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 [...]

Celebrate Thanksgiving with Global Rhythms

This week, we spoke to Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s Founder and Director, Lane Alexander, about CHRP’s annual Thanksgiving-weekend showcase, Global Rhythms. Two high energy, toe-tapping dance performances at the Harris Theater are sure to appeal to dance-lovers of all ages. This year’s performances bring together the talents of Step Afrika!, the Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago, [...]

Explore Chicago’s Buy Local Week Events Guide

From trunk shows featuring local designers to exclusive holiday sales, support local businesses and finish your holiday shopping during Buy Local Week, Sunday, November 25 through Sunday, December 4. 

Enjoy Seasonal Beverages From Around the World Without Leaving Chicago

Raise a glass with family and friends, or treat yourself to delicious seasonal beverages that represent holiday traditions from around the world, without ever having to leave Chicago! 

Things To Do This Weekend: November 18 – 20, 2011

Get Ready for Holiday Fun this Weekend! Get ready for some holiday fun starting on Friday, November 18, when ice skating returns to Millennium Park. On Saturday, November 19, join Mickey Mouse and thousands of revelers for the The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. Watch as North Michigan Avenue is bathed in the glow of over a million lights, [...]

Today’s Freebies: Wednesday, November 16

From a free classical concert to free tours of historic homes, here are Wednesday, November 16′s must-sees. And get ready to celebrate this weekend: ice skating returns to Millennium Park on Friday! On Saturday, Mickey and Friends light up North Michigan Avenue with parade floats, spectacular fireworks and holiday lights at the Magnificent Mile Lights [...]