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ONE OF A KIND SHOW This biannual shopping extravaganza hosts its massive holiday showcase at The Mart Dec. 5-8 Just in time for the holidays, the One of a Kind Show features handmade items from more than 600 talented designers and artists. True to its name, this truly is a one-ofa-kind experience, featuring plenty of great food and live entertainment while you browse jewelry, clothing, ceramics, furniture, bath & body products, photography and home goods. You can attend fashion shows featuring clothing and accessories from exhibiting artists, sip on boozy hot chocolate and enjoy live music. Not to be missed are the Emerging Market, which will showcase dozens of

talented up-and-coming artists, and the show’s Fine Art Gallery. All that shopping got you hungry? Check out the Gourmet Market for a splendid selection of delicious specialty items like dips, sauces, brews, confections and baked goods, plus plenty of lunch options and the Sports Café to get caught up on the big game. Running Dec. 5-6 from 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Dec. 7 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Dec. 8 from 10 a.m.5 p.m. Visit OneOfAKindShowChicago.com for a detailed description of vendors, exhibits, fashion shows and floor plan.

If you’re looking for lunch or dinner just steps from the show, the Kinzie Chophouse has been offering locals and visitors some of the best steak, homemade pasta and seasonal seafood dishes the city has to offer for nearly 30 years. 400 N. Wells. 312-822-0191. KinzieChopHouse.com Get the app keychicago

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6 FRIDAY Pick a perfect gift from among the hundreds of diverse artists selling everything from food to clothing to household goods at the 19th annual One of a Kind Show and Sale at the Merchandise Mart. Today from 11 am–8 pm, Saturday from 10 am–7 pm and Sunday from 10 am–5 pm. $12 (kids under 12 are FREE). 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, 7th floor, 312-527-4141. See page 3 for more. Enjoy a climate-controlled playland of rides, giant slides, holiday décor and indoor ice skating as Winter WonderFest opens for the season today at Navy Pier. 10 am–10 pm. $10-$28. 600 E. Grand, 312-595-5282. See page 7 of the Holiday Activity Guide insert for more. Enjoy holiday shopping and revelry in one of the city’s most distinctive neighborhoods tonight, with dozens of restaurant and retailer specials plus carolers, pictures with Santa, musicians, free trolley rides, refreshments and more at the Late Night Andersonville event. 6–9 pm. FREE. 4800-5800 N. Clark, 773-728-2995. Join in or just listen as Mark Hubbard and The Voices perform holiday fare during the annual tradition of Caroling at Cloud Gate under the iconic “Bean” sculpture tonight

J O F F R E Y B AL L E T ’S TH E N UTCRACK ER in Millennium Park. 6 pm. FREE. Michigan and Washington, 312-744-3316. See page 9 of the Holiday Activity Guide insert for more. Catch the holiday classic Home Alone in a whole new way, as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra plays John Williams’ score live to accompany the screening at Symphony Center. Tonight at 7 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 3 pm. $43-$114. 220 S. Michigan, 312-294-3000.

set-in-Chicago production of the The Nutcracker at the Auditorium Theatre. Tonight at 7 pm, Saturday at 2 pm and 7 pm, Sunday at 2 pm, Thursday and Friday (12/13) at 7 pm. $35-$179. 50 E. Ida B. Wells, 312-341-2310. See page 23 of the Holiday Activity Guide insert for more.

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The venerable Cirque du Soleil troupe wraps up its first-ever holiday show ‘Twas the Night Before… this weekend at the Chicago Theatre. Tonight at 7 pm, Saturday at 1 pm, 4 pm and 8 pm and Sunday at 12 pm, 3 pm and 6 pm. $48.50-$90. 175 N. State, 312-462-6300. See page 25 of the Holiday Activity Guide insert for more.

Kids can enjoy holiday games, live music and quality time with the big guy himself during this weekend’s Santa at the Museum events at the Driehaus Museum. Today and Sunday at 9 am, 10 am, 11 am and 12 pm. Adults, $15; kids (3-17), $8. 40 E. Erie, 312-482-8933.

Catch a creatively reimagined version of a holiday classic, as the Joffrey Ballet stages its

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SUNDAY Celebrate the second Sunday of Advent with Catholic mass right in the heart of downtown at historic St. Peter’s in the Loop. 9 am, 11 am, 12:30 pm and 6 pm. FREE. 110 W. Madison, 312-372-5111.

AP PR E C I AT I NG T HE AUDIT O R IUM T H E AT RE DE C. 9 Celebrate the 130th anniversary of one the city’s most magnificent performing arts venues with free theatre tours, family activities and refreshments during the Open House at the Auditorium Theatre on Monday, Dec. 9 from 4–7 pm. FREE. 50 E. Ida B. Wells, 312-341-2310. Renegade Craft Fair this weekend at the Bridgeport Art Center. Today and Sunday, 11 am–5 pm. FREE. 1200 W. 35th, 773-247-3000. Hear the stories of some of the great architects and leaders who shaped Chicago while taking in twinkling holiday and building lights on the Holiday Lights, City Lights bus tour from the Chicago Architecture Center. 90-minute tours depart at 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm. $35. 111 E. Wacker, 312-922-3432. For more holiday tours, see page 12 of the Holiday Activity Guide insert. ‘Tis the season for holiday-themed radio station-sponsored pop extravaganzas like tonight’s

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B96 Jingle Bash, featuring Katy Perry, Camila Cabello, Marshmello and many more, at the Allstate Arena. 6 pm. $85-$125. 6920 Mannheim in Rosemont, 847-635-6601. Sondra Radvanovsky sings the stirring finales of three Donizetti classics in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s semi-staged production The Three Queens tonight at the Civic Opera House. 7:30 pm. $69-$299. 20 N. Wacker, 312-827-5600. Two of the biggest names in rap and R&B over the past several decades join forces tonight, as Erykah Badu and Nas take the stage at the United Center. 8 pm. $59-$99. 1901 W. Madison, 312-455-4500.

Whether you’re an aspiring dancer or just a sugarplum lover, members of the Ballet Chicago troupe are ready to help hoofers of all ages and abilities through a holiday classic during today’s Dance-Along Nutcracker sessions at the Chicago Cultural Center. 10 am and 1 pm (dance lessons at 9 am and 12 pm). FREE. 78 E. Washington, 312-744-3316. Today is your last chance to relive the classic hits of one of pop music’s most enduring duos, as The Simon & Garfunkel Story closes its run at the Broadway Playhouse. 2 pm and 6 pm. $66.50-$86.50. 175 E. Chestnut, 312-9771700. The Chicago Philharmonic plays a program of holidaythemed classical fare with an assist from jazz pianist Marcus Roberts today at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. 3 pm. $10-$75. 205 E. Randolph, 312-334-7777. The Chicago Blackhawks hit the ice to take on the Arizona Coyotes tonight at the United Center. 6 pm. 1901 W. Madison, 312-455-7000.


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10 TUESDAY Take a few laps against the backdrop of the amazing Chicago skyline with public ice skating at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park. 12–8 pm. Skating is FREE, skate rental is $13. Michigan and Washington, 312-7443316. See page 13 of the Holiday Activity Guide insert for more. Enjoy an evening of conversation and memories with stage and screen legend Julie Andrews tonight at the Chicago Theatre. 7:30 pm. $78.50$148.50. 175 N. State, 312-462-6300. One of the most beloved holiday films of all time comes to singing and dancing life on stage in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, opening tonight at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. 7:30 pm. $16.50$81.50. 151 W. Randolph, 312-384-1502. See page 24 of the Holiday Activity Guide insert for more.

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11 WEDNESDAY Warm up amid a charming village teeming with traditional European handmade gifts and delicious delicacies as the 24th annual Christkindlmarket continues today at Daley Plaza. 11 am–9 pm. FREE. 50 W. Washington, 312-494-2175. See page 9 of the Holiday Activity Guide insert for more. Watch all seven Harry Potter books unfold in a delirious and hilarious 70-minute romp, as the smash hit Potted Potter returns to the Broadway Playhouse. 7:30 pm. $36.45-$96.45. 175 E. Chestnut, 312-977-1700.

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while enjoying the wonder of the annual ZooLights display during tonight’s BrewLights event at Lincoln Park Zoo. 5:30– 9:30 pm. $49 (21+). 2200 N. Cannon, 312-742-2056. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra treats listeners to A Night in Vienna with a program of Mozart and Strauss at Symphony Center. Tonight at 8 pm and Friday at 1:30 pm. $36-$223. 220 S. Michigan, 312-294-3000.

