FAMILY DAY OUT

Macy's Downtown Chicago.

Macy’s Downtown Chicago.

If you’re still looking for a traditional holiday destination, it may not be too late to book a flight to Chicago. I spent a week with my daughter and had a wonderful stay. I caught a flew snow flurries that had me caroling as I gazed at the sights in downtown Chicago. Offering a perfect holiday setting, Macy’s was decked out with all the trimmings, heralding Christmas with garlands and festive windows.

Santa readies for his world wide tour.

Santa readies for his world wide tour.

Toys for young and old.

Toys for young and old.

Festivities and food.

Festivities and food.

When you’re ready to grab a bite, there’s a food court across the street at Block 37, an indoor mall. For more upscale dining, there are tourist booklets with a dining guide at the Information Booth. You may have to look for the guide. The person on duty wasn’t aware of it.

Block 37.

Block 37.

A few steps away on Michigan at Millennium Park, you’ll find the famous Cloud Gate or Chicago ”Bean” as the locals called it. There’s also an ice skating rink to try out your skills. Stop by the Welcome Center and enjoy Art and Architecture with a free walking tour of Millennium Park for groups of 10 or less. The Art Institute beckons nearby with a marvelous collection and themed tours for all.

The "Bean."

The “Bean” overlooks the ice skating rink.

Before you end your trip, you’ll want to shop at the Fashion Outlet Mall near O’Hare Airport. With over 100 stores, you’ll discover deep discounts at Burberry, Diane Von Furstenberg, Gucci, Michael Kors, Prada, Armani just to name a few. Don’t despair–there are stores for children as well. You’ll also save cash on free transportation to the mall from hotels nearby, O’Hare, and a few downtown hotels.

The Art Institute.

The Art Institute.

painting of van Gogh

My favorite artist, Vincent van Gogh. The Art Institute of Chicago.

 

 

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