8 Things to do in the City & Western Suburbs: December 22

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!

Dance the Night Away in Winfield

Head to Cooper’s Corner to enjoy a non-holiday night out on the town with the UPbeats Band. Enjoy great local food and drinks with this band, featuring four locals who have been active in the Chicagoland music scene for decades. They play music spanning the decades with one thing in mind: providing a positive entertainment experience for every guest!

Date: December 23
Time: 7:30PM
Cost: $15 minimum purchase
Location: Cooper’s Corner, 27W150 Roosevelt Rd, Winfield
More info: cooperscorner.com

Royal Holiday Tea in Oakbrook Terrace

Be enchanted by the Royal Tea holiday experience! Immerse yourself in the grandeur of traditional tea service at Drury Lane and treat your little ones to a delightful kid-friendly menu. You can also pamper them with a beauty salon experience fit for royalty and watch their eyes light up as they receive a keepsake tiara or crown. 

Date: December 23 
Time: 1:30PM 
Cost: $35+ 
Location: Lucille’s Restaurant, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace 
More info: lucillerestaurant.com

Feel the Holiday Cheer at Cantigny

Celebrate the magic of Christmas at Cantigny, where the spirit of the season comes to life amidst the backdrop of decorated gardens and historic architecture. Enjoy seasonal delights, from cheerful carolers to cozy fire pits to ice rinks and explore the joyous displays of lights. With its timeless charm and joyful festivities, Christmas at Cantigny promises a memorable experience for all.

Date: Runs through December 30 
Time: 4:30-9PM 
Cost: Varies by activity 
Location: Cantigny, 1S151 Winfield Rd, Wheaton 
More info: cantigny.org

Merry, Merry Chicago!

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Chorus are joining together this holiday season for a joyful night of music at Merry, Merry Chicago. You’ll hear traditional carols and modern classics at this local holiday tradition. Make it a date night or family adventure!

Date: December 22 + 23 
Time: Fri 7:30PM; Sat 1:30PM 
Cost: $45+ 
Location: CSO, 220 S Michigan Ave 
More info:cso.org

A Holiday Feast at NoMi

Start your Christmas festivities at NoMI with a picturesque Christmas Eve dinner overlooking Lake Michigan and the Magnificent Mile. Indulge in a 4-course prix-fixe menu with optional wine pairings to celebrate the holiday season. Conclude your meal with a festive dessert. Spend your Christmas Eve in style with this elevated culinary experience!

Date: December 24 
Time: By reservation 
Cost: $165 
Location: NoMi Lounge, 800 N Michigan Ave 
More info: exploretock.com

Dinos and Hot Cocoa at the Field Museum

Join us in celebrating the holidays at the Field Museum with the Snow Globe Pop-up. You can capture your perfect winter moment at the SUE snow globe while staying cozy indoors. Warm up with a hot chocolate bar in the Bistro and explore a unique collection of holiday ornaments and novelty items. Don’t miss this opportunity to create unforgettable memories with your loved ones this holiday season!

Date: Runs through January 8 
Time: Open during museum hours 
Cost: Free with admission 
Location: The Field Museum, 1400 S Lake Shore Dr 
More info: choosechicago.com

It’s A Wonderful Radio Play

For more than two decades, American Blues Theater has delighted audiences with a live rendition of the Frank Capra classic in the tradition of a 1940s radio broadcast, making It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago the second longest-running holiday play in the city. George Bailey, the Everyman from small town Bedford Falls, finds himself longing for a miracle to rescue him from despair and learns what life would be like without him. Infused with original music and classic holiday carols, this heartwarming holiday favorite is a don’t miss. 

Date: Runs through December 31 
Time: 2PM & 7:30PM 
Cost: $55+ 
Location: American Blues Theater, 5627 N Lincoln Ave 
More info: tickettailor.com

Celebrate the Season at Jack Frost’s

Experience the joy of the holidays at the Jack Frost Christmas Pop-Up, an all-ages event spreading cheer in the heart of Fulton Market! This winter wonderland on Green Street spans two acres and is dedicated to celebrating the Holiday Season. Families can enjoy daytime activities like ice skating and winter bumper cars. As the sun sets, you can embrace the festive atmosphere with boozy hot cocoa, explore the Christmas tree walk, and peruse bustling Christmas Pop-Up Shops.

Date: Runs through December 31 
Time: By reservation 
Cost: $15+ 
Location: Jack Frost Christmas Pop Up at Fulton Market, 170 N Green St 
More info: bucketlisters.com

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