Archive for 'Holiday Events'

Explore Chicago’s Guide to Last Minute Gift-Buying

There’s nothing like the thrill of a deadline to really inspire you, and this holiday season, whether you’re shopping for holiday gifts, your time is almost up. There are many local shopping options right around the corner, so you won’t have to travel far and wide to get that list crossed off.

Santa Claus Flies into Winter Wonderland at John Hancock Observatory

It’s not every day you get to talk to a celebrity, and this week we were excited to talk to none other than Santa Claus himself.  His sleigh flies into Winter Wonderland at John Hancock Observatory to greet families and pose for photos, every weekend in December. First, welcome to Chicago! How did you arrive at [...]

Keep Your Kids and Teens Entertained With Foodie Fun

Cooking classes for families, teens, and kids as young as three years old, can be a fantastic pre-Christmas treat, or a great way to entertain a restless brood after all the presents are unwrapped and boredom has set in. We were happy to speak to Sara Salzinski, Chef Instructor and Curriculum Coordinator at The Chopping [...]

Today’s Freebies: Thursday, December 8

Get a global perspective on holiday traditions at Chicago museums this Thursday! Or sip drinks under the world’s largest Tiffany stained-glass dome as you listen to a genre-busting blues musician, and a vocalist who has teamed up with hip hop artist Lupe Fiasco. Here are Thursday, December 8′s freebies and must-sees. For even more Chicago [...]

Explore Chicago’s Winter Recreation Activities

  From fun runs and bike rides, to ice skating and bowling at lanes with a vintage look and feel, Chicago has fun winter recreational activities for every age group, ability level, and budget. No need to lug a bunch of gear around, you can rent equipment at almost any location. Here’s to working off [...]

Explore Chicago Takes On: Christkindlmarket

On Friday afternoon, the Explore Chicago team headed over to Christkindlmarket to eat lunch and compile tips to help you make the most of your own Christkindlmarket experience. This traditional German holiday market, in the heart of downtown Chicago, offers a unique assortment of holiday gifts, as well as mouthwatering foods, from bratwurst and Bavarian [...]

A Tree’s Eye View of The Museum of Science and Industry’s Holiday Exhibits

We were delighted to get a tree’s eye view of the Museum of Science and Industry’s popular annual Christmas around the World and Holiday of Lights exhibits. The museum’s 45-foot Grand Tree explains who’s Who and what’s what at the museum, where you can also see There’s Fun to be Done! Dr. Seuss and the Art [...]

Discover Chicago’s Ice Skating Rinks

From an ice skating rink with a view of Millennium Park’s Cloud Gate sculpture or to a rink next to Wrigley Field’s “Friendly Confines”, Chicago has affordable ice skating options in fantastic locations, perfect for your next family outing, winter work out, or romantic date night. To help you find the perfect skating rink, we’ve identified each [...]

Try Spertus Executive Chef Laura Frankel’s Delicious Homemade Latkes

The Spertus Institute’s Executive Chef Laura Frankel promises to introduce you to an exciting array of gourmet latke toppings, just in time for Hanukkah, from bright red pomegranate to subtle salmon. Sample Chef Laura’s delicious new takes on traditional potato pancakes at the Spertus Institute’s Latke-Palooza, a cooking demonstration and sampling event on Tuesday, December 6, or [...]

Today’s Freebies: November 29

Preview this week’s family-friendly performances and Buy Local Week shopping events, and enjoy Tuesday’s museum free days and holiday festivities. Here are Tuesday, November 29′s freebies and must-sees! For even more Chicago fun, visit: