Chicago’s State Street Holiday Parade

Holiday Parade

This year marked the 82nd year of the holiday parade on Chicago’s State Street, which for many of us is the highpoint of the holiday season in Chicago. The holiday parade is no longer called Chicago State Street Parade, but the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade. The event began as a caravan on December 7, 1934. Mayor […]

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Quiz: A Christmas Carol

Scrooge and Bob Cratchit
woodcut by John Leech. Source: Wikimedia Commons, public domain

The debate over the best film adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is sure to rage at many a holiday table again this year. To put you in the spirit, our bloggers Jennifer, Joanna and Laura compiled this quiz to see how well you know the classic holiday tale and its many adaptations. For more of the miser we all […]

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Quiz: Test Your Holiday IQ

Wrigley Building and Trump Tower with Christmas tree in the foreground

For many of us, books, movies and music put us in the holiday spirit and shape our traditions with family and friends. So what better way to celebrate the titles we love than a holiday quiz? Our bloggers Beth, Katie, Laura, Mary, Michelle, Municipal_Reference_Guy and Shilo created this quiz to give you something fun to share this holiday season.

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Take the Express Train to Holiday Traditions

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A "tradition" is a custom or a belief passed down from generation to generation. Some of my favorite traditions happen during the winter holiday season! I love my family's tradition of eating monkey bread while we open presents on Christmas morning. My friends and I share the tradition of riding the CTA Holiday Train each year. The holiday concerts at Harold […]

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O Christmas Tree!

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I love Christmas! It’s my favorite time of the year. I love everything about it: the lights, the toys, the gingerbread houses, Santa Claus. But nothing says Christmas like the Christmas tree.  In my house we make a big production around erecting good ole Tannenbaum. It’s a time filled with music, laughter, hot chocolate, popcorn […]

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Do You Wanna Build _ _________? (Holiday Music)

Admit it; it’s so easy to fill in the blanks for those beautiful, but oh-so-tired lyrics! It’s kind of crazy how often the same old songs are played over and over again, especially around Christmastime. The holiday tunes one hears on the radio and in almost every store this time of year have similar expressions […]

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Jingle All the Way! Holiday Concerts at HWLC

red Christmas ornament with lights in the background

Seasonal sounds ring out with the 2015 lineup of holiday concerts at Harold Washington Library Center, along with a special event marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Frank Sinatra. All performances take place at 12:15 p.m. Lincoln Park High School Chamber Singers Tuesday, December 8 Timothy R. Cooper, Choral Music Director Cindy Pritzker […]

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Holiday Fiction for Teens

book christmas tree

When I was a kid, my favorite thing was to read all the holiday books that spent most of the year living in the closet with the rest of the Christmas decorations. Most of those books were for children, like The Polar Express, or for adults, like Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol, which is one of my absolute […]

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Celebrate St. Nicholas Day

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The stockings were hung By the chimney with care In the hopes that St. Nicholas Soon would be there. Chances are you know a certain jolly old elf from this famous line in Clement Moore's poem, "A Visit from St. Nicholas," but did you know that St. Nicholas was a real person who spread kindness and goodwill nearly 2,000 […]

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Holiday Drama Cometh

holiday ornaments

As the temperature cools and we jump in the last leaf pile, there is no denying it: the holidays are upon us. Even with my treasured family, the hectic pace of shopping, cooking, in-law scheduling, and guest-room cleaning makes the last few weeks of the year feel packed with high drama. Just when I’m ready […]

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