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Mag Mile Lights Festival

While the rest of the country waits to digest Thanksgiving feasts before officially starting holiday celebrations, Christmas in Chicago kicks off the week before Thanksgiving with the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. The iconic stretch of north Michigan Avenue sparkles with a million (literally) lights on 200 trees and a Tree-Lighting Parade with Mickey and Minnie Mouse as grand marshalls.

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

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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

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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.

Top Spots for Pie in Chicago

Friday, November 21, 2014 12:00 AM by Matt Kirouac

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As you can tell from the onslaught of gift wrap and tree-shaped chocolates, we are deep in the trenches of holiday season. Or better yet, pie season. While apple pie is evergreen year round and fruitier versions like blueberry and key lime are summer favorites, let's be honest with ourselves that pie belongs to autumn. Need to satiate your craving? Here are some top spots for pie in Chicago.

Weekend Alert: November 21-23

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

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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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"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.

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.

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