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Talk of The Town: December 2018

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Mark Miles
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The Host With The Most

This month we’re diving into holiday attractions and gadgets. From classic Chicago area traditions to the perfect way to add some wow factor to your holiday party, we promise you’ll be the host (or hostess) with the most!

The Wow Factor | The Ultimate Chicago Holiday Guide | Get The Party Started

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The Wow Factor

Looking for the perfect party showstopper? This DIY champagne tower guarantees to delight! You’ll need:

  • Champagne
  • Large tray
  • Choice of seasonal décor

Step 1: Create a solid base for your tower by placing 19 coupe glasses in a circle on your tray, approximately 15 inches in diameter.

Step 2: Build the next levels of the tower by placing successively smaller layers of circles as you go. For example, to construct a 5-tier tower, the second layer would consist of 10 glasses, followed by 7, 3, and then 1 on top.

Step 3: Make sure each glass touches the surrounding glass. Pro tip: a diamond-shaped gap will appear between each glass. Be sure to center the stem of the glass over the diamond opening created by the layer below.

Step 4: Plan the perfect wow-worthy moment for your guests by slowly pouring the champagne into your top glass, allowing it to trickle down. But wait, there’s more! This tower makes a spectacular decorative piece sans bubbly.

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The Ultimate Chicago Holiday Guide

Holiday visitors looking for something to do while in the city? These quintessentially Chicagoland activities are a great start to any winter vacation.

Skate with the skyline at your back. Lace up your skates and hit the city’s one-of-a-kind skating ribbon at Maggie Daley Park. An experience unlike any other, this dramatic rink twists and turns through the landscape for a truly breathtaking adventure. Weather permitting | 337 E Randolph St

View nature in a different light. Surround yourself in color at Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum. Wander through the everchanging interactive installation under a twinkling canopy of trees. Through Jan 1 | 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle

See Chicago in miniature. Meticulously crafted, the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Wonderland Express is the perfect (indoor) winter activity for kids of all ages. Model trains and delicately tiny replicas of the city’s landmarks are a sight to behold! Through Jan 1 | 1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe

Take a walk around the world. What began in 1942 with a single tree has blossomed into an awe-inspiring Chicago institution at the Museum of Science and Industry. More than 50 trees and displays are decorated by volunteers to represent holiday traditions and cultures from around the globe. Through Jan 6 | 5700 S Lake Shore Dr

Catch a double-feature at the Music Box Theatre. This 35-year Chicago tradition brings two classic holiday films—White Christmas and It’s a Wonderful Life—to the big screen. Don’t miss out on your chance to belt it out to Irving Berlin’s timeless film at the singalong White Christmas screening! Dec 7–Dec 24 | 3733 N Southport Ave

Explore a piece of history. The Art Institute of Chicago hosts its annual Holiday Treasure Hunt and Tea Party each December, allowing families to travel through its expansive galleries learning a little bit along the way. Cap off this mythical event with a world-class tea party and goodie bag. Dec 9 | 111 S Michigan Ave

Shop in style. Last minute holiday shopping got you down? Hit up the Randolph Street Holiday Market for unique gifts and vintage finds perfect for the most stylish recipients. With over 125 vendors, bar, and local eats, this market is fun for all. Dec 15–Dec 16 | 1341 W Randolph St

Get The Party Started

Planning the perfect holiday party can be stressful, but these handy gadgets will help you stay cool, calm, collected and festive!


Welcome people the smart way. Video doorbells, like Ring and Skybell, allow you to see who’s at your door with the touch of a button. Never worry about having to rush to the door as guests arrive again.


It’s all about ambiance. Get in the spirit with the right lighting. Connected lighting like the Philips Hue bulbs can get your guest in a merry mood with a variety of color options and settings. Sync to your music to set the scene!


Speaking of tunes… Now may be the time to pick up the Amazon Echo or Google Home you’ve been eyeing. These connected devices allow you to control your playlist from across the room, all hands-free.


Don’t forget the wine! Party guests love to toast to their hosts with a glass of wine—you’ll never have to wait for wine to reach its perfect temperature again with an iceless wine chiller.


Capture the memories. Instant cameras, like Fujiflim’s Instax, are a great way to catch those candid holiday moments between friends and family.


Brew smarter. Get your after-dinner coffee started with Smarter Coffee’s app-enabled coffeemaker. The first of its kind in the world, this grind and brew combo allows you to start brewing from anywhere in your home.

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