Official Opinions: Chicago’s your home for the holidays

Chicago hosts so many holiday events throughout November and December it’s hard to choose which ones to attend. So with fun as her top priority, Brynne, Stitely’s super-intern, combed through tons of seasonal events and recommends these as some of the best.

  • For a fun day appropriate for all ages head over to Navy Pier’s Winter Wonderfest. This indoor winter playground includes an indoor ice-skating arena, rides, obstacle courses and a huge Ferris wheel. Not your thing? Then hide from the winter winds and watch the festive band performances throughout the day. It’s impossible to be a Scrooge at this indoor winter wonderland. (By the way, did I mention it’s indoors?!)
  • For merry melodies check out the upcoming Wicker Park Choral Singers concerts.  Saturday’s performance is in Wicker Park and the Sunday show is out in Northbrook. WPCS will be reprising their program on Friday, 12/16 with a concert at Fourth Presbyterian Church on Michigan Ave at noon.  Come by to hear some gorgeous holiday music then head on down the Magnificent Mile to finish up your shopping. Friday afternoon WPCS is also participating in the “Caroling at Cloud Gate” series. This free program in front of “The Bean” showcases Chicago choral groups and invites visitors to participate in a holiday sing-along.“Each Friday night, hundreds of singers gather for a magical evening of music right in the heart of downtown Chicago in Millennium Park,” said Michelle T. Boone, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. “This cherished tradition is a perfect start to the weekend before heading off to the neighborhoods with family and friends.”
  • One of my favorite childhood memories is driving through nearby suburban neighborhoods to “ohhhhh” and “ahhhh” at the colorful lights.  Why not bring this experience to Chicago? Hop on the “Holiday Lights Tour” with the Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Co. to see the beautiful holiday lights of Chicago. Sights include Macy’s holiday windows on State Street, the Daley Plaza tree, Buckingham Fountain and many more.  Make sure to purchase your tickets in advance and check the weather so you know how to stay cozy on the ride!
  • While it’s wonderful to be with family during the holidays, there are always hysterical, awkward, I-CAN’T-BELIEVE-YOU-JUST-DID-THAT moments. This year Second City celebrates these weird holiday experiences with its “Dysfunctional Holiday Revue” show. Showcasing a variety of skits along with improv and songs, this show is going to be a hit!  Performances run until January 1st so get your tickets now.

We hope you have a very happy holiday season. Now get out there and enjoy it!



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