On of my (and many others) favorite things about the holiday season are the Christmas light displays. Fortunately, there is no shortage of glowing and twinkling strands of lights in Chicago. Here are some places to see Chicago Christmas lights.
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The most appropriate spot to start a tour of Chicago Christmas lights would probably be the Chicago Christmas tree located in Daley Plaza. The tree is set up each year around Thanksgiving, and is adjacent to the Christkindlmarket
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This popular parade down the North Michigan Avenue shopping corridor the Saturday before Thanksgiving draws hundreds of thousands of people as Mickey Mouse leads the procession lighting up over one million lights. The lights stay on throughout the Christmas season.
Photo via Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo
gets into the holiday season with "ZooLights", when it decks itself with lights, Santa's Safari, ice carving demonstrations, and more.
Photo via Brookfield Zoo
Not to be outdone, Brookfield Zoo
also decorates for Christmas with almost a million lights, a laser light show, carolers, storytellers and more.
Photo © Prescott Carlson
Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier
has one advantage over other displays -- it's inside! A definite plus during Chicago's sometimes brutal winter cold.
Chicago's famous landmark Buckingham Fountain gets a holiday makeover and is lit up with bright, white Christmas lights.
If you want to take a little road trip, head up to suburban Vernon Hills, approximately 30 miles north of downtown Chicago for Winter Wonderland. The village sets up a drive-through Christmas light show on the grounds of the Cuneo Museum and Gardens.