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. If none of these suit your schedule, browse our full calendar to find events near you.
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Families can enjoy winter activities and meet live animals. Activities may include dog sledding demonsrations, live entertainment from the Old Town School of Folk Music, arts and crafts table, toddler zone with outdoor "ice fishing," REI winter activity station, and free snowshoe rental if weather conditions allow. First 500 visitors receive hot cocoa. Dress for the outdoors. Call to confirm scheduled activities.
Lively music and colorful costumes will have you ready to join the award-winning dancers of Dionysos Dance Troupe. Celebrate the special exhibit Monumental with traditional Greek folk dances.
Activities include a tree lighting ceremony, ice carving demonstrations, sleigh rides, carolers, Kris Greengle Market, crafts, a live reindeer display and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.
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.
Features more than one million twinkling lights illuminating the zoo's walkways. Enjoy animated light displays, laser light shows, ice-carving demonstrations, live musical and dance performances, costumed characters, animal Zoo Chats with keepers and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus (through Dec. 22).
Family-friendly outdoor Irish Christmas Market located directly next to the Montrose Brown Line 'L' stop at Montrose Green (1819 W. Montrose) in the Northcenter/ Ravenswood/ Lincoln Square neighborhood. Free entrance to a showcase of local and Irish gift, food and drinks, and festive Irish entertainment. Open Saturdays and Sundays (Dec. 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22) from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. For more information: Website: montrosegreen.com/irish_christmas_market Facebook: Irish Christmas Market Twitter: @IrishXmasMarket Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
An interactive, artistic light experience among the trees that provides a new way to think about lights, trees and nature. Guests explore a path about a mile long and see trees, washed in stunning light, plus are given a chance to manipulate and interact with the lighting elements. There also will be nightly, family-friendly entertainment including warm beverages, fire pits and s'mores.
Kickoff the holiday season with the annual tree lighting and late night shopping on Saturday Dec. 7. Enjoy kids' activities on Sunday, Dec. 8, featuring trolley, choirs and Santa.
Typical Parisian food, easy to make, easy to eat. Kids learn how tasty, simple and pleasant French cooking can be, bring home samples, and can recreate in your kitchen at home.
Multispecies holiday aquatic show features dolphins, beluga whales and a sea lion, accompanied by multicultural holiday music and festive backgrounds from around the world. The Oceanarium will be transformed with snow covered trees, rocks and twinkling lights. Special holiday costumed characters, including Santa, will make an appearance. Runs Nov. 29-Dec. 28.