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Blog: Chicago’s Top Holiday Events, Specials & Gifts of the Season
News: The Woman In Black Awarded 3 1/2 Stars by Chicago Tribune’s Chris Jones

Read: Replay Lincoln Park Reprises its The Office Pop-Up for Holidays

Big Win: Raised, an Urban Rooftop Bar, Featured in Brit + Co
Watch: ABC 7 Highlights TheWit as a Top Holiday Party Destination

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Our Favorite Holiday Events In Chicago

Noreen: Buying my Holiday Tree with my Kids at St. Josahat’s Lot
Lianne: Geja’s Cafe’s Annual Champagne Festival
Sarah: Visiting Mindy’s Hot Chocolate for Dessert
Kathy: Attending Holiday Pop-up Bars
Anneliese: Christkindlmarket
Megan: One of a Kind Holiday Show

Katie: Lincoln Park ZooLights
Mary: Magnificent Mile Holiday Lights
Shannon: Tree Lights at the Morton Arboretum
Gianna: Reliving my Competitive Figure Skating Days at Maggie Daley Park
Annie: Watching Movies on Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas
Skyler: Randolph Street Holiday Market
Sorcha: Fairmont Chicago’s Cookies & Cheer
Liz: Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier
Sila: Holiday Shopping on Michigan Avenue
Jasmin: The Starbucks Holiday Drinks Release

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Offering Chicagoland a glimpse of summer time fun in the middle of January! The Midwest’s largest indoor boat show, Progressive® Insurance Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show®,  is dropping anchor at McCormick Place, 2301 South Lake Shore Drive. January 9 – 13.

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The 18th annual One of a Kind Show Chicago returns to The Mart today through Sunday, December 9!  Shop from more than 600 talented makers and enjoy a one-of-a-kind shopping experience!

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Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park is getting in the holiday spirit this year with the launch of their new smitten for sweets seasonal menu. Inspired by the tradition and comforts of holiday cookies THE BAR will introduce cookie-inspired cocktails. Columbus Tap will partner with local breweries to offer a variety of seasonal brews through January 31. Each special cocktail and beer will be served with a chef-made holiday cookie.

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the Albert is offering a special prix fixe menu for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Curated by Executive Chef Larry Feldmeier, formerly of Sixteen, the menu is available for $85 a person with the option of a $45 wine pairing. Options include Sweet Potato Salad with goat gouda, baby kale, & blackberry,  Grand Board, and Celery Root Soup, Whole Roasted Chicken with truffle stuffing and gravy and more.

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National Hellenic Museum has completed the incredible feat of producing two highly unique exhibitions back-to-back within just a few months of each other, a huge funding feat for any museum. Drop by the museum to see Lives Afloat: The Greek Refugee Crisis Through the Lens of Tasos Markou 2015-2017 and George Kokines: Layers Revealed.

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Bentley Hair & Beauty, located at the heart of Chicago’s Goldcoast, is the city’s top exclusive, luxurious and contemporary Chicago salon. Owner Jennifer and her handpicked professional team are focused on making sure that you have a wonderful experience when you visit. Receive 20% off when you mention code ‘Heron’ when you book your appointment today!

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Chicago’s hottest new rooftop destination, VU Rooftop Bar, located at 133 East Cermak, is excited to ring in 2019 with its exclusive VU Year’s Eve event on Monday, December 31 from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Guests who purchase tickets to this event will have access to a variety of signature cocktails and a night of thrilling entertainment.

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Join in Latinicity’s Happy Hour every Monday through Saturday from 4 – 6 p.m. Featuring Wansas tequila shots for $3, $4 select beers and a slew of cocktail pitchers, Latinicity is the perfect spot to unwind after work.

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Let it snow, Chicago! ArcLight Cinemas – Chicago, the premier moviegoing destination in Lincoln Park announces a special, seasonal film series featuring six nights of holiday movies. From nostalgic to romantic, hilarious to action-packed, ArcLight Cinemas has carefully curated a selection of timeless stories for film lovers to enjoy this season. ArcLight Presents… Let it Snow runs through Monday, December 17.

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Explore the city and its vibrant neighborhoods with ease from Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago‘s central location, just steps from many of Chicago’s transportation hubs. Premium amenities make guests feel welcome including 24-hour fitness center and 2,500 sq. ft. of event space. The options are endless when you stay in the middle of the action!

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ROOF on theWit is excited to announce the highly anticipated return of its exclusive Monte Carlo-inspired New Year’s Eve Party on Monday, December 31 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.. The night features a platinum open bar, lavish food, four gaming tables, all played for fun, and live entertainment with a performance from Champagne All-Stars, playing classics with a twist.

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Come on in and stay awhile! State and Lake Chicago Tavern offers $5 select beers, $10 select wines and small bites Monday – Friday from 4 – 6 p.m.

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HopCat, Chicago’s most comprehensive beer destination, is now booking holiday parties. With a unique and scalable environment, 130 beers and ciders on tap and homemade food for a variety of tastes. HopCat is ideal for small gatherings or larger corporate parties.


