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American Girl Doll

Stroll down The Mag Mile shopping district at this time of year and you're bound to see gaggles of girls carrying their look-a-like dolls toward American Girl Place Chicago (835 N. Michigan Avenue). This over-the-top doll shop features not just dolls but adorable interactive displays, a bookstore, a café, a bakery and even a dolly beauty salon. Here are some ways to celebrate the holidays at American Girl Place Chicago.

Mrs. Claus! A Holiday Musical

A family theater excursion offers the perfect excuse to dress up for a night on the town and gather some cherished holiday memories. Santa, Mrs. Claus, Scrooge, Clara and the Nutcracker, and even Charlie Brown are all in Chicago to share the spirit of the season with families.

Art Institute of Chicago

A trip to a Chicago museum is always a fun learning experience, but during the holidays, special events, fantastical decor and seasonal workshops offer a brilliant bonus. Only in Chicago can you travel the world of holiday traditions, celebrate with the belugas and eat breakfast with both Santa and a T. rex. Here are six ways to celebrate the season at Chicago's most beloved museums

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.

Emerald City Theatre presents A Charlie Brown Christmas

 

Chicago's theater scene is hot during the colder winter months, with holiday shows popping up around the city. Start a new family tradition and make a point of getting dressed up in your holiday best and hitting a show or two. Here are nine kid-friendly holiday shows in Chicago that you won't want to miss.

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

HouseTheatreNutcracker

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.

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.

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