5 ways to celebrate the holidays Chicago-style

Once you’ve decked the halls or dug out the dreidel and readied the menorah, it’s time to get out and celebrate the holidays Chicago-style.

Chicago Horse & Carriage

 806 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago

Nothing says the holidays quite like the brightly lit Magnificent Mile. Mix up your view this year and clip-clop your way along Michigan Avenue. 

Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Home Alone in Concert

220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago; Dec. 9-10

While the holiday movie classic Home Alone plays on the big screen, the unmatched CSO musicians perform John Williams’ charming score live.

Chicago Botanic Garden Hanukkah Concert

1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe; Dec. 17, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The Maxwell Street Klezmer Band will have everyone on their feet at its annual Hanukkah concert, which is quickly becoming a family tradition. Don’t miss a visit to the Wonderland Express.


Daley Plaza, Chicago, through Dec. 24; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 11a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday

Inspired by the market in Nuremberg, Germany, the free Chicago version combines European traditions with Chicago charm. Think German food and drinks, shopping and diverse holiday entertainment. 

The Walnut Room at Macy’s

111 N. State St., Chicago; reservations strongly recommended

Parents and grandparents have been taking their families to the famed Walnut Room since 1905. With more than 3,000 ornaments and 6,000 lights on the 45-foot tree, there is no way not to be in the festive spirit. Don’t miss Mrs. Hering’s Chicken Pot Pie.

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