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13 FRIDAY Saxophonist Dave Koz celebrates the season with holiday songs in a smooth jazz setting tonight at the Chicago Theatre. 8 pm. $33.50-$119. 175 N. State, 312-462-6300.

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Quite the view So there’s a chill in the air and you’re not real keen on being outside too much during your December stay, but that doesn’t mean you don’t want to take in the iconic sights around town. We understand, and we’ve got you covered. Take a long (but fast) elevator ride to the 103rd floor of the famous Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) to Skydeck Chicago, which sits 1,353 feet up atop the world’s eighth-tallest building and comes loaded with interactive kiosks and educational exhibits. Fun fact: On a clear day, you can see four different states. No joke. Four of them. Don’t, whatever you do, head back down the elevator without walking out on “The Ledge,” where glass bays extend out four feet from the Skydeck to provide a truly unique view of the city. It’s an Instagram favorite for sure. And don’t miss out on the theater presentation called Reaching For The Sky, which tells the story of how the Willis Tower and many of the city’s other famous landmarks set architectural benchmarks after the Great Chicago Fire and for decades to come. If you happen to be taking the kids, make sure to check out the Skydeck’s website before your trip to explore a bunch of kid-specific activities, including fact sheets, quizzes, scavenger hunts and more. The Willis Tower Skydeck is open 365 days a year, from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. during the winter. 233 S. Wacker Dr., with the Skydeck entrance on Franklin. TheSkydeck.com

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An affordable way to see downtown Chicago and its 77 distinct, diverse neighborhoods is aboard the city’s elevated train, better known as the L. Five of the CTA’s (Chicago Transit Authority) lines converge around the city’s center to form a “loop” before jetting out into the surrounding communities. Riding the L is an inexpensive way ($2.50) to check out the city and experience the outskirts of Chicago as locals do every day. You’ll find Chicago’s worldfamous architecture, street art, century-old brownstones and magnificent views of the river and parks right outside your window. If it’s your first time on the L, be sure to grab a seat or a pole to steady yourself because stops and starts can be slightly jarring. A few neighborhoods to check out: Old Town (brown line) is home to Second City and Zanies comedy clubs, the Chicago History Museum and a stylish, comfortable shopping and nightlife district along Wells Street. LGBTQ-friendly Boystown and Andersonville (red line) are meccas for quaint coffee shops and late-night party spots. The trendy Wicker Park (blue line) and Logan Square are home to plenty of craft-beer posts, eclectic shopping opportunities and popular eateries.

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Founded back in 1966, the Chicago Architecture Center is one of the largest cultural organizations in the city. If you like a wide variety of tours, this is the place to be, as the CAF offers some 85 different options for discovering the city, with topics ranging from Historic Neighborhoods and Evolving Chicago to Art Deco Skyscrapers, Chicago’s Amazing Fair of 1893 and Parks and Public Spaces. Don’t let the cold weather deter you from admiring Chicago’s stunning architecture, especially when the esteemed CAC is leading the tour. Hop aboard Big Bus Chicago for the Holiday Lights, City Lights Tour and hear the stories of great architects and leaders who shaped the city while taking in the mass of twinkling holiday and building lights. 312-922-3432. Architecture.org

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Chicago Detours

Offering the “local experience” since 1969, Gray Line is an international tour company serving destinations from Rome to Orlando. Get into the holiday spirit with their Chicago Holiday Lights Tour and see famous landmarks such as Lincoln Park Zoo, the Magnificent Mile, State Street, Chicago’s Christmas Tree and the Christlindlmarket, all beautifully lit up with Christmas lights. 312-251-3100. Grayline.com

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The folks at Chicago Food Planet have a passion for telling stories and creating unique experiences, and on the popular Best in Chow tour, one of their foodie guides will have you tasting five iconic Chicago dishes from the celebrated restaurants that perfected them. And a bonus: You get to skip the lines. 312-932-0800. ChicagoFoodPlanet.com

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Offering fun and educational guided walking and bus tours that cover architecture, history and culture, Chicago Detours (and its five-star ratings) takes aim at much more than just the highlights. If it’s chilly out, their Loop Interior Architecture Walking Tour provides an opportunity to step inside and follow a creative route through buildings and secret shortcuts to gain a new perspective on Chicago. 312-350-1131. ChicagoDetours.com

The history of Chicago’s crime underworld is a vast one, and there’s no better way to learn about some of the city’s most famous criminals, mobsters and gangsters than jumping aboard their luxury, climatecontrolled bus. Get insights on the famous names like Capone, Dillinger, The Untouchables and so many more. 312-8886224. ChicagoCrimeTours.com


Light up the season 1 Not only is the sprawling Millennium Park a beautiful centerpiece for the city to begin with, but during the winter, it also serves as the home to the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, a splendid 60-foot Norway spruce known as Chicago’s Christmas tree that is illuminated all month, and several other light displays surrounding the park’s “bean” sculpture. MillenniumPark.org

2 If you happen to be on a stroll through Lincoln Park and were wondering what 2.5 million colorful lights look like, you’re in luck, as the amazing ZooLights takes over Lincoln Park Zoo during the holiday season. A Ferris wheel, light maze, extravagant decorations, tasty treats and much more combine to make for a funfilled evening. For more, see page 5 of the Holiday Activity Guide insert. 2200 N. Cannon. 312-742-2000. LPZoo.org

3 Christkindlmarket, the charming German holiday market in Daley Plaza downtown, is loaded with authentic food, drinks, entertainment and vendors — and the lights display make it all the more cozy. Not to be outdone is the newer second Christkindlmarket location alongside historic Wrigley Field about five miles north of downtown. Insider’s tip: Stick around for a drink at one of the several Christmas pop-up bars in Wrigleyville. For more, see page 9 of the Holiday Activity Guide insert. Christkindlmarket.com

SHOPPING SPREE Known around the world, the Magnificent Mile is Chicago’s premier commercial district and loaded with enough high-end shopping and dining options to occupy visitors for a week. And the vibrant, bustling area is also famous for its holiday lights that run from the Chicago River north to Lake Shore Drive. Insider’s tip: The old Water Tower with the horse-drawn carriages makes for a classic photo op during winter, especially if it’s snowing.

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The Adler Planetarium, with its interactive exhibits and historical and scientific knowledge, is a great way to spend a day. Chicago’s Night Sky is a new exhibit focused on the tradition of “looking up” and how humans, for as long as we’ve walked on Earth, have used the night sky as both a companion and gateway to the mysteries of the universe. Discover how people have imagined shapes and pictures in the sky over thousands of years, check out the Adler’s world-renowned collection of celestial globes and star maps, and take part in real research by identifying constellations or using digital interactive technology to create your own. Insider’s tip: Save time to step into the recently refurbished Atwood Sphere to view the stars as they would have appeared in 1913 without the presence of light pollution. 1300 S. Lake Shore. AdlerPlanetarium.org

OUR UNDERWATER WORLD The daily aquatic presentations in the Shedd Aquarium’s oceanarium — with beluga whales, sea lions and dolphins serving as the stars of the show — will delight the whole family. But that’s just the start, as the Shedd offers up-close, unforgettable encounters with 32,000 animals from aquatic environments around the world. Looking for some excitement? Check out the Shark Feed Tour, where you go behind the scenes in the Wild Reef exhibit to experience meal time during a 90-minute guided tour with aquarium experts. 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr. SheddAquarium.org

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Tiffany’s stained glass Housed in the meticulously restored Nickerson Mansion — the Driehaus Museum explores the art, architecture and design of the late 19th and early 20th centuries with a focus on the Gilded Age. A new exhibit is Eternal Light: The Sacred Stained-Glass Windows of Louis Comfort Tiffany, which highlights the design and production of Tiffany’s ecclesiastical windows, examining them in the context of both the art and social history of the period. A total of 11 windows — made between 1880-1925 and pulled from major public and private collections from across the country — are at the heart of this impressive exhibit. 40 E. Erie. DriehausMuseum.org

THE WRITTEN WORD The American Writers Museum, opened in 2017, celebrates the breadth of American writing through a number of engaging exhibits and programming. Check out the new exhibit, My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today, which delves into just what it means to be an American in today’s society. 180 N. Michigan Ave., suite 300. AmericanWritersMuseum.org

