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Once upon a time, the thought of Santa Claus leaping down the chimney with a sack full of presents filled us with wide-eyed wonder and uncontainable anticipation. Every day felt like a month as we waited out the long winter to catch a glimpse of the Man in Red.

The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival officially kicks off the holiday season in Chicago. Each year, more than 1 million people bundle up and enjoy a night of family-friendly entertainment. This year, the celebration takes place Friday, November 17, and Saturday, November 18. Here are seven reasons why you'll want to attend the 2017 Magnificent Mile Lights Festival.

10 Free Things to Do in Chicago This November

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 10:00 AM by Maddy Osman

With so many free things to do this month, there's a lot to be grateful for this November! As the holiday season officially begins, there's a long list of things that will become full: tummies, parks, and ice skating rinks are among them, but nothing is more full than Chicago's social calendar! 

Why go to see another run-of-the-mill movie when you can catch a live, world-class, kid-friendly show at a downtown theater for less than $8? The Exelon Family Series performances are designed for children ages 4–12 and hit the stage of the Harris Theater at 2 p.m. on Saturdays: that means you can spend a weekend afternoon with your whole family at the theater, complete with educational materials, discussion questions, and a "no hush" policy to allow for your young art lovers to experience the theater in their own way. You'll want to save some time to explore adjacent Millennium Park, too!

Halloween time in Chicago is filled fill plenty of slightly spooky fun for the whole family. From a not-so-scary haunted house to a ghostly cooking class, there is something for every little ghost and goblin. Here are seven kid-friendly must-dos this Halloween in Chicago.

If you have a tween or teen in your life, you know that it's a tad more difficult finding theater that fits their interests (and attention spans). Enter the critically acclaimed Steppenwolf for Young Adults, which creates two full-scale, engaging professional productions, designed with older tweens and teens in mind, each season. Each year, the SYA poses a timely new question, examines the question through theater and then asks the youth-filled audience to come to their own answers and conclusions. This year's question is “When does a lie become the truth?"

With more than 250 theater companies, Chicago is known across the world for its large and vibrant theater scene. Add a theater performance (or two!) to your Chicago itinerary—plus, experience many shows on a budget with half-price theater tickets from Hot Tix! From Broadway musicals to intimate dramas to sidesplitting comedies, every night you can choose from dozens of shows—including these top plays and musicals with discount tickets during the month of October. Plus, scroll down for 3 theater picks to get you in the Halloween spirit!

10 Free Things To Do in Chicago This October

Sunday, October 1, 2017 11:00 AM by Maddy Osman

With fall foliage and the cool breeze comes the spookiest month of the year—October! Besides Halloween festivities, Chicagoans have several things to look forward to, including fall festivals, book expos, art walks and food fairs. Movie fans won't run out of things to watch with several free screenings and the International Film Festival coming up, while history buffs will enjoy free admission to several of Chicago’s best landmarks. Without further ado, here are the top 10 free things to do in Chicago this October.

When was the last time you traveled overseas to explore an exotic, faraway land? This fall, you can travel around the world without having to pack your suitcase or hop aboard an airplane. Over 30 cultural institutions are banding together to bring the world to Chicago's doorstep via Inherit Chicago, the city’s first intercultural festival. 

7 Things You Didn't Know About Lincoln Park Zoo

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 11:00 AM by Maddy Osman

Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo is a popular destination for tourists, and is also a local hangout. It's an especially nice place to spend time when the weather's nice and you want to enjoy the outdoors. Whether you’re new to the city or not, we bet that you’ll learn something new about Lincoln Park Zoo from this list.

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