Chicago’s Fall/Winter Photo Bucket List:
5 Instagram Moments to Capture


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Make the most of Chicago's changing seasons! Summer steals the show but Chicago is a year-round city to visit. September and October are sunny and bright with crisp, cooler autumn air, while November and December are a flurry of activity — and a flurry of fluffy white snowflakes if you're lucky! From the golden hues of fall foliage to the bright lights of the Millennium Park Christmas Tree, these are the best moments to capture by camera.


1) Beautiful fall colors at Millennium Park are a backdrop to selfies with “The Bean”.

See the colorful trees and towering skyscrapers mirrored in the reflective surface of Cloud Gate, the official name of the iconic public art sculpture. When to visit: September and October


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2) The Wreathing of the Lions has been a tradition at the Art Institute of Chicago for more than 25 years.

Watch as cheery holiday wreaths are placed on the regal lion statues on the museum's front steps. The festive attire stays up all season. When to visit: November


3) Capture the sparkling lights of the Michigan Avenue shopping district at The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival.

It's a full day of fun that kicks off with family entertainment and activities along North Michigan Avenue. The big show is the magical evening parade led by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. When to visit: November


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4) More shopping and holiday charm await at Christkindlmarket.

This authentic German holiday market is complete with red-and-white-striped wooden stalls and pops up in the midst of Daley Plaza, the heart of downtown Chicago. When to visit: November to December


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5) Millennium Park is the epicenter of holiday cheer—don’t miss the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree.

The ceremony is a highlight of the season, while winter fun continues with skating at McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, the sing-alongs at Caroling at Cloud Gate and performances at The Harris Theater for Music and Dance. When to visit: November to December


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Plan your trip today and browse other group travel itineraries for more ideas and inspiration. Search the calendar by date or find the biggest events (included those listed above) in the festivals guide for even more things to do in Chicago.

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