The dynamic Chicago History Museum, located just north of downtown in the Old Town neighborhood, has a number of fascinating exhibits and programs highlighting everything from the history of blues music to Abraham Lincoln’s impact on Chicago. Make sure to check out The Great Chicago Adventure Film, a lively presentation that transports visitors through Chicago’s vast history — the Great Chicago Fire, World’s Columbian Exposition, bustling Maxwell Street in the 1950s, construction of the Sears Tower in the 1970s, memorable sports triumphs and more. 1601 N. Clark. ChicagoHistory.org If you want to learn about the diversity of life on Earth and its history, the Field Museum — with its nearly 40 million artifacts and specimens — needs to be on your to-do list, especially the extensive dinosaur collection. In the Abbott Hall of Conservation: Restoring Earth, see how Field Museum scientists are getting their hands dirty and feet wet as part of a worldwide effort to conserve the natural world, promote cultural understanding and learn more about life on earth. 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr. FieldMuseum.org Get the app keychicago

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The new Winter Wonder Market Did you know the most popular attraction in the Midwest is Navy Pier? If not, you should, because it’s recently undergone a multimillion dollar renovation and draws nearly nine million annual guests to its 50 acres of unparalleled attractions, restaurants, boat docks and family-friendly opportunities. The annual Winter Wonderfest (see page 7 of the Holiday Activity Guide insert) draws

a lot of attention, and understandably so, but new this year is at the Family Pavilion is the Winter Wonder Market, a one-stop shop for unique, Chicago-centric gifts, as well as seasonal treats and food specials from dining vendors. Enjoy live entertainment and meetand-greet photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus on select dates. 600 E. Grand. NavyPier.org

MORE HIGHLIGHTS For a unique cultural experience, check out the Chicago Shakespeare Theater‘s three-venue layout. Romeo & Juliet and Q Brothers Christmas Carol are on stage in December. ChicagoShakes.com The new Offshore (left) lounge and terrace is the largest rooftop venue in the entire nation. The Centennial Wheel soars 200 feet above the ground and offers enclosed gondolas and 360-degree city views

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penguins while enjoying warm drinks, cool crafts, seasonal snacks, strolling carolers, shopping, ice carvings and a visit with Santa. Insider’s tip: The Chicago Trolley lights tour (ChicagoTrolley.com) and Gray Line holiday bus tour (GrayLineChicago.com) both make stops at the ZooLights exhibit. ZooLights takes place from 4:30-9 p.m. Nov. 29-Dec. 1, Dec. 2-8, Dec. 13-23 and Dec. 26-Jan. 5. 2200 N. Cannon. 312-742-2000. LPZoo.org Publisher Walter L. West III

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Classic Chicago traditions 1 Chicago Christmas tree The sprawling Millennium Park serves as a type of town square for Chicago, and it’s home to this proud century-old tradition, as the gorgeous 60foot Norway spruce will remain illuminated (near Washington and Michigan Ave.) through January 6. MillenniumPark.org

2 Randolph Holiday Market

Looking for a unique shopping experience instead of battling the crowds on Michigan Avenue? Go on the hunt for a stylishly crafted mix of vintage and modern decorative objects, housewares, antiques, art and clothing for men, women and children — all from more from 125 vendors spread throughout the massive Plumbers Hall building in the industrial, trendy Fulton Market District. Even better, you can snag a bloody Mary, beer or glass of wine or champagne to browse with. Plenty of local eateries will be on hand as well. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 23-24 and Dec. 14-15. 1341 W. Randolph. RandolphStreetMarket.com

3 CTA holiday train and bus

This is the 28th year of the CTA holiday train — a tradition unique to Chicago. Both an in-service train and bus are wrapped with holiday and seasonal decorations, including thousands of twinkling lights, red bows, candy canes and more, from late November until close to Christmas. Photos with Santa are available when exiting at your destination. You can track the whereabouts of Santa using CTA train tracker, and on Saturdays, an elves’ workshop train follows the holiday train.

HOLIDAY TEA AT THE DRAKE Steeped in history, the Palm Court at The Drake Hotel has been serving afternoon tea for close to a century — even the Queen and Princess Diana made royal visits. Enjoy an assortment of French teas and decadent pastries, scones and artisanal finger sandwiches while listening to holiday carolers and a harpist. Seating available every half hour on weekdays between 1-4:30 p.m. from Nov. 4-22 and every half hour on weekends between 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 9-10 and 16-17 and Nov. 23-Jan. 12. $52-$56 for adults, $25 for children ages 3-12. 140 E. Walton. (312) 932-4619. TheDrakeHotel.com

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Eye-catching holiday exhibits

Ice Age winter flower show

Christmas Around the World and Holiday of Lights at the Museum of Science and Industry

This popular exhibit began back in 1942 with a single tree. Today, the annual celebration features a four-story Grand Tree that is surrounded by a forest of more than 50 other smaller trees and vibrant displays to represent holiday traditions from around the globe. Live holiday dance and choral performances, more than 30,000 lights and fake snowfalls add to the spirit of the season for visitors. The exhibit is open through Jan. 5. 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr. MSIChicago.org

The four display houses of the Lincoln Park Conservatory offer a lush escape from the winter weather, and the impressive annual flower show is taking on a look and feel of the polar north this holiday season. Expect an assortment of poinsettias, freshcut trees, sparkling lights and white flowers to fit the theme. The Conservatory is free and open 365 days a year. Insider’s tip: Take advantage of the free tours that are regularly available for more insight into the displays and a bit of Chicago history as well. The Ice Age winter flower show runs Nov. 29-Jan. 3. 2391 N. Stockton Dr. 312-742-7736. ChicagoParkDistrict.com

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Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier

For 19th straight year, Navy Pier transforms its Festival Hall to offer families a wealth of indoor holiday thrills. Step in out of the cold to experience festive décor and a glittering forest of 500 trees and 25,000 ornaments, as well as 170,000 square feet of entertainment for all ages — from the ever-popular ice skating rink to the polar extreme obstacle course, bumper cars, cookie cottage, ice peaks climbing wall, miniature golf course, Arctic express train and several exciting rids like the Wind Chill, which whisks riders 53 feet off the ground. Running Dec. 6-Jan. 12. Tickets available at NavyPier.org 2019 Holiday Activity Guide

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The Loop: The center of it all Wreathing of the lions

The beloved Chicago tradition of the wreathing of the lions — when giant holiday wreaths are placed on the Art Institute’s iconic lion statues that flank the entry during the holidays — makes for a great photo op. Insider’s tip: Head inside to see the Miniature Thorne Rooms, several of which are specially decorated for the holiday season. 111 S. Michigan.312-443-3600. ArtIC.edu

Caroling at Cloud Gate Bundle up and belt out some holiday classics, as local Chicago choral groups lead hundreds of celebrants in song at the mirrored structure in the middle of Millennium Park better known as “the bean.” Caroling occurs from 6-7 p.m. every Friday from Nov. 29-Dec. 20. Free. 201 E. Randolph. MillenniumPark.org

Theatre Christkindlmarket district Rivaling anything in the U.S. outside of New York City, Chicago’s theatre district in the Loop is an impressive collection of dance (Joffrey Ballet), opera (Lyric Opera) and stage (Chicago Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Broadway in Chicago productions at the Cadillac Palace, CIBC and Nederlander Theatres). Expect big productions and big names to grace the marquees, especially during the holidays. See page 18-25 of the Holiday Activity Guide insert and page 37 of this issue for more on Chicago’s impressive theatre scene.

This incredibly popular annual outdoor market in Daley Plaza offers traditional German food (bratwurst, pretzels, roasted nuts, chocolate, etc.), drinks and live entertainment. Vendors in this charming, illuminated village sell handmade ornaments, nutcrackers and cuckoo clocks. The market has been a Chicago tradition since 1996 and is influenced by the Christkindlmarkt in Nuremberg, Germany (which began in 1545). Admission is free. Insider’s tip: Not only do we recommend a boot-shaped mug of their famous spiced wine, but if you have a larger group, you can reserve a table in the heated tents — and even order a food and beverage package in advance through their website. Christkindlmarket Chicago runs Nov. 15-Dec. 24 Sun.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 50 W. Washington. There is also a second Chicago Christkindlmarket location at Gallagher Way next to Wrigley Field running Nov. 22-Dec. 31. 312-494-2175. Christkindlmarket.com 2019 Holiday Activity Guide

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Macy’s holiday fun After taking in the 52nd annual Macy’s holiday windows (on display until Jan. 5), the Holiday Traditions Tour (which highlights the traditions of iconic State Street), stop by the 17,000-squarefoot Walnut Room, a dining landmark on the seventh floor complete with Austrian chandeliers, Russian wood paneling and — most importantly during the holiday season — a 45-foot Christmas tree with 15,000 lights that sits directly in the center of the room. Insider’s tip: The chicken pot pie and Grand Tree buffet are fantastic, but if the wait is too long to be seated in the Walnut Room, head to the adjoining wine bar that still offers views of the tree and an extensive, affordable wine list. And don’t forget to take the kids to Santaland on the fifth floor right up through Christmas Eve to meet the big guy himself. 111 N. State. VisitMacysChicago.com

SANTA SIGHTINGS Santa hangs around until Christmas Eve on the fifth floor of Macy’s at 111 N. State. Free personalized photo ops are available at the Santa House in Millennium Park. Visit MillenniumPark.org for schedules. Navy Pier’s Family Pavilion transforms into an all-new holiday market this season, complete with photo ops with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Check NavyPier.org for schedules.

