While Christmas is just around the corner and the new year is approaching, make sure to plan everything well! From holiday shopping to an end of the year vacation, Chicago has everything you’ve ever dreamed of in a winter wonderland. Imagine skating under the Bean with a fantastic city view, shopping at the Christkindlmarket or the State Street shopping district, sharing deep dish pizza with your loved ones and taking a stroll around downtown Chicago under the Christmas lights. Things just can’t get any better.
Chicago: Your dream winter wonderland
It’s that time of the year again! Can you believe Christmas and New Year are just around the corner? Now speaking about one of the best cities in the USA to celebrate Christmas, Chicago has everything you’ve ever imagined in a winter wonderland. Strolling around downtown Chicago, the city couldn’t get any more magical as you pass Cloud Gate and see the reflection of city skyline through the impressive sculpture, the Bean. You can also go ice-skating at Millennium Park. The Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier on the Chicago shore of Lake Michigan in the Streeterville neighborhood is also well known as a tourist favorite destination, as it promises a breathtaking view of Chicago. Unfortunately the Ferris wheel is now closed for construction and will reopen again in summer 2016, but you can still walk around in the area, watch a movie at the Navy Pier IMAX Theater or a play at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. You can also have a little bite to eat at the food court or outdoor restaurants.
Visit the Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza
You’ll find that downtown Chicago has the prettiest lights and Christmas decorations, and also there are so many events and shops you don’t want to miss. From Blue Man Group show, to a musical, the Nutcracker ballet, to a Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza, you’ll be spoiled for choice. You’ll also hear Christmas songs anywhere you go. To mark the 20th Annual Christkindlmarket, Chicago’s largest open-air Christmas festival will once again bring a cherished German and European tradition to the US until 24 December, 2015. Chicagoans and tourists love to come here to sip mulled wine, try German food and drinks, and of course shop for some Christmas gifts.
Holiday shopping and deep dish pizza
When it comes to a unique shopping experience, you will love doing some holiday shopping in Chicago. Let’s start with Water Tower Place where the spectacular, eight level mall offers more than 100 shops and restaurants. The 900 Shops located near the Magnificent Mile shopping district is anyone’s dream shopping destination with more than 50 luxury stores, so you won’t have any problem finding good gifts for your loved ones. Head to Lakeview’s commercial district if you’re looking for something unique like vintage shops or home-decor stores. Lincoln Park has high-end retailers and more trendy fashion boutiques. Last but not least, at the State Street shopping district you can find Macy’s with its famed window display and, oh, the 45-foot tree! It’s a big crime to leave Chicago without trying their famous deep dish pizza, be sure to stop by Lou Malnati’s, Gino’s East, or Giordano’s to taste some of the best deep dish pizza.
From Chicago with love
Find out why it’s a must to visit Chicago during the winter. Here we share things you should do in this winter wonderland. Get your winter coat ready, stay warm, and enjoy Chicago!
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