Archive for November, 2011

Today’s Freebies: Thursday, December 1

Shop for the fashionable ones on your holiday list (or pick up a little something for yourself) at Glitter: A Holiday Shopping Event on Thursday, December 1! Then learn about how Chicago organizations give back to the community at a gallery reception for a new exhibition, Chicago Gives. For even more Chicago fun, visit:

Where to Find Pie on The Magnificent Mile (and 4 More Reasons to Stop By Our Mag Mile Visitor Center)

Of course the Magnificent Mile is a great place for holiday shopping and dining, but did you know that the city’s Water Works Visitor Information Center can help you make the most of your visit? It may also be the only Visitor Information Center in the country that is home to a delicious pie café! From [...]

Things To Do This Weekend: December 2 – 4, 2011

From holiday shopping events to caroling by candlelight in front of Cloud Gate in Millennium Park, there is tons of seasonal fun to be had this Friday through Sunday!  To find out about even more holiday events happening all over the city, check out our comprehensive round-up of holiday happenings.

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: Wednesday, November 30

Shop for the fashionable ones on your holiday list (or pick up a little something for yourself) at Glitter: A Holiday Shopping Event on Thursday, December 1. Preview this week’s Buy Local shopping events, and enjoy Wednesday, November 30′s free admission tours of historic homes. For even more Chicago fun, visit:

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:

Great Holiday Date Nights in Chicago

Ice skate in Millennium Park or take a wintry stroll on Promontory Point. Watch a double feature of holiday movie classics, or two-step at a honky tonk concert. No matter what makes you jolly, we’ve got a few ideas to help you plan a special date night in Chicago this holiday season!

A Q&A with Humphry Snowgart, Lincoln Park Zoo’s Resident Snowman

Explore Chicago was lucky to talk to Humphry Snowgart, the Lincoln Park Zoo’s resident snowman about ZooLights. This annual free admission event features visits with Santa, animals from around the world, festive holiday beverages, and over two million lights, making it the perfect destination for a family outing, date night, or evening out with friends. So Humphry, [...]

Today’s Freebies: Monday, November 28

From free concerts and ice skating to tasting delicious and warming treats at a traditional German holiday market in the heart of downtown Chicago, here are Monday, November 28′s  must-sees.  Mark your calendars for Glitter, a one-day-only holiday shopping event featuring local Chicago apparel and accessory designers and boutiques, this Thursday, December 1.  For even [...]

Explore Chicago’s Buy Local Guide: Quirky & Kid-Friendly Shops

Start checking off your holiday shopping list! Explore Chicago encourages you to support local businesses during this 2011 holiday season as part of  a city-wide “Buy Local” campaign. From classic board games to build-your-own-robot kits to whimsical knick knacks, visit the following locally-owned quirky and kid-friendly Chicago retailers.