Spend the Holidays in Chicago

Chicago is getting ready for the busy upcoming holiday season and it’s time for you to start preparing as well! Start a new family tradition and spend Thanksgiving this year at the Chicago Thanksgiving Parade. Peruse all of the seasonal goodies at the Randolph Street Holiday Market– one of the best flea markets in the country. Or treat your sweetheart on an unforgettable date to the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival.


Chicago Thanksgiving Parade

Create unforgettable memories and new traditions this holiday season at the 2018 Chicago Thanksgiving Parade. The parade is held on (surprise) Thanksgiving, Nov 22 and is from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Throughout the parade you’ll have the chance to witness unbelievable dance and marching band performances, along with massive balloons and floats. Aside from entertainment, expect to see lots of animals and celebrity appearances. The parade route starts at State Street and then travels from Congress to Randolph Street. And for the absolute best view, you can reserve a seat in the VIP Television Zone. Tickets to this area are $60 and include special bleacher seats, exclusive views of staged performances, restrooms and food & beverage for purchase. Take a look at photos from last year and more details for this year’s parade on the official Chicago Thanksgiving Parade website.


Hotel Near Chicago Thanksgiving Parade 

Chicago is at its busiest during the holiday season so don’t wait too long to reserve your stay at a nearby hotel. And if you’re looking for a hotel near the parade route, look no further than the Majestic Hotel. Its comfortable charm and delightful atmosphere will make you feel right at home after a long day of parade festivities.


Randolph Street Holiday Market  

Holiday shopping takes on a whole new meaning at the Randolph Street Holiday Market. It’s considered America’s largest flea market, hosting a variety of events during the year. This year’s Holiday Market will be held indoors in Plumbers Hall on Nov 17-Nov 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. At the market expect to find holiday decorations, housewares, clothing, art, hostess gifts and more. There’s three floors of over 125 vendors, so make sure to wear comfortable shoes! Take a break from shopping and grab a drink or two from the market bar. Or snack on small plates provided by on-site local eateries. Kids under 12 are always free and adult admission varies based on package. Randolph Street Market offers over 10 different ticket deals, so make sure to check them out and choose the one that best suits you.


Hotel Near Randolph Street

If you plan on shopping until dropping, make sure to stay at a nearby hotel like City Suites Hotel! This sleek boutique property is a great place to relax after a full weekend of thrift shopping and market bar drinking.


Magnificent Mile Lights Festival  

Another really fun Chicago holiday event is the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. This year, the festival starts at 4 p.m. on Nov 16 and continues Nov 17 at 11 a.m. On Friday, explore Lights Festival Lane. Here you’ll find a variety of family-friendly activities and lots of offers from local businesses. Some of the deals include free popcorn from Garrett Popcorn Shops, flight giveaways from Southwest Airlines and free bowling at 10Pin. On Saturday, catch free concerts starting at 11:30 a.m. And at 5:30 p.m., the annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Tree Lighting Parade will step off on North Michigan Avenue. Over one million lights will be lit along the way and at 6:55 p.m. fireworks over the Chicago River will end the celebration.


Hotel Near Magnificent Mile Lights Festival  

With an entire weekend of holiday festivities ahead of you, you’ll want to find a hotel near the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival! Consider staying at the Willows Hotel. With a beautiful Lakeview neighborhood location, this boutique hotel is right near Magnificent Mile. Its amenities and great accommodations offer the perfect place to rest.

Don’t miss out on all of the festive events happening in Chicago this holiday season! And no matter which event you decide to attend, make sure to book your stay at a nearby hotel.



Willows Hotel
The moment you arrive, you’ll feel the effortless charm of a French country home, accented by our 19th century-style furnishings and the warm welcome of our friendly staff. 555 West Surf, Chicago, IL 60657. 888.779.1904.

Majestic Hotel
This hotel has lots of charm with its comfortable, delightful atmosphere of an upscale English manor, amidst the energetic city life of the bustling Lakeview neighborhood. 528 West Brompton, Chicago, IL 60657. 773.404.3499

City Suites Hotel
A sleek, retro property characterized by its unique Art Deco style. 933 West Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657. 773.404.3400.