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Holiday Afternoon Tea- November 25th through January 1st Carolers- December 13th through December 24th New Years Eve- Three course meal with complimentary bottle of champagne

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Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Special Buffet- November 19th 4p-7p Thanksgiving Dinner- November 24th 12p-7p Live Jazz Charles Dickens Buffet- December 17th and 18th 11:30a- 2p Charles Dickens Plated Lunch- December 14th - 23rd 11:30a-2:30p Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Dinners featuring Carolers and visit from Santa- 12p-7p New Years Day Brunch- 11:30a-3p Live Jazz

Coq d’Or & Cape Cod

Featuring festive drinks and menus all season long Thanksgiving Day Feast in the Gold Coast Ballroom11:45a-4:15p Live Jazz

To secure your holiday reservation call 312.932.4325

2011 Holiday Activity Guide Another Magnificent Shopping Season When it comes to shopping, North Michigan Avenue is so much more than just another city street – there’s a reason they call it the Magnificent Mile, after all. So it should come as no surprise that the biggest shopping season of the year is always just a little bit bigger in this part of town. Lined with horse-drawn carriages, skillfully decorated storefronts, holiday carolers, and delectable treats, this ‘wide street wonder’ gives visitors a special place to relish and rejoice during the festive holiday season. From behemoth flagships and world–famous European couture fashion houses to the newest invasion of hip overseas contemporary stores like London’s TopShop, British high street retailer Allsaints, Sweden’s H & M, and Spanish clothing and accessories retailer Zara––the Mag Mile boldly stands as Chicago’s ultimate shop-till-you-drop holiday destination for globetrotters from all around the world. This splendid shopping stretch also famously gave birth to the concept of the vertical shopping mall, paving the way with the illustrious Water Tower Place (835 N. Michigan; 312/440-3166) back in 1975. The block-long atrium-style shopping mall, now anchored by American Girl Place and Macy’s––and home to distinctive shops like Pandora (7th Floor, 312/915-0647) and Chiaroscuro (2nd Floor, 312/988-9253)––makes for perfect one-stop-shopping on those chilly winter days and nights. But this glitzy stretch is home to more than just shopping. In fact, right at the base of bustling Water Tower Place mall sits the recently renovated and fully revitalized Broadway Playhouse theater (800/775-2000), which is currently hosting two crowd favorites––Love, Loss & What I Wore (through January 1, 2012) and Pinkalicious: The Musical (through January 7, 2012). If luxury is what keeps you warm, you won’t need to travel far. Cross the street and step into the sophistication of The 900 North Michigan Shops (900 N. Michigan; 312/915-3916). Anchored by Bloomingdales department store, this lavish seven story mall features more than 70 retailers like Gucci and Coach in addition to fine art favorites Atlas Galleries (6th Floor,






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312/649-0999) and Lotton Gallery (6th Floor, 312/664-6203). Throughout the holiday season, 900 is offering holiday revelers visits with Santa, gift giveaways and complimentary coat check service on Level 6 to help make your shopping load a little lighter. The perfect mid-day break, The John Hancock Observatory (875 N. Michigan; 888/875VIEW) offers breathtaking views of Chicago’s dazzling skyline and beyond. With views spanning 80–miles, four states and 360–degrees, you’ll experience drop-dead vistas of our great city while learning about its fascinating history and legendary hotspots with their exciting multimedia Sky Tour. In addition, their much-anticipated Winter Wonderland is back with a full schedule of jam-packed weekends including visits from Santa. Their gift

Experience the city in all its holiday splendor with the Holiday Lights & History Tour. See page 20.

to you: One kid goes free with every full fare adult ticket (through December 31st). Find more big-city shopping at The Shops at North Bridge (520 N. Michigan; 312/327-2300), located toward the southern end of the stretch. Home to the high-fashion retailer Nordstrom, this crescentshaped shopping center is stacked four stories high with unique shops like Italian leather goods emporium, I Medici (520 N. Michigan, 3rd Floor, 312/527-3788) and

