Holiday Dates in Chicago

By: Jamie Ann |

Ice Rink Magic

It’s easy to get bombarded with holiday-ness if you’re near Chicago. With the influx of tourists this season, lots of things are “off limits” to many of us Chicagoans just because of the sheer number of people. Because of this, we often forget about how amazing this city can be during the holidays. Before you cross these things off your list, think about when the last time you did any of them. It might change your mind and give you a new perspective on Christmas in the city.

ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo.
Warm spiced wine is delicious. Warm spiced wine while walking through the zoo is even better. There are a bunch of other holiday activities to do there as well, but the zoo in itself is just the best date, so add in everything else and it’s one of the best things to do during holidays in Chicago.

Ice skating in Millennium Park.
When was the last time you’ve been ice skating? It’s probably been awhile, right? A pretty view of Chicago, the Bean in the background, this is the perfect winter date. Step into some ice skates and start gliding. It will make for some hilarious moments with all the slipping and sliding and the occasional fall. Luckily, your honey will be there to catch you or at least fall down with you! Wrap the night up with some hot chocolate and you have a perfect winter date.

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Holiday lights on Michigan Ave.
Yes, this is probably the most touristy of touristy things to do, but when you avoid downtown and the Magnificent Mile because you know how crazy it can get, it’s sometimes I nice change of pace. The hustle and bustle, the shopping bags everywhere, the snow (maybe snow, you know how finickky Chicago weather is!), but the lights can be just the right addition to a romantic night. Stroll Michigan Avenue and soak it all up.

Marshall Field’s.
All true Chicago people remember when Macy’s used to be Field’s. In fact, some of them (like myself) just can’t get over the fact that’s it has changed. But that’s besides the point. Macy’s/Field’s usually has the best window displays and I dare you not to feel festive after having dinner in the Walnut Room and scoping out the giant tree. Plus, could this be a better excuse to window shop?

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Now those are just a few date ideas. This is Chicago, we’re talking about, there’s tons to do here!

What’s your favorite holiday date?