Snow fooling - Chicago is perfectly chill in December

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. 

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Lincoln Park Conservatory
Photo courtesy of Erick Huck

You'll be a regular Annie Leibovitz snapping pix of family and friends with the dazzling Holiday Flower Show as your background. Open through Jan. 7, 2018, the Lincoln Park Conservatory's annual show features an old-fashioned steam engine,...  Read More

Commons Club
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Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Co.
Photo courtesy of Carol Fox and Associates

Explore the city's iconic seasonal landmarks, such as the Macy's Holiday Windows, Christkindlmarket and Lincoln Park ZooLights for an easy way to take in the magic of the holidays. Just get yourself and your crew to the John Hancock Plaza Tree...  Read More

Bobby's Bike Hike
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During the holidays, it's all hike (no bike) but you'll get fueled by distinctive bites during "Holiday Hike: Season Sampling Walking and Food Tour." You'll see the seasonal sights that make Chicago special: Christkindlmarket, Millennium Park's...  Read More

Block Museum of Art
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The Peninsula Ice Rink
Photo courtesy of The Peninsula Hotel

Hotels can boast stellar restaurants, services, views and beds but only The Peninsula has bragging rights about its ice skating rink. Open for its sixth season, the 2,100 sq ft hybrid rink is perched above the Magnificent MiIe on "The...  Read More

Chicago Athletic Association
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Expect an over-the-top celebration of holiday cheer that includes comfort, joy and lots of laughs during Happy's, the latest installment of the The Chicago Athletic Association hotel's "mini-bar" series. Programming includes DJ nights, karaoke,...  Read More

ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo
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Through Jan. 7, 2018, you can light up your winter life at Lincoln Park Zoo, the country's oldest free public zoo, and enter a visual wonderland - the 22nd annual ZooLights. The free, family-friendly holiday event plugs in two million lights...  Read More

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