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3rd Floor, 312/5271010). The Shops at North Bridge is looking to make your holiday shopping experience picture perfect by offering a free holiday photo with Santa now through December 31st compliments of Windows®. If you’re looking to rest your weary shopping arms or are in need of a winter warm up, we suggest a memorable cup of afternoon tea at the Palm Court or a bowl of Bookbinder Soup at Coq d’Or inside the elegant Drake Hotel (140 E. Walton; 312/787-2200). The Drake Hotel has delighted guests with its elegance and luxury for nearly a century, hosting notable guests like Judy Garland, Winston Churchill, and Frank Sinatra. Designed in a magnificent Italian Renaissance style, this Chicago landmark houses two highly acclaimed restaurants, Drake Bros. and Cape Cod, the legendary Coq d’Or lounge, two ballrooms, and the Palm Court.

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The halls are decked, and holiday singers and the sparkle of dozens of decorated trees greets you at the Museum of Science and Industry’s 70th annual Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light. The Museum’s 45-foot Grand Tree takes center stage with more than 30,000 lights and 1,000 ornaments, and is surrounded by more than 50 smaller trees—beautifully decorated by volunteers from Chicago’s ethnic communities to represent various cultures and holiday traditions. This year’s theme highlights the mu-


seum’s new temporary Dr. Seuss exhibit––There’s Fun to Be Done! & The Art of Invention––and will showcase Seuss-inspired decorations and ornaments. Stroll through the trees, enjoy intermittent falling “snow” and savor the performances on the Holiday Stage. Nov 17- Jan 9. Daily 9:30am-4pm. Check museum website for extended hours. Adults $15, seniors $14, children 3-11 $10. 57th and Lake Shore. 773/684-1414.

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2011 Holiday Activity Guide A Christmas Carol Goodman Theatre’s perennial holiday classic A Christmas Carol, consistently included among the Midwest’s top-tier holiday events, returns for its 34th season. Nov. 18-Dec. 31. $25-$80. 170 N. Dearborn. 312/443-3800.

Christkindlmarket Inspired by the Christkindlmarket in Nuremberg, Germany, this traditional openair European holiday market is located right in the heart of Chicago’s Daley Plaza. Browse over 50 vendor booths for one-of-a-kind handmade treasures, including holiday ornaments, nutcrackers, beer steins, wooden and plush toys, and European chocolates while warming up on a traditional cup of Glühwein (hot spiced wine) served in a special collector’s edition Sweet 16 anniversary boot-mug. Dine on German delicacies, such as bratwurst, potato pancakes, and schnitzel. Sun-Thu 11am-8pm, Fri-Sat 11am-9pm. Nov. 23-Dec. 24. FREE. 50 W. Washington. 312/494-2175.

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Ice Skate at Millennium Park Lace up your skates for a day at Millennium Park’s McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, now in its 11th season. The ice rink is free and open to the public, and skate rental is available for $10. Mon-Thu noon-8pm, Fri noon-10pm, Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-9pm. Michigan and Washington. 312/742-1168.

The city’s highest Winter Wonderland returns for its 4th year. Sitting 1,000 feet above the Mag Mile, the John Hancock Observatory is chalk full of holiday fun for the whole family, including visits from Santa every Sat & Sun from noon-4pm. Kids Go FREE every day with adult admission, and families get a FREE photo with Santa every weekend. Nov 1- Dec 31. 9am-11pm. Adults (12+) $15, kids are FREE. Upon entering John Hancock Center, don’t forget to check out the complimentary Winter Wonderland Railroad display – Chicago’s largest model train exhibit. 875 N. Michigan. 888/875-VIEW.


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The city is all aglow this time of year, but nowhere is this truer than at Lincoln Park Zoo where the grounds are illuminated with over two million lights for the seasonal ZooLights extravaganza. Visit the polar bears and penguins while enjoying warm drinks, ice carvings, and visits with Santa. Open Nov 25-27, Dec. 24, 9-11, and nightly Dec. 16-Jan. 1. Closed Dec 24 & 25. 5pm-9pm. FREE. 2001 N. Clark. 312/742-2000.

