There is an incredible number of reasons why Chicago is such an amazing city, from the iconic skyline to the incredible restaurants to the world class universities and museums. What can we say? We love it here. And there's perhaps no better time to be in the Windy City than during the holiday season, and here's why.
The Lights On The Magnificent Mile. It starts with the parade,but the millions of holiday lights, and the general festive spirit make this a wonderful time to be out and about on Michigan Avenue for the entire season.
The Christkindlmarkt. This traditional German-style market at the Daley Plaza has all sorts of holiday crafts, along with the trademark mulled wine and authentic German food, European-style houses, Christmas trees, and general festive atmosphere.
Zoolights. The Lincoln Park Zoo is lit up with holiday lights and hopefully covered in a beautiful white blanket of snow, making it the perfect time to see all your favorite animals along with ice carving demonstrations and a special light show every evening. Plus, the pond and Lincoln Park itself are also beautiful this time of year.
Outdoor Skating Rinks. The rink at Millennium Park and the Maggie Daley Ice Ribbon are two of our favorite places to spend a winter afternoon. The experience of gliding around on skates while the snow is falling with the skyline and Lake Michigan in the background simply can't be beat!
The Macy's Store Windows. The iconic department store that was Marshall Fields is now Macy's, but the amazing holiday windows along with the huge Christmas tree in the Walnut room have remained part of Chicago tradition, so don't miss out.
The Nutcracker at the Joffrey Ballet. This holiday classic is performed every year by Chicago's premiere dance company, and it is always exceptional - the perfect holiday tradition to begin or continue with your whole family.
We know that Chicago winters tend to get a bad rap - and we get it, we really do. But there are so many amazing events happening that you hardly notice the cold during the holiday season, and besides, the beautiful architecture looks extra amazing with a bit of snowy sparkle.