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4 Holiday Spots Around Chicago


Chicago. It is an incredible city and will always be my home in my heart, even though I now live in the ‘burbs. There’s two ways I get to enjoy it: during the week for my clients’ photo shoots or during the weekend with my three boys and The Giant. And now that it’s the holidays, Chicago’s calendar is adorned with many festive traditions and events – which gives me all the more reason to head into my beloved city! Even though most Santas around here head back to the North Pole by December 23 (hello, we’ve sat on the big guy’s lap at four different places in one week alone!), there are still a few holiday activities in Chicago that I can’t wait to do with my boys!


Enjoy rides at Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier.
 Technically I’ve already done this with my boys once this year, but who says we can’t do it again? From rides and slides and ice-skating to colorful décor, this indoor holiday event provides hours of playtime and holiday cheer. Runs until January 10.


Chug along at the Winter Flower & Train Show at Lincoln Park Conservatory.
 Now that the CTA Holiday Train schedule has completed, your train-obsessed kid will enjoy watching the model trains at Lincoln Park Conservatory wind their way through a miniature village and festive floral displays. I’m told there is even a spot that features a North Pole vignette, complete with an Elf Dormitory! Runs daily through January 2016. Free admission.

Marvel at the illuminated wonderland at ZooLights.
 After checking out the Winter Flower & Train Show, head south over to Lincoln Park Zoo for a free light festival, where families can make holiday crafts, watch live ice carving and enjoy the animals. Don’t forget to warm up with hot spiced wine! Runs until January 3.

Window shop at Macy’s on State Street. 
Peer into the large windows at Macy’s (this year’s theme is Santa’s Journey to the Stars) and catch a glimpse of Chicago’s renowned seasonal displays which are on par with the famed NYC windows. Available until January 10.

Happy holidays and Merry Christmas!


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