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Christkindlmarket Chicago
Although it is a German tradition that dates back over many centuries, Chicago's Christkindlmarket has become as much a part of the Windy City as deep dish pizza. Inspired by the famous Nuremberg market and hosting over 50 authentic German vendors, Christkindlmarket offers a taste of Germany without the airfare.

One of a Kind Show and Sale

The annual One of a Kind Show and Sale truly lives up to its name, esteemed as one of the most quintessential holiday season craft markets in the country. Located inside the historic Merchandise Mart, this year's event takes place December 3 through 6, featuring a dizzying array of gourmet delicacies, artists' wares, craft goods, apparel, and so much more, provided by more than 600 artists. It's truly one of a kind.

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. 

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.

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival - Blog

The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival is where our family truly kicks off the holiday season. Every year, we bundle up in our winter's best and hit Michigan Avenue for a full day of shopping and fun. But we're not the only family that makes this day our own; each year more than one million people travel to The Mag Mile for the city's premier kickoff to the holiday season.

12 Family-Friendly Must-Dos for the Holidays

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 12:00 AM by Amy Bizzarri


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 12 family-friendly holiday must-dos in Chicago!  

Randolph St Market

With the holiday shopping season in full swing, it's hard not to visit a department store or mall to pick up something for everyone on your list. But this weekend, there are three local shopping events (in three completely different neighborhoods) that aim to redefine the term "one stop shop" by exposing shoppers to handmade and one-of-a-kind items you simply won't find anywhere else.  

Michael Kors Fashion Outlets Chicago

Tis the season for the madness of shopping, the chaos of crowds and the joy of the holidays! How can you minimize the stress of holiday shoping and find great deals, you ask? It's time to jump in the car (or on the Blue Line) and check out Chicago's high end Outlet malls. Save on your hoilday shoping, and even enjoy doing it at Chicago Premium Outlets, The Fashion Outlets of Chicago, and The Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets.

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