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With the world ending in 15 hours, the Weekend Alert seems a bit silly. But just in case the Mayans are wrong, here are some suggestions by Chicago Like a Local's writers for how to celebrate the holiday season in Chicago. 

Ice Skating at McCormick Tribune Ice Rink

"The most well-known outdoor ice rink in Chicago is the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park. This rink's location simply cannot be matched if you are looking for a big-city experience. It's nestled between the famed (and fabulous) The Magnificent Mile and the stunning blue backdrop of Lake Michigan." - Sarah Garner

Christkindlmarket 

"Your intrepid reporter sampled several of the goods available among stalls of holiday vendors and if you snack on nothing else, do not miss the warm strudel from Helmut's. I attempted to document the warm, flaky cherry variety we sampled. Alas, sampling starts quickly when there's warm strudel involved. " - Jessi Langsen

The Santaland Diaries at Theatre Wit

"David Sedaris' beloved account of his time in the trenches as an Elf at Macy's during the holiday season has been called the ‘24 funniest pages ever written in the English language.' This holiday classic returns for its eighth straight year, once again starring Mitchell Fain. Don't miss this celebration of the desperation of unemployment, the insanity of Christmas shopping and the insufferable "cheer" of the holiday spirit." - Robert Bullen

Lincoln Park ZooLights

"Escape from the chill by visiting with your favorite animals, especially the crocodiles, pygmy hippos and meerkats at the Regenstein African Journey. ZooLights runs every weekend from the day after Thanksgiving to New Year's Day." - Amy Bizzarri

New Year's Eve at Studio Paris

"Chicago's enthusiastic answer for where to crack the heels of your newly purchased Christian Louboutins. Studio Paris has become the velvet rope staple of Hubbard Street and will undoubtedly feature an onslaught of Facebook "check-ins" and designer square toed shoes. If you have energy, a proclivity for bottle service and a decent credit limit, you've found your spot." - Sean Evans

Happy Holidays from Chicago Like a Local.

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