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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.


Visit Santa's Suite, Skate on a Rooftop Sky Rink or Enjoy a Holiday Tea—These 8 Chicago Hotels Will Make Your Season Merry and Bright

Langham Hotel

If you're looking for a magical winter getaway or staycation filled with cheer, Chicago's hotels go above and beyond during the holiday season. From elevators decked out with candy delights, to grand trees festooned with gilded ornaments, the attention to detail and creativity will warm your heart.


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.


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!


Celebrate The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival 25th Anniversary + Our Top 10 Tips for Making the Most of Your Experience!

The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival kicks off the holiday season in Chicago on Friday, November 18, and Saturday, November 19. When grand marshals Mickey and Minnie Mouse lead the capstone holiday parade of more than 40 floats, helium-filled balloons and marching bands and light up over one million lights on 200 trees along the Magnificent Mile with their magic wands, the most wonderful time of the year in Chicago has officially begun.


Only 1 Week to SEE: the Giant Atlas Moth Makes a (Brief) Home at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum's Butterfly Haven

Atlas Moth

If you've never been to the lovely Judy Istock Butterfly Haven at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, now is the time to visit: For the next week, the world’s largest moth is living in this incredible green, flutter-worthy space. The Atlas Moth recently arrived from Malaysia and will join the charismatic Birdwing Butterfly, Blue Morpho and 1,000 fluttering friends in the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum’s signature attraction.


3 New Animal Exhibits to See in Chicago: From Penguins and Polar Bears to Poison Dart Frogs

Pritzker Penguin Cove

Chicago is the home of many beloved animals, from the Shedd Aquarium's belugas to Lincoln Park Zoo's zebras. Here are three new animal exhibits that will be welcoming our furry, feathered and slimy-skinned friends this fall, adding to our city's marvelous menagerie.


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