Museum of Science and Industry
In December, the Museum of Science and Industry celebrates Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light. This exhibit includes more than 50 trees decorated by the members of Chicago's ethnic communities. The centerpiece is the museum's 45-foot tree complete with playful penguins seated at the base. This annual event runs from the middle of November through the beginning of January.
The Museum of Science and Industry
57th St. and Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Christkindlmarket Chicago is open each year from the end of November through the end of December. This event features a variety of performers, varying from year to year. The market itself offers unique handmade ornaments, blown glass and other crafts. One of the highlights of this German Christmas celebration is the mouth-watering German food from sausages, sauerkraut and potato pancakes to German beer, German chocolate and pastries.
Daley Plaza -- Washington, Clark and Dearborn streets
Lincoln Park Zoo
In December, the Lincoln Park Zoo presents its annual ZooLights celebration. The zoo will be decorated with more than 1.5 million lights throughout this event. Visitors can see Santa, view live ice-carving demonstrations and ride the carousel. Some animals are available for special viewings during this evening event. Hot cocoa and warm spiced wine keep guests warmed for this holiday celebration. ZooLights begins at the end of November and runs through the beginning of January. This nightly event runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., excluding Dec. 24 and 25.
Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 N. Clark St.
Chicago, Illinois 60614