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3 Uniquely Chicago Finds at the Randolph Street Market Festival

Randolph Street Market

This past weekend, my daughter and I spent some time at the Randolph Street Market Festival. We had such fun exploring three floors worth of art, fashion, vintage treasures, decorators finds and more. Even the venue itself - the beaux arts Plumbers Hall at 1340 W. Washington - was interesting (check out the mural of Buckingham Fountain on the staircase and the ornate detailing and woodwork and don't forget to stroll the balcony overlooking the auditorium - there are treasures


Take a Whirl Around the Ice Skating Ribbon at Maggie Daley Park

Maggie Daley Ice Ribbon

While it might not be possible to gaze down on the Jungfrau while ice skating in Chicago, the winter sports enthusiast can take advantage of the remarkable skating ribbon that is the centerpiece of Maggie Daley Park.


Celebrate the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King at Four Family Friendly Chicago Events

Martin Luther King Jr

Looking for a unique and inspired way to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Chicago this weekend? Here are four family friendly events that honor Dr. King's message through storytelling, music, science and crafts.


Celebrate Snow in the City

Cloud Gate at Millennium Park

There is nothing quite like waking up to a city blanketed with snow. Snow days are one of the big reasons why my two kids love living in Chicago. Bundle up and head outdoors to celebrate snow at these six fun programs, performances and events. 


Celebrate the 2015 Doll of the Year at American Girl Place Chicago

Meet Grace Thomas. She's an avid baker with an entrepreneurial spirit, and she's the 2015 American Doll of the Year. 

American Girl Place Chicago will be baking up some fun with Grace the entire month of January. girls visiting the store during Grace's debut, through January 3, will receive a specially- packaged doll-sized apron and have the opportunity to participate in several activities including:
  • Free Grace-themed Scavenger Hunt: Travel along with Grace on her

Art and Faith of the Crèche and Shona Sculptures of the Holy Family at LUMA

Art and Faith of the Creche

Christmas is upon us, and with all the hustle and bustle, it's easy to forget the true reason for the season. Take a break from Mag Mile shopping and head to the Loyola University Museum of Art, located just across from the historic Water Tower. The current exhibit, Art and Faith of the Crèche: The Collection of James and Emilia Govan. showcases crèches from around the world, each reflecting a unique, artistic perspective on the Nativity. Another new exhibit,


Lyric Opera for Kids: The Magic Victrola

Lyric for Kids

Classical opera and kids don't usually go hand in hand. But a new opera adventure created especially for kids ages 5 to 10, aims to introduce the younger set to the joys of live opera with the Lyric Opera of ChicagoThe Magic Victrola, on Saturday, January 17 at 3 p.m., at the Civic Opera House in downtown Chicago, is Lyric Unlimited's third annual performance especially designed for youngsters and their families.

 


Three Historic Holiday Traditions in Chicago

Macy's on State Street

Chicago has many holiday traditions around this time of year. There are newer traditions, like the Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza or the Santa on the CTA El trains. Here are a few historic holiday traditions that Chicagoans of any age can appreciate. 


Weekend Alert: December 19-21

Holiday Thorne Rooms

The holidays are here! It's the cheeriest time of the year in Chicago, and there's plenty to do to get in the spirit. This is a time to be with friends and family, and we've got a list of activities that everyone will enjoy.


The Nutcracker: Four Takes on a Holiday Classic

HouseTheatreNutcracker

Since its 1892 adapted premiere in St. Petersburg, Russia - choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - E.T.A. Hoffman's story "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" has been enchanting audiences worldwide. With new versions of the classic appearing every year, here are four different Nutcrackers on stage this holiday season, each bringing to life the magic of Christmas through the story of Clara and her nutcracker that springs to life


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