In the loop: Make memories over winter break at these downtown Chicago locations

Megan Troke, Editorial Editor

Winter break is approaching fast, and nothing is more fun than spending a day in the city. Dazzling Christmas lights, ice skating with friends, sing-alongs and more will help make memories that will be remembered for years to come.


Photo source: Music Box Theatre











Music Box Theatre

If you enjoy Christmas movies and singing loud for all to hear, take a trip to the Music Box Theatre. For the 34th year, a double feature and Sing-A-Long is being held and includes showings of It’s a Wonderful Life and White Christmas.

Dates: until Dec. 24
Price: $11-$24
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Photo source: Maggie Daley Park











Maggie Daley Park

With cups of hot chocolate in hand and the Chicago skyline in the background, skating in Maggie Daley Park is a great winter activity for coordinated individuals or for watching your companions glide around the ice.

Dates: open until mid-March
Price: $12-$90
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Photo source: Lincoln Park Zoo










Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park’s Zoolights is perfect for lovers of animals and holiday cheer alike. Stroll through the colorful lights in between the different exhibits at the zoo. There are plenty of options for fun including a merry go round and visits with Santa Claus.

Dates: until Jan. 1
Price: free
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