It’s the most wonderful time of the year in Chicago! Here are several events that will allow you to enjoy the season, finish up your holiday shopping, and know you are giving back to some great causes!
Friday December 13th
To start your weekend off right, be sure to visit the The Peninsula Hotel Sky Rink to enjoy their rooftop skating rink. The rink opened before Thanksgiving and sits downtown on the beautiful Magnificent Mile. Skaters can take in the wintry beauty of the city while knowing their admission is going to a good cause. 100% of the entrance fee for children and adults is going directly to the Hephzibah Children’s Association and the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital. In addition to skating, hot chocolate, cider, and Glühwein (German spiced wine) will be on hand with pretzels, spiced nuts, and other holiday treats!
WHEN: December-March 3, 2014
Monday-Thursday 4:00 PM-9:00 PM
Friday-Saturday 12:00 PM-9:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM-8:00 PM
WHERE: The Peninsula Chicago
108 E. Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Tickets available upon entry.
Saturday December 14th-Sunday December 15th:
Randolph Street Holiday Market
One stop shopping for all of your holiday gifts! Randolph Street Holiday Market has vintage and modern goods such as home décor, furniture, jewelry, art, gourmet chocolate gift boxes, and custom-made gifts. This weekend at the Market, Ernest Wilkins of who is a social media/events producer for Chicago’s Metromix and Barri Leiner Grant, who is a stylist, market editor, and vintage junkie! Their white ribbons will pin their favorite items of the season. There is an elves craft station for the kids, an optional package for a group of ladies, food, music, drinks, and more! Not to mention, free gift wrapping!
Adding to the holiday spirit, the Market offers free admission for donated goods benefitting a specific cause. For the last Market in November, unwrapped toys were collected for Toys for Tots, they collected over 200 toys! For this weekend, if you bring new hats, gloves, white athletic socks, and backpacks to benefit StandUp for Kids. This organization is working tirelessly to promote the local outreach center in Chicago as a safe haven for kids. Be sure to bring the requested items to receive free admission and know that you are keeping kids in Illinois warm during this winter season.
WHEN: Saturday, December 14th, and Sunday, December 15th
10:00 AM-5:00 PM both days.
WHERE: Beaux Arts Plumber’s Hall
1340 W. Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60607
Free with donation of requested winter items.
Discounted $8 tickets are available in advance here.
General admission (day-of) $10
Students with ID (day-of) $5
Children 12 and under free.
For tweeters/instagrammers, their hashtags are:
#RSMholiday #giftsforher #giftsforhim
Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control “Happy Howlidays Boutique”
Looking for a great gift for your pet? Look no further than the FCACC Happy Howlidays Boutique. There will be high fashion dog and cat accessories and toys. Santa will be available for photos with your pets until 3:00 PM. Raffle prizes include a gift certificate to Lawry’s The Prime Rib and an espresso machine! Special guest WGN Radio host, columnist and pet expert, Steve Dale, will be on hand from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM on Saturday to answer dog and cat behavior questions and discuss the new book “Decoding Your Dog” which he’s guest edited for the American College of Veterinary Behavior.
Refreshments for pets and attendees will be served. Since the event is hosted at the Chicago Animal Care and Control, there are pets available for adoption!
WHEN: Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15
12:00 PM-5:00 PM
Please note the times for photos with Santa and the date and time for meeting with the pet expert, Steve Dale.
WHERE: Chicago Animal Care and Control
2741 Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60608