8 Things to do in the City & North Shore: December 8

Embrace the chilly winter days with activities that will make your season sparkle. From exploring winter markets to indulging in delicious food & drinks while warming up inside, there is so much to experience and enjoy. Embark on snowy trails and visit local landmarks to add a touch of adventure to your winter plans. Don’t miss out on the exciting events scheduled for this weekend to fully appreciate the beauty of the season!

Dive into the History of the Jewish Deli

IllumDiscover more than just a place to dine at the I’ll Have What She’s Having: The Jewish Deli exhibit. Uncover the fascinating journey of Jewish immigrants, as they imported and adapted their culinary traditions to establish a distinctly American dining experience.  Immerse yourself in deli history through a captivating array of neon signs, menus, advertisements, uniforms, photographs, and snippets from film and TV.

Date: Runs through April 
Time: 10AM-5PM 
Cost: Included in ticket cost 
Location: 9603 Woods Dr, Skokie 
More info: ilholocaustmuseum.org

Jam Session at the Holiday Jamboree

Head to SPACE in Evanston to celebrate the season with live music, face painting, and more! Guests can savor a make-your-own hot chocolate bar and festive cocktails. Explore discounted merch and discover new items available for purchase. Capture the holiday spirit with Santa and face painting. Rock out with your neighbors at this fun celebration of music.

Date: December 10 
Time: 12-3PM 
Cost: Free 
Location: SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave, Evanston 
More info: evanstonspace.com

Step into the Holiday Past at Wagner Farm

Step into the Festive Farmhouse at Wagner Farm, where the air is filled with the sweet scent of strung garlands and the crackling warmth of a stove fire. Transport yourself to the 1920s and witness how people celebrated the holiday season with baking and crafts. Bring the whole family to take part in this nostalgic celebration, embracing the charm of a bygone era.

Date: December 10 
Time: 10AM-12PM 
Cost: $22+ 
Location: Wagner Farm, 1510 Wagner Rd, Glenview 
More info: glenviewparks.org

Celebrate Fourth Night, Fourth Light for Hanukkah

Illuminate Wrigleyville with a complimentary Hanukkah festivity for Fourth Night, Fourth Light. Everyone is welcome to celebrate the joy of the holiday. Families can commence the evening with a DJ, live performances, exciting giveaways, and candle lighting. After the celebration, stick around to explore the enchanting Christkindlmarket in Wrigleyville during this festive celebration.

Date: December 10 
Time: 3-5PM 
Cost: Free 
Location: Gallagher Way at Wrigley Field, 3635 N Clark St 
More info: jccchicago.org

Get Elf’d Up in Wrigleyville

Returning for its sixth year, Elf’d Up is a spirited holiday pop-up bar inspired by the beloved Christmas movie “Elf.” This casual neighborhood Christmas bar has no cover charge and features over 1,000 elves, a 10-foot Christmas tree, and unique decorations paying tribute to the film. The festive atmosphere extends to Elf’d Up Happy House, offering Christmas-themed cocktails and a holiday menu, including the surprisingly tasty Buddy’s Breakfast Pasta. Join the holiday cheer at Elf’d Up for a memorable and whimsical experience!

Date: Runs through January 7 
Time: Open During Bar Hours 
Cost: Free reservations 
Location: Stretch Bar & Grill, 3485 N Clark St 
More info: elfdup.com

Drive-Thru Delight at Guaranteed Rate Field

Discover the magic of the season at Guaranteed Rate Field as it transforms into a dazzling winter wonderland, the Light of Christmas. This drive-thru holiday light display guides visitors along tunnels and walls adorned with approximately 1 million lights. As you navigate your car through this spectacle, immerse yourself in the festive spirit with holiday music broadcast through the radio. Synchronized to change color and flicker along with the music, the show promises a mesmerizing experience, bringing warmth and joy to all who attend.

Date: Runs through January 3 
Time: 5-9PM 
Cost: $24.99+ 
Location: Guaranteed Rate Field, 333 W 35th St 
More info: blockclubchicago.org

DIY Latke Crawl

Embrace the festive spirit of Hanukkah, getting inspiration from this list of fun latkes across Chicagoland, with a DIY latke crawl! Celebrate the beloved tradition of fried potato pancakes that take center stage during this joyous holiday. Engage in the debate over preferences like mashed or grated potatoes and the eternal question of sour cream or applesauce. Uncover the unique and delicious variations that make each latke special, discovering the perfect one that resonates with your taste buds.

Date: Ongoing 
Time: During Business Hours 
Cost: Not a Latke! 
Location: Various Restaurants around Chicago 
More info: chicago.eater.com

A Forest of Festivity at MSI

Enjoy a journey of global holiday traditions and create lasting memories with loved ones at Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light at the Museum of Science & Industry. Originating in 1942 with a single tree, this cherished annual celebration at the Museum has evolved into a beloved exhibition. A towering four-story Grand Tree, adorned with intricate decorations, stands at the center, surrounded by a forest of over 50 trees, each uniquely adorned by volunteers to showcase diverse holiday customs from around the world. Step into this one-of-a-kind experience that beautifully encapsulates the spirit of the season.

Date: Runs through January 7 
Time: 9:30AM-4PM 
Cost: Included in museum entry 
Location: Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S DuSable Lake Shore Dr 
More info: msichicago.org

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