Ah, Christmas in Chicago. We may not have Rockefeller Center, or the Rockettes, or Central Park in the snow, but we sure do have a (surprisingly) long list of holiday movies that take place among our city's string light-bedecked streets. In honor of the holiday spirit, we've assembled a roster of the all-time best holiday movies set in Chicago for your viewing pleasure this winter.
First of all, some ground rules: This list is not exhaustive, especially insomuch as it does not include the overwhelming swell of Lifetime and Hallmark movies set in Chicago. That's not to say these movies don't have merit; rather, we simply don't have the stamina to wade through hours of Jingle Around the Clock, Christmas Lost and Found and their ilk. Second and perhaps more importantly: Understand that "best" is a descriptor used loosely here, more indicative of fond feelings than cinematic quality. Christmas movies are meant to bring warm and festive cheer, after all, not win awards! And hey, if you squint, that film studio set in Atlanta—or Toronto, or Vancouver—starts to look more and more like the Christmastime Chicago we know and love. Furnish a warm beverage, gaze up at the dazzling Chicago Christmas tree on your screen and settle in for a night of the best holiday movies set in Chicago.
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