Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

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Chicago is a magical place to be this time of year. From the famous Christmas tree at the Walnut Room to the festive decorations along the Magnificent Mile, the streets of Chicago are filled with holiday cheer. A favorite holiday event for locals and visitors alike is Chicago’s very own Festival of Lights – the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. This Chicago attraction combines the fun, excitement, and spectacle of a parade with a family-friendly atmosphere. This year’s Festival will be held on Saturday, November 23, 2013. The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival is Chicago’s unofficial kickoff to the holiday season. Spend the day with friends and family enjoying “the nation’s largest evening holiday celebration.” While events and activities are located throughout Chicago, most are concentrated (you guessed it) on the Magnificent Mile – a stretch of Michigan Avenue filled … [Read more...]

Christmas in Chicago: The Christkindlmarket Tradition

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If you’ve ever spent Christmas in Chicago, you know it’s a magical time full of unique and exciting events. If you haven’t experienced it yet, there’s no time like the present to check it out. One of our favorite Chicago festivities is Christkindlmarket (yes, you read that right!), a traditional German American outdoor holiday market held in the Chicago Loop. The market has become so popular that visitors from all over the world come to experience it! With free admission, a one-of-a-kind shopping experience, typical German food and drinks, and an array of diverse holiday entertainment, what’s not to love? The market is open daily through Decemeber 24th, from 11am to 8pm during the week and from 11am to 9pm on Friday and Saturday. What is the Christkind? It’s a reasonable question. The name “Chriskindlmarket” originates from the mythical German tail of a fairy-like … [Read more...]