Winter Approaches! As Does Fun in Chicago

Excuse me if this post reads a little stilted, because I am listening to the dreamiest Christmas music, and listening to music makes it difficult for me to write but I refuse to turn it off because I feel so good. I hope each and every one of you ate yourselves into a happy caloric stupor in excellent company yesterday. I know I did, on an all too-brief sojourn into Indiana. And while I’m snuggled up safely back in my Chicago apartment, far and away from the Black Friday madness, I am thinking ahead to all the things I want to do to maximize my holiday season. The magic has officially begun!

Chicago winters are often epic on a scale verging into Norse mythology, but the city has a lot to keep us entertained in between frigid waits for the CTA. I’m looking forward to Zoo Lights, a free light festival and walking tour the Lincoln Park Zoo puts on in partnership with ComEd every year. They also offer hot beverages (some of the adult variety), gift shops, and games for kids. Look!

Gorgeous, right? I can’t wait. Go here for the schedule. They open tonight!

This year, I finally want to see A Christmas Carol at the Goodman. This show is a revered Chicago tradition, casting many of Chicago’s finest actors every year–and as someone who practically has the Dickens story memorized, I’m ashamed I’ve never been!

Penelope Walker as the Ghost of Christmas Present in Goodman Theatre’s 35th annual production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
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Go here for tickets and more information.

Or maybe the traditional Christmas Carol really isn’t your thing? Maybe you don’t really celebrate Christmas in the traditional sense? Or maybe you do and you just want to see a really fun show?

Commedia Beauregard presents A Klingon Christmas Carol at the Raven Theatre. Klingon, you say? Oh, baby. Yes. These intrepid geeks (I say that lovingly, being a different genre of geek myself) have put together a new kind of Chicago holiday tradition: “Scrooge has no honor, nor any courage. Can three ghosts help him to become the true warrior he ought to be in time to save Tiny Tim from a horrible fate?” Say no more. I’m there (not only because my boyfriend plays Klingon Bob Cratchit…really! Doesn’t this sound cool?) Go here for tickets and information.

Lastly, doesn’t this look like pure MAGIC? I know I’ve used that word a few times in this post already, but…it’s how I feel. Look:

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Millennium Park opened its ice rink last Friday, when it was about 65 degrees and sunny. Today it’s 32 and I feel like gliding! The rink is free and open to the public–but you don’t have skates? No problem. They’ll loan you some for a totally reasonable $10. Here’s the schedule. I can’t wait! All the twinkly lights are up and it gets dark outside so early now…we’re going to look like a Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan movie. And I’m absolutely fine with that.


I’m so festive!

Aaaand that’s my list! As you can see, I’m already in the spirit of the season. This is the time of year when I am positively giddy about getting to live in Chicago. What are you looking forward to as winter approaches?


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