Michigan Avenue, conceptualized in 1909, was designed with shopping and shoppers in mind. Find more information on Chicago’s favorite retail stretch on page 6.

Caroling at Cloud Gate Celebrate the holidays by participating in a holiday sing-along in Millennium Park. Caroling at Cloud Gate features various Chicago choral groups such as Apollo Chorus of Chicago and the Wicker Park Choral Singers. Join the fun and enjoy warm beverages courtesy of Caribou Coffee. Nov. 25-Dec. 16. Fridays at 6pm. FREE. Michigan and Washington. 312/742-1168.


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Winter Wonderfest Holiday spirits soar at the 11th annual Winter WonderFest celebration at Navy Pier. Featuring stunning décor, awesome rides, slides and attractions, plus an indoor ice-skating rink, Winter WonderFest remains a holiday favorite for the entire family. Find Santa Claus and his toy-making elves at the Family Pavilion Stage and tell Old St. Nick your wish for Christmas! Dec. 2-Jan. 8. Basic Activity Wristband for $15 includes all rides and activities with no ice skate rental. The Premium Wristband for $18 includes all rides and activities plus skate rental. Hours vary. Check website for more information. 600 E. Grand. 312/595-PIER.

Macy’s on State Street The magic of the holidays is alive at Macy’s on State Street. Enjoy tea in the Walnut Room while experiencing the wonder of the historic 45-foot Great Tree; walk State Street to see the 44th annual Animated Christmas Windows showcasing the story of The Wish Factory; and visit Santa Nov. 25-Dec. 24 on the 5th Floor. 111 N. State. 312/781-1000. See page 40.

A Carriage Ride An old-fashioned handsome cab ride is a memorable way to experience the city in all of its holiday glory. $80 per hour, $40 per half hour. Antique Coach & Carriage (departs from Michigan & Huron, 773/735-9400) and Nobel Horse Carriages (departs from 820 N. Michigan and 1410 N. Orleans, 312/266-7878).

Joffrey Ballet’s The Nutcracker The world renowned Joffrey Ballet once again transforms the Auditorium Theatre into a winter wonderland full of magical toys and waltzing snowflakes during the annual production of Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker. Dec. 9-27. Tickets are $30$115. 50 E. Congress Parkway. 800/982-2787.

Visit Santa Merrymakers visiting Chicago will find more rotund bearded men than they can shake a peppermint stick at. Find a list of the city’s best Santas on page 18.


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Afternoon Tea

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Drake Hotel. Their traditional Tea Lobby features live harp music performed 365 days a year and a large selection of Palm Court blended teas served with a selection of finger sandwiches, fruit breads, scones, and French pastries. Open Daily: 1pm-5pm, each seating last approximately one and a half hours. Harpist Performs: Mon-Fri between 2pm4:30pm, and Sat-Sun between 1pm-5pm. Adults $35, children 4-12 $18. 104 E. Walton. Reservations are recommended, 312/787-2200.


Afternoon Tea is a tradition that began in 1840 by the Seventh Duchess of Bedford. One afternoon between 3pm-4pm, after experiencing a sinking feeling, she requested a tray of tea, bread, butter, and cake to be brought to her room. Gradually, she became accustomed to this habit and invited her friends to partake in her daily ritual. Within a short period of time, this affair, known as Afternoon Tea, became an elaborate social event. Celebrate the custom of midday tea in the elegant surroundings of the Palm Court at the


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Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo Come celebrate the holiday season with family and friends during Brookfield Zoo’s 30th annual Holiday Magic, featuring nearly one million twinkling lights illuminating the zoo’s walkways, a dazzling light show, ice-carving demonstrations, singing to the animals, magicians, and much more. Dec. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, and 26-31 from 4pm-9pm. Adults $13.50, children ages 3-11/seniors $9.50. 1st Ave. & 31st St. in Brookfield. 708/485-0263.

