Chicago Activities Keep the Whole Family Happy

December 17, 2010

If you are like most Chicago area parents, you are both excited and horrified at the prospect of spending the next two weeks with your children.

It’s winter break, and luckily, there is plenty to do around the city this holiday season.

“I want to remind the people of Chicago, of Illinois and the entire Midwest region that there is no better winter travel destination for them than the one that’s in their own back yard,” said Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.

Here are some activities the entire family can enjoy:

*Winter Wonderfest: The 10th annual event features more than 750,000 holiday ornaments, hundreds of decorated trees, an indoor Ferris wheel, games, slides and much more. Admission to the Winter Wonderfest, which runs through January 2, is free, but activities cost money. But tickets online to save some cash.

*Mayor Daley’s Chicago Sports Fest: This free event is set for December 18 and 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at McCormick Place in Halls A and B at 2301 S. Martin Luther King Dr. Chicago Sports Fest will offer sports demonstrations, tons of interactive sports zones, a fitness area, fitness activities, live entertainment including Radio Disney, and appearances by Bo Jackson, Bob Love, Sidney Greene and Negro League Legends.

*ZooLights at the Lincoln Park Zoo: Open from 5 to 9 p.m. through January 2 (closed on December 24 and 25), this ComEd-sponsored event includes ice carving demonstrations, visits with Santa, cool crafts, warm drinks and more than one million beautiful LED lights.

Daley said the Chicago’s Downtown Farmstand continues to operate at 66 East Randolph, offering edible goodies produced within 250 miles of Chicago every day but Sunday. In addition, many Chicago hotels are offering great holiday packages, including the City’s newest hotel, the J.W. Marriott at 151 W. Adams.

“When we attract visitors to Chicago – and when Chicagoans explore the City — we help create jobs for hard-working people and keep our hospitality industry and all our local business community strong,” Daley said.

“So to the millions of people who live nearby, I want to say: Chicago has it all. Take advantage of what we have to offer.”

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Have a great winter break!

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