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Throughout the holiday season, participating Chicago Wow Bao locations are inviting both Chicago residents and visitors alike to stop in and donate new, unwrapped toys to their official Marine Toys for Tots drop box. Available through December 13 in exchange for a free $10 meal.

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Geja’s Café will offer New Year’s Eve revelers a romantic event featuring fondue and champagne in a festive, yet intimate, atmosphere. There will be three special reserved seatings on Monday, December 31, 2018 at 5:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.

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Replay Lincoln Park has assembled the Party Planning committees for the reprise of its fan favorite pop-up The Office with a special holiday twist.  Open through New Year’s Day, the pop-up will culminate in “The Ultimatum,” Replay’s The Office themed New Year’s Eve bash featuring special themed cocktails and an open bar from 7 – 11 p.m.

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Raised, An Urban Rooftop Bar is inviting both Chicago residents and visitors alike to cozy up this Windy City winter with a special outdoor activation that will be running all season long. This buzzed about rooftop destination has decked out its outdoor area with lush blankets, pillows, trees and greenery to bring an urban glamping experience to Downtown Chicago.

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The Lismore Hotel is one of Wisconsin’s hottest properties. Located in the heart of Eau Claire, just outside of the Twin Cities, the area’s most attractive and fun destinations are all within reach.

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Rosemont’s newest hotel, The Rose Hotel, featuring 165 rooms, 6,000 square feet of high tech meeting space and an engaging first floor bar and gathering area is now open!


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The Westin Nashville’s Decker & Dyer is excited to announce the launch of a new menu for weekend brunch! From a twist on the traditional breakfast option to the Southern classics, Executive Chef Jake Strang has curated a brunch menu that offers a variety of dishes for patrons to enjoy.

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broughtonHOTELS, the largest boutique hotel company in Chicago, has unveiled stunning top-to-bottom transformations of their three historic Chicago boutique hotels. The Majestic Hotel, The Willows Hotel and City Suites Chicago have been renovated with new lobby furnishings, enhanced lighting, window treatments, linens, carpeting and beautiful custom artwork.

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Chicago native and successful author Catherine O’Connell’s newest novel, The Last Night Out, is a thrilling story about the fateful events during the main character, Maggie Trueheart’s bachelorette party. As the clock ticks down to the wedding day shocking secrets are revealed as a murderer zeros in on one of the girls.

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NEWCITY, Chicago’s newest lifestyle and entertainment destination is hosting its third annual free and family-friendly Winter Carnival, on Saturday, December 8 from 4 – 6 p.m.

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Addison & Clark brings a dynamic, high-quality retail, dining and residential destination to one of America’s best-known corners. Open now!

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With 49 Chicagoland locations, Orangetheory® Fitness, hailed by The New York Times as “the best one-hour workout in the country, is a one-of-a-kind, group personal training workout that uses intervals of cardiovascular and strength training. Join today and receive a free heart rate monitor*. Check with location for more information.

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Paper Source, a Chicago-based premier paperie and gift retailer, has you covered with fun crafts and decorations to host the the perfect Holiday party or Secret Santa exchange!

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With high-quality, custom printed mugs, hats, apparel and more, Follow The Action offers the perfect holiday gift for the hunter, fisherman or all-around outdoorsman in your life!

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McGrath Printing has been satisfying customers with quality printing and customer service for over 35 years. With commitments to quality, McGrath Printing puts corporate branding in safe hands to solidify and enhance each company’s image on a variety of collateral.

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It has thrilled over eight million people worldwide and received a 3 1/2 star, rave review from The Chicago Tribune’s Chris Jones. The original London production of The Woman in Black is running in Chicago! Starring Chicago actors Bradley Armacost and Adam Wesley Brown. Book now at the Royal George Theatre…if you dare. Use discount code GHOST to save $10.

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Chicago Sinfonietta, the nation’s most diverse orchestra, presents its signature annual MLK Tribute Concert. The night will feature the conducting talents of two graduates of the orchestra’s industry-leading Project Inclusion professional development program on January 20 and 21.

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Celebrate a whole year of holidays in one wonderful musical with the regional premiere of Irving Berlin’s joyous HOLIDAY INN! The production runs through January 6. Inspired by the 1942 classic film, HOLIDAY INN features a beloved score by one of the greatest songwriters in American history, Irving Berlin.

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First Folio Theatre presents ALL CHILDISH THINGS, a witty and comedic mystery about a group of life-long friends and Star Wars fans. Written by Joseph Zettelmaier, running January 23 through February 24, 2019.

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Emerald City Theatre will open the Chicago premiere of Fantastic Mr. Fox. Adapted for the stage by David Wood from the book by Roald Dahl and directed by ECT Artistic Director Jacqueline Stone, at Victory Gardens Začek-McVay Theater on December 14, 2018.

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Mercury Theater Chicago has announced the extension of Avenue Q through November 4, due to popular demand! The laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on AVENUE Q.

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Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival

Stage 773‘s 18th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival is taking place January 10 through 20, 2019. Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. Since its inception in 2002, the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival has grown to be the largest festival of its kind. Over 1,000 artists and 10,000 patrons attend annually from around the world.

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