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Welcome the Year of the Rooster! Chinese New Year Festivities: January 26–February 9

The Peninsula Chicago Chinese New Year

With one of the biggest Chinatowns in North America, Chicago welcomes Chinese New Year with a host of celebrations during the end of January and beginning of February. Officially starting on January 28, the Year of the Rooster will be commemorated with parades, dinners, special packages and events all over the city. Many of the festivities are FREE, so mark your calendars to join in some of these cultural celebrations!


5 Family-Friendly Picks for Chicago Restaurant Week 2017

Geja's Cafe

Here's a resolution for 2017: Make a point to expand your Chicago dining repertoire by exploring new restaurants during Chicago Restaurant Week 2017 (January 27–February 9). Over 350 Chicago restaurants are participating this year, including 50 brand-new additions, making this the perfect opportunity to give some new-to-you restaurants a try . . . while bringing the kids along too.


5 Fun Kid-Friendly Dates This Winter in Chicago

The Great Train Story

There is nothing quite like waking up to a lovely, snow-blanketed Chicago. City kids know that there is just as much to see and do in Chicago in the winter as there is in the summer. Learn from our locals! From skating a figure eight on a ribbon of ice to checking in on our very own trouble of polar bears, there is something for children every single winter day.


Attention Hockey Fans: The 2017 NCAA Frozen Four Is Coming to Chicago!

NCAA Frozen Four in Chicago

2017 is shaping up to be a year of hockey for Chicago! With the NCAA Division I Men's "Frozen Four" Ice Hockey Championship and the NHL Draft both coming to Chicago for the first time in history, hockey fans from across the country will flock to the United Center this spring.


Create Special Holiday Memories at American Girl Place Chicago

American Girl Doll

Stroll down The Mag Mile shopping district at this time of year and you're bound to see gaggles of girls carrying their look-a-like dolls toward American Girl Place Chicago (835 N. Michigan Avenue). This over-the-top doll shop features not just dolls but adorable interactive displays, a bookstore, a café, a bakery and even a dolly beauty salon. Here are some ways to celebrate the holidays at American Girl Place Chicago.


Chi-Town Rising: Celebrate NYE in Chicago from Morning 'til Star Rise

Chi-Town Rising

It's time to shout, "Farewell!" or perhaps, "Good Riddance!" to 2016 and say, "Hello!" to 2017. And nothing says, "Happy New Year!" better than a New Year's Eve packed with champagne toasts, far-reaching fireworks, extra-silent disco dancing, a rising star and a 5K. Wait . . . what? It's Chi-Town Rising! Chicago’s biggest, brightest and newest New Year’s Eve celebration.


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


Plan a Visit with Santa: Our Top Spots to See the Big Guy in Red around Chicago

Santa at ZooLights

Every year, Santa Claus swings through Chicago on his sleigh so he can do some last-minute Mag Mile shopping and check the lists of all the good little boys and girls. If you're looking for that treasured Santa photo opp, or if you just want to let him know that you've been nicer than naughtier, here are eight spots to catch Santa in Chicago before he heads back to the North Pole to prepare for his grand Christmas Eve voyage around the world.


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.


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