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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.

Santa at ZooLights

Every year, Santa Claus swings through Chicago on his sleigh so he can do some last-minute Mag Mile shopping and check the lists of all the good little boys and girls. If you're looking for that treasured Santa photo opp, or if you just want to let him know that you've been nicer than naughtier, here are eight spots to catch Santa in Chicago before he heads back to the North Pole to prepare for his grand Christmas Eve voyage around the world.

What to Eat and Drink at Christkindlmarket

Friday, December 11, 2015 12:00 AM by Matt Kirouac

The holidays are a time for gift-giving and gingerbread and family. It's also a time for mulled wine in boots and more stollen than you've ever seen in your life. This is where Christkindlmarket comes in, serving up festive holiday eats through December 24.

Art and Faith of the Creche

Christmas is upon us, and with all the hustle and bustle, it's easy to forget the true reason for the season. Take a break from Mag Mile shopping and head to the Loyola University Museum of Art, located just across from the historic Water Tower. The current exhibit, Art and Faith of the Crèche: The Collection of James and Emilia Govan. showcases crèches from around the world, each reflecting a unique, artistic perspective on the Nativity. Another new exhibit, Swaddled in Stone: Shona Sculptures of the Holy Family, shares six beautiful sculptures of the Holy Family created by Shona sculptors from Zimbabwe.

Shedd Aquarium

What do you get the person in your life who has everything for the holidays? Or the kid in your life who already has a toybox packed with toys? Consider gifting a unique Chicago experience! Here are seven meaningful gift ideas that will bring the best of Chicago into the life of your loved one. 

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