Well, it's Christmastime in the city and what would living in Chicago be without a few holiday traditions. For example, each year Chicagoans come together at Daley Center to see the lighting of the Christmas Tree at City Hall.
To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the City Christmas Tree at Daley Plaza, The Moore family from South Holland, Illinois. Terri, Kirsten (11) and Taylor (8) donated their tree for the festivities and jjoined Mayor Emanuel in lighting their tree. Since 2009, a Chicago-area family has donated Chicago's Christmas tree.
Along with the tree lighting ceremony, The Christkindl Market at Daley Plaza, a kinda local Christmas shopping palooza, runs November 27-December 24th. The open-air market that surrounds the Picasso Sculpture has up to 55 market vendors selling anything from brats and beer, jewelry to holiday sweaters.
Not far away, on State Street, families across the city make the yearly trip to Marshall Field's(aka Macy's) for its annual holiday window display and Macy's 45-foot Great Tree which features 10,000 LED sparkling lights and 1200 ornaments. The tree is located on the inside of the store by the famed Walnut Room.
For all the art lovers in the family, the traditional bronze llions will be wreathed for the 2013 Christmas season. Chicago's legendary Art Institute Lions always get flowered up for Christmas. The wreaths will remain on our big cat buddies through the season. While you are at the Art Institute, go inside to view the art. There is a charge to enter the Art Institute. This is one of the great art museums in the world, so don't take it for granted.
Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier kicks off December 6-January 12 and turns itself into a "Winter Wonderfest" featuring a number of different attractions, including ice skating and a train ride.
Speaking of yearly traditions, Christmas Around the World at The Museum of Science & Industry runs now thru January 5 and the museum halls will be decked and holiday singers will fuel the spirit of the season. The sparkle of dozens of decorated trees will greet you at this year's Christmas Around the World.
Now thru January 6th, the Lincoln Park Zoo gets into the Christmas spirit with their ZOO Lights display. Check out their ice carving demonstrations as well. The zoo lights shine on every Friday through Sunday until December 27 and then the lights go on every night through January 5.
Not to be outdone, Brookfield Zoo comes to life with more than a million twinkling lights. The zoo has a light laser show, animated displays, ice carving demonstrations and costumed characters (think lots of photo ops). Saturdays & Sundays beginning December 1 - Monday, December 31. 4pm-9pm
Finally, Wonderland Express at the Chicago Botanic Garden now - January 5. See the twinkling lights, miniature Chicago landmarks, horticulture displays, indoor snowfall.
There's always something good to do for the holiday in Chicago so have fun with the family and be safe!
Take your family and friends to see #1 Holiday Movie In The Country! Don't miss the contemporary adaptation of Langston Hughes' celebrated play, the holiday musical drama BLACK NATIVITY follows Langston(Jacob Latimore), a street-wise teen from Baltimore raised by a single mother, as he journeys to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives Reverend Cornell and Aretha Cobbs (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett).
Unwilling to live by the imposing Reverend Cobbs' rules, a frustrated Langston is determined to return home to his mother, Naima (Jennifer Hudson). Langston embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey and along with his new friends, and a little divine intervention, he discovers the true meaning of faith, healing, and family.
The UltimateTV hopes you enjoyed the special advanced movie screening of Black Navitity at Showplace Icon Roosevelt Theaters and will take your family and friends to se this wonderful heartwarming movie musical during the Thanksgiving holiday.
Richard is King. A monarch ordained by God to lead his people. But he is also a man of very human weakness. A man whose vanity threatens to divide the great houses of England and drag his people into a dynastic civil war that will last 100 years. RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran directs David Tennant in the title role.
Richard II is the first production in a new cycle of Shakespeare's History plays, directed by Gregory, that will be performed over the coming seasons. David is joined in the company by Oliver Ford Davies as Duke of York, Michael Pennington as John of Gaunt and Jane Lapotaire as Duchess of Gloucester. It is an extrodinary piece of theater and David Tennant is brilliant.
The Ultimate-TV will be giving away tickets to see this brilliant performance of Richard II starring David Tennant at The Music Box Theater, Wednesday, December 18th at 7:00pm To win tickets, complete the registration at https://davidtennantmovie.eventbrite.com/
No purchase necessary to win. Must be a legal US citizen and 18 years or older to enter. Due to the popularity of this event, one contest registration per person, per e-mail address permitted. Multiple entries per performance may forfeit contest registration. Tickets are extremely limited. Event organizer reserves the right to change contest rules at any time without notification.