Character balloons, marching bands, floats, cultural groups,
theatrical performances, equestrian groups and celebrity guests
march through the Loop in the 80th anniversary parade. Plus
Honorary Grand Marshal Ronald McDonald, parade mascot Teddy Turkey,
an appearance by Santa Claus and performances by Ringling Bros. and
Barnum & Bailey, Jesse White Tumbling Team, Joffrey Ballet,
Budweiser Clydesdales, Million Dollar Quartet, Kilgore College
Rangerettes, Chicago Gay Men's Chorus, Second City, and Barefoot
Experience a traditional German holiday market in the
heart of downtown Chicago, featuring vendors from around the world.
Find unique holiday gifts, indulge in traditional German foods,
sweets and beverages, and enjoy live music and entertainment for
the whole family. Highlight of the market will be the premier of
Chicago's own Christkind and the Kinder Korner activities. Runs
Nov. 26-Dec. 24.
Hear the story of blue jeans and then try your hand at
tie-dyeing a bandana in an indigo pot. Please bring kitchen gloves
and a plastic shopping bag. Preregistration is required.
Hear a variety of choral groups and join them in a holiday
sing-along at Cloud Gate in Millennium Park. Runs Fridays from Nov.
Families take a special post-holiday hike on the scenic Forest Preserve trails around Trailside Museum with a naturalist. Registration required. No strollers.
Families can usher in the holiday season at an afternoon
reception where Santa and his trusty Elves will welcome the festive
season. In addition to a gourmet buffet and kid-friendly mocktails,
there will be opportunities to have photos taken with Santa Claus,
to write a holiday wish list with one of the Elves, and to decorate
and enjoy holiday cookies.
Award winning choreographer, Gilles Brinas, has adapted two
Malambo styles featuring powerful foot stomping. The rhythms are
echoed by "bombos," large, fat, rustic drums, "boleadoras" or bolas
(long, thin ropes with two or more stones attached at the ends) and
accompanied by passionate song and guitar.
This fair offers families, teachers, toy and game enthusiasts
the chance to preview new toys and games, compete in tournaments,
meet toy and game inventors and shop for the holidays.
In addition to seeing sharks up close as a diver swims and interacts with these awe-inspiring animals, attendees will experience “everything aquatic under one roof” including displays of fish from around the world, educational seminars with industry experts, a free Kids Aquarium Contest and thriving show floor of exhibitors showcasing the latest in aquatic trends and products—for advanced hobbyists and first-time aquarium keepers alike.
Join a celebration of Diwali, the Hindu festival of light.
Create a work of art inspired by Indian traditions, visit the
galleries of Southeast Asian art with a family self-guide,
participate in a dance workshop, and more.
Write an encouraging letter of support to a veteran or current
member of our armed forces. Letters will be sent to the local VFW
post to be sent along with care packages for the holidays.
Enjoy indoor and outdoor lighted displays, designer wreaths and
trees, and Garden-scale trains that wind their way over bridges and
through tunnels, and past more than 80 miniature versions of
Chicago landmarks, a Stanley Cup replica, all handcrafted with
natural materials. Runs Nov. 29-Jan. 5.
There's a lot going on in this world-class city we live in, and
the options can be overwhelming. So every week, we'll pick our
not-to-miss events. Chances are, you'll see us there, kids in tow.
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