Ed­i­tor’s Note

WhereTraveler Chicago - - CONTENTS - SE­LENA FRAGASSI Ed­i­tor, WhereTrav­eler ® Chicago @wherechica­go

The hol­i­days are in the air all over Chicago as bright lights, fes­tive dé­cor and sea­sonal events take over the city, but per­haps no more so than Mil­len­nium Park, which is a great place to take it all in at once—es­pe­cially if you are short on time or want to be joy­fully over­whelmed with hol­i­day spirit.

One of Chicago’s land­mark parks and out­door spa­ces, Mil­len­nium Park is the host spot for the city’s of­fi­cial Christ­mas tree; in fact, it’s the 106th tree to be des­ig­nated by the city and dec­o­rated with thou­sands of daz­zling lights. See it in all its glory any day of the week through Jan­uary 5. If you hap­pen to be in the park on Fri­day nights, De­cem­ber 6, 13 or 20, you can also take part in Car­ol­ing at Cloud Gate (aka the Bean) as lo­cal choirs join around the sculp­ture to sing sea­sonal tunes. De­cem­ber 6 brings Mark Hub­bard and The Voices while the 13th of­fers the Chicago Chil­dren’s Choir and the 20th fea­tures the Wicker Park Choral Singers.

Mil­len­nium Park also of­fers ice skat­ing at the McCormick Tri­bune Ice Rink—as you loop around you’ll have a merry back­drop with the Christ­mas tree and all the down­town hol­i­day lights in your midst. Skat­ing is free but rentals will cost a small fee. Happy hol­i­days!

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