Holiday Light Show A drive-thru tradition, the annual Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Show lights up


the night sky with more than 250 displays –including colorful storybook characters and holiday scenes outlined in moving lights. Daily 6pm-10pm from Nov. 25-Dec. 31. $5 per car Mon-Thu, and $10 per car Fri-Sun. Cuneo Museum and Gardens, 1350 N. Milwaukee in Vernon Hills. 847/362-3042.

Wonderland Express Wonderland Express pulls into the Chicago Botanic Garden transforming it into a winter wonderland of twinkling lights, garden-scale trains, miniature Chicago landmarks, exquisite horticulture displays and indoor snowfall. Nov. 25-Jan. 1. 10am-6pm. Adults $10, children/seniors $8. 1000 Lake Cook Road in Glencoe. 847/835-5440.

Enchanted Railroad Make special family memories with the recently redesigned Enchanted Railroad model train display. The annual holiday favorite returns Nov. 25-Jan. 8 to the Visitor Center (9am-4pm) at Morton Arboretum. Adults $11 ($7 on Wed), seniors $10 ($6 on Wed), kids (2-12) $8 ($5 on Wed). Grounds open 7am-sunset. 4100 Illinois Route 53 in Lisle. 630/968-0074.


n terms of sheer numbers, the annual December Santa Claus roundup seems to favor the escalators and parking lots of suburban malls. But quantity and quality are two very different things. The success of Claus, after all, relies on authenticity, and you can’t spell “authenticity” without “city.” Merrymakers visiting Chicago will find more rotund bearded men than they can shake a peppermint stick at during the holiday season. In fact, you can hardly take a break between checking out the holiday windows, shopping for gifts, and grabbing a steaming mug of hot chocolate in this town without finding yourself sitting upon an inviting red velvet lap. Everywhere you turn, it seems, a flying sleigh has deposited its portly pilot onto an elaborate throne, ready to hear Christmas wishes and dole out the cheer. On the Magnificent Mile, children of all ages will find the big guy perched high above the city streets at the John Hancock Observatory (875 N. Michigan; 888/875-VIEW), and welcoming shoppers at The 900 North Michigan Shops (900 N. Michigan; 312/915-3916) and The Shops at North Bridge (520 N. Michigan; 312/327-2300). Meanwhile, the jolly old elf also covers the downtown “Loop” shopping corridor and Theater District with a post at the Macy’s Santaland (111 N. State; 312/7811000), along with a prime spot under the city’s official Christmas tree at Daley Plaza (50 W. Washington; 312/744-3315). You’ll also find old Kris Kringle greeting the kids outside of Winter Wonderfest on Navy Pier (600 E. Grand; 312/595-PIER) and bringing some joy to the animals during the ZooLights Festival at Lincoln Park Zoo (2001 N. Clark; 312/742- 2000).

2011 Holiday Activity Guide Holiday Lights & History Tour Chicago is the perfect destination for those in search of holiday cheer, and there’s no better way to spend your day of holiday fun than with Chicago’s Finest River Walk Tour’s brand new Holiday Lights & History Tour. This unique holiday experience showcases Chicago’s favorite holiday attractions. Starting down in Chicago’s Pedway, the journey continues with a visit to Macy’s legendary Walnut Room

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and concludes with a stroll down the world famous Magnificent Mile adorned in lights. In between, guests will Trolley down State Street (“That Great Street”), past the city’s “official” Christmas Tree at Daley Plaza, Christkindlmarket, a traditional German holiday market, the Palmer House Hilton, Water Tower Place and the heralded Drake Hotel.

Saturdays: The Walnut Room at Macy’s

Nov. 26, Dec. 3, 10, 17 and 31 2:30 - 5:30pm

“Come ready to laugh, smile and be entertained!” Our new Holiday Lights & History Tour offers a unique holiday experience combining a fun and informative indoor history walking tour followed by a one hour trolley tour visiting some of our favorite holiday spots including; “Christkindlmarket,” the Daley Plaza Christmas Tree, State Street, Palmer House Hilton and the heralded Drake!

