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Christmas and New Year's in Chicago

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A December 2007 trip to Chicago by kwasiak

Marshall Fields Photo, Chicago, Illinois More Photos
Quote: Fireworks, Chicago Pizza, holiday windows, and an accessible playground

Christmas and New Year's in Chicago

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Overview

Marshall Fields Building Photo, Chicago, Illinois
Quote:
I got together with my family in Chicago for Christmas and New Year's Eve 2007. Chicago may be a cold and downright miserable location for the holidays when the wind is blowing, but it has a few things that make it a nice place for the holidays.Like many big cities it has some department store windows with holiday displays that passer bys can enjoy. The big ones to see in Chicago is the ones in the Marshall Field's Building (now a Macy's store). These windows tell A Nutcracker Story and are up from Thanksgiving to early January every year.Another holiday thing we experienced were the New Year's Fireworks shot off at Navy Pier. This is an amazing annual fireworks display with ev...Read More

Giordano's on Rush

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Restaurant | "Giordano's"

Giordano's on Rush Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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This is one of the best places in Chicago for pizza. There are several locations around the city. The one we went to is just a block away from the shops on Michigan Avenue. It is a great place to get some great tasting pizza before and/or after a day of shopping.The wait for a table can often be at least 30 minutes. Best thing is, though, that you order your pizza when you put your name on the list for being seated. This way the pizza is ready not too long after you are seated even on the busiest of days.The pizza tastes great and one slice is filling enough for most, but we always get more than we will eat so we can take it home and eat as leftovers. The service is overall g...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 9, 2008

Giordano's on Rush
730 North Rush St
Chicago, Illinois 60611
312/951-0747

Marshall Field's

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Attraction | "Marshall Field's/Macy's Christmas Windows"

Marshall Field's Photo, Chicago, Illinois
Quote:
Most people go to see these windows Thanksgiving weekend. The weather may possibly be more agreeable then, but it certainly is also very crowded. My dad and I decided to check these windows out on Christmas morning. For one we easily got a parking spot on a nearby street and it was a free metered parking spot because of the holiday. Secondly there really was like no one out looking at the windows. This allowed us to slowly enjoy the displays and move around to photograph them at whatever angles we wanted to. The whole half an hour to hour we looked at the windows we only saw one person that came by to actually look at them, although some people were out just bustling across the block to other de...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 9, 2008

Marshall Field's
111 North State Street
Chicago, Illinois 60602
312/781-1000

Columbus Park

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Attraction | "Columbus Park Accessible Playground"

Columbus Park Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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My 13-year-old brother has cerebral palsy and mostly uses a wheelchair at this point in his life, although in the past he did use a walker. When he was little I remember carrying him up playgrounds and sending him down the slide to our Mom or Dad waiting at the bottom. He does not remember any of that, though, so when I found out there was an accessible park in Chicago I told my parents we had to take him.The playground is accessible in that there is a ramped way of getting onto the play structure. The whole ground is also accessible because it is a rubber like surface and not sand, which can get tough with wheelchairs. Overall however I do not think it did that well at making it a fun pl...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 9, 2008

Columbus Park
500 S. Central Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60644
(773) 287-7641

New Year's Fireworks

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Attraction

Navy Pier Photo, Chicago, Illinois
Quote:
On New Year's Eve we watched the fireworks go off at Navy Pier. We watched them from a nearby apartment building, but they are also easily enjoyed from the pier. We actually noticed a lot of people just stood on the lakeshore area near the Pier to enjoy the fireworks. Just make sure you dress warmly if you are watching from outside, as it can be quite cold and sometimes windy right on the lake this time of year.As for parking to go see them, arrive early as the parking at the Pier does get pretty full if not entirely full. Plus the parking fees can be quite high ending up over $20. If you can I recommend taking public transportation to Navy Pier, which is pretty easy to do even at the l...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 9, 2008