Chicago is beautiful any time of year, but during the holidays, it truly sparkles. Here are three ways you can experience the season Chicago-style.
- Ice Skate in Millenium Park – There are two options for skating in the park. You can choose The McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, near Michigan Avenue in the shadow of the “Bean” or The Maggie Daley Park Ribbon, a quarter-mile skating path that winds through the park. Both locations offer skate rentals (for a price), and you must reserve a time. There are also lessons offered on the weekends at the McCormick Tribune Rink. There’s nothing quite like gliding along on your skates in the fresh air with the fabulous Chicago architecture as your backdrop.
- Walk down Michigan Avenue in the evening -Start at the Magnificent Mile on the north end of the avenue and stroll south to Millenium Park. You’ll be dazzled by thousands of twinkling lights, whimsical shop windows, and stunning Christmas trees all along the way. You’ll have lots of options for getting that perfect selfie for next year’s holiday card!
- Eat at The Walnut Room at Macy’s – The State Street department store (originally Marshall Fields) has been a Chicago icon since it was built in 1901 (finished in 1906). Designated a Chicago Landmark in 2005, the building is known for its multiple balconies in the “Great Hall” and its vaulted, mosaic ceilings. During the holiday season, enjoying a meal in the Walnut Room on the 7th floor with tables surrounding the 45′ tall Christmas tree has become a tradition for locals and visitors alike. Just be sure to make a reservation as early as possible as they do get booked up quickly.