For the second year in a row, celebrate New Year's Eve in Chicago in an outdoor party that rivals New York's festivities in Time's Square! Head downtown this year to watch the star RISE at midnight during Chi-Town Rising! It's the Midwest's biggest and best New Year's Eve celebration.
With Christmas in our rearview, it's time to set our sights on celebrating New Year's Eve! It's a time when we can reflect on 2016 and ring in 2017 with friends and family. The night is even more fun when you can get out of the house and ring in the new year in a festive environment!
There's nothing that evokes memories of childhood quite like candy! Picking up your old favorite treat in the grocery store check out line is fine, but it's even more fun and nostalgic when you can peruse your old, lesser known, favorites in a quaint candy store, brimming with sugar and delicious treats! Yum!
For the fourth year in a row, Naper Settlement in downtown Naperville, in partnership with the Naperville Sunrise Notary, is bringing holiday cheer to the community with their festive holiday light festival!
In Chicagoland, we have access to some amazing museums where we, as adults, can learn, explore and engage with the world around us. Lucky for us, our children have that same opportunity! The Chicago Children's Museum, located downtown at Navy Pier, can be added to the list of exceptional children's museums in our area which celebrate the interests and developmental needs of children.
Mooseheart is a100-acre residential facility and school for children in need, whose parents, for one reason or another, are unable to care for them. This organization has a mission to provide quality education and a loving, nurturing home enviroment for the children they care for.
Year round, Cosley Zoo in Wheaton offers visitors a small-scale farm zoo experience that is perfect for the little ones in your life. But at Christmastime, the zoo transforms into a colorful winter wonderland during their Festival of Lights, and the entire family will find the experience magical!
St. James Farm, located in Warrenville, is a 612-acre forest preserve containing native plant and animal species, agricultural fields, barns and horse stables. It’s a scenic place to visit year-round for a leisurely picnic, or a hike through the woods on the various paths. The preserve offers exciting opportunities to explore all year round, like nature photography excursions and geocaching, but during Christmas St. James Farm becomes especially festive!
Often pegged as the “slow season” in real estate, winter may be an optimal time for you to enter the housing market or sell your home and buy again. See what mortgage rates, home prices, homebuyer traffic and home inventory are doing to shape the winter housing market.
Christmas is a time to celebrate family traditions. These customs we share with our loved ones remind us of what's important, and they allow us to reflect on our past while looking hopefully to the future. This year, start a new tradition of your own with your family while you observe and learn about the traditions of other cultures around the world by visiting the Museum of Science and Industry's Christmas Around the World exhibit!