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The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival kicks off the holiday season in Chicago on Friday, November 18, and Saturday, November 19. When grand marshals Mickey and Minnie Mouse lead the capstone holiday parade of more than 40 floats, helium-filled balloons and marching bands and light up over one million lights on 200 trees along the Magnificent Mile with their magic wands, the most wonderful time of the year in Chicago has officially begun.

11 Uniquely-Chicago Family Holiday Traditions

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 12:00 AM by Amy Bizzarri

Holidays at Art Institute of Chicago

I wouldn't want to be anywhere other than Chicago around the holidays. The lights, the shows, the special events — and sometimes even a sprinkling of snow — make the season merry and bright. Here are eleven unique, family-friendly holiday happenings in and around Chicago!  

Three Historic Holiday Traditions in Chicago

Friday, December 19, 2014 12:00 AM by Amanda Scotese

Macy's on State Street

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. 

Palmer House Christmas tree

For more than 140 years, Chicago's Palmer House, located in the heart of the Loop at the corner of State and Monroe, has been treating guests to opulent and gracious hospitality. Retail and real estate magnate Potter Palmer considered the Palmer House his crown jewel; hence he named the extravagant hotel after none other than himself. Once touted as the largest hotel in the world, the Palmer House Lobby has seen dignitaries, celebrities, and royalty come and go, since the hotel was established in 1871.

During the holidays, the Palmer House is even more spectacular. Here are six ways to celebrate the holidays at Chicago's historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel.

The Nutcracker: Four Takes on a Holiday Classic

Friday, December 12, 2014 12:00 AM by Amy Bizzarri

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Since its 1892 adapted premiere in St. Petersburg, Russia - choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - E.T.A. Hoffman's story "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" has been enchanting audiences worldwide. With new versions of the classic appearing every year, here are four different Nutcrackers on stage this holiday season, each bringing to life the magic of Christmas through the story of Clara and her nutcracker that springs to life on Christmas Eve.

Three Interesting Places to Find Santa in Chicago

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 12:00 AM by Amy Bizzarri

Santa with Penguins - Shedd - Blog

Santa Claus is quite the man about town this season, making appearances where you'd least expect. Whether you've been naughty or nice, now is the time to find the man in red to tell him what's on your holiday wish list. Here are three offbeat places to spot Santa in Chicago.

Holiday Shopping Events Dec. 4 – 7

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 12:00 AM by Courtney Jacquin

One of a Kind

So what if you missed Black Friday? In Chicago, we know some of the best holiday shopping opportunities don't come by standing in a line at midnight.

This weekend all around the city, shoppers have multiple opportunities to check off everyone on their list with unique items from local retailers and festivals. Plan your days accordingly.

Weekend Alert: November 21-23

Thursday, November 20, 2014 12:00 AM by Julian Zeng

lightscape

Chicago's theatre season is in full swing, and that's made especially evident by the offerings this weekend. From the classic Christmas story of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! to Dance Theatre Harlem returning to Auditorium Theatre after a 16 year hiatus, you've got lots to choose from if you have a show on stage fix. Those - along with some other holiday-oriented activities sure to dazzle the whole family, such as the Chicago Toy & Game Fair or Magnificent Mile Lights Festival - and whew, you've got yourself a weekend.

Zoolights - Blog

"Bundle up, get outdoors and explore" is our family's wintertime mantra. When dressed properly, being outdoors in Chicago is a joy, even in the dead of winter. During the holidays, when the streets are alight with colorful lights and charming decorations, exploring the city is even more fun. Here are five fun ways to celebrate the holiday season in Chicago outdoors.

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