Thursday December 12, 2013
Well, it certainly is cold enough outside to go ice skating. With temperatures barely above 1 degree in the evenings, a night on the ice could be perfect if you are bundled up and have a cup of hot chocolate in hand.
Should you decide to brave the cold and take to the ice, check out our Guide to ice Skating in Chicago, which includes information on locations, dates, times, and admission fees to various rinks (indoors and outdoors) in Chicago.
Tip: The Lincoln Park Zoo has opened a new ice skating rink at its Farm-in-the-Zoo. Bring your own skates or rent them at the Farmhouse. Warm up in the Main Barn and enjoy refreshments for purchase. Lockers are available for rental. Ice rink at the zoo is open daily, $5 admission and $5 skate rental.
And while you are the zoo, be sure to check out the annual ZooLights. Each year the zoo decorates its grounds and trees with multi-colored lights and animal figures.
Also worth reading: Chicago's Christkindlmarket 2013 and December 2013 Events Happening in Chicago
Saturday November 30, 2013
Discover December 2013 events in Chicago and things to do including the Lincoln Park Zoo's ZooLights, the city's annual Christkindlmarket and more. Did you know? New this year: Ice skating at the Lincoln Park Zoo!
Our December Events Guide includes information on Chicago December happenings and their dates, times and locations.
Highlights of things to do in December in Chicago include:
- Holiday Magic at the Brookfield Zoo
- Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza
- The Nutcracker play at the Auditorium Theatre.
Also read: ZooLights at the Lincoln Park l Places to Ice Skate in Chicago l Top 10 Museums in Chicago
Thursday November 28, 2013
Don't want to cook this year? No problem. Several restaurants are open in Chicago on Thanksgiving.
Choose from a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, to holiday buffets, or restaurants offering a la carte items.
Here is our round-up of restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day in Chicago.
Also read: Best Thanksgiving Menus l Thanksgiving Weekend at Chicago's Chriskindlmarket l Origins of Thanksgiving
Monday November 25, 2013
This Tuesday, November 26, is Chicago's 100th annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
The ceremony will include the official lighting of the tree in Daley Plaza, along with live singers, visits with Santa, and the opening of the Christkindlmarket.
For details on Chicago's Christmas tree lighting event, read our Guide to the Christmas Tree Ceremony, including location and times.
Here is a Guide to Chicago's Christkindlmarket, the largest open-air Christmas market in the city.
After the Christmas tree lighting ceremony, consider heading over to Millennium Park and go ice skating under the stars. The ice rink is open to 10 p.m. most days, except major holidays.