It’s time to break out that Michael Bublé album and immerse yourself in the magic of the holidays. Fortunately for us, nobody does holiday fun better than Chicago. With that in mind we’ve compiled a list of 10 of the most festive events in Chicago this holiday season.
Randolph St. Market Festival | Chicago Plumber’s Hall (West Loop) | December 15th & 16th
Head to the Randolph Street Market Festival to find the most unusual and stylish mix of vintage and modern fashion, jewelry, decorative objects, housewares and hostess gifts available.
Memorable and exciting treasures in all price ranges await you at the Randolph Street Holiday Market.
Frosty’s Christmas Bar | Goose Island | Until January 6th
If you’ve ever dreamed of grabbing a drink with Santa, then boy do we have the bar for you. Frosty’s pop-up Christmas bar in Goose Island is the ultimate destination for festive fun, and lively libations, featuring wall-to-wall decorations across three levels, a holiday themed soundtrack and Singing Santa shows every hour on the hour.
Put on your favorite holiday sweater, grab a festive holiday punch from one of the four bars and get ready to dance the night away.
Plan your trip to Frosty’s here.
37th Annual Holiday Treasure Hunt and Tea Party | Art Institute of Chicago | December 9th
Learn about select works and enjoy an array of family-friendly activities as you visit five stops within the museum’s galleries and the Ryan Learning Center.
Your tour will culminate with a stop by the historic Stock Exchange Trading Room for a tea party featuring delicious refreshments, live entertainment, and a gift bag for each child.
Head here for more information.
Ugly Sweater Party/Beginner Salsa Dancing | Duet Dance Studio | December 14th
If you’re looking to burn some calories, check out Duet’s Ugly Sweater Party to wear your ugliest holiday sweater and get your salsa dance on.
The event includes a 45-minute beginner salsa class, Duet’s student and teacher performances, as well as open dancing and mingling. Guests must be 21+ for this event.
Head here for more information.
Christkindlmarket | Daley Plaza (Chicago Loop) | Until December 24th
There are few events that evoke the holiday spirit more than the annual Christkindlmarket in the Chicago Loop. Shop iconic German items like nutcrackers, cuckoo clocks, and hand-blown ornaments.
Along with traditional toys and holiday-themed items, you can find a bevy of delicious authentic German cuisine like sausages, potato pancakes, beer, and assorted sweets.
Head here for more information on Christkindlmarket.
A Christmas Carol | Goodman Theater (Chicago Loop) | Until December 30th
If you’re looking to get into the holiday spirit via theater, this is the event for you.
Head to Chicago’s Goodman Theater to catch the annual run of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. This is an event for the whole family, with a message of hope, charity and kindness towards others.
Head here for more information.
ZooLights | Lincoln Park Zoo | Until January 6th
A tradition in Chicago, Lincoln Park ZooLights is something you do not want to miss this wintertime. This is a family-oriented holiday celebration, so you’re sure to enjoy at any age.
Enjoy the luminous displays as well as the holiday-season activities throughout the zoo. ZooLights is free, but be sure to check the schedule before you plan your visit since some nights are special themed events that may require a ticket.
You can find the schedule here.
Christmas Around the World | Museum of Science and Industry | Until January 6th
This holiday season head to the Museum of Science and Industry to explore holiday traditions from around the globe. The museum’s annual celebration features a four-story grand tree surrounded by a forest of more than 50 trees and displays decorated by volunteers to represent the holiday traditions from cultures across the globe.
On the weekends you can even enjoy live holiday performances and photos with Santa.
Head here for more information on the exhibit.
The Polar Express Train Ride | Chicago Union Station | Until January 1st
If you’re looking to recreate the magic of The Polar Express, look no further. This holiday season, head to Chicago’s Union Station to board The Polar Express Train Ride.
This is a magical one-hour trip through the neighborhoods along the Chicago River that includes all the bells and whistles. Literally, as each passenger gets to take home a keepsake sleigh bell.
For more information on The Polar Express Train Ride, head here.
Winter WonderFest | Navy Pier | Until January 6th
The ultimate destination for indoor family fun, Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest is a favored Chicago holiday tradition spanning across 170,000 square feet of attractions for the whole family, with rides, giant slides, ice skating, and lots of festive decor.
Buy tickets online or at the Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest box office until January 6, 2019.
Head here for more information on Winter WonderFest.
Written by Arin Agase
Ahhh, ’tis the season for crisp fall air, pumpkin spice everything and cozy vibes. Today, we’re giving you all the fall feels with the ultimate fall porch inspiration. Whether you’re going for something classic, modern, or even spooky — we’ve got you covered. Feel free to get creative with gourds, colorful pumpkins, hay, wheel-barrows, and autumn accessories. Comment down below, and let us know which porch is your favorite. Bonus points if you tag us (@atproperties) on Instagram with your creations!
Farmhouse Fall Porch
It’s the farmhouse charm that delights on this porch! Local farms were used to source the pumpkins, which is often viewed as a huge plus since you’re usually spending less than at the grocery store and supporting a local business. Mix in some vibrant mums, and fill in the holes with autumn accessories. Easy as pie, and some stellar curb appeal.
DIY Nesting Boxes
These show-stopping DIY nesting boxes filled with faux pumpkins, frames, pillows and vintage signs are a definite delineation from porches of falls past. The best part? You can use this year-round with plenty of fun themes and accessories.
Rustic Fall Porch
Add in a fun chalkboard, corn stalks and pumpkins from the local farm. Such a charming little stoop — and easy to boot!
When conjuring up images of a fall porch, pastel hues aren’t exactly what would come to mind. That said, it totally works! By picking a theme and staying with it, the light and airy color of the front door is mirrored in its wreath and whimsical pumpkins. A true delight!
Outdoor Bar Cart
Transforming a .bar cart into a min pumpkin patch is a sure-fire way to stand out from your neighbors. Add in some green oak leaves between the pumpkins to add some color for now and use the top rack to set a big bowl of candy on once Halloween rolls around. Your effortless hospitality is sure to not go unnoticed.
A few tips to consider when decorating your porch:
- Create a cozy seating area: You may already have a porch bench or swing — make this the highlight of your decor. Add cozy pillows, blankets, pumpkins, flowers and other fun finds to add the finishing touch.
- It’s a sign: Use a play on words, like ‘Happy Fall, ya’ll’ to jazz up an outdoor chalkboard for an easy way to showcase your personality.
- Add color: Use a combination of colorful pumpkins like white, blue, pink and green to get out of a strictly-orange funk. I actually found mine at a local grocery store, and it’s an easy, inexpensive way to add some character.
- Use what you have: Get creative with props and seasonal decor! Think beyond the traditional use for items the next time you’re strolling through a Target or Michael’s store.
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