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Chicago Trolley

Chicago Detours provides guided walking and bus tours of Chicago architecture, culture and history to both public and private groups, providing a fresh, insider perspective you won’t find elsewhere. Making its triumphant return this holiday season, is A Holiday Tour of Drinks, Daleys and Dead Guys. It’s a downtown (and mostly indoor) walking tour that goes beyond just the standard Chicago holiday traditions and shares Chicago’s history of both festive fun and surprising follies. Highlights include a Tom and Jerry cocktail at Miller’s Pub, the Christmas tree inside Macy’s, the connection between the Chicago blues and the holidays, and a stop at the Christkindlmarket. Advance registration is highly recommended. 312-350-1131. ChicagoDetours.com

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Another fun, easy way to experience the magic of the holidays in town is the Holiday Lights Tour with the Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co. It’s a 2.5-hour excursion through the city via decorated trolleys with stops to hop off and explore the German Christkindlmarket in Wrigleyville and ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo. 773-8902050. ChicagoTrolley.com

Want to take in the lights of Michigan Avenue or get a narrated tour of the historic Gold Coast in a uniquely stylish way? Traditional carriage rides and a variety of horse-drawn narrated tours are available at Water Tower Park (806 N. Michigan Ave.) from ChicagoCarriage.com, GreatLakesHorseAndCarriage.com and AntiqueCoach-Carriage.com.

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Holiday lights segway tour

See Chicago’s decorations sparkle from the night sky on a private holiday lights tour from Vertiport Chicago, the city’s premiere helicopter tour company. Get a unique vantage point of Chicago’s iconic landmarks, skyline and holiday lights, complete with hot cocoa and candy canes. Tours offered Thursday-Sunday starting at 6 p.m. 1339 S. Wood Street. 877-902-9292. VertiportVIPTours.com

Get into the spirit of the season with Absolutely Chicago Segway. This unique adventure is an ideal way to see Chicago in all its holiday splendor with festive views of Millennium Park, Macy’s, the Mag Mile, Christkindlmarket and more. Tours run every WednesdaySunday at 6 p.m. from Nov. 21-Dec. 21. 312-552-5100. ChicagoSegways.com


Lace ‘em up: It’s time to skate MAGGIE DALEY PARK SKATING RIBBON

Easily the most popular spot to skate in Chicago — and probably the Midwest — is the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park, in large part because of the beautiful backdrop of not only Michigan Avenue, but also the reflective “bean” sculpture behind the rink. It’s free admission, and skate rental is $13$15. 201 E. Randolph. MillenniumPark.org Walking distance from the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink is the Maggie Daley Park skating ribbon, providing skaters a unique winding ice track. Free admission; skate rental is $13-$15. 337 E. Randolph. MaggieDaleyPark.com

Head to Navy Pier’s Winter Wonderfest to experience a synthetic (but temperaturecontrolled) skating experience at the Xfinity Skating Rink. 600 E. Grand. NavyPier.com If you’ve been to a Cubs game the last two years, you’re probably familiar with Gallagher Way, the sprawling new park and event space adjacent to Wrigley Field. This winter, as part of Winterland at Gallagher Way, you can skate underneath twinkling lights with the home of the Chicago Cubs as a backdrop seven nights a week. 3635 N. Clark. GallagherWay.com

ENJOY THE SPIRIT OF THE HOLIDAYS AT MAGGIE DALEY PARK’S SKATING RIBBON

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Decorative dining chocolate buffet) or enjoy the daily afternoon tea service in The Lobby. 108 E. Superior inside the Peninsula Hotel. 312-573-6695. Peninsula.com

Club Lucky

This throwback Italian supper club and cocktail lounge goes all out for the holidays. And then some. Traditionally decked out in wreaths, lights, hanging snowflakes and other festive decorations, this is a must-stop every December in the trendy Bucktown neighborhood. They like to say their food is as comfortable as their atmosphere, and that’s a pretty accurate description, even close to Christmas. Insider’s tip: Snag a reservation, but get there early and try one of their famous martinis at the bar. Get 1824 W. Wabansia. 773-227-2300. ClubLuckyChicago.com

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Classic, understated elegance is how best to describe this beautiful restaurant inside the Peninsula Hotel. As if the 20-foot floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the terrace weren’t enough, wait till you see how they decorate the room for the holidays. Insider’s tip: Swing by for a spectacular Sunday brunch (with

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Butch McGuire’s Since 1961, this popular family-run Irish pub has lived by the motto of: “It’s more fun to eat in a saloon than drink in a restaurant.” Ownership has also been known to take its decorative spirit to another level during the Christmas season. Double-decker toy trains circle the establishment, which is adorned with a stunning array of lights and garland. McGuire’s has a menu full of tempting specialties, but you can’t go wrong with their fish and chips or Irish egg rolls that are filled with corned beef. 20 W. Division. 312-787-4318. ButchMcGuires.com

A name synonymous with quality German food and family in Chica¬go since 1898 (you read that correctly), The Berghoff offers some beautiful, stately Christmas decorations. Also, a unique holiday tradition for generations called Pickle in the Pine. Children are invited to comb through the illuminated branches of the beautifully decorated Christmas tree in the restaurant’s Century Room in search of a hidden pickle ornament. A free hand-crafted root beer belongs to any child that finds it. Insider’s tip: Take advantage of the happy hour, with $5 pints from their very own Adams Street Brewery, $5 bar bites and live music. 17 W. Adams. 312-427-3170. The Berghoff.com

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The Nutcracker presented by the House Theatre of Chicago

With something for everyone in this “wholly original, ballet-free” show, it’s easy to see why The House Theatre of Chicago is celebrating its 10th-anniversary production, making memories for some 30,000 audience members along the way. This modern take on the holiday classic is beautifully choreographed, fast-paced and perfect for the family with astonishing puppetry, original song and mesmerizing display. Follow this fantastical story of hope as Clara, along with the help of a magical nutcracker, sets out on a journey to save Christmas for her family. Labeled by critics as “imaginative and inventive” and a performance that “will pull on your heartstrings while hitting your funny bone,” The Nutcracker plays at The Chopin Theatre Nov. 8-Dec. 29. 1543 W. Division. 773-769-3832. TheHouseTheatre.com

The Steadfast Tin Soldier

Unwrap a treasure for the whole family that “will enthrall you” and “brings us hope, gratitude and magic.” Mary Zimmerman fashions Hans Christian Andersen’s The Steadfast Tin Soldier into an enchanting spectacle of image, movement and live music. Follow the unlikely adventure of a little tin soldier, brimming with love and unwavering bravery this holiday season. Playing through Jan. 26 at the Lookingglass Theatre. 821 N. Michigan Ave. 312-337-0665. LookingglassTheatre.org

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A Christmas Carol

It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!

