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From all of us at Choose Chicago, we wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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Experience Chicago: Give Your Loved Ones Outside-the-Box Presents This Holiday Season

Shedd Aquarium

What do you get the person in your life who has everything for the holidays? Or the kid in your life who already has a toybox packed with toys? Consider gifting a unique Chicago experience! Here are seven meaningful gift ideas that will bring the best of Chicago into the life of your loved one. 

Keep Cozy With Chicago's Best Cold-Weather Cocktails

Matt Kirouac

The bad news: beachy mai tais and daiquiris are done for the year. The good news: rich and warming cocktails are in. And frankly, cocktails infused with cider, chocolate, and warm tea are basically great enough to make us forget about summer entirely. Here's where to get your cozy buzz on in Chicago.

Local Black Friday and Small Business Saturday Sales

Holiday Shopping

It's the most wonderful time of the year! As soon as you're done digesting your Thanksgiving feasts, there's only one more thing to think about: holiday shopping.

Instead of standing in line at a big box retailer, support local business on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday for all of your holiday needs (and maybe a few goodies for yourself).

All Aboard for Amtrak's Pop-Up Holiday Store!

Amtrak Store

Thousands of commuters rush through Union Station on their way home every day and many curious tourists make it a point to take photos of the Great Hall as part of their visit to Chicago. This holiday season, there's one more reason to stop on by: Amtrak's pop-up holiday store.

Celebrate the Holidays at the Art Institute of Chicago

Art Institute

Ring in the holiday season at the Art Institute of Chicago, our city's historic, world-class, and above all, beloved art museum. From watching the iconic lions get dressed in their seasonal best to making your own art-inspired gingerbread house, a visit to the Art Institute during the holidays is a must! Here are five special things to do at the Art Institute this holiday season, plus a few insider tips.  

An Interview with Beth Melewski from Twist Your Dickens

Beth Melewski
Next Friday, the preview shows begin for Twist Your Dickens or Scrooge You - a Second City/Goodman Theatre mash-up. Expect the unexpected but prepare for a good time and a new twist on the classic Christmas story, A Christmas Carol. I spoke to Beth Melewski, who plays the Ghost of Christmas Present, about what rehearsal has been like so far and what we can expect. Here's what she had to say...

Indian Boundary Park Meets England

Indian Boundary Park

As we come upon a day of thanks, we often look back to the Native Americans and their role in American history. We likely would not expect Chicago to have much physical evidence of its pre-European history left, and it doesn't. But West Ridge on the far North Side, has a small park called Indian Boundary Park. And a cluster of interesting buildings with hyper-Hollywood architecture encircle Indian Boundary Park, too.

Choose Chicago Weekly Instagram Series, November 16-22

Jess Summersett

Each week, we feature one Instagram photographer who will get to feature their photos and videos on Choose Chicago's Instagram account all week long, part of our new #TakingOverChooseChicago series. This week, we chose Jess Summersett. Enjoy!

Top Spots for Pie in Chicago

Matt Kirouac

As you can tell from the onslaught of gift wrap and tree-shaped chocolates, we are deep in the trenches of holiday season. Or better yet, pie season. While apple pie is evergreen year round and fruitier versions like blueberry and key lime are summer favorites, let's be honest with ourselves that pie belongs to autumn. Need to satiate your craving? Here are some top spots for pie in Chicago.

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