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Talk of the Town: December 2019

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Mark Miles
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Winter Wonderland

The weather outside may be frightful, but that doesn’t mean your winter season can’t be delightful! This month we’re digging into our favorite Chicagoland activities, delectable snow day libations, and our favorite spots to try a new subzero sport.

Get Into the Holiday Spirit | Subzero Sports | Winter Warmers

Get Into the Holiday Spirit

There’s always something to do in the Chicagoland area to celebrate the spirit of the season, so don’t miss out!


Dec 1- Chicago Artisan Market
Morgan Manufacturing, 401 N Morgan St, Chicago

Dec 1- Vintage Garage Holiday Market
The Woman’s Club of Evanston, 1702 Chicago Ave, Evanston

Dec 1-31- Holiday Flower Show
Lincoln Park Conservatory, 2391 N Stockton Dr, Chicago

Dec 1-31- Lightscape
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe

Dec5-8- One of a Kind Show + Sale
Merchandise Mart, 222 Merchandise Mart Pl, Chicago

Dec 7- Santa Hustle 5k
Soldier Field, 1410 S Museum Campus Dr, Chicago

Dec 13- Ugly Sweater Party
Duet Dance Studio, 2412 W North Ave, Chicago

Dec 15- GHA Holiday Tea
The Grove, 1421 Milwaukee Ave, Glenview

Dec 30- Eve of the Eve
Union Station, 225 S Canal St, Chicago

Dec 31- New Year’s Eve Fireworks
Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago

Subzero Sports

Try something new this season! The Midwest offers an amazing array of winter sports, all within driving distance of the Chicagoland area–you just have to know where to look.


  1. If it’s good enough for the Blackhawks, it’s good enough for us! Once the official practice facility for the team, Johnny’s IceHouse is the place to be as far as hockey is concerned. Kids can sign up as young as age 2, so it really is fun for the whole family. 2550 W Madison St, Chicago, IL
  2. Working on your double axels? The Centennial Ice Arena was once the training ground for former Olympian and Highland Park native Jason Brown, it’s a great spot to perfect your spins. 3100 Trail Way, Highland Park, IL
  3. After becoming the world’s first snowboard exclusive park back in 1993, Raging Buffalo Snowboard and Ski Park features halfpipes, table tops and other snowboarding staples that would make any pro proud. 570 Rawson Bridge Rd, Cary, IL
  4. The flat Midwestern terrain might not rival slopes across the country, but Alpine skiing is an exciting way to fulfill your need for speed this winter. Located in Bartlett, Villa Olivia offers downhill skiing perfect for beginners and families. 1401 W Lake St, Bartlett, IL
  5. Unlike its hillier counterpart, cross-country skiing is a great way to explore carefully tended trails. The snowy paths of the Sagawau Nordic Center are some of the best in the state! 12545 W 111th St, Lemont, IL
  6. Looking to try something a little more daring? The luge is for you! Just a few hours outside of Chicago, the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex is the perfect place to give this icy sport a try. 462 N Scenic Dr, Muskegon, MI


Winter Warmers

Spice up these traditional hot drinks with a few easy additions.



Hot Cocoa
Cinnamon, nutmeg, peppermint sticks, rum, orange zest, bourbon, peppermint liqueur


Vanilla extract, coconut milk, cardamom, rum, whiskey, brandy


Apple Cider
Caramel, maple syrup, cloves, ginger, rye whiskey, rum, scotch, mescal


Cinnamon, cardamom, mint, ginger, red wine, rum, cognac


Nutmeg, cloves, chocolate syrup, maple syrup, whiskey, cognac, rum, bourbon

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