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Chicago Winter Events

By Lauren Anderson '15  |  november, 2013, Issue 2
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Just imagine yourself in the company of these fine skaters. (CC Image Courtesy of msalmi78 of Flickr)

 

Planning on staying in Chicago for the winter break? Then let ChiBus help you get in the local holiday spirit!

The ice rink in Millennium Park (aka McCormick Tribune Ice Rink) opened on Nov. 15! This amazing opportunity to injure oneself also provides the opportunity to free one's mind. Over the past 12 years, the rink has seen more than 100,000 skaters annually – so your over-bleeding nose won't be a surprise to them. The rink is free and you can bring your own skates if you are weird enough to own them. It's $10 to rent them. If you're a typical Boothie who is petrified of not being the best, there are free ice skating lessons Friday-Sunday before the rink opens. The rink's regular hours are Monday-Thursday 12-8pm, Friday 12-10pm, Saturday 10am-10pm, and Sunday 10am-9pm. 201 E Randolph St.

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival - Wow, the 100th Anniversary Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is getting showed up by the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival on Nov. 23 - that's why we're all at Booth and not at Harris. Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will be there! They will be parading around and fireworks will be going off over the Chicago River. There isn't a better combination to bring out our patriotism! Michigan Ave., north of the Chicago River

The 100th anniversary of Chicago's Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is coming Nov. 26 at Daley Plaza! For anyone who has seen "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" or comes from a not-your-regular family, the potential for this event being very exciting is quite high. The hour-long program will have a ballet performance of excerpts from "The Nutcracker" by the Joffrey Academy of Dance as well as songs from "Elf: the Musical" and "Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical." If you hate musicals like I do, you can go find St. Nick's lap to sit on in his Midwest satellite workshop at Daley Plaza until something disastrously funny happens as it always does during holiday celebrations. 50 W Washington St.

Nov. 28 is Chicago's Thanksgiving Parade! Because nerds love socializing and big crowds, this is the place for us. More than 425,000 people were on-street in 2012! All you Golden Gargoyles stars will have your actual break by doing something ridiculous for the 3.68 million TV viewers, which of course will eventually go viral on the internet - 1Y twerkmaster Wung. Starting at Congress Street and ending at Randolph Street, this will be the perfect opportunity to make friends with someone on the west side of MPP so you can throw things out of his/her windows. For those of us who exclusively attend VIP events, that option is available for the Thanksgiving parade too. For those who exclusively attend events where they are the center of attention, unfortunately the application for participating in the parade walk has closed, but the 2014 application is up on their website. State St from Congress St to Randolph St.

For more winter events, visit the City of Chicago Cultural Affairs & Special Events site.

Last Updated 11/18/13
Last Updated 11/18/13