Embrace the spirit(s) of the season while enjoying festive tropical cocktails at Secret Sand-ta, the holiday-inspired cocktail bar inside of Time Out Market Chicago. Featuring drinks from expert mixologist Paul McGee (Lost Lake, Milk Room), this speakeasy-style pop-up operates out of window on the second floor of Time Out Market Chicago. Just head upstairs and look for the festive decorations, then hop in line to order a Hot Buttered Rhum Cider, a North Pole Nog or another drink festooned with jolly garnishes. Secret Sand-ta opens at 5pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
If last year's holiday season felt a bit empty, this year's festivities should prove to be closer to the usual onslaught of lights, skating, theater and singing. As the weather gets colder, you'll find a slew of Chicago Christmas events, from sparkling Christmas lights in Chicago to a museum exhibition featuring trees festooned with ornaments. After taking a year off, Christkindlmarket Chicago is back with markets in Daley Plaza and in Wrigleyville, along with annual local productions of The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol. Need some inspiration as you begin to make your plans for December? We've gathered some of the most iconic events and happenings during the holidays in Chicago.
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