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Langham Hotel

If you're looking for a magical winter getaway or staycation filled with cheer, Chicago's hotels go above and beyond during the holiday season. From elevators decked out with candy delights, to grand trees festooned with gilded ornaments, the attention to detail and creativity will warm your heart.

Lincoln Park Zoo

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 toy box packed with toys? Consider gifting a unique Chicago experience! Here are ten meaningful gift ideas that will bring the best of Chicago directly to your loved one.

Christkindlmarket Chicago

It's that time again. Holiday shopping in Chicago may not officially start until the Friday after Thanksgiving (here's a handy Mag Mile shopping map), but smart shoppers know that deals and steals happen early. Chicago hosts two festive markets that usher in the holiday season and supply both holiday fun and distinctive shopping treasures. Mark your calendars and make your Christmas in Chicago plans.

5 Can't Miss Chicago Kwanzaa Events

Tuesday, December 22, 2015 12:00 AM by Rosalind Cummings-Yeates

kwanzaa

The African American cultural celebration of Kwanzaa kicks off with festivities around the city starting on December 26, the first day of the festival. Created to inspire community-centered celebrations based on seven African principles, Kwanzaa focuses on a single principle for seven days and ends with a feast and creative program. Check out these Kwanzaa events for a taste of the city's community spirit:

The Joffrey Ballet presents The Nutcracker

Nutcrackers across Chicagoland are flexing their jaws and sharpening their swords in preparation for the annual battle to be played out on stages large and small. Joffrey Ballet's The Nutcracker (Auditorium Theatre, final performances through December 27), choreographed by Robert Joffrey in 1987, is poised for its final voyage with the company for its 28th consecutive season.

Holidays at The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago

Chicago's hotels go all out for the holiday season, making for a magical winter getaway. From grand trees festooned with gilded ornaments to a gingerbread elevator, the attention to detail and creativity will send your holiday spirits soaring. Here are 8 must-visit Chicago hotels that feature spectacular holiday decor.

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.

Insider's Guide to Navy Pier's Winter WonderFest

Friday, December 11, 2015 12:00 AM by Amy Bizzarri

Navy Pier Winter WonderFest

Navy Pier is just as wonderful in the winter as it is in the summer. You can pull right in, park your car in the indoor lot, and enjoy a day jam-packed with activities, dining, shopping, and fun — without having to endure the chilly weather outdoors. For the 17th year in a row, families from near and far will head to Navy Pier to celebrate the season minus the gloves, hat and mittens at Winter WonderFest (open December 1, 2017-January 7, 2018).

St. Lucia Festival of Lights December 13, 2015

Chicago holiday celebrations take on a Swedish flavor with the annual tradition Sunday, December 13 at 4:45 pm. As the sun is setting on Clark Street, a parade of white-gowned girls will march through Andersonville, starting at the Swedish American Museum at 5211 N. Clark St. The beauty and joy of this Swedish tradition should not be missed. Here are a few highlights:

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