From Macy’s famous State Street holiday windows to Lincoln Park Zoo’s free ZooLights exhibit, there’s plenty to see and do in Chicago this time of year.
Here are some favorites:
Christmas Around the World exhibit: In keeping with its annual tradition, the Museum of Science and Industry will turn on more than 30,000 lights and 1,000 ornaments as part of its Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light exhibit. The exhibit opens Nov. 17.
Millennium Park Ice Skating: Starting Nov. 18, lace up a pair of skates at the Millennium Park ice rink for $10 and glide from end to end – all with the city of Chicago as your backdrop.
Odyssey Thanksgiving Cruise: This year, instead of cleaning dishes and stuffing a turkey, celebrate the holiday with a full Thanksgiving buffet aboard an Odyssey cruise on Lake Michigan.
"The Book of Mormon": On Dec. 11, the curtain goes up on "The Book of Mormon," the smash hit musical penned by "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
Chicago Symphony Performs "Casablanca": On Jan. 8, step back in time as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra plays the live score right alongside the classic film. Play it again, maestro.
2012 Chicago Cubs Convention: Usher in the Theo Epstein regime at the upcoming Cubs convention. Join the eternally optimistic fans at the Hilton Chicago, Jan. 13-15. Wait ‘til this year.