Reservations and deposits are required. 312-202-0745 •

The tour runs from 2:30pm-5:30pm on Saturday afternoons from Nov 26-Dec. 31. Adults $45, seniors $35, children 12 and under $25. Departs from 111 E. Wacker. Reservations required, 312/202-0745.

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How Sweet It Is From sugar plums to candy canes, nothing symbolizes the sweet, joyous nature of the holiday season quite like a great dessert or snack treat. Whether as a thoughtful token for someone else or a special indulgence for oneself after a day of hectic holiday planning, a little sugary something can be the perfect exclamation point on any Season’s Greetings! Sticky Fingers Gourmet Popcorn It’s not so much the traditional butter-andsalt varieties that draw the crowds (although they have those too), but rather the signature product that gives the place its colorful name – the gooey sweet caramel corn; try it studded with cashews, mixed with cheese popcorn, or just deliciously on its own. 174 N. Michigan. 312/422-1300. Candyality Just how happy is a kid in a candy store? Find out at this colorful bulk candy emporium that makes everyone feel like a kid again. From dozens of flavors of M&Ms, jelly beans and licorice to a wide assortment of retro confections, there’s something here for just about every sweet tooth. 520 N. Michigan. 312/527-1010. Eli’s Cheesecake There’s a reason why these massively rich slabs of sweet goodness are among the best-selling items every year at the annual Taste of Chicago festival – they are, after all, part of the history of this city. At the


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company HQ, visitors can take a tour to see how the many flavors get made, then grab a slice in the café and a full pie to take home. 6701 Forest Preserve. 773/736-3417. Eno Wine Room Can’t decide between a swanky wine bar and a decadent chocolate shop? No need to choose here – create a perfect pairing in this sleek, comfortable environment with the help of a knowledgeable staff and plenty of tasting opportunities. 505 N. Michigan. 312/944-4100 and 200 N. Columbus, 312/946-7000. The Melting Pot Dip into something chocolatey. Fresh strawberries, bananas, cheesecake, Rice Krispies Treats®, marshmallows, pound cake and brownies accompany delightfully decadent pots of chocolate-fondue including Flaming Turtle, Bananas Foster, and more. 609 N. Dearborn. 312/573-0011.

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Holiday Traditions With a dash of Christmas spirit and their trademark show-stopping production numbers, Donny and Marie – Christmas In Chicago features your favorite holiday hits mixed with their irresistible chemistry that made them international stars. Dec. 6-24. $37$100. Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph. 800/775-2000.


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The story from a cherished movie classic that’s enchanted millions is now a musical spectacular. Follow Ralphie Parker as he makes his journey through the holiday season in search of the gift of his dreams, a Red Ryder Action Air Rifle BB Gun in A Christmas Story: The Musical! Produced by the film’s original Ralphie, Peter Billingsley. Dec. 14-30. $35-$79. 175 N. State. 800/745-3000. A Christmas Carol has delighted Chicago audiences for over 30 years, and will do the same this year with Larry Yando’s return as Ebenezer Scrooge. Serving as a portrayal of the discovery of life and love, this classic Charles Dickens’ story brings the “Bah Humbugs” back to the Goodman Theatre. Nov. 18-Dec. 31. $25$80. The Chicago Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn. 312/443-3800. Travel back to a 1940s radio broadcast of Frank Capra’s holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” with live sound effects, an original score, and a stellar cast that brings Bedford Falls to life, in

It’s a Wonderful Life: Live at the Biograph! playing at the Richard Christiansen Theater. Nov. 23-Dec. 31. Thu-Sat 8pm, Sat 5pm & 8pm, Sun 2:30pm. $25-$50. 2433 N. Lincoln. 773/871-3000. Complete with magical toys, dancing snowflakes and exotic sweets, Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker features unforgettable characters along with the Chicago Sinfonietta’s musical accompaniment of Tchaikovsky’s classic score. Auditorium Theatre. Dec. 9-27. $30$115. 50 E. Congress. 800/9822787.


