The best holiday attractions in the Windy City
The Windy City offers so much for families to see and do in every season. For parents considering Chicago for kids, there is no shortage of activities and events to choose from throughout the year. Planning a trip to Chicago with kids over the holidays is the perfect way to experience all of the charm and culture of one of the greatest cities in the American Midwest.
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The Navy Pier is a must see for visitors of all ages, and children especially will love everything it has to offer. Packed with amusement rides, shopping options, restaurants, and the Chicago Children’s Museum, the Pier is the place to be. It is transformed into Winter WonderFest throughout December and early January, making it a perfect place for families to spend the day. From ice skating to live musical performances, the holiday spirit is alive and well at this preeminent attraction.
Plan a trip over the holidays to enjoy New Year’s Eve Chicago style. Families can take in the colorful fireworks disprlay over beautiful Lake Michigan at midnight. The Resolution Gala event at the Pier is ideal for families seeking live entertainment, fireworks, and breathtaking views of the city.
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Families planning a stay in Chicago in the winter will want to bundle up before heading out to see the many sites throughout the city. Many downtown hotels offer up specials and package deals for visitors over the holidays. From last minute shopping to cups of hot cocoa by the water, Chicago is a great place to experience with the kids during the holiday season.