For 18 years, the American Blues Theater ensemble has delighted Chicago audiences to a live 1940s radio broadcast based on the classic Frank Capra film. The entire town of Bedford Falls is charmingly recreated by this talented cast, complete with sound effects, holiday carols and the original score. Called “perfect Christmas theater” and “the holiday magic we’ve all been missing” by critics, this is as unique and intimate a theatre experience as you’ll find anywhere. To top it all off, the cast serves the audience milk and cookies after each performance. It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! runs Nov. 14-Jan. 4 at Stage 773. 1225 W. Belmont Ave. (773) 654-3103. AmericanBluesTheater.com

Eleanor’s Very Merry Christmas Wish

This musical tells the story of a rag doll named Eleanor who lives in the magical world of The North Pole and a journey that leads to a wish coming true. Playing through Dec. 29 at The Greenhouse Theater Center. 2257 N. Lincoln. 773-404-7336. EleanorsWish.com

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This heartwarming tradition has been celebrated by 1.5 million theatergoers for more than 40 years in Chicago, dazzling audiences with splendid musical numbers, holiday magic and the story of Scrooge on a voyage of self-reflection with the help of the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Called “the crown jewel of the holiday season” by critics. Plays through Dec. 29 in the Goodman Thratre’s Albert Theatre. 170 N. Dearborn. 312-443-3800. GoodmanTheatre.org

Burning Bluebeard A Chicago holiday tradition since 2011, Porchlight Music Theatre presents Burning Bluebeard, a fantastical vaudevillian musical experience created and performed by The Ruffians, a critically acclaimed theatre troupe. Plays Dec. 13-27 at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts. 1016 N. Dearborn. 773-777-9884. PorchlightMusicTheatre.org

Strapped for cash, a struggling actor takes a job as “Crumpet the Elf” at Macy’s Santaland — and his hilarious observations are more naughty than nice. Brimming “with [David] Sedaris’ wicked humor” (Chicago magazine), this “sweetly snarky holiday treat” (Daily Herald) is perfect for those who prefer their eggnog spiked. Performances run Nov. 29-Dec. 29 at the Goodman Theatre. 170 N. Dearborn. 312-443-3800. Tickets are available online at GoodmanTheatre.org/Santaland

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Pre-show dinner favorites 1 Roanoke offers an opendisplay kitchen, rotisserie and brick ovens, an inviting bar area and a more intimate dining experience near the fireplace, which is perfect to take care of the winter chill outside. Chef Gregory Elliott believes in approachable dishes using locally sourced ingredients. The lobster gnocchi, herbcrusted pork chop and beef short ribs with coconut rice come recommended. Insider’s tip: Check out their $33 three-course, pretheatre dinner menu. 135 W. Madison. 312-940-3760. TheRoanokeRestaurant.com

2 As the oldest Italian restaurant in the city, Italian Village has been serving up some of the best traditional, authentic northern Italian dishes since 1927. Actually, it’s home to three restaurants, each with its own chef, unique atmosphere and menu specialties. Take some time to peruse the old-world décor and choose carefully from the award-winning wine cellar that houses some 35,000 bottles. 71 W. Monroe. 312-332- 7005. ItalianVillage-Chicago.com

OLD-SCHOOL CLASSIC In business since 1935, Miller’s Pub has been a Loop favorite for generations, as much for its lively, familyfriendly, old-school ambiance as its scrumptious food. Take time to stroll around and check out the assortment of celebrity photographs around the room. Featured dishes: The BBQ ribs and chicken combo, fried catfish and prime rib come highly recommended. As does the specialty winter cocktail called the Tom & Jerry, which is said to date back to the 1800s. 134 S. Wabash. 312-263-4988. MillersPub.com

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3 One North Kitchen and Bar will catch your eye with its mahogany, leather booths, floor-to-ceiling windows and open kitchen that create an inviting atmosphere perfect for pre-show meals and drinks. Try the rigatoni with brisket ragu or Great Lakes whitefish. 1 N. Upper Wacker Dr. 312-750-9700. OneNorthChicago.com


Q Brothers Christmas Carol at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Let Chicago hip-hop sensations the Q Brothers Collective brighten your festivities with some cheeky spirit and a whole lot of heart. Underscored by beats spun live by a DJ, the festive party atmosphere will bring joy to even the most cantankerous Scrooge in this “wildly engaging” twist on Dickens classic. It’ll have you “dancing in your chair and laughing with holiday cheer” as the ghosts of hip-hop past, present and future take audiences on a journey of rhythm, rhyme and redemption. Q Brothers Christmas Carol runs Nov. 29-Dec. 23 in The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare — which is decorated in more than two miles of twinkling lights for the holidays — on Navy Pier. 800 E. Grand Ave. 312-595-5600. ChicagoShakes.com

JOFFREY BALLET’S THE NUTCRACKER

This critically acclaimed holiday masterpiece returns, boldly reimagined for a new generation by choreographer Christopher Wheeldon and this worldclass ballet company. Join in on this grand production of a Christmas Eve dream of whirlwind romance and adventure, with the celebrated score played live by the Chicago Philharmonic. Playing Nov. 30-Dec. 29 at the Auditorium Theatre. 50 E. Congress. 312-386-8905. Joffrey.org

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Deck the Hallmark: A Greeting Card Channel Original Tis the season to get some good laughs in, as the famous sketch comedy theatre rolls out its new holiday movie parody that scorches the cheesy clichés and so-awful-they’re-good romances that have kept more than a few former child stars employed. Playing through Dec. 31. Also, Best of the Holidays will ring some bells and crack some nuts, as it digs deep into 60 years of archived revues to celebrate the very best of Second City’s holiday sketches. 1616 N. Wells. 312-337-3992. SecondCity.com

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

This timeless tale of joy and goodwill is a must-see holiday classic in a lavish new production full of stunning dance numbers and Irving Berlin songs. Follow the love story that emerges when a song-and-dance team puts on a show at a magical Vermont inn. Playing at the Cadillac Palace Theatre Dec. 10-15. 151 W. Randolph. 312-977-1700. BroadwayInChicago.com

Christmas Bingo: It’s a Ho-Ho-Holy Night

Where do candy canes come from? Why were the three wise men so lost? What did the holiday classic “Silent Night” first sound like? These and other humorous questions are answered in this interactive holiday comedy that has called Chicago home since 2012. Playing Fridays-Sundays through Dec. 29 at the Royal George Theatre. 1641 N. Halsted. 312-988-9000. Nuns4Fun.com

An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas starring Evan Tyrone Martin Step out of the cold and into the cozy Venus Cabaret Theater for a festive cocktail of signature songs and yuletide favorites as acclaimed Chicago actor Evan Tyrone Martin (of Jesus Christ Superstar fame) intimately relates Nat King Cole’s journey with velvety vocals and debonair charm. Hailed to be “destined for stardom” by Chicago Tribune, Martin’s set list includes “The Christmas Song,” “L-O-V-E,” “Mona Lisa” and “All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth.” Presented by Artists Lounge Live. Playing Dec. 7-15 at Mercury Theater’s Venus Cabaret. 3745 N. Southport. 773-325-1700. MercuryTheaterChicago.com

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Merry Christmas Darling: Heidi Kettenring sings Karen Carpenter Chicago’s favorite leading lady Heidi Kettenring (Broadway in Chicago’s Wicked; Cats, The King and I) lends her signature warmth to the holiday hits and timeless classics of renowned songstress Karen Carpenter. Called “glorious” and “an elegant, tear-jerking, sing-along concert event” by critics, you’re sure to be moved by Kettenring’s tender storytelling and gorgeous vocals, all while soaking in the dazzling character of Venus Cabaret Theater. The set includes “Close to You,” “For All We Know,” “The Christmas Song” and “Merry Christmas Darling.” Presented by Artists Lounge Live. Playing Dec. 20-29 at Mercury Theater’s Venus Cabaret. 3745 N. Southport. 773-325-1700. MercuryTheaterChicago.com


‘Twas the Night Before… by Cirque du Soleil

Eyes will be wide when Cirque du Soleil takes over the iconic Chicago Theatre for the jaw-dropping performance company’s 49th original production and first-ever holiday show. The unique, exhilarating spin on the Christmas classic is sure to entertain the whole family — and provide a festive teaching moment with a focus on kindness and the joy of friendship. Playing Nov. 29Dec. 8. 175 N. State. CirqueDuSoleil.com

Land of Forgotten Toys

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This new holiday musical may be designed for families with teens and tweens, but it has plenty of smart humor to keep adults entertained as well. The Land of Forgotten Toys is a completely original 90-minute musical about a brilliant young high school graduate and her quest to save Christmas. Grace, with big dreams of a life beyond working in her family’s toy store in Wisconsin, finds herself transported to the Land of Forgotten Toys, where she must rescue Santa from his evil sister with the help of her collection of lost and forgotten toys. Playing Nov. 27-Dec. 29 at Greenhouse Theater Center. 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-404-7336. GreenhouseTheater.org

Produced by Pride Films and Plays, which was founded in 2010 to change lives by improving the quality of LGBT theater and film, this is a story about a baby boy orphaned on Christmas Eve in the California mountains and raised by two miners. At the age of 10, he is uprooted from his tranquil life by a meddling aunt determined to give him a better life in Boston. Inspired by the stories of Bret Harte, it’s a heartwarming holiday tale with an unlikely romance at its core. Playing Dec. 5-Jan. 6 in the Broadway Theatre. 4139 N. Broadway. 866-811-4111. Pridefilmsandplays.com

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Christmas pop-up bars Themed pop-up bars are all the rage these days, and Chicago’s nightlife scene is no different, especially when it comes to going all out with holiday decorations.

