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CIty SIdewalks, Pretty Sidewalks in Chicago for the Holidays

Tis the season of festive parades, glittering lights, shopping galore and holiday treats and there is no better place to find such delectable delights than Chicago!

Chicago is a fabulous place to be no matter the time of year, but at Christmas time it becomes even more special. Yes, it is festively cold, but a warm coat and cup of hot chocolate can add to the spirit of the Holidays. The city has many great Holiday attractions between Thanksgiving and Christmas.The traditional Thanksgiving Day Parade with its seasonal attractions is a favorite among locals and tourists. The week prior to the parade is when one can really feel the holiday spirit come alive. The Magnificent Mile Lights festival with a tree lighting parade is the first event to get the spirit of the holidays going and to test all of your sensory receptors. The Daley Plaza hosts The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony where you will experience one of the most amazing and beautifully lit fir trees in the country.

The Daley Plaza also plays host to the Christkindlmarket. This German Christmas Market is one the best in the United States. The market offers traditional German food, gifts and handmade goods. With traditional German entertainment and nearly three quarters of the vendors speaking German and English, it’s about as authentic as you can imagine.
Shopping opportunities are endless while in Chicago and the Magnificent Mile offers an abundance and variety of boutiques and stores to spark every interest, meet every need and delight every visitor. The shops, whether they cater to apparel, art, gourmet food, jewelery or a pet boutique are as diverse as the goods they sell. The towering shopping centers, chic studios, intimate specialty shops, iconic department stores, lavish boutiques and trendy favorites are all within an easy stroll. A season favorite for the young and old is Macy’s. It is one of the biggest department stores in the world, but it’s also home to the Great Tree which is decorated with more than 12,000 sparkling lights.
When you are ready to take a break you can enjoy the seasonal showing of the Nutcracker Ballet or relax to Handel’s messiah. Among other theater favorites are How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Dee Sniders Rock and Roll Christmas Tale, and the Mercury Theaters The Christmas Show.

Maybe your forte is Museums. In Chicago there are plenty of amazing museums to visit. Among the favorites are the Museum of Science and Industry, the Shedd Aquarium, the Museum of Contemporary Art and Adler Planetarium. Many of the museums will engage in the holiday festivities by hosting holiday themed events.
The delights of the season can be found outdoors at the Navy Pier Winter Wonderfest, the Christmas Lights at Lincoln Park Zoo, Holidays around the World and for the adventurous, you can try the Holiday Lights on a Segway tour!
The sights and sounds of the season are yours to enjoy when you decide to make your destination of delights, Chicago. Just as Chicago has much to offer, it is people friendly, and passionate when it comes to accessibility for all. Accessible hotels, reliable transportation, braille menus, special diets, or other special requests can often be made reality.
Let your “can do” spirit merge with your holiday spirit and give yourself a holiday gift that you will treasure forever.

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