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This Week in CHI: Dec. 18-24

Holy Moly, Chicago! Only two more weeks left of 2017, can you believe it? We are hurrying to finish up our holiday shopping and have been trying to enjoy holiday activities around town. ‘Tis the season! Check out what we have going on in our final week before Christmas. Happy Holidays to you and yours!


Head to Logan Square to check out “the Logan Square Christmas House”. The humble abode at 2656 W Logan Boulevard goes crazy each year with the holiday light decorations. Forget ZooLights, this is something to check out! 2656 W Logan Boulevard


Explore the many ways that other cultures celebrate Christmas and visit the Museum of Science and Industry’s for the museum’s annual “Christmas Around the World” exhibit. View more than 50 trees and displays celebrating different countries and cultures, as a mix of holiday music plays while “snow” falls every half an hour. For more information, click hereMuseum of Science and Industry, 5700 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL


What to do? What to do? Wrap up your Christmas and holiday shopping downtown and then head on over to one of our favorite winter bars this season, the fifth floor bar at The Gwen Hotel. Check out the property’s brand-new, outdoor iceless curling rink!  The property’s outdoor terrace is extending the rooftop season into the winter with a new hot cocktail menu and outdoor fireplaces. For more information, click here.  The Gwen, A Luxury Collection Hotel, 521 North Rush Street, Chicago, IL


It’s the holidays, so we are taking advantage of every excuse to drink festive cocktails and listen to Mariah Carey on repeat. We are not going to lie; the week before Christmas, we are going to get a little rowdy on Division Street. You can find us in our Christmas onesies, having one too many hot Toddy’s at Butch McGuire’s. Literally, the Christmas bar of Chicago, come get drunk and dizzy as you watch the traditional Christmas train circle the bar, and are blinded by the hundreds of Christmas light that cover the space from head to toe. Butch McGuire’s, 20 W Division St, Chicago, IL 


The Chicago Athletic Association hotel presents Happy’s, the latest installment of the hotel’s “mini-bar” series in The Tank on the hotel’s ground floor. The bar will be open from 5 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and from 12-5 p.m. on Sundays through December 30. Guests can expect an over-the-top celebration of holiday cheer and everything that comes with it- comfort, joy, and good old times. Enjoy DJ nights, karaoke, trivia, live music, family-friendly programming on Sunday and a visit from Santa himself. The bar features a menu of festive cocktails by Land and Sea Dept. beverage director Paul McGee, as well as beer and wine. For more information, click hereThe Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, 12 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL


We will be warming up and staying in holiday mode as we cozy up and enjoy 20 East’s Brunch hot chocolate bar. What could be a better Christmas weekend brunch?  There are multiple topping choices included for $6 non-alcoholic hot chocolates: large and small marshmallows, whipped cream, chocolate pieces, graham crackers, chocolate pirouettes, and candy canes. More importantly, Boozy hot chocolates are available for $10. Warm up, Bitches! For more information, click here20 East, 20 E. Delaware Place, Chicago, IL


This holiday season, The Godfrey’s second annual Winter Wonderland returns to the hotel’s year-round rooftop lounge. The lounge is complete with heated, clear-domed igloos available to rent, s’mores kits, and warming winter cocktails.  On Christmas Eve at the Winter Wonderland, we will be visiting with Santa Claus himself, while enjoying a buffet brunch and all-day hot cocoa bar. Live holiday music will serenade guests with jazzy renditions of Christmas favorites. The brunch begins at 11 a.m. and Santa Claus arrives at noon. For more information or to make reservations, email or click hereThe Godfrey Hotel Chicago, 127 W. Huron, Chicago, IL 



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