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Adults Only Shamefully Funny

The ComedySportz Theatre gives a Charles Dickens classic a Britney Spears send-up. Has Britney changed her ways thanks to a midnight visit from Ghosts of Pop the form of Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Justin Bieber? Oops! I Christmassed Again is the perfect romp to launch your holiday weekend! Nov. 18-Dec. 30. Fri at midnight. $10. 929 W. Belmont. 773/549-8080.

Whether naughty or nice, The Santaland Diaries should be on everybody’s holiday list! Don’t miss David Sedaris’ funny, unconventional story of his life as a struggling young writer who reluctantly takes a job as an elf at Macy’s while trying to maintain his dignity 1229 W. Belmont. Nov. 25-Dec. 31. Thu 7:30pm, Fri-Sat 7:30pm & 9:30pm, Sun 3pm & 7pm. $18-$35. Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. 773/9758150.

When eight tiny reindeer accuse Santa of sexual harassment, scandal breaks out at the North Pole. The Eight: Reindeer Monologues explores the horrific tale of corruption and perversion at the Theater Wit. Tickets $15-$20. Dec. 9- Dec 31. 1229 W. Belmont. 773/975-8150.

Catherine Sims’ addiction to pain medication and her relationship with her son Chris seem to be the only things that keep her going as she deals with her fear-filled daughter and alcoholic husband. Will Catherine’s family have a better holiday than the last? Find out in The Annoyance’s non-traditional holiday story, Fa La La La… F#@% It.. Nov. 12-Dec. 17. Sat at 10pm. $15. 4830 N. Broadway. 773/561-4665.

For those looking for an alternative to the holiday classics, head to The Second City for their annual Dysfunctional Holiday Revue, featuring their trademark improvisation with a sprig of holiday mischief for a night of spirited fun. Nov. 21-Jan. 1. Mon 8pm, Tue 7:30pm, Sat 4pm, Sun 4:30pm. $16-$22. 1616 N. Wells. 312/337-3992.


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Christmas Schooner THE MERCURY THEATER, 3745 N. Southport, 773/3251700. A favorite musical tradition for many years, this allnew production tells a heart-warming tale of the first Christmas tree ship, and the family who risked their lives to fill Chicago with the Christmas spirit. A timely and stirring tale of love and loss, The Christmas Schooner reminds us of tradition, and our responsibility to celebrate the living while honoring our heritage. Show schedule is: Wed at 3pm & 7:30pm, Thu-Fri at 7:30pm, Sat at 3pm & 7:30pm and Sun at 3pm. Tickets are $30-$49.50, and available at Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 800/982-2787, or online at

Hershey Felder Maestro: The Art of Leonard Bernstein ROYAL GEORGE THEATRE, 1641 N. Halsted, 312/988-9000. Award-winning actor and musician Hershey Felder returns to Chicago. Combining first-person narrative with the music of composer Bernstein and the artists who inspired him, Maestro: The Art of Leonard Bernstein is the story of the legendary American composer and longtime music director of the New York Philharmonic. Show schedule is: Wed–Thu at 7:30pm, Fri at 8pm, Sat at 3pm & 8pm, Sun 2pm & 5pm. Tickets are $55, and available at Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 800/982-2787, or online at


2011 Holiday Activity Guide Santa’s Little Helpers CANDY CANE COFFEE Need a winter warm-up? This tasty coffee beverage comes flavored with Bailey’s Mint Chocolate Irish Cream & Rumple Minze, garnished with whipped cream and a candy cane. The Redhead Piano Bar, 16 W. Ontario, 312/640-1000.

PEACH STOCKINGS This refreshing holiday concoction contains a mix of Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Dekuyper Peach Schnapps, Pineapple, and Sprite. Vertigo Sky Lounge at the Dana Hotel, 660 N. State, 312/202-6060.


