You have to be a special kind of person to love our winters, but you don't even have to like Christmas to like Christmas in Chicago. That's because Christmas events abound this time of year, from annual holiday events like Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza to winter-long excursions like ice skating. Just remember how beautiful the city looked this holiday season when you're arguing over dibs with your neighbor in February.
Christmas events 2014
Holiday and Christmas concerts
'Tis the season for carols, choirs, silver bells, Handel and Jingle Bashes and Balls.
Christmas plays and holiday theater
Revisit your favorite carols and other perennials, or start a new seasonal tradition.
Christmas activities for kids
There's no shortage of things to do with kids in Chicago, but during the holidays that's especially true.
The 10 best things to do during the holidays
The city has its own traditions, and your season could become brighter if you ventured out.
Christmas dinner specials
Let restaurants handle your Christmas dinner this year.
Holiday markets in Chicago
Find fun, unique gifts you often can't find at stores.
30 photos of the holidays in Chicago
Chicago is beautiful at all times of the year, but Christmastime really takes the cake.
The best ugly Christmas sweaters
Have a jolly good time with these not-so-pretty sweaters.
Holiday gift guide
Avoid crowded stores and make Christmas shopping a cinch this year.
The 9 best gift shops
Take the stress out of gift giving by visiting these go-to Chicago gift shops.
Santa sightings for kids
Head to a bowling alley, a department store or even a bar to see Santa.
The 50 best Christmas movies
We count down our favorite Christmas films, from silly Santas to shoot-outs in the snow.