It's Christmas weekend, and we know you're ready to make the most of it! Well, we've got some of the top happenings for you to enjoy, while staying warm here in Chicago. From amazing shows, museum & art exhibits (with Seuss and Snoopy both) to delicious tastings during a neighborhood food experience, this is one the best places to spend your holiday weekend. Here's your guide to making weekend plans.
Christkindlmarket final weekend
Now through December 24
The Christmas Market is a lively and bustling village of stalls in which more than two million come to enjoy the holiday spirit. Thanks to Chicago's international communities, you can enjoy the unique villages of Christkindlmarket right in the Loop, now in its 20th season! Take advantage of this market featuring German products you can't find anywhere else such as hand-blown ornaments, clothing, jewelry and much more during it's final weekend.
Need more? Check out our guide to holiday shopping in Chicago.
Uptown Poetry Slam
December 25 // $6
The Green Mill Lounge will be hosting the Uptown Poetry Slam hosted by Slam Originator Marc Smith. The Uptown Poetry Slam will take place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and features an open mike, special guests, and end-of-the-night competition. Grab a seat in the historic music club (Al Capone did so in the past) or take to the stage — Open Slam wins $10!
The Art of Dr. Seuss Gallery
Year-round // FREE
Come and witness first-hand the imaginative mind of Dr. Seuss. The gallery is located on the second floor of Water Tower Place (835 N Michigan Ave.) and takes you on an insightful journey behind-the-scenes of America's most beloved children's book author and illustrator, and offers you a rare opportunity to own work directly from the Art of Dr. Seuss collection!
Don't stop there! Check out 6 Must-See Chicago Fall/Winter Museum Exhibits.
Broadway In Chicago special deal: A Charlie Brown Christmas
Now throuh January 8 // Tickets as low as $18, use code: SNOOPY
Celebrate your favorite Peanut pals as they dig past the commercialized gimmicks of presents and decorations to rediscover the true meaning of Christmas. Ready to get in the holiday spirit? This is the perfect time to celebrate! Don't forget to use the code "SNOOPY".
Master Drawings Unveiled: 25 Years of Major Acquisitions at the Art Institute
Now through January 29 // Museum admission $14-25
Chicago is renowned for its collections of master drawings both publicly and privately held. This exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago highlights a selection of master drawings from the 17th to mid-20th century that have been purchased by the museum over the past 25 years but have not yet had occasion to be shown.
Chicago Food Planet debuts winter food tour: The World's Fare
Now through March // $59
The Chicago Food Planet offers this neighborhood food experience that allows you to taste a variety of delicious food and drink, explore the variety of food cultures in Chicago, beat the lines and skip the wait at popular Chicago restaurants with our VIP access and more. This 2 hour tour covers restaurants all within a cozy .4 miles of each other, so you can stay warm. Hope you're hungry!
Groundbreaking national exhibition: Art AIDS America Chicago
Now through April 2, 2017 // FREE
The Art AIDS America exhibition underscores the deep and unforgettable presence of HIV in American art. It introduces and explores the whole spectrum of artistic responses to AIDS, from the politically outspoken to the quietly mournful, surveying works from the early 1980s to the present. The exhibit features painting, sculpture, installation, photography, video, and sound art by artist, some of which are only seen in large museums.
Need more? Check out ZooLights and Winter WonderFest for indoor/outdoor fun. Find more holiday festivities and prep for New Year's Eve. Looking for somewhere to start? Try our Chicago itineraries or pick a neighborhood to explore.