To wrap up our Giving Thanks series, we thought, what better to be thankful for than the great city we call home – Chicago! And with the holidays just around the corner, Chicago offers some of the greatest traditions out there!
To get you in the mood and kick off the season, check out the annual Tree Lighting ceremony tonight at 5pm in Daley Plaza. Even though budget battles have once again slashed the size of the tree (it’s still a whopping 55 feet!), this fun-filled tradition remains one of our favorites. Get there early to enjoy musical performances before they officially flip the switch!
Can’t make it tonight? Not a problem. Celebrate tomorrow with The Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade takes over State Street from Congress to Randolph at 8am Thanksgiving morning. The festivities this year include Emmy award winning Grand Marshal Holland Taylor (you may know her as the Mom from Two and a Half Men), marching bands from the Chicagoland area and all your favorite balloons and floats!
Looking for a more cultural holiday experience this year? Make your way to Chicago’s Christkindlmarket! This traditional German American holiday market brings food, drink, entertainment and seasonal cheer to Daley Plaza. Stop by one of the many booths and pick up handmade ornaments, decorations and much more.
It wouldn’t be a blog post about holiday traditions in Chicago (well, any city for that matter) if we didn’t mention shopping. A long-time staple of the holidays in Chicago is walking down Michigan Avenue, enjoying the sights and searching for that perfect gift. It just doesn’t get more Chicago than that. And if all that ooohing and aaahhhing sets your appetite in motion, stop by Macy’s for a bite to eat at the infamous Walnut Room. Don’t know what to order? Go with the Chicken Pot Pie. You won’t be disappointed.
So happy sightseeing/parade watching/market shopping/chicken pot pie eating to you! And most of all, Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Astoria Tower!