Frosty’s

Voted the No. 1 Christmas pop-up bar in the country, Frosty’s boasts four bars, FROSTY’S three levels and two dance floors, as well as life-size toy soldiers, wreaths and stockings hung everywhere, a bar covered in wrapping paper, holiday soundtrack and a non-stop party until 4 a.m. And did we mention there’s a decent chance your bartender or server will be wearing an ugly Christmas sweater, reindeer antlers or a sexy Santa suit? Insider’s tip: Frosty’s regularly sold out last year, and lines outside can be long, so Frosty’s presale party packages are definitely recommended. 809 W. Evergreen Ave. 312-535-3355. WeLoveFrostys.com

Lost Lake

This Logan Square tiki bar that won Best American Cocktail Bar at the annual Spirited Awards, has a staff that “cares deeply about the craft and creativity of the beverage program.” They also care deeply about decorating for Christmas with a bevy of themed cocktails, string lights, tinsel and more. Think Caribbean meats the North Pole, with some of the best, most creative cocktails anywhere in the city. 3154 W. Diversey. LostLakeTiki.com

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Suburban holiday exhibits

Lightscape at the Chicago Botanic Garden

After delighting more than one million people across the United Kingdom in 2018, the Lightscape exhibition is making its U.S. debut at the Chicago Botanic Garden this holiday season. Enjoy an enchanting, illuminated one-mile walking trail that will dazzle visitors of all ages with a playful choir of trees that sing, colorful ribbons and waterfalls of light, and much more. Lightscape runs Nov. 22-Jan. 5 from 4:30-10 p.m. Admission is free to the Botanic Garden, but tickets to Lightscape range from $17-25 for adults and $8-13 for kids 3-12 depending on when you go. Insider’s tip: Head up to the Botanic Garden early to experience the tranquility of the 385 acres of nature, as well as the indoor garden displays and flower and plant exhibits. 1000 Lake Cook Road in suburban Glencoe, easily accessible by Metra. 847-835-8215. ChicagoBotanic.org

Illumination at the Morton Arboretum

This award-winning, outdoor walking tour covers approximately one mile and winds its way through 50 acres of the Arboretum’s renowned tree collections, which are brought to life with more than one million lights set to music to create a captivating, interactive experience. Warm up at concession tents and fire pits along the path (s’mores, anyone?). Illumination runs through Jan. 5, 2019 and is closed on Mondays (except for Dec. 23 and 30), Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Insider’s tip: It’s important to know that tickets ($23 for adults, $15 for children) are for a specific entry time, so plan accordingly. Illumination is open from 4:30-9:30 p.m. each evening. 4100 Illinois Route 53 in suburban Lisle. 630-968-0074. MortonArb.org

HOLIDAY MAGIC AT THE BROOKFIELD ZOO Get into the holiday spirit with more than one million lights covering the trees, fences and animal structures of the Brookfield Zoo. In addition to many indoor exhibits open for viewing favorite animals, guests are encouraged to sing to the animals and participate in zoo chats. Also included: carolers, storytellers, magic shows, a laser-light experience, ice-carving demonstrations, skating rink, costumed characters, a model railroad display and a 41-foot LED talking tree. Now in its 38th year, Holiday Magic runs Nov. 30-Dec. 1, Dec. 7-8, 1415, 21-22 and 26-31. Open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. with festivities beginning at 4 p.m. 8400 W. 31st St. in suburban Brookfield. 708-688-8000. CZS.org/holidaymagic 2019 Holiday Activity Guide

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Rosemont shopping spree If you’re looking for name brands at outlet prices but aren’t interested in sacrificing any of the style, the impressive Fashion Outlets of Chicago is located just five minutes from O’Hare airport in suburban Rosemont. You’ll find an incredible 530,000 square feet housing more than 130 top designer outlets, most of which offer up to 75 percent every day of the year. Anchored by the likes of Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Nordstrom Rack and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th, you’ll also be able to find world-renowned brands like Gucci, The Disney Store, Banana Republic, Nike, J. Crew, Burberry, lululemon athletica and a number of local favorites. Through Christmas Eve, take the little ones to the food court for a visit with Santa and some fun at the interactive Elf Academy at Santa headquarters. And if you’re on the way to or from the airport — or just have a lot of holiday shopping to do — make sure to swing by the first-level concierge desk for vouchers for free luggage and shopping bag storage. Insider’s tip: No one likes spending a bunch of time in line, and you can avoid that hassle by purchasing a fast pass. It’s also worth noting the Fashion Outlets are easily accessible from the CTA blue line’s Rosemont stop, where you can hop on the free shuttle to Rosemont’s entertainment district. 5220 Fashion Outlets Way. 847-957-4600. FashionOutletsOfChicago.com

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Sugar Factory American Brasserie is a dazzling 9,000-square-foot retail store, ice cream shop and dining room where your sweet tooth simply won’t stand a chance. Insider’s tip: The variety of specialty candies can be overwhelming, but don’t forget to grab a cotton candy cosmopolitan or candy-inspired milkshake from the dining room and make a stop at the Chocolate Lounge. 5445 Park Place. 847-233-9010. SugarFactory.com


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Bub City

A lively barbecue joint with live music (and attached to Joe’s Live), there’s always a lot happening at Bub City (with a sister location in Chicago’s River North neighborhood). Southern fried chicken, beef brisket cooked 18 hours, fried pickles and Nashville hot wings are just a few of the specialties. Don’t forget a boozy milkshake to wash it all down. 5441 Park Place. 847-261-0399. BubCityChicago.com

The City of Rosemont’s Parkway Bank Park is one of the most popular entertainment districts in all of Chicagoland. Just five minutes from O’Hare airport and 15 miles from downtown Chicago (and easily accessible by way of the CTA blue line’s Rosemont stop), you’ll find a 200,000 square-foot complex that’s home to 14 different dining and entertainment venues, offering everything from shopping, comedy, indoor skydiving and bowling to a state-of-the-art movie theater, live music and great food and drink. Perfect for the holiday season, the Chicago Wolves Ice Rink at Parkway Bank Park is open Nov. 29-Jan. 5 — and remains open on Sundays through Feb. 23. Every Sunday throughout December, families can enjoy a special Characters on Ice skate from 9-11 a.m., where kids 12 and under and their families can skate alongside the likes of Cinderella, Santa and Batman. Admission is free, and skate rentals are available for $8. For more, visit Rosemont.com

PETE’S DUELING PIANO BAR This Texas chain known for its raucous, high-energy dueling piano entertainment expanded to the Midwest in mid-November, opening a 6,000-square-foot venue in the middle of Rosemont’s entertainment district. Even the waitstaff joins in on the singing and dancing. Insider’s tip: Try one of Pete’s 52-ounce schooners full of your handcrafted cocktail of choice. To share, of course. 5540 Park Place. 847-728-7383. PetesDuelingPianoBar.com

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This state-of-the-art entertainment complex utilizes 27,000 square feet for 20 bowling lanes, a billiards lounge, the Draft Room (with three 12-foot LED display panels for sports viewing), and an impressive menu complemented by creative cocktails and 40 draft beers. 5505 Park Place. 847-233-0099. Kings-DE.com/Rosemont


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Firemen, chocolate and dance 1 If you take the kids to ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo this month, on the way back toward downtown is a perfect spot to treat the sweet tooth to something delectable. Since 1963, the Fudge Pot in Old Town has been making some of the best treats in Chicago, including English butter toffee, assorted fudge, truffles, chocolatecovered pretzels and more. 1532 N. Wells. 312-943-1777. TheFudgePotChicago.com

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The city of Chicago’s free Juicebox programs are enjoyable for the entire family, offering an engaging setting to learn about music and dance by way of a diverse range of artistic and educational presentations. The Juicebox series runs alternating Fridays at the Chicago Cultural Center and Saturdays at the Garfield Park Conservatory, as well as special events at other venues. Most performances run 1111:45 a.m. 312-744-6630. Chicago.gov

For a wild lunch the little ones are sure to love, check out the Rainforest Café and let them explore the Wild Bunch Kids Zone, full of friendly animal characters sure to bring some smiles and squeals. The menu is full of creative chicken, seafood, pasta and burger options, and don’t forget to end the adventure with a sparkling volcano dessert. 605 N. Clark. RainforestCafe.com

