It’s Christmastime in Chi-Town

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:

Chicago Union Station

Chicago’s Union Station.

Christmas Tree Millennium Park

Millennium Park’s Christmas tree.

Eatly Champagne and Balloons

Eatly near downtown Chicago.

Greenheart Shop Christmas Tree

Greenheart Shop’s Christmas decor.

Renegade Craft Fair

Chandelier from the Renegade Craft Fair.

Macy's Charlie Brown Display

Charlie Brown display at Macy’s.

Palmer House Hilton Hotel Christmas Trees

Christmas Trees at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel.

Palmer House Hilton Hotel Sleigh

Christmas sleigh at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel.

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.

This post is a part of Photo Friday hosted by Pierced WanderingsAmaze Me Monday hosted by Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home and Our World Tuesday, and Sundays in My City hosted by Unknown Mami.

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  1. Pierced Wonderings

    I love Christmas decorations! One of my great regrets is that I never made it to Chicago when I lived in Louisville – it was so close but I never went! I need to convince the husband that we should take a trip…soon!

    Thank you for joining us at Photo Friday! I hope you have a great new year!

    • brooklyntvlasich

      I hope you get the chance to visit Chicago at Christmastime soon! Thanks for visiting and wishing you all the best in 2016.

  2. Margy Lutz

    I went to Chicago many years ago to an astronomy conference. It was fun to see the city during the day and night. But I love living in a small town much better.

    • brooklyntvlasich

      Hi Margy,
      I’m glad you got the opportunity to explore Chicago, but cities certainly aren’t for everyone. I’m figuring out which I like better, the city or a small town with open spaces. Both have advantages and disadvantages. I hope you had a wonderful holiday season!

  3. cherop

    Sounds like Chicago knows how to celebrate Christmas. I love a place that has wonderful festivities in the midst of snowy winter. Happy New Year!

    • brooklyntvlasich

      I haven’t been able to experience a place that has so many Christmas festivities and I was glad I got the opportunity in Chicago!

  4. Stephanie Robinson

    Fab photos – and happy new year – it’s lovely to see how other cities decorate and celebrate Christmas 🙂

  5. unknownmami

    Well, Christmas was on full display and looking lovely. I’ve never been to Chicago, but someday…

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