It may be all about the Kringle mingle in smaller towns but in a world class city like Chicago, there's plenty of happy whatever holiday you celebrate.
There are certainly traditional snow and glow options from Zoo Lights at one of the only free admission zoos left in the nation to the natural seasonal stunners at Lincoln Park Conservatory's Instragram worthy Holiday Flower Show where it's warm (and also free). In between dodging ice patches, ornery shoppers and seasonal affective disorder (SAD), you can pop into one of the local venues offering wholesome fun (i.e. Seinfeld trivia, bingo and board games) enlivened by adult beverages, yummy bites and even free live music performed by artists on Rolling Stone's "watch" lists.
Check any winter listicle and you'll be scolded about surrendering to the sofa. For easy cold weather exercise, choose among the burgeoning number of ice rinks or join a group hike peppered with corny jokes and stops at seasonal sites like tours offered through Bobby's Bike Hikes.
Say "ta-ta" to 2017 laughing all the way.