restaurants in Chicago’s downtown. Here are a few can’t-beat spots.


Plan a Visit with Santa: Our Top Spots to See the Big Guy in Red around Chicago

Santa at ZooLights

Every year, Santa Claus swings through Chicago on his sleigh so he can do some last-minute Mag Mile shopping and check the lists of all the good little boys and girls. If you're looking for that treasured Santa photo opp, or if you just want to let him know that you've been nicer than naughtier, here are eight spots to catch Santa in Chicago before he heads back to the North Pole to prepare for his grand Christmas Eve voyage around the world.


Weekend Alert December 2–4: Champagne Tasting, Holiday Fun at Navy Pier's Winter Festival, Unique Art Showcase & Holiday Fair + MORE!

Winter Wonderfest

We're already in the holiday spirit! Are you? Well, Chicago is the perfect place to enjoy the holiday festivities. From wine & cookie tastings to the finest holiday attractions ever, we've got the top happenings this weekend all in one place. It's time to make weekend plans. Don't forget to share your awesome pics with us on Instagram using #mychicagopix.


Looking for the Best Burgers in and around Downtown Chicago? We've Got You Covered

epic burger

Did you know that burgers were “invented” in Chicago? That’s right—immigrant workers ate meat patties for lunch while helping to construct the buildings that would become Chicago’s World’s Fair in 1893. Of course, burgers have evolved a lot since then. And since Chicago has cemented itself as a foodie destination, chefs are constantly outdoing themselves with their own take on this American classic.


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