There’s more to Chicago than shopping this Christmas

Thursday 15, September 2011


There’s more to Chicago than shopping this Christmas


The world is divided into two types of people – those who like to shop, and those that don’t. Getting your Christmas presents is no different, which is why Chicago beats New York for a pre-Christmas break – there’s so much more to discover, some of it off the beaten track!


Sure, the all-important shopping trip must be done, and done in style at Chicago’s Magnificent Mile or trendy Wicker Park, where you are sure to find everything you need for your nearest and dearest. Whether it is an early ski trip, a wine tour of the Illinois plains or an exploration of the city’s exciting Michelin star restaurants, Chicago offers a functional yet relaxing break. To whet your appetite, see below for what Chicago and Illinois can offer you in the run up to Christmas:


Skiing at Galena

Illinois allows you the chance to ski ahead of the season, with the city of Galena offering powdery slopes in the early autumn. The ideal getaway for the adventurous, the snow will do two things: make you feel festive, and make you remember your trip for more than just the shopping arcade.


Wines of Illinois

What makes a better present that a good bottle of wine? Illinois’s wine offering is steadily growing, as you will see on one of the wine tours that you can treat yourself to this autumn. Either for a romantic getaway (before the family descend on Christmas Day!) or a fun mini road trip, the tour will ensure that your trip to Chicago will be unforgettable!


Underground Chicago

Think you know Chicago? Think again. There is a veritable treasure trove of bars, restaurants, events and art exhibitions to choose from – undiscovered places known only to Chicagoans. Try Hamburger Mary’s for traditional American food in an unconventional setting, and be sure to plan your trip around one of the famous MaryOke sessions! Or to get you in the festive mood, try the Magnificent Mile Festival of Lights in October for fireworks and music, marching bands and parades.


Dining, the Chicago way

Eating in Chicago really is a pleasure, with a range of eateries on offer catering for all budgets. Whether it’s a traditional hot dog or a deep dish pizza, or a three course Michelin star meal, the city well and truly has everything. Or escape the city altogether and experience the real America in one of the many diners littering the historic Route 66.



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