Christmas in Chicago


Lizzy Darling , Photo editor

The snow is falling, the lights are going up on trees and the holiday season is underway.  Teenagers are now planning their trip to drive down or take the Harvard train to the city and spend the day there.  There are many activities that Chicago offers during the Christmas season such as ice skating, visit the light displays around the city, finish up or start christmas shopping at Michigan Avenue or the other shops around town, or you could always go catch a holiday show.  

Ice skating is a great idea for a date or a day with friends, McCormick Tribune Ice Rink is right in front of the Cloud Gate sculpture of Millennium Park.  Navy Pier’s Winter Wonderland is great for kids and families and is all inside.  Also there is a rink in the neighborhood of Lincoln Park Zoo that also have spectacular light display.  

Throughout the city of Chicago there are christmas lights up everywhere.  The  55 feet Christmas tree draw people from all around to get the perfect holiday picture.  Other Christmas displays are at Navy Pier’s Winter Wonderland and is open December 2 – January 8.  Massive icicles and giant snowflakes dangle from the ceiling over festive activities.  If the outdoors aren’t something that is of interest, the Brookfield Zoo from December 3 – December 31, will have Chicagoland’s largest lights festival featuring more than one million LED twinkling lights throughout the sprawling 216-acre suburban zoo.  There will be only a select few of animal exhibits  open during this event.  

Christmas shopping is in full effect from Black Friday until December 23 and what better place to shop than Michigan Ave in Chicago.  ‘The Magnificent Mile’ consists of 460 shops, 275 restaurants, and 51 hotels with 22 million visitors annually.  The Water Tower Place, located on Michigan Ave has more than 100 stores and eight levels that serve multiple different price ranges.  

For whatever reason to take a trip to the city, Chicago offers many different activities to fulfill your holiday desires.  Grab a date, a group of friends or family to take the 2 hour or less drive down I-90.