It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 12
Dec17

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 12

The usual abstract art inside the Thompson Center (100 West Randolph Street) is augmented by a Christmas tree and a...

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Hanukkah, 2012 – Part 11
Dec15

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Hanukkah, 2012 – Part 11

Standing tall next to the Nativity scene in Daley Plaza is a giant menorah, erected by the Lubavitch Chabad of The Loop and Lincoln Park.  In spite of the Orthodox Jewish group’s well-publicized financial problems, it’s nice to see it continuing to spread the seasonal spirit this...

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 10
Dec14

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 10

  If you’re looking for the best Christmas trees in Chicago, check out the city’s hotels.  Pretty much every big hotel goes all out with its Christmas tree, usually front and center in the lobby.  You could even make a tour of it, checking out all of the trees in each of the hotels along Michigan Avenue, for example.  Checking out the lobby trees is free, and when you’re ready for a cup of something hot,...

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 9
Dec13

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 9

What’s better than a huge Christmas lights display?  A free Christmas lights display.  Zoo Lights is going on at the Lincoln Park Zoo, and the after dark event is totally gratis.  You won’t see a lot of animals, but some still prowl in the darkness.  We’ve seen a bear, a wolf, and some kind of big cat stalking around the enclosures by the light of Old Saint Nick. This year there are some new light displays, so if you...

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 8
Dec12

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 8

The city’s Picasso sculpture gazes over Christkindlmarkt at Daley Plaza at the official Chicago Christmas tree.  It’s a scaled-down version of the Christmas trees we used to get under the Daley administration, but money is tight these days.  It’s also much bluer looking.  Probably not a reflection of having a Jewish mayor, but instead the use of LED lights, which simply suck for Christmas applications because instead...

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 7
Dec11

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 7

The lights of the Christmas tree in Pioneer Court (401 North Michigan Avenue) provide a reverse silhouette against the wall of skyscrapers along the Chicago River. Unlike most Christmas trees that are put up by building owners and managers in Chicago, this one bears a message at its...

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 6
Dec10

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 6

The Santa Subway pulls out of the CTA’s Library station in a blur of Christmas lights and goodwill.  Officially called the CTA Holiday Train, it is a cherished tradition in Chicago.  So cherished that it appears to have acquired sacred cow status.  When the CTA threatened to cancel its runs a couple of years ago due to budget cuts, it was brought back after public and political outcry. To find out when the Santa Subway will be...

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 12
Dec09

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 12

Have you seen the new Christmas light display on the top of the InterContinental Hotel (505 North Michigan Avenue)?  The new illumination of the ramparts and onion dome came online November 17th during the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival.   The dome is lit from underneath in red, with sparkling animated white lights covering the top of the dome. The whole thing is LEDs, with the lighting design by Robert Osten and Anna Baranczak of...

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 5
Nov27

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 5

  Not everyone can get across the ocean to visit a traditional Christmas fair.  And not every city is as lucky as Chicago to have a small-scale facsimile of one. The annual Christkindlmarkt is underway at Daley Plaza, and while it’s only half the size it once was (because it used to also take up the vacant lot that became Block37), it’s still a wonderful experience, especially at night with a light snow. I try to go...

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 4
Nov20

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 4

O’Hare International Airport is all decked out for Christmas.  Colorful ornaments hang in strings along the Terminal 3 windows, oversized red and green swags hang from the rafters in the ticketing area, and Christmas trees are starting to be distributed around the...

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