The wind brings an invigorating chill to Chicago at wintertime. If you’re like the spirited residents of the city, you know that there is excitement and opportunity with each gust. Energy is high, optimism is abounding, and entertainment is around each corner.
Want a preview of some of Chicago’s top offerings this holiday season? Here are a few things we recommend doing on your trip to the Second City:
Winter Wonderland at John Hancock Center
Daily thru December 31, 2012
Take a ride on the Winter Wonderland Holiday Train, visit Santa each weekend from 12-4pm, take in the holiday lights, or gander at the icy Lake Michigan—it’s a marvel seeing the lake at its most serene state. Lots of activities for kids and families will take place at the 40th anniversary of JHC’s Winter Wonderland; the fun is as plentiful as ever.
Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier
November 30, 2012 – January 6, 2013
A 170,000 square-foot wonderland awaits. Enjoy indoor ice skating, inflatable slides, a Ferris wheel, hang gliding, video games, climbing wall, cookie cottage building, plus so much more. It even includes a special area for young children, so that nobody misses out on the fun!
Christmas Eve 10am-5pm
New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day: 10am-8pm
Closed on Christmas Day
Millennium Park Ice Skating
Thru January 8, 2013
The famed ice rink draws more than 100,000 skaters each year, is free to the public, and open daily. Skate rentals are available onsite; be sure to experience the charm this ice rink provides!
Drury Lane Children’s Theatre presents: A Christmas Carol
100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, IL
Thru December 22, 2012
Chicago’s finest performers assemble to bring you this holiday favorite. Bring the family on select dates and the kids get to have breakfast or dinner with Santa Claus. Don’t miss the buffet style menu for a feast paired with your show.
Tickets are $12 each, or $10 each for groups of 20 or more.
Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light
At the Museum of Science & Industry
November 25 – December 20, 2012
Singers and dancers set the scene, and the decorations alone are enough to warrant a visit. More than 50 trees fill the museum and are decorated to represent the many global and diverse communities who make up Chicago’s eclectic population. Don’t miss the periodic “falling snow” and be sure to check out the choral groups and dance groups who visit the venue.