CHICAGO CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Few places in Chicago are filled with more activity, and more smiles, than the Chicago Children’s Museum. Head to Navy Pier to let kiddos to step into the boots of a firefighter, put on authentic equipment, slide down the pole, hop behind the wheel of the firetruck and then spray the flames until they’re out. Kids can even practice an escape route from the smoky “Get Low and Go” bedroom. And that’s just the start, as the Dinosaur Expedition, Pritzker Playspace, Story Hub and Tinkering Lab are just a few of the other exhibits that await young minds. Located on Navy Pier. ChicagoChildrensMuseum.org Get the app keychicago

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Christmas shopping hotspots Water Tower Place

Located at the pinnacle of Chicago’s famed Magnificent Mile, inside you’ll find a high-energy shopping experience — and one of the best collections of stores anywhere. It’s a staggering 758,000 square feet worth of shopping mall, hotel, theater and condominiums. Go Christmas shopping at Macy’s, Abercrombie Kids, Aeropostale, ALDO, LEGO, American Girl, Sephora and more. And when the hunger pains hit, you don’t need to walk outside to indulge in a variety of dining options ranging from snacks and coffee shops to full meals (check out the Foodlife food hall). In need of assistance? Water Tower Place offers a variety of services and amenities — from free wifi to stroller rentals — to ensure the best possible shopping experience. 835 N. Michigan Ave. ShopWaterTower.com

900 North Michigan Shops

One of the iconic anchors of the famous stretch of Michigan Avenue, this is a truly stunning seven-level, 465,000-square-foot retail destination that can occupy you for an entire day of Christmas shopping or more with its massive Bloomingdale’s and assortment of amenities. 900 N. Michigan Ave. Shop900.com For more on all that The Shops at North Bridge downtown and the Chicago Fashion Outlets in suburban Rosemont have to offer, see page 28 in the Holiday Activity Guide insert.

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Block 37 is a sprawling urban shopping, dining and entertainment destination that spans an entire city block downtown in the Loop. The three-building structure is centered around a five-story atrium and home to a vast supply of fashion and beauty brands, as well as boutiques, eateries, cafés and a movie theater. In short, it’s the perfect venue to take care of that Christmas list, entertain the family and then lose yourself amidst the other amenities. 108 N. State. www.BlockThirtySeven.com


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Holiday gift guide 1 The ROYCE Tasting Box ($49) features a collection of individually wrapped dark and milk chocolates in various iterations, all made from Hokkaido, Japan. This sleek gift set from ROYCE Chocolate makes for a good year-round present, and is exclusively available in-store at the brand’s boutiques in The Shops at North Bridge and at Mitsuwa Marketplace in Arlington Heights. 520 N. Michigan Ave. RoyceConfectUSA.com

2 Roots is a premium outdoor lifestyle brand from Canada — with a Chicago location in the heart of the Mag Mile — that is recognized globally for everything from leisurewear and accessories to fine leather goods, “uniting the best of cabin and city.” Check out the Roots Cabin Collection, which merges a rugged style with the company’s comfortable classics, to create a full outfit. 605 N. Michigan Ave. 416-781-3574. Roots.com

3 At REI, they believe that a life outdoors is a life well lived, and they’ve been sharing that passion for clothing, hiking gear, sporting goods and classes since 1938. They recently moved to a spectacular new Lincoln Park store, offering some 40,000 square feet of stylish, functional possibilities regardless of whether you’re an outdoor novice or seasoned adventurer. This San Juan women’s shell jacket is on sale for $79 and perfect to shield yourself from the weather. 905 W. Eastman Street. 312-951-6020. REI.com

4 With Mynd Spa & Salon gift cards, you can give a gift and get a gift! Get up to $100 bonus spa dollars with gift purchases of $150 or more. 919 N. Michigan Ave., fouth floor. Visit myndspa.com to learn more.

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Holiday dining with the family 1 Lawry’s

Not only does Lawry’s sparkle with holiday décor during the holiday season, but Victorianera costumed carolers stroll about the dining room serenading guests during dinner hours. Order the prime rib and thank us later. 100 E. Ontario. 312-787-5000. LawrysOnline.com

2 Great Tree Buffet at Macy’s

Inside this 12-floor building that has served as a shopping destination for generations of Chicagoans and visitors alike, you’ll find the 17,000-square-foot Walnut Room, an eye-popping dining experience during the holiday season thanks in large part to a 45-foot Christmas tree with 15,000 lights. On Sundays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., you can enjoy the tradition that is the Great Tree Buffet ($30 for adults, $11 for kids 12 and under) with appetizers like lobster bisque and cheese and fruit platters and entrees like Mrs. Hering’s chicken pot pie, cider-glazed turkey or carving stations with prime rib. Reservations are highly recommended, as lines can be long during December, especially with Santa in the building. For more, see page 10 in the Holiday Activity Guide insert. 111 N. State. 312-781-3139. VisitMacysChicago.com

3 Rudy’s Bar and Grill

A short walk from Millennium Park — and a perfect stop after taking the family ice skating or shopping — is this classic pub and restaurant filled with plenty of Chicago memorabilia and historic photos. They’re somewhat famous for their burgers and signature milkshake martini (in holiday flavors). 69 E. Madison. 312-332-8111. RudysBarAndGrilleChicago.com

CLUB LUCKY If you’re in the mood for an old-school neighborhood supper club to cure the January chill, look no further than Club Lucky. Tucked away in the popular tree-lined Bucktown neighborhood just north of downtown, they’re known for family-style Italian specialties and award-winning martinis. They go all out with their Christmas decorations, and the menu is full of scrumptious options to share during a holiday meal with the family like the homemade chickenand-herb-filled tortellini or veal parmiagiana with penne pasta. Don’t forget to leave room for the buttermilk chocolate layer cake. See page 14 of the Chicago Holiday Activity Guide insert for more. 1824 W. Wabansia. 773-227-2300. ClubLuckyChicago.com

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Italian Village

Founded by the Capitanini family in 1927, it’s safe to suggest this Loop institution knows a thing or two about family dining. And offering three different restaurants serving authentic northern Italian favorites in one building doesn’t hurt. Neither does one of the largest wine lists in the area. Insider’s tip: Before or after dinner, take a stroll through the illuminated Christkindlmarket in nearby Daley Plaza. 71 W. Monroe. 312-332- 7005. ItalianVillage-Chicago.com

Harry Caray’s

Any of the beloved former Cubs announcer’s three Chicago establishments are prime spots to dine with the family while you’re in town. The River North location, home to some reputable aged prime steaks and hearty Italian dishes, has a lively bar area, comfortable dining room, arguably the best chicken vesuvio in the city and a great children’s menu. Insider’s tip: Save plenty of time to enjoy the memorabiliafilled walls. 33 W. Kinzie, with other locations on Navy Pier and at 835 N. Michigan Ave. 312-828-0966. HarryCarays.com

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Time to spice things up

Nepal House

In business for more than 12 years, Nepal House has earned a stellar reputation in the South Loop for serving up high-quality traditional Nepali and Indian cuisine. A full assortment of flavorful dishes are available, and no visit would be complete without starting off with an order of momos or garlic naan. If you’re looking for a little heat, their tandoori chicken is marinated in a yogurt blend of colorful Indian herbs and spices, and the jhaneko dal consists of lentils soaked with Nepali spices with onion, cumin seeds, garlic, ginger and asafoetida. 1301 S. Michigan. 312-922-0601. NepalHouseOnline.com

Su Casa

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Opened in the 1960s by Ike Sewell, who is often credited with inventing Chicago-style pizza at nearby Uno’s, Su Casa is one of the city’s most popular spots for authentic Mexican food and atmosphere — and right in the heart of River North and steps from the Mag Mile. For a little kick, order the steak chimichurri tacos with marinated

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skirt steak seasoned with cilantro chimichurri, pickled red onions, cheese and choice of beans, or the shrimp enchiladas with spicy adobo shrimp and poblanos, spinach and onions in a garlic cotija sauce with tomatillo sour cream. Yum either way. 49 E. Ontario. 312-943-4041.

