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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

Holidays on Michigan Avenue

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.  

Follow in Chef Andrew Zimmern's Footsteps around Chicago!

Jim's Original

Celeb tv personality and chef Andrew Zimmern knows where to go for a good time: he made two trips to Chicago for his popular Bizarre Foods show, and this year he came back to Chicago once again to film an episode of his newest Travel Channel series Driven By Food. Take Zimmern's lead and plan a tour of Chicago in the footsteps of the man who knows a world-class city, a good time and awesome food when he sees it!

Feel the Pulse of Chicago's Creative Community at MCA's Prime Time: Ascend, Featuring Live Music + Art + Food

MCA Prime Time

If you think Chicago music is just about Kanye and R. Kelly, then you should check out the Museum of Contemporary Art's Prime Time after-hours series, which explores the pulse of the city's creative community. The interactive program features live music, performance art and film screenings for evenings of cultural highlights and discourse.

Weekend Alert November 11-13: A Comedy Fest, New Shows and Exhibits + 4 Things Free

Family Day at MCA Chicago

It's finally the weekend and we've got some really cool things for you to do! We've already highlighted the recent opening of a major tattoo exhibit at The Field (yes, you can actually watch people get tattooed live!) and the colorful showcase from author/illustrator of Where the Wild Things Are at MSI. But you can also get in the holiday spirit this weekend at Charlie Brown and friends, or join a FREE workshop during the Chicago Book Expo.

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