Chicago has many holiday traditions around this time of year. There are newer traditions, like the Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza or the Santa on the CTA El trains. Here are a few historic holiday traditions that Chicagoans of any age can appreciate.
A visit to Macy's for the Great Tree in the Walnut Room and the holiday windows
The 7th floor of the former Marshall Field's Department store, now of course Macy's on State Street, retains its historic charm with wood walls and comfort food, all around a giant holiday tree. And passersby cannot help but look at the dazzling windows along State Street. The whimsical moving pieces within artfully lit display windows create fantasy worlds of holiday magic. And of course including shopping, this massive department store has been a holiday tradition across many generations.
"A Christmas Carol" at the Goodman Theater
This production in downtown Chicago has been a tradition for 36 years. While actor Larry Yando has held down the character of Scrooge since 2007, every year a new crop of characters adds new flair to this timeless tale. The adaptation from Charles Dickens' story includes the creepy arrival of ghosts, fun musical songs, all amid the uncovering of love around the holidays. The show closes Dec. 28, so purchase tickets today!
Christmas Around the World and Holiday Lights at Museum of Science and Industry has been showcasing various holiday traditions from around the world for the past 73 years. Volunteers from Chicago ethnic communities create more than 50 trees and displays. This year the exhibit has been designed with a Disney theme with "Treasures of Walt Disney Archives," including a 45-foot towering tree with Disney-inspired ornaments. It is available for holiday viewing through January 4, 2015.