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A Dilly of a Tradition Stockings hanging from the fireplace. A plate of cookies for Santa. Eggnog. Some holiday phenomena can only be explained by tradition. And yet, even at their strangest, many of these quirky traditions eventually come to define the Christmas season for many folks. Little eccentricities that would make little sense at any other time of year are somehow foregone conclusions in December. Take the Pickle in the Pine, for instance. A distinct holiday custom for A bright restaurant in the heart of Chicago’s River North neighborhood. We’re sure you’ll find dishes in the eggsperience selection to please any appetite!

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the pickle ornament continues a long and storied run at the venerable Berghoff Restaurant (17 W. Adams; 312/4273170). This year, families will again come downtown to enjoy a classic meal and a few authentic German brews, and those kids under 12 who are lucky enough to find a pickle in the tree in the Century Room, will be treated to a free root beer float. It’s a Merry Christmas – German, by way of Chicago. After dinner, the Christkindlmarket at nearby Daley Plaza beckons those in search of even more European holiday tradition (50 W. Washington; 312/494-2175). Now in its 16th season, this open-air German-style market features over 50 food and craft vendors, selling everything from bratwurst to blown-glass ornaments. Who knows? You might even find a pickle for your tree at home.


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2011 Holiday Activity Guide Macy’s Holiday Magic Although the name has changed, the tradition remains the same. From the whimsically decorated State Street windows––which this year showcases the story behind “The Wish Factory”–– to the massive Great Tree rising through multiple stories of the building’s main atrium to the long lines of families waiting for a prime table at the base of the tree in the famous Walnut Room restaurant, this year’s celebration at Macy’s on State Street will give visitors plenty of reasons to believe. After a good thaw and hearty meal, customers with kids in tow, will surely want to schedule time with the big guy and his jolly old elves perched on the 5th Floor in Macy’s SantaLand®. Santa has been featured in the State Street store since 1948, visiting with millions of children in this space over the years. Get your picture taken now through December 24th. Visit or call 312/781-1000 for more info and special SantaLand hours.


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For both him and her, this PATAGONIA UNISEX NANO PUFF® JACKET ($179.00) is warm, incredibly lightweight, and highly compressible. 1800 N. Clybourn, 312/951-0518 and 48 E. Walton location (opening soon).

Dazzle him with a selection of stylish HANDCRAFTED CUFFLINKS adorned with polished stones and metals. $35.00. Designed by Bill Marcella.

This MILES DAVIS QUINTET Box Set will bring music to his ears. LIVE in Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol. 1––featuring 3 CDs and 1 DVD––is available for $49.99 at JAZZ RECORD MART. 27 E. Illinois. 312/222-1467.

Capture the rest of your holiday moments with this CANON POWERSHOT SX40 ($430.00) equipped with an array of powerful technologies. Available at CENTRAL CAMERA, 230 S. Wabash, 312/427-5580.

Looking for a smoking hot deal? Pick up this box of LA GLORIA CUBANO CHURCHILL––10 count naturals–– available for $59.00 at HUBBARD STREET CIGAR. 6 W. Hubbard, 312/670-0687.


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2011 Holiday Gift Guide

Celebrate your unforgettable moments from 2011 with PANDORA’S MOMENTS COLLECTION. Sterling silver charms starting at $25. Located in Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan, Level 7, 312/915-0647.

Oozing style and sophistication, this RED LEATHER GIOTTO HANDBAG ($420.00) from I MEDICI is the perfect accent piece to any outfit. Made·in·Italy. 520 N. Michigan, Level 3, 312/527-3788. 20% off with coupon on page 7.

For a unique massage experience, this emollient DON’T STOP MASSAGE CANDLE ($36.00) from LOVER’S LANE is made of a rich blend of shea butter and clean-burning natural soy wax. 955 W. Diversey Pkwy, 888/744-LOVE.

Put some fur under the fir tree this year in the form of CUSTOM MADE DYES FOX STOLES from FABBRI FURS ($1,295.00). Available in ANY color. 50 E. Oak St., 2nd Floor, 312/944-3877.


