Archive for December, 2011

Things To Do This Week And Other Holiday Fun

Whether you go museum hopping with your family, strap on skates to go ice skating at one of dozens of free rinks around the city, or take an architectural boat cruise on the Chicago River (bundle up!) there’s lots of wintertime fun to be had this week.  Make the most of all the art, music, [...]

4 Ways to Explore Chicago on Your Tablet or Mobile Device

Did you get a shiny new mobile device, tablet or ebook reader over the holidays? From browsing Explore Chicago’s photos, videos and updates on Google Currents – a free app for Apple and Android phones and tablets – to downloading our free eBook for Kindle, Nook and other devices, we’ve got plenty of tablet- and [...]

Head to Navy Pier for Family Friendly Fun this New Year’s Eve!

From indoor rides and an early fireworks show for younger children to teen-friendly movies and entertainment, Navy Pier is one of Chicago’s most family-friendly New Year’s Eve destinations. Some events end early enough to get the kids to bed at a normal hour, while others go a bit later. Here are some ways to wave [...]

New Year’s Eve in Chicago on a Budget

In an effort to ease you in to 2012, we’ve highlighted some fun and unusual New Year’s Eve events happening in Chicago that, at $10 to $50 per person, won’t break the bank! Choose from a sushi buffet in Lakeview; a hilarious theatrical event in Andersonville; an evening with a Blues band in the South [...]

Today’s Freebies: Thursday, December 22

From a program of songs inspired by Marc Chagall by Chicago’s own Maxwell Street Klezmer Band to a great after-work deal at Shedd Aquarium, here are freebies and must-sees for Thursday, December 22! For even more fun events, visit:

[RECIPE] Hummingbird Cake by Chef Art Smith of Table 52

This sweet, Southern-inspired cake, created by celebrity chef Art Smith, is one of the most-requested desserts at Table Fifty-Two (52 W. Elm St,, 312.573.4000) in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. The winner of two James Beard Awards, Smith is perhaps best known for cooking for some of the world’s most famous celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey and [...]

Today’s Freebies: Wednesday, December 21

From Welcome Yule! featuring the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, to a free cooking demonstration by Paul Virant of the Michelin-starred restaurant Vie, here are freebies and must-sees for Wednesday, December 21. For even more fun events, visit:

Today’s Must Sees: Tuesday, December 20

Sip holiday cocktails and see all of the Shedd’s shows and exhibits for $20 as the aquarium stays open late on Jingle Bell Rockin’ Evenings. Take a front seat at opening night performances of the Tony Award winning musical, La Cage Aux Folles, tonight at the Bank of America Theater. Or compare photos of Chicago [...]

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 [...]