The holiday season makes the start of Chicago’s winter dazzling. The city takes every opportunity to get a little festive from the downtown skyscrapers to L cars and historic plazas.
Here we capture some of the city’s most well-known holiday traditions such as dressing up the Art Institute lions, lighting up a 50-foot Christmas tree in Millennium Park, and raising a giant menorah in Daley Plaza. Macy’s holiday window displays and sparkly lights along the Mag Mile are bound to bring cheer, even as the snow comes down and the cold season drags on.
The grand Wrigley Building and the hulking Merchandise Mart are beautiful on their own, however, there’s something special about wandering the downtown corridors when there’s extra sparkle. Just take a look below.