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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.


O'Hare International Airport's Terminal 5 Comes Alive

Terminal 5

Over the coming weeks, O'Hare International Airport will be a very busy place with the holiday travel season in full swing, as thousands of people make their way home to Des Moines, Dubai, and beyond. Those fine folks flying internationally will find their way to Terminal 5. It's a far cry from even a few years ago, as the terminal was reborn in April 2014 after a $26 million renovation completed as part of a new partnership between the Chicago Department of Aviation and


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.  


Holiday Shopping Events Dec. 4 – 7

One of a Kind

So what if you missed Black Friday? In Chicago, we know some of the best holiday shopping opportunities don't come by standing in a line at midnight.

This weekend all around the city, shoppers have multiple opportunities to check off everyone on their list with unique items from local retailers and festivals. Plan your days accordingly.


10 Reasons to Visit Chicago Before 2015

Winter Chicago

There's no place on Earth that celebrates the holidays quite like Chicago does. Simply strolling through downtown and our neighborhoods is enough indication of Chicago's joyous holiday spirit. But festivities abound, from special holiday exhibitions to annual holiday traditions such as ZooLights or The Joffrey Ballet's The Nutcracker, so your schedule will always be full.

If you've ever needed a reason to experience Chicago's magical winter celebrations, here are 10 of them for you


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.


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!  


A Tour of Pilsen's Shops and Boutiques

Modern Co-op

Although there's plenty of Chicago memorabilia in most major downtown retail establishments, it's always a fun idea to go on a search for something a little more authentic, unusual or one-of-a-kind. This is especially true if you're in search of that special gift or simply something new to add to your home.

Take a day trip south to Pilsen and check out some of the neighborhood's shops and


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