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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. 


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.  


Weekend Alert: November 21-23

lightscape

Chicago's theatre season is in full swing, and that's made especially evident by the offerings this weekend. From the classic Christmas story of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! to Dance Theatre Harlem returning to Auditorium Theatre after a 16 year hiatus, you've got lots to choose from if you have a show on stage fix. Those - along with some other holiday-oriented activities sure to dazzle the whole family, such as the Chicago Toy & Game Fair or Magnificent Mile Lights


Chicago Restaurants Serve Up Thanksgiving Dinner

Matt Kirouac

Thanksgiving is a time to be with family, to scream at the football game, to marvel at the parade floats, and to stress about possibly burning your kitchen down. But it doesn't have to be! You can still bond with family and fret over football, but plenty Chicago restaurants remove the stress of cooking by offering their own holiday menus.


9 Tried and Tested Tips for a Day of Family Fun at the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival.

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival - Blog

The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival is where our family truly kicks off the holiday season. Every year, we bundle up in our winter's best and hit Michigan Avenue for a full day of shopping and fun. But we're not the only family that makes this day our own; each year more than one million people travel to The Mag Mile for the city's premier kickoff to the holiday season.


Weekend Alert: November 14-16

Chillfest

"Baby, it's cold outside," is no excuse to stay cooped up indoors. Chicago's bringing it every weekend, this one especially. Tons of free events are going on this weekend, including the always awesome 2nd Fridays on the Cultural Mile, the Annual Holiday Bazaar, Diwali Festival at the Art Institute, and the chill Chillfest. In the meantime, check out the Lincoln Park Zoo's Sleepover with the Animals and the Lively Water Whiskey Festival at The Field Museum (fortunately those don


12 Family-Friendly Must-Dos for the Holidays

Christkindlmarket

I wouldn't want to be anywhere other than Chicago around the holidays. The lights, the shows, the special events - and sometimes even a sprinkling of snow - make the season merry and bright. Here are 12 family-friendly holiday must-dos in Chicago!  


Weekend Alert: November 7-9

Macy's Great Tree

The weather may be getting colder, but hey, don't let that keep you from getting out and doing some really cool things! This weekend we have music, art, food and a Great Tree lighting. The Music Institute of Chicago has its fifth annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, the MCA hosts Holcombe Wallers "Wayfinders," Red Bull puts on its Art of Can exhibition, bellyQ hosts Ramenfest, and Marcus Samuelsson speaks at the Art Institute.

Last but not least, Ryan Seacrest and Lee DeWyze


Top Holiday Shows to See in Chicago

Dr Seuss The Grinch Christmas-5

Chicago is one of the best places in the world to celebrate the holidays, thanks to the wide array of events and activities on our seasonal menu. With so many fantastic shows on stage, there's no time like now to catch some live theater. Here are our picks for the top holiday shows in Chicago.


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