Must see Monday: Magnificent Mile Holiday Lights Festival

Celebrate the start of the holiday season on the Magnificent Mile Photo from gochicago.about.com

Celebrate the start of the holiday season on the Magnificent Mile
Photo from gochicago.about.com

The city of Chicago is gearing up for the holiday season, which means the annual Magnificent Mile Holiday Lights Festival is just around the corner.

This festival is well-known in Chicago as a day of celebration before the Magnificent Mile is illuminated with lights to officially mark the start of the holiday season. This year’s festival will take place on Nov. 23, with the festivities beginning at 11 a.m.

Start the your day with with some special musical guests set to perform throughout the day. Popular names in the music industry such as Deborah Gibson, Megan Nicole, and Megan and Liz are scheduled to take the stage to get the crowd into the holiday spirit. All performances will be held at the BMO Harris Bank Stage on N. Michigan Ave., according to the festival website. Continue reading

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Must see Monday: Macy’s Holiday Windows on State Street

The holidays will be here before you know it, so if you’re in Chicago this holiday season, be sure to stop by Macy’s on State St. This massive Macy’s is the second largest department store in the world, and it is also a National Historic Landmark, according to Macy’s tourism department.

Sure, Macy’s is a great place to shop, but you’ll want to visit this store for its spectacular Holiday Window display. This display has been a tradition for 46 years, dating back to when the store was Marshall Field’s, the store name until Macy’s bought them out in 2006, Macy’s Chicago says. Continue reading