Nestled in the Rocky Mountains with a fresh layer of snow, last Christmas found me in Denver, Colorado, but this holiday season I ventured on to Chicago. Although its known for plenty of snow, it seems the unusual heat wave this winter has spread to Chicago as I found myself drenched in rain, not covered in snow. The strong winds were up to their usual tricks, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t find the joy of Christmas spirit in the Midwest. It was actually the opposite as I made my way through brightly lit window displays at Macy’s and Christmas trees and wreaths surrounding the hallways of the Palmer House Hilton Hotel. This was one of the first times I experienced such great decoration and was entertained by this popular holiday. A few photos from my walks downtown in the Loop and in surrounding neighborhoods nearby will show you just what I mean about Christmas in Chicago:
When it comes to Christmas, Chicago doesn’t mess around. It was one of the first times I had experienced unique holiday markets, large ice-skating rinks, and colorful and elaborate decorations. Although I usually find Christmas to be overwhelming and stressful, wandering through the Christmas trees decorated with lights and ornaments only refreshed my Christmas spirit. If there’s one thing about Chicago I will remember well, it will be these uninterrupted moments of taking in its festivities that give me daily reminders to celebrate this holiday.