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The Best Holiday Activities in Chicago

Chicago Christmas Tree Daley Plaza

Chicago is one of the best cities to visit around the holidays. I often find myself venturing back to the area as there is so much to do in terms of holiday entertainment and attractions. A few of my must do’s each holiday season including: heading downtown to see the Christmas tree and Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza, holiday shopping on Michigan Ave., seeing the Macy’s holiday window displays, heading over to Lincoln Park Zoo’s ZooLights event, and ice skating at Millennium Park.

 A close up view of the Chicago Christmas tree in Daley PlazaChicago Christmas tree

Ice skating rink at Millennium Park is one of my favorite winter/holiday activities in the city! Look at the gorgeous city views in the background!

Ice rink at Millenium Park

Macy’s on State Street holiday windows displays are always a must do tradition of the holiday season. They are conveniently located just a short walk from the Christmas Tree in Daley Plaza.

Macy's holiday window displays - Chicago

Holiday sign in front of the Hard Rock Cafe. Hard Rock Cafe is decorated beautifully for the holidays!

Hard Rock Cafe Chicago holiday sign

I like to stop and take a break from shopping in the cold with a nice hot chocolate at Hershey’s.

Hershey's Chicago

Water Tower Place, along the Magnificent Mile, is a always a fun spot for holiday shopping.

Water Tower Place - Chicago

The Art Institute is great to visit anytime of the year! I love the holiday decorations this year!

Art Institute of Chicago holiday decor

Lincoln Park Zoo, just north of downtown, has a fabulous holiday light display! Definitely the best zoo light display I have ever seen!

Lincoln Park Zoo Lights

Finding these attractions:

Chicago Christmas Tree and Christkindlmarket
Daley Plaza
50 W Washington St
Chicago, IL 60602

McCormick Tribune Ice Rink (Millennium Park)
55 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60602

Macy’s Holiday window displays
111 N State St
Chicago, IL 60602

Hard Rock Cafe
63 W Ontario St
Chicago, IL 60654

822 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

Water Tower Place
835 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

The Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois, 60603

Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614

Most of these places are within walking distance. Check out the public transportation link below for directions on taking the train to Lincoln Park Zoo any other areas throughout the city.

The “L” Public Transportation in Chicago

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