Oh, the weather outside is frightful. Well, not exactly. In fact, it’s kind of nice in Chicago this week, just before the start of the holiday break. Though the temperature is expected to drop a bit Christmas Day, things are expected to remain quite mild, which is great, because there is plenty to do in the windy city over the holidays.
Not everyone who attends liberal arts college in Chicago is from the city originally, and some are exploring Chicago for the very first time. Certain out of town liberal arts bachelor degree seekers will inevitably head home for the holidays, but those who remain are in for a special treat.
A Chicago Christmas
While New Year’s Eve may be all about the celebration, Christmas is typically about family - and experiencing local arts and culture with loved ones. It’s the perfect time for those on break from liberal arts university in Chicago to take in some of what this town has to offer:
- A Christmas Carol: Goodman Theatre’s production of the Dickens’ classic is itself a bit of a local classic, running consistently since the 1970s. This year, you can catch it until December 28th at the Goodman Theatre, 170 North Dearborn Street.
- Millenium Park: This highly celebrated green space (well, green in the summer space) has plenty of options for holiday fun. Everything from skating to carolling at Cloud Gate.
- Christkindlmarket: This annual event held in Daly Plaza is an open-air market with German-style food and drink, and even appearances by Santa!
Chicago has always been a musical town. New Year’s Eve proves that it still is by offering various artists performing different genres and styles of music. Here are a few notable choices:
- Zed’s Dead: This hip-hop, house, trance and dubstep duo from Canada will be performing New Year’s Eve, but also December 30th. Both shows are at Aragon, 1106 West Lawrence Ave.
- Bob Mould: The former Hüsker Dü and Sugar frontman has left his punk roots and will bring his power pop to Chicago for New Year’s Eve. Ring in 2015 with Mould and opener comedian Margaret Cho at Metro Chicago, 3730 North Clark Street.
- Shemekia Copeland: This bluesy Harlem native brings her great voice to Chicago for a show at City Winery, 1200 West Randolph Street
Chicago New Year’s Eve Parties
If you’re not looking specifically for a musical or artistic performance on New Year’s Eve, Chicago has plenty of places where you can go out, dance, drink (21+) and be merry. Here are a few (prices vary):
- Maria's Brew Year's Eve: A DJ, fun people and no cover? How can you go wrong? If this sounds like your thing, head to Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar 960, West 31st Street
- Fireworks at Navy Pier: This annual event is quite popular and can be seen from quite a distance. The pier’s grand ballroom, however, claims to have the best view. This year it’s hosting the Chicago Resolution Gala which boasts 30 bars and a stocked buffet. Head to the Navy Pier Grand Ballroom, 600 East Grand Avenue.
- The Boulevard: If speakeasies, a Hollywood theme and open bar are your thing, then Cause & Effect’s event could be for you. Head to the Brooklyn Boulders space in the West Loop, 100 South Morgan Street.
Are you staying in Chicago for the holidays? Do you know what you’ll be doing yet? Let us know in the comments.