Labriola

Blending Italian traditions with an innovative dining experience, Labriola is a reliable go-to spot on Michigan Avenue. Whether you’re in the mood for salads, soups, sandwiches, hearty pasta options or other upscale Italian specialties, it’s all here. To ignite the senses a bit, try the Italian pot roast sandwich with provolone, roasted sweet peppers and some of the best giardiniera you’ll find anywhere. Another menu item with a little kick is the linguine di mare, complete with lobster tail, shrimp, calamari and mussels and topped with spicy pomodoro. 535 N. Michigan. 312-955-3100. LaBriolaCafe.com

Head to the Chicago Curry House in the South Loop for some of the best Indian-Nepalese cuisine in Chicago in an elegant, relaxed setting. Want to feel the heat? The lamb vindaloo comes with potatoes and is marinated in vinegar, hot pepper and spices before being cooked in fiery hot gravy, or the fish goa curry consists of mahi mahi cooked with coconut in a spicy sauce and served with basmati rice. They have a great lunch buffet as well. 899 S Plymouth Ct. CurryHouseOnline.com

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Hot new restaurants of 2019 Flora Fauna, the hip, tropical-themed new restaurant in River North owned by a husband-and-wife team, has been a hit with its globally influenced menu with creative small plates with flavors from Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. The openloft design and large windows are a draw, as are the exotic spices and quirky ingredients. Go for the interesting twist on a Thai som tam salad that features Costa Rican jackfruit, as well as their Koji-cured steaks — think tender beef aged with fermented Japanese rice — with yucca tots, the jerk pork shank fried rice, seafood curry fritters or a variety of hot-pot creations. For dessert, the tres leches cake is made with strawberry-infused coconut milk, roasted pineapple and dried coconut. The signature cocktails and 4-6 p.m. weekday happy hour are noteworthy as well. 11 W. Illinois St. 312-624-9276. FloraFaunaChicago.com

NEW-AGE GREEK There was a lot of anticipation surrounding the fall opening of Avli River North, and it all appears to be more than justified based on the early returns on Louie Alexakis’ second venture in the city. The hip, upscale restaurant celebrates a love of Greek culture and food, but there is a focus on the use of modern, creative flavor combinations to expand on the normal Greek-American specialties everyone is accustomed to. Check out the intriguing seven-course tasting menu for $45, as well as a solid wine and cocktail list. 702 N. Wells. 312-643-5656. Avli.us

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Eatery spotlight

Eleven City Diner Union Sushi + Barbecue Bar

Considered to be “a hybrid of sincere respect for what family dining rooms used to be,” the old-school diner and delicatessen knows a thing or two about classic deli sandwiches stacked tall, decadent burgers and melts, and loaded breakfast favorites Don’t’ forget a thick chocolate malt, served in the tin. The 11 City French Toast with fresh baked challah, strawberries, bananas and toasted coconut is a local favorite worth mentioning. 1112 S. Wabash St. 312-212-1112. ElevenCityDiner.com

With a hip, urban feel unlike any other sushi spot around, Union Sushi takes the formality out of the typically serene sushi experience. They like to say they offer a “true riff on what is expected or traditional — East or West,” and that’s a very accurate statement, as colorful graffiti, a trendy soundtrack and a friendly staff make this lively scene a definite go-to for unique sushi and spirits. Insider’s tip: Union has long been recognized as having one of the best happy hours around, offering $1.50 oysters, $3 beef filet skewers, $6 spicy shrimp sushi rolls, $10 truffled tuna, $5 glasses of rose, $5 Moscow mules and half-price from Ad-03_Layout 5-6:30 p.m. every day. Sixth Pg.sake Su Casa 1 10/6/14 9:03 151 W. Erie. 312-662-4888. EatAtUnion.com

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Texas de Brazil

In Brazil, the festive churrasco approach to cooking is, quite simply, a beautiful thing. It involves an endless parade of flame-grilled meats arriving at your plate. Texas de Brazil’s assortment of seasoned beef, lamb, pork, chicken and Brazilian sausage cooked over a wood charcoal grill, then skewered and served tableside is a sight to behold. Not to be overlooked is the stellar salad bar, but keep an eye out for the waiter with the parmesancrusted pork loin and bacon-wrapped filet mignon. 210 E. Upper Illinois. 312-595-0913. TexasDeBrazil.com


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Holiday pop-up bars and more

Christmas Club

The takeover of The Country Club in Wrigleyville is back, and their creative food and drink menu will delight your sweet tooth with items like snowballs (donut holes coated in powdered sugar) and a cheesecake sampler served in mini waffle cones. Don’t forget an array of wintery craft beers and themed cocktails like the Nutcracker (peanut butter whiskey, melted chocolate and Irish cream, pictured above). Be sure to check out both floors’ worth of impressive holiday decorations and be on the lookout for Santa and other characters. 3462 N. Clark St. 773-975-2010. ChristmasClubChicago.com

Cousin Eddie’s Cerise, the stylish rooftop bar at Virgin Hotels Chicago, has transformed into a Christmas Vacation-themed bar on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 22. Expect the staff to be dressed as characters from the cult classic and plenty of lights and nostalgic food and drink items available. 203 N. Wabash Ave., 26th floor. 312-940-4774. VirginHotels.com/Chicago

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THIS WEEK Friday, Dec. 6 See the lights of the annual Holiday Magic display while sampling a variety of craft brews during tonight’s Lights and Lagers event at Brookfield Zoo. 6–10 p.m. $45 (21+). 8400 31st in suburban Brookfield. 708-688-8000. Rising opera stars gather for a special one-night-only performance of varied repertoire on the enclosed stage of the Pritzker Pavilion during tonight’s Beyond the Aria presentation at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. 7:30 p.m. $80. 205 E. Randolph. 312-334-7777.

Sunday, Dec. 8 Tonight’s US99 Stars and Strings concert is a collection of big country names like Kane Brown, Chris Janson and Scotty McCreery at the Allstate Arena. 6 p.m. $30-$75. 6920 Mannheim in Rosemont. 847-635-6601.

Dec. 7 and 10 Conductor John Stogards leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a program of Higdon and Tchaikovsky at Symphony Center Saturday at 8 p.m. and Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $39-$254. 220 S. Michigan. 312-294-3000.

Choreographer Alexei Kremnev’s The Art Deco Nutcracker, which features Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, is a colorful, fresh take on the holiday favorite. The Sugar Plum Fairy, Nutcracker Prince and Mother Ginger are all on stage to tell the tale, accompanied by acrobats, stunning visuals and some 175 dancers. Called “a gorgeous and thematically fitting reinterpretation” by critics, the A&A Ballet’s performance is perfect for the whole family. Playing Dec. 6-8 at the Studebaker Theater. 410 S. Michigan. 312-545-2142. AACenterForDance.org

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Stage and music

ON STAGE

An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas

Tis the season for romance as local star Evan Tyrone Martin croons Nat King Cole in the cozy Venus Cabaret Theater. This “Unforgettable” soiree features festive cocktails and classic tunes like “The Christmas Song,” “L-O-V-E,” “Mona Lisa,” and “All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth.” Presented by Artists Lounge Live and Mercury Theater Chicago. 3741 N Southport Ave. MercuryTheaterChicago.com

Sunset Boulevard

The Porchlight Music Theatre performs this Tony Awardwinning masterpiece about romance and obsession in the golden age of Hollywood. Local star Hollis Resnik stars as Norma Desmond, an aging silent-film star who, while refusing to accept she is on the downside of her career, decides to take matters into her own hands. Playing at Ruth Page Center for the Arts. 1016 N. Dearborn St. 773-777-9884. PorchlightMusicTheatre.org

Romeo & Juliet

Despite a longstanding hatred between their families, Romeo and Juliet are determined to risk everything for love. As resonant as it was 400 years ago, Shakespeare’s classic tale is set against a community uprooted by conflict — and performed in the uniquely personal setting of Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Courtyard Theater. Playing through Dec. 22 at 800 E. Grand Ave. on Navy Pier. 312-595-5600. ChicagoShakes.com

Holiday tunes

Don Giovanni

Celebrate the season with a night of Christmas songs of worship with Chris Tomlin at the Chicago Theatre Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. 175 N. State. 312-462-6300.

What happens when a notorious womanizer goes too far? Don Giovanni meets his match in Lyric’s production of Mozart’s masterpiece, on stage November 14 through December 8. Comedy, tragedy, thrilling music — Don Giovanni has it all. 20 N. Wacker Dr. Learn more and reserve tickets at LyricOpera.org/giovanni

Spamalot

Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, featuring ridiculous men in tight pants — not to mention cows, killer rabbits and French people. Winner of three Tony Awards, it’s a positively medieval satire with a sharp wit. 3745 N. Southport MercuryTheaterChicago.com Get the app keychicago

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