One of the Nation’s Largest Holiday Events Celebrated Here in Chicago

November 20, 2010

Chicago’s Magnificent Mile was the place to be on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

Saturday, November 20 marked the 19th Annual Magnificant Mile Lights Festival, a daylong celebration along Michigan Avenue that was expected to attract 800,000 people.

logoHere are some of the highlights from the day:

*11 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.: Live concerts for the kids on the Harris Stage in Pioneer Court, 401 North Michigan Avenue, including Choo-Choo Soul with Genevieve, Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players, the Radio Disney Road Crew and Crystal Bowersox.

*11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Lights Festival Lane in Pioneer Court where there were free goodies galore at booths from such vendors as Eli’s Cheesecake, Shedd Aquarium, Cuties Clementines, Best Buy and the John Hancock Observatory, which offered complimentary photos with Santa.

*5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Lighting Procession on Michigan Avenue, where a parade, led by Mickey and Minnie Mouse, illuminated more than a million lights on 200 trees to kick off the holiday season. The parade traveled along North Michigan Avenue from Oak Street to Wacker Drive. Singer KT Tunstall performed her new single, “Fade Like a Shadow.”

Past celebrities who have participated in this event include Betty Grable, Jerry Lewis, Geraldine Page, Jamie Farr, Kirk Cameron, Sherri Shepard, Robin Roberts and Corbin Bleu.

*6:55 p.m.: Allstate Fireworks Spectacular on North Michigan Avenue and the Chicago River using more than 10,000 handmade fireworks shells.

2009 Window Winner: Ralph Lauren

2009 Winner: The Ralph Lauren window

Stores along Michigan Avenue were open until 10 p.m. so residents could get some holiday shopping done or to enjoy all the festive store windows that were designed for the holidays. There will be an online contest where you can vote for your favorite one.

For more information on the day, visit

If you couldn’t make it downtown, you can still catch all the action on ABC7 Chicago on December 5 at 1 p.m. and December 18 at 12:30 p.m.

Maybe you went downtown for something else that day. I’ll bet there were traffic issues.

The Mag Mile event required significant street closures.

The City of Chicago was also prepared for the first college football game at Wrigley Field since 1938, when the Northwestern Wildcats took on the University of Illinois Fighting Illini. For the first time in NCAA history, both teams shared one end zone so no one on the other side ran into the brick wall in the tight Friendly Confines.

Hope you had a great Saturday in Chicago!

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