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Spend the Holidays in Chicago!

This winter, experience the undeniable magic of Chicago during the holidays! Whether you're looking for a show, want to do some serious shopping, or can't get enough of the season's best decorations, Chicago is a bonafide winter wonderland. Take a look at our 2018 Holiday event guide, bundle up, and get in the holiday spirit!


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Rooms Starting at $89.00!

Plan an unforgettable holiday adventure at the upscale but never uptight Cambria Chicago Magnificent Mile! Just a half block from the twinkling lights and shopping dreamland on Michigan Avenue, you'll be in a prime position to shop, sightsee, and fill your soul with holiday cheer. Whether you're flying in from across the country or treating yourself to a winter staycation, you'll have everything you need at Cambria Chicago Magnificent Mile!

  • Special Holiday Rates Starting at $89.00 per Night
  • Boutique Accommodations
  • Large Windows Featuring Phenomenal City Views
  • Locally Roasted Coffee and Craft Cocktails at BARISTA+BAR
  • Four-Minute Walk to Water Tower Place
  • Fast, Free, Reliable WiFi

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2018 Chicago Holiday Event Guide

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

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Every year, Chicago kicks off the holiday season with fanfare at the annual Lights Festival. Much more than a standard tree lighting ceremony (though that's definitely part of it), the weekend-long event includes holiday-themed activities in Pioneer Court, a spectacular yuletide parade, and a breathtaking firework show over the Chicago River. And did we mention the hotel is less than a block from the parade route?

Mag Mile & Daley Plaza | November 16, 2018

Christkindlmarket

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Nothing says Christmas in Chicago quite like Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza. Under the glow of Chicago's iconic tree, this outdoor market features dozens of German vendors, a truly incredible Bavarian candy store, the infectious aromas of roasted almonds, and plenty of the all-important, soul-warming mulled gluhwein.

Daley Plaza | November 16, 2018 - December 24, 2018

Holiday Shopping

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The Mag Mile is a world-class shopping destination and the perfect place to buy your holiday presents. Water Tower Place and The Shops at North Bridge are great starting points for convenient gift buying at renown stores, but you'll also find locations from dozens of high-end retailers like Neiman Marcus, Louis Vuitton, Disney, and Coach. Plus, Michigan Avenue's corridor of dazzling lights is sure to put you in the holiday spirit.

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Ice Skating at Millennium Park

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With the city's glowing skyline reflecting off The Bean, the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park is the perfect place for a truly magical winter evening. With sparkling lights, festive carols, and free ice skating, there's no better way to get in the holiday spirit. Grab a hot cocoa, rent a pair of skates, and glide across the ice in the city's most beloved park.

Millennium Park | November 16, 2018 - March 10, 2019

Macy's Window Displays

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Just like the Marshall Field's windows before them, the annual Macy's window displays bring joy and cheer to millions of people each November and December. As you stroll down State Street, you'll find groups of awestruck families taking in the creative scenes and stories of the displays. As you explore the city, stop by the Macy's windows, experience the whimsy of this year's theme, and be part of one of Chicago's longest-running holiday traditions.

Macy's on State Street | November & December 2018

Lunch at the Walnut Room

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If you're checking out the windows at Macy's and find yourself feeling a little hungry, head up to the Walnut Room on Macy's seventh floor. This elegant yet bustling restaurant boasts some of the best indoor decorations in the entire city and is bursting with old Chicago charm. Relax with a glass of wine, order their world-famous chicken pot pie, and don't forget to take a selfie in front of their spectacular tree!

Macy's Seventh Floor | November & December 2018

Holiday Shows

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Chicago's theatre scene is second to none, and the city's holiday productions are truly something to behold. A Christmas Carol at the Goodman Theatre is one of the city's longest-running and most popular winter shows. For a world-class ballet production, the Joffrey Ballet's Nutcracker at the breathtaking Auditorium Theatre always presents a dazzling mix of set design, Tchaikovsky, and dance. If you're looking for an unforgettable family outing, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical at the Chicago Theatre is always a must-see.

ZooLights

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ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo is one of Chicago's favorite holiday traditions. Each year, the zoo transforms into a dazzling winter wonderland, complete with interactive light displays, festive music, and warm cider.

To make things even better, the park hosts a variety of theme nights like family nights, adults-only nights, and BrewLights. Check the 2018/2019 schedule and start planning your visit to Lincoln Park's ZooLights!

Lincoln Park Zoo | November 18, 2018 - January 6, 2019

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Plan Your Holiday Party at 52Eighty!

'Tis the season to start planning your 2018 holiday party! Whether you're planning a corporate event, a festive family celebration, or a yuletide blowout with your friends, you won't find a better venue than Cambria Chicago's acclaimed rooftop event venue!


With panoramic views of Chicago, upscale catering options, and a sophisticated sense of cheer, your guests will be talking about this year's holiday party for years to come.

Holiday Party Promotion

For a limited time, book your holiday party for November, December, or January to receive 10% off food and beverage before gratuity and tax.

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Cambria Chicago Magnificent Mile
166 E Superior St,
Chicago, IL 60611


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