Most people keep their eyes out for indoor fun during the cold Chicago months, but if you’re feeling really adventurous, check out Chicago Elevated’s Winter Sightseeing Tours! This is for the hardcore adventurers among us, because it will be cold—but it’s an experience not many people get, so it’s unique and special! You’ll see Chicago in a new way, and if you’re a true Chicagoan, or looking for an authentic experience, you can totally hack it!
The Adler Planetarium, located on the lakefront on Chicago’s museum campus, is a world-class planetarium which offers visitors an in-depth look at the world beyond our planet. Anytime you visit you’ll feel intrigued by everything that exists far beyond us. The exhibits are well-designed, thoughtfully researched, and executed at a level that is unmatched by similar institutions. It's a must-see in Chicago!
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.
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.
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!
The holidays are in full swing in the city, and things are about to get even more festive! On the tails of the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony downtown, the ice skating rink at Millennium Park has opened, and it's a season must-do in Chicago!
There is nothing more festive than getting bundled up and heading outside during the holiday season to view the bright and cheery decorations adorning the trees and structures. It’s even more fun though when you can take in all the sights and sounds of Christmas at one of Chicago’s favorite locations for family fun…the Lincoln Park Zoo!
There is something so charming and special about the holiday season! The snow, the lights, the music, the family time! It’s something that should be celebrated in style, especially since it only lasts for a few weeks each year. The 15th annual Winter Wonderfest, held at Navy Pier in Chicago, makes finding seasonal fun easy, and it's a must-see in Chicago this season!
Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and lots of food! It’s also traditionally the time for an awesome parade! Thanksgiving Day Parades around the country began in the 1930s as a way to brighten the lives of people suffering through the Great Depression, and since it has turned into a long-held tradition that helps to usher in the holiday season.
Today we welcome the month of November! This month brings a big holiday of its own, but the most fun comes from all the opportunities for Chirstmas prep that will take place in the coming weeks! Thankfully our city offers lots of unique opportunities to get in the festive spirit. This month, visit the Christkindlmarket, a holiday market which began in Neumburg, Germany in the 16th century, but is celebrated here each year. It’s Chicago’s largest open air holiday market, and it’s not to be missed!