Pierbusseti Favorites: Holiday Activities in Chicago

Chicago’s never lacking for great things to see or do, especially around the holidays. For travelers headed to the Windy City this season, we’ve rounded up a list of our favorite sightseeing options infused with holiday spirit.

1. Christkindlmarket

Daley Plaza, 50 W Washington Street

Get the experience of an authentic German Christmas market right in the heart of downtown Chicago. Guests walk through the open-air market, winding around stands offering up German cuisine, hot gluwhein, as well as handmade crafts and keepsakes that make for perfect gifts.

2. Zoo Lights @ Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N Clark Street

As if getting up close and personal with exotic animals wasn’t cool enough, every year the Lincoln Park Zoo puts on a breathtaking lights display all across the zoo grounds. Running from November 29th to January 3rd, from 4:30PM to 9:00PM the dazzling display will come to life.Fun, family-oriented, and completely free; while stopping by to see the lights, stay for ice skating, warm drinks, and pictures with Santa.

3. LatkeFest

Bernard Horwich JCC, 3003 W Touhy Avenue

Potato pancakes aren’t all there is to enjoy at this Hanukkah festival. In addition to a latke bar, there will also be a Hanukkah song session, a dreidel scavenger hunt, a magic show, candle lighting, and Sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts). The event will be taking place at Bernard Horwich JCC on December 13th and festivities will begin at 2:30PM. Click here to read more and buy tickets in advance.

4. Chicago Botanic Gardens Hanukkah Concert

Chicago Botanic Gardens, 1000 Lake-Cook Road

Kick off the eight nights of Hanukkah with the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, who will be performing two one-hour concerts at Alsdorf Auditorium on December 6th. Tickets to the concert also include access to the garden’s Wonderland Express exhibit.

5. Chicago Irish Christmas Market

Montrose Green, 1819 W Montrose Avenue

Ring in the holiday season with authentic Irish cuisine, handcrafted gifts, and entertainment. Over the course of three days (Friday, December 11th – Sunday December 13th), Northcenter Town Square transforms into a lively market with fun for all ages.

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