November 18, 2016 - November 19, 2016
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The stretch of Michigan Avenue between Wacker Drive and Oak Street, known as The Magnificent Mile, turns into a winter wonderland every holiday season. On the Saturday before each Thanksgiving, the "Mag Mile's" towering hotels and shops light up in glorious fashion, with more than one million lights adorning 200 trees! Plus a parade and a fireworks show over the majestic Chicago River end the night's festivities. The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival is the perfect opportunity to get you in the holiday spirit!
New for 2017 - Friday Night Lights Festival Lane
Lights Festival Lane in Pioneer Court (401 N. Michigan Ave.) opens early this year with more than a dozen family-friendly activities from Chicago favorites and popular brands-plus live music and a visit with Santa Claus! Explore an interactive wonderland of holiday-themed activities, stop by the BMO Harris Bank dome for a virtual-reality experience, and enjoy the return of crowd favorites Connie's Pizza, Garrett Popcorn, The Eli's Cheesecake Company and more.
Photos by Davis Harrison Dion; City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events