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Goodbye 2014! 10 Spots for Celebrating New Year's Eve in Chicago

Chicago New Years Eve

It's time to say goodbye to 2014 and usher in the new year with style. New Year's Eve falls on a Wednesday this year, so you can count on New Year's Day and an upcoming weekend as recovery time. With so many parties in the works - from over the top balls to quieter, more romantic affairs - it's tough to choose. Here are 10 options for a fab December 31.

Six Ways to Celebrate the Holidays at Chicago's Historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel

Palmer House Christmas tree

For more than 140 years, Chicago's Palmer House, located in the heart of the Loop at the corner of State and Monroe, has been treating guests to opulent and gracious hospitality. Retail and real estate magnate Potter Palmer considered the Palmer House his crown jewel; hence he named the extravagant hotel after none other than himself. Once touted as the largest hotel in the world, the Palmer House Lobby has seen dignitaries, celebrities, and royalty come and go, since the hotel was

Purchase Tickets for First Bites Bash, Official Kick-Off Event of Chicago Restaurant Week

First Bites Bash

Chicago's favorite epicurean celebration is a little over a month away! Chicago Restaurant Week, Jan. 30 - February 12, is 14 days of dining heaven that showcases the city's finest culinary talent - more than 250 restaurants will be offering special prix fixe lunch and dinner menus this year.

Before chowing down next month, pick up a ticket to First Bites Bash, the official kick-off event of Chicago Restaurant Week. Join Choose Chicago inside the magnificent Great Hall at Chicago

Three Interesting Places to Find Santa in Chicago

Santa with Penguins - Shedd - Blog

Santa Claus is quite the man about town this season, making appearances where you'd least expect. Whether you've been naughty or nice, now is the time to find the man in red to tell him what's on your holiday wish list. Here are three offbeat places to spot Santa in Chicago.

Merry Eats and Sips in Chicago

Matt Kirouac

You can already feel your belt tightening and your appetites broadening. The holidays are here, and with them comes a tidal wave of egg nog, gingerbread, and peppermint that you just can't say "no" to. From DIY egg nog bars (dreams do come true) to "Chris Kringle" cocktails, here's where to eat and drink your way through the holidays in Chicago.

Share Plates & Conversation on the Chicago River at Wollensky's Grill


As plans for the new and improved Riverwalk continue to develop, it's exciting to see all the changes on the stretch of the Chicago River from Lake Michigan all the way over to Wolf Point. It's always been a great place to walk around with friends visiting the city, or to just take a break and get a moment of clarity during a long work day. 

Now there's another fine reason to wander over to the north side of the River as the folks at Smith & Wollenksy have added 

Weekend Alert: December 5-7

The Nutcracker

'Tis the holiday season! Chicago's in full winter festivities mode, and we've got a selection of some great events to keep in mind when planning your weekends. Whether it's shopping local all over the city; seeing the Joffrey Ballet's timeless The Nutcracker; feasting at Tasting Table's Open Market; caroling at Cloud Gate; or celebrating the King of Pop's birthday, an adventure awaits.  

Explore Chicago's Winter Libations

Punch House

You've read our list of hot drinks perfect for Chicago cold weather. This is the over 21 version - an array of delight spirits served as magical elixirs to keep you warm during the harshest of winter outings. Cheers.

Celebrate the Holidays at American Girl Place Chicago

American Girl Place - Chicago

For the past few years, the day before Christmas, I take two of the sweetest girls I know - my daughter and her BFF - to American Girl Place, where we have brunch and enjoy the holiday decor. It's one of my 5-year-old daughter's favorite spots in the city, and one of her favorite seasonal activities. If you're looking to create a special holiday memory with your special American girl, take her and her favorite dolly to American Girl Chicago, where a sweet cafe, special

Get Your Winter Drink On: Enjoy a Variety of Hot Drinks Perfect for Chicago's Winter Weather

Mindy's Hot Chocolate

As winter approaches, Chicago transforms into a breathtaking wonderland of snow. Streets are decorated with beautiful bright lights as Chicagoans transform their homes into snug havens full of holiday cheer. As you explore the city and its vibrant neighborhoods, we've put together a list coffee shops and cafes offering delicious, soul-warming drinks to help you get through the "brrr!" worthy Midwest chill. 

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