Monday, December 23, 2013

City Guide: Chicago for the holidays

Neal and I are in Chicago this week to spend the holidays with my family. Although we have a lots of parties to attend and people to see, we're going to hit some of the Chicago highlights as well.  If you're travelling to the Windy City this time of year, I've compiled a guide to some of the must-see attractions. 

Lincoln Park Zoo Lights: Each year, the Lincoln Park Zoo transforms into Chicago's very own North Pole, full of lights, cold-weather animals, ice sculptures and warm drinks. Santa might even make an appearance!

Christkindl Market: Modeled after the Nuremberg market in Germany, this is a one-stop German-holiday-gift shop. Even if you're not into German wares, stop by for some German fare: mulled wine and sausage. 

Macy's on State Street: A trip to Chicago wouldn't be complete without a holiday stop at Marshall Field's, which is now Macy's. The window displays on State Street never disappoint, and a trip to the Walnut Room is worth squeezing in. 

Ice Skating at Millennium Park: Neal isn't much of a skater, but I'm going to try to make a stop here. Ice skating is free and skate rental is only $10. Despite the crowds, skating in Millennium Park always makes me feel like I stepped out of a Christmas movie. 

Museum of Science and Industry: This might seem like an odd choice for this list. The Museum of Science and Industry is awesome any day, BUT around the holidays they have a special Christmas Around the World Exhibit. I'm hoping that we can swing by and learn a little bit about the Christmas traditions and customs of people around the globe. There's always time for a little bit of education!

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