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Weekend Alert December 9–11: Holiday Shopping, Ice Skating with Animals, Lighting Up The 606 + A Lego Tree

Museum of Science and Industry Chicago

Chilly temps are starting to hit the city, but the best events in Chicago are just warming up. Take on the cold with our many ice skating rinks that are sure to show you a great time. We've also got many holiday shopping markets for you to find the best gifts your loved ones could ask for and much more. It's time to make some weekend plans! 

Ho Ho Ho! and Bah, Humbug!: Find Your Favorite Holiday Characters Onstage at These Family-Friendly Theaters around Chicago

Mrs. Claus! A Holiday Musical

A family theater excursion offers the perfect excuse to dress up for a night on the town and gather some cherished holiday memories. Santa, Mrs. Claus, Scrooge, Clara and the Nutcracker, and even Charlie Brown are all in Chicago to share the spirit of the season with families.

Get into the Holiday Spirit with Seasonal Exhibits, Shows and Workshops: 6 Chicago Museums to Visit Right Now

Art Institute of Chicago

A trip to a Chicago museum is always a fun learning experience, but during the holidays, special events, fantastical decor and seasonal workshops offer a brilliant bonus. Only in Chicago can you travel the world of holiday traditions, celebrate with the belugas and eat breakfast with both Santa and a T. rex. Here are six ways to celebrate the season at Chicago's most beloved museums

Weekend Alert December 2–4: Champagne Tasting, Holiday Fun at Navy Pier's Winter Festival, Unique Art Showcase & Holiday Fair + MORE!

Winter Wonderfest

We're already in the holiday spirit! Are you? Well, Chicago is the perfect place to enjoy the holiday festivities. From wine & cookie tastings to the finest holiday attractions ever, we've got the top happenings this weekend all in one place. It's time to make weekend plans. Don't forget to share your awesome pics with us on Instagram using #mychicagopix.

Nutcrackers + More! December Holiday Dance Treats

Christopher Wheeldon's Nutcracker

Snowflakes and icicles are on the march, along with an army of toy soldiers, marauding mice, and delicious dancing treats, as multiple Nutcrackers once again launch Chicago’s holiday season. 

Swedish Christmas in Andersonville: Late Night Shopping, St. Lucia Festival + Traditional Holiday Celebrations

Holidays in Andersonville

It's hard to believe that at one time there were more Swedes in Chicago than in any city outside of Stockholm. Most settled in the charming North Side neighborhood of Andersonville. During the holidays, Andersonville celebrates with Swedish traditions, lovely holiday decor, late-night shopping and dining and fun, family-friendly events. Here are three December events you won't want to miss this holiday season in Andersonville.

Give the Gift of Experience with These 10 Chicago-Based, Experiential Holiday Gift Ideas

Lincoln Park Zoo

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 toy box packed with toys? Consider gifting a unique Chicago experience! Here are ten meaningful gift ideas that will bring the best of Chicago directly to your loved one.

Weekend Alert November 25–27: Caroling at Millennium Park, Holiday Shopping Market, Holiday Events at the Zoo + More!

Zoo Lights

Hope you're having a great Thanksgiving! Once you're done eating, here are some top events you'll want to check out this weekend. We're right around the corner from Christmas, and Chicago is the perfect place to get yourself in the spirit, from shopping vintage in Fulton Market to singing along to your favorite carols downtown!

Athenaeum Theatre: The Off-Loop Theater That's Always in the Loop

Athenaeum Theatre

With its grand main stage and intimate studio performance spaces, offices for fourteen creative arts groups, rehearsal rooms, gymnasium and community food pantry, the Athenaeum Theatre is more than a theater. It has served as both a creative hub and collaborative cornerstone of the North Side neighborhood of Lakeview for over 100 years.

Weekend Alert November 18-20: Holiday Celebrations (Tree Lighting + Lights Festival), 550 of the Rarest Muscle Cars EVER + the Biggest Toy & Game Fair!

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

The holidays are quickly approaching and Chicago is the perfect place to celebrate. We've got the 69-foot Christmas Tree lighting, one of the best holiday parades on The Magnificent Mile, holiday musicals and so much more on our holiday calendar! Not only that, you can check out some of the most desirable muscle cars ever! Time to make weekend plans.  

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