The holidays are upon us in Chicagoland, and there are a plethora of things to see and do as the festive winter season sets in. Whether you’re looking for a family evening in the city or a night at a musical, you’ll find just what you’re after near our Springs apartment communities.
Park at Wrigley
3637 N Clark St, Chicago
The Christkindlmarket Park at Wrigley takes place November 24 to December 31, offering many holiday delights. You’ll find a wide assortment of German-themed food and vendors. Try the Baked Cheese Haus, Bob’s Belgian Hot Chocolate, or the Traditional Polish Food stand. A host of live entertainment will keep spirits high. Performers range from Glen Sorgatz and the Alpine Brass Band to the Barefoot Hawaiian Dancer Performance. Check the calendar to see what’s happening during your proposed visit.
2. Elf: The Musical
23 E Galena Blvd, Aurora
Elf: The Musical is a holiday classic that you won’t want to miss this season. The show will be on stage from November 22 through January 7. Tickets range from $38 to $74. As this is a wildly popular pick for the season, you’ll want to make arrangements early to secure your seat. The musical lasts two-and-a-half hours with a 15-minute intermission, and it brings the Will Ferrell silver screen classic to life with song.
3. Holiday Express: Blackberry Farms
100 S Barnes Rd, Aurora
Board the Holiday Express this season for an enchanting ride to Lake Gregory and Blackberry Farm. You can take the charming train back into the village for a variety of seasonal activities including hay rides, reindeer feeding, and a visit with Santa. The Candy Cane Village offers a play space that’s ideal for children. Visitors of all ages will flock to the tasty concessions. This event takes place December 2, 3, 8–10 and 15–17.
4. Festival of Lights
1000 Ray Moses Dr, Aurora
2017 will mark the 11th annual Festival of Lights in Aurora. This light show is free to attend, making it the ideal pick for families who want an easy and affordable activity this season. Displays include Santa’s Toy Factory, holiday trains and Old Man Winter. The drive-thru opens the day after Thanksgiving and stays up until the day after Christmas. Hours are from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 N Clark St, Chicago
ZooLights will take place on select nights from the end of November through the first week of January. This special holiday event includes a musical light show, visits with Santa, live ice-sculpting, warm snacks, delicious drinks and more. You can ride the carousel, train or Ferris wheel for a fun spin. Visit on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday for free children’s craft activities.
How will you celebrate the season in Chicagoland? Share your favorite events with other residents in the comments section below.