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Christmas events in Chicago

Make it the best holiday season ever with our guide to Christmas events, from holiday markets to ice skating

Photograph: Bekki Y Wasmuth

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 holiday events of all kinds abound this time of year, from annual festivities 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 in Chicago

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Christmas plays and holiday theater in Chicago

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Chicago's best gift shops

Anniversaries, weddings, birthdays, the holidays or "just because," you can find a lot of reasons to buy something special from one of Chicago's best gift shops. Maybe you want to give the one you love a night out at one of Chicago's best fine dining spotsĀ or tickets to the concert of the year. But honestly, there's no better feeling than watching a friend or loved one unwrap that perfect gift. To take the stress out of browsing some of the city's best and newest stores, we compiled our favorite go-to gift shops, stocked with clever items for any budget that are sure to please. (And we won't tell anyone if that "gift" is just for yourself. Promise.)

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The 50 best Christmas films

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December events calendar

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