What to Do During the Holidays in Chicago


In the middle of the holiday season, you may be scrambling for things to do with your family and friends coming to visit.  Whether you’re a seasoned Chicago resident or new to the area, there’s never a shortage of things for you to do or see in the city.

There’s plenty of great shopping in the Chicago area, and while almost every chain store is available in a short cab or bus ride, there are some unique shops that you won’t find anywhere else, such as Elevenzees on Division Street or Komoda on Chicago Avenue, both selling a variety of unique gifts. Another one of the best tourist shopping attractions is the Christkindlmarket, which is the city’s largest open-air market.

The Lincoln Zoo is a popular attraction during the warmer months, but now offers ice skating from November 28th to March 1st.  There are skate rentals and concessions available at the Main Barn as well, and while you’re there, be sure to catch the ZooLights, a special holiday lights display and ice carving demonstration.

If you are a sports fan, there are several Blackhawks and Bulls games coming up at the United Center.  While you’re there, you can shop for last minute gifts at the official stores of the Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Bulls, open only on game days.  If you are bringing a die-hard fan, be sure to take pictures next to the many iconic statues around and inside the United Center. Fine Art Studio of Rotblatt & Amrany has created several statues of popular athletes such as Michael Jordan, Bobby Hull, and Stan Mikita that are some of the most popular tourist attractions, and make great photo opportunities.

There are more lights to be seen in the Lincolnwood Towers district and has been a fun tradition by the home-owners to create an over-the-top holiday lights competition in the neighborhood. It’s most definitely worth a drive-through.

Of course, there are also plenty of holiday-themed theater presentations happening over the next month, some of the most popular being the Music Box Christmas Show film presentations, The Nutcracker by the Joffrey Ballet accompanied by the Chicago Philharmonic, and A Christmas Carol by the Goodman Theatre.

But no matter what your plans are, Fine Art Studio of Rotblatt & Amrany wishes you a safe and happy holiday season!