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Posts from November 2015

Celebrate the Holidays at American Girl Place Chicago

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 12:00 AM by Amy Bizzarri

American Girl Place Chicago

Walk down North Michigan Avenue at this time of year and you're bound to see gaggles of girls carrying their look-a-like dolls, marching toward American Girl Place Chicago (835 N. Michigan Avenue). This over-the-top doll shop features not just dolls but also adorable, interactive displays, a bookstore, a cafe, a bakery and even a doll beauty salon.

Christmas Around the World - Museum of Science and Industry

During the holidays, the Museum of Science and Industry gets dressed up in its holiday best. The annual Christmas around the World exhibit (on display November 19, 2015 - January 3, 2016) showcases more than 50 trees and crèches, each festooned with traditional ornaments and decorations by members of Chicago's ethnic communities. This year’s celebration is inspired the Museum’s temporary exhibit — Robot Revolution.

Mag Mile Lights Festival

While the rest of the country waits to digest Thanksgiving feasts before officially starting holiday celebrations, Christmas in Chicago kicks off the week before Thanksgiving with the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. The iconic stretch of north Michigan Avenue sparkles with a million (literally) lights on 200 trees and a Tree-Lighting Parade with Mickey and Minnie Mouse as grand marshalls.

9 Chicago Restaurants Serving Up Thanksgiving Feasts

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 12:00 AM by Matt Kirouac

Cafe Spiaggia Chicago

Thanksgiving is a time to feast with family, to yell at the football game, to gawk at the downtown parade floats, and to stress about burning the turkey. But it doesn't have to be! You can still bond with family and fret over football, but plenty of Chicago restaurants remove the stress of cooking by offering their own holiday menus. Here are 9 restaurant picks to indulge with this Thanksgiving:

 The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Chicago

The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival is Chicago's premier kickoff to the holiday season. Grand marshals Mickey and Minnie Mouse lead a holiday parade of more than 40 floats, helium-filled balloons and marching bands down Michigan Avenue, to the delight of kids and adults alike. Along the route, they light up over one million lights on over 200 trees with their magic wands, leaving Chicago's Mag Mile merry and bright.

Talbott Hotel Chicago

I've spent many evenings in the Gold Coast out and about and more than once I've wondered "Wouldn't be easier just to find a hospitable hostelry and stay over?" When one has the time, whether traveling from Dubai or Dubuque, why not just rest a while? I can heartily recommend such an overnight excursion at the celebrated Talbott Hotel on Delaware Place.

Come out for the Taste of Ravenswood!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 12:00 AM by Max Grinnell

Koval Distillery Chicago

Craft breweries, independent-owned restaurants, and a local distillery all under one roof? If you’ve never been to Ravenswood, the upcoming Taste of Ravenswood might be the event that will inspire you to jump on the Brown Line to explore one of Chicago's most charming neighborhoods. Spend a few hours on November 13 making new friends and trying some of the fine local flavors at this foodie fete.

Latinicity Food Hall Chicago

One of the biggest, most ambitious restaurant openings of the year (or any year) just took place in the Loop, with the launch of Latinicity Food Hall & Lounge on the third floor of the Block 37 shopping center (108 N. State Street).

This Latin-accented juggernaut of a space is part marketplace, part dining complex, part retail, part bar, and entirely awe-inspiring.

Harris Theater presents Jessica Lang Dance

What's coming up on this month's calendar of dance performances? On the stage, see Twyla Tharp's 50th Anniversary Tour from November 5-8; Jessica Lang Dance presenting Tesseracts of Time from November 6; Camille A. Brown presenting Black Girl: Linguistic Play from November 6-7; and RPM Productions presenting Day of the Gypsy from November 21-22.

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