As a transplant here to Chicago, I think I tend to appreciate the city a tad more than those who have lived her their whole life. For example, come Christmas time, I love driving around looking at Christmas lights:
As much as love this house, I am so glad I don’t live next to it or have to pay their electric bill! However, as somebody just driving by, it was an awesome house. We drive around the city and sing Christmas carols and enjoy everything.
Another great way is to enjoy the city. My family doesn’t spend a lot of time in Downtown Chicago, so when we go, it is a treat. This holiday season is no exception. Chicago knows how to do Christmas like no other city.
We had some fun with the lions at The Art Institute.
From there, we did some shopping on Michigan Avenue. (American Girl is on Michigan Avenue. We didn’t visit there this trip. However, Madison and I have attended a Mastercard Priceless Experience there before. I can only highly recommend a Priceless Experience after doing one ourselves. It was beyond awesome and I wrote about it on here when we did it.)
We also went to Millennium Park. We watched the people skating (the line was way too long for the kids to rent skates. My kids adore The Bean, so we had some fun playing over there too!
If you are in Chicago during the holiday season, Macy’s On State Street is also a must stop. The store is decorated so awesomely both inside and out.
The kids even got to write a letter to Santa with Macy’s Believe program. Their letters earned Make A Wish an additional $2! (For every letter to Santa taken to the store and put into their mailbox, Macy’s donated $1.)
The Daley Center and the Christkindlmarket Chicago is another must stop! This is a German Christmas market, and they just have so many cool things to look at and eat! Do you go with the hot pretzels or the potato pancakes? Decisions, decisions! Bill went to Germany when he was in high school. We actually found a booth from where he bought coo coo clocks in Germany. It was the same shop, and we found the clock he bought. I’ll even admit that was pretty cool. Plus, it is held in Daley Center, so there is also the Christmas tree and Nativity scene.
A bit of comic relief is this next picture. This is the eternal flame. However, the pigeons in Chicago found a good way to keep warm! (Will also felt the need to walk up to every pigeon he saw and yell boo. There are a lot of pigeons downtown.)
Have you heard of Garrett’s Popcorn? This is another must stop. It is the most addicting popcorn you will find in the city. You literally cannot stop eating it until you eat all that you bought. We bought a 2 gallon tin ourselves.
I love finding a random guy carrying a huge present down the street.
Our last tradition is a unique stop. Every time we leave downtown, we stop and eat at Connie’s on the way home. It literally is the best pizza in Chicago. It is one of our favorite tradition.
You know you’ve have a priceless experience when this happens on the way home.
What does Chicago mean to you and your family? What are your favorite city traditions and experiences?
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