Winter Guide To Chicago: ZooLights, Macy’s, Millenium Park & More!

Being at school for the past four years, I have always had exactly one month to visit all my favorite winter sights in Chicago, but with vacations and visiting friends and family, my to-do list was always left as that – something to-do. This year, I am permanently stationed in Chicago and determined to relish in every winter activity the windy city has to offer! Starting with….

The Lincoln Park Zoo Lights

While it may be too cold for many of the animals, it is not too cold for lights! Every winter, starting in December, the Lincoln Park Zoo transforms into Chicago’s very own North Pole – filled with colorful lights, Santa, cold-weather animals, live ice sculptures, holiday gifts, and warm drinks! Growing up in Chicago I frequented this park each year with my family, but this is also ideal for a date with your loved ones. And it’s FREE from 5- 9 PM!

Christkindl Market 

Inspired by the traditional Nuremburg Market in Germany, the Daley Plaza revamps itself into an open-air Christkindl Market each holiday season! From traditional German delicacies to unique holiday gifts this market is truly a One-Stop-German-Holiday-Shop. Now that I am old enough, I look forward to shopping for holiday ornaments while sipping traditional German Muddled Wine and chowing down the German classic – sausage!

Ice Skating in Millenium Park 

While it has been tradition in my family to go to the ZooLights and Christkindl Market, I have never experienced Ice Skating at Millenium Park and I feel as though I am truly missing out! And after doing my research I have just found out that it is FREE to skate and skate rental is only $10.

Macys Holiday Extravaganza 

Christmas is just not complete without a trip to Marshall Fields – I mean Macy’s. While you may find yourself fighting off masses of people and waiting 3 + hours to sit down for brunch/lunch, the Macy’s Holiday Window Displays and the Walnut Room are two Christmas specials you will want to fit into your holiday traditions.

Christmas Around The World at The Museum of Science and Industry 

While I have only had the pleasure of going to this once, I still have the memories to this day! Every year, Museum of Science and Industry shifts into holiday gear with their Christmas Around The World Special where guests can explore the Christmas traditions and customs of different countries around the globe. Last time my family and I came here we were able to collect a selection of gorgeous ornaments that each represented a part of our heritage – Irish, Welsh, and Russian!

Whether you’re looking for a budget-friendly date night or a night out with the family, Chicago has you covered this holiday season!

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