5 Reasons to Visit Chicago During the Holiday Season

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December 7, 2016

The holiday season is truly a wonderful and magical time of the year in Chicago. Whether you’re traveling with your special someone or the whole family, there’s plenty to do and see in our beautiful city.

Here are 5 reasons to visit Chicago during the holiday season.

A grand Christmas tree in a Chicago shopping mall

1. Skating Ribbon in Maggie Daley Park

When temperatures drop, there’s nothing Chicagoans love more than lacing up our ice skates and gliding down the ice in the middle of a beautiful park. Even better? Skating through a path and enjoying the whole park!

At the Skating Ribbon in Maggie Daley Park, you’ll experience all the majesty this gorgeous backdrop has to offer, right in the heart of downtown Chicago. This unique skating path will keep kids and adults alike in awe as you circle around the rink, a new view of Chicago at every turn!

2. Lincoln Park ZooLights

What combines the splendor of the season with spectacular light displays? Why, the Lincoln Park ZooLights, of course!

Not only are the luminous displays fun for the whole family, but admission is free and there are plenty of unique holiday activities to enjoy. What’s more: the ZooLights are a featured stop along our Holiday Lights Tour!

3. Shop on State Street & The Mag Mile

The holidays aren’t quite the same without a little shopping involved and, in Chicago, there’s no better shopping during the holidays than on State Street and the Magnificent Mile.

With over 460 retailers, the Mag Mile has a little something for everyone, from luxury designers to big department stores to unique merchandisers. Enjoy your shopping excursion with a little holiday flair, as the streets and storefronts are dressed up for Christmas!

4. Christkindlmarket

Another charming holiday treat featured on our Holiday Lights Tour? The largest open-air Christmas festival: Christkindlmarket!

In this German-inspired event located in the Chicago Loop (and the heart of downtown), you and your family will discover a beloved shopping experience topped with plenty of holiday entertainment.

5. Chicago Restaurant Week 2017

Finishing off the holidays with a bang, we look forward to another exciting event: Chicago Restaurant Week, featured in 2017 from January 27 – February 9.

This two-week event will feature dining deals full of culinary delights. Fixed price menus for brunch, lunch, and dinner will give you and your loved ones plenty of unique options for your taste buds!


There’s no end to the holiday fun in Chicago. Join us this season for these events and more!