There will be family activities at several locations including a tree lighting ceremony, parade, museum free day, ice carving, craft activities and musical performances. Visit website for a complete list of events.
Families take a special post-holiday hike on the scenic Forest Preserve trails around Trailside Museum with a naturalist. Registration required. No strollers.
Karolyn Grimes, 'Zuzu' from "It's A Wonderful Life," shares her experiences on her favorite iconic Christmas movie. Meet 'Zuzu' and watch "It's A Wonderful Life" on the big screen.
The NHL-sized ice skating rink opens to the public for free ice skating at 11 a.m. followed by skating appearances and photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus, ice carving and free horse-drawn sleigh rides throughout the afternoon and evening. Rosemont’s Mayor Stephens will arrive at 5:30 p.m. to join in the opening day celebration and introduce a special performance by United States Figure Skating Synchronized Skating Team. Following the performance, Mayor Stephens will welcome Santa Claus to join him in the MB Financial Park tree lighting ceremony, illuminating the winter sky with a breathtaking display of holiday lights.
This free event is open to any child aged six months through four years, and is centered around the school’s commitment to addressing the holistic needs of a child. Children take part in music and movement activities that get everyone up on their feet and dancing together.
See the key moments of the epic World War II battle recreated in LEGO bricks.
Features both teams’ historical development and details, statistical information, photographs, memorabilia, souvenirs and other materials. In addition, several video presentations—two of which are designed like the classic Cubs’ and White Sox’s scoreboards—offer compelling testimonials from some players, fans and local sports broadcasters. The exhibit also features a playful component which includes interactive “Color Your Mascot” and “Create a Cartoon” coloring sheets, as well as vintage cartoons following the “up and down” seasons of both teams.
Hear a variety of choral groups and join them in a holiday sing-along at Cloud Gate in Millennium Park. Runs Fridays from Nov. 28-Dec. 19.
Discover a traditional centuries-old holiday market in the heart of downtown Chicago. Christkindlmarket features German and international vendors who display hand-crafted ornaments, toys and unique gifts as well as traditional German foods, sweets and beverages. School groups, professional singers and dance groups perform. Special events include appearances by the Christkind and the annual Children’s Lantern Parade, which celebrates St. Martin’s Day. Nov. 21-Dec. 24.