2011 Holiday Gift Guide

2011 Holiday

Dr. Seuss brings his whimsical world to your living space with this GREEN EGGS & HAM unframed limited edition print ($325.00) available at ATLAS GALLERIES. 535 N. Michigan, 312/329-9330 and 900 N. Michigan, Level 6, 312/649-0999.

Available exclusively at THE DISNEY STORE, these DISNEY ANIMATORS’ COLLECTION TODDLER DOLLS ($24.50) feature young renditions of your favorite Disney Princesses. 717 N Michigan, 312/654-9208 and 108 N. State, 312/269-4776.

An armful of snuggle, these REESE’S, HERSHEY’S, JOLLY RANCHER LARGE PLUSH PILLOWS ($33.00) make life a little cushier. Available at CANDYALITY, 520 N. Michigan, 312/527-1010.

Building fun for the whole family. Replicate the home to the nation’s Head of State with this real-world LEGO: WHITE HOUSE ($62.95). Available at CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION SHOP at 224 S. Michigan, 312/922-3432. 15% off with coupon on page 40.


Gift Guide

2011 Holiday Gift Guide

Bring posh charm to your home with this beautifully hand-painted BELGIAN BELLHOP MATCHSTICK HOLDER ($150.00) available at P.O.S.H. Limited quantities. 613 N. State, 312/280-1602.

Sweetin’ the pot with A NEW DAY TEAPOT designed by pop-culture artist Romero Britto ($74.00). Available at CHIAROSCURO at Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan, Level 2, 312/988-9253.

Fans of the historic Berghoff Restaurant can now make Berghoff Classics, like the famous Berghoff Creamed Spinach, at home with THE BERGHOFF FAMILY COOKBOOK ($29.95). 17 W. Adams, 312/427-3170.

The HALA BAMBOO WINE RACK ($65.00) is the perfect accent piece for any home. Available at CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION SHOP at 224 S. Michigan, 312/922-3432. 15% off with coupon on page 40.

For them and definitely for us, DECORATIVE HOLIDAY TINS make great Chicago souvenirs and gifts. 1/2 gallon, 1 gallon and 2 gallon tins ($19.95-$39.95) This AMAZIN’ CORNBREAD available at STICKY FINGERS GOURMET MIX ($6.50) from HOUSE OF POPCORN. Shipping available. BLUES is guaranteed to fill 174 N. Michigan, 312/422-1300. your belly while this BAYOU HEAT HOT SAUCE ($6) will warm your soul! 329 N. Dearborn, 312/923-2000.


2011 Holiday Gift Guide

Every year there’s invariably one on your holiday gift list – the person who has everything. This one inscrutable acquaintance is the fly in your eggnog. Well, don’t fret. This year, the Shedd Aquarium invites you to throw out your list and think outside the box (and under the water). Give the gift of experience with the Shedd’s newest extraordinary experience––the Beluga Encounter. The Beluga package begins with an informative orientation about training and animal care. Next, pull on waders and enter the fully accessible Grainger Beluga Encounter Habitat. Standing side by side with a trainer, you’ll come face to face with one of the smiling “canaries of the sea!” Touch the beluga’s skin, test out a few training techniques and enjoy some memorable surprises. At the conclusion, receive a framed photo as a memory of the experience – as if you could ever forget! Fri-Sun. $250 a person. Penguins more your speed? Get up close and personal with one of the Shedd’s popular waddlers with the aquarium’s Penguin Encounter. This 30-minute experience is available to both adults and children ages 4 and up. Fri-Sun. $59.95 for adults. $50.95 for children. The Shedd Aquarium is located at 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive. Don’t miss Shedd’s seasonal holiday show, A Holiday Fantasea, featuring Pacific white-sided dolphins, HANDCRAFTED SEA STAR CUFFLINKS beluga whales and a California sea lion showing off their beauty $35.00 and natural behaviors, accompanied by holiday music. Call 312/692-3224 for more information.


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