Plan a Chicago Staycation

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CTA Holiday Train

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]ith the Holidays quickly approaching, it’s the ideal time for a staycation in the Windy City. Here are some tips to help you plan a relaxing weekend for Chicago’s Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, Navy Pier’s Winter Wonderfest and other holiday events.

Choose the right hotel
Typically a staycation is a stay-at-home experience. Kick it up a notch by selecting a local and affordable hotel that offers the perfect balance of play and relaxation. Hotels like Chicago’s Hyatt Centric Hotel will put readers in the middle of all the action The Loop has to offer including Macy’s Holiday exhibit, ice skating at Millennium Park and a short train ride to the Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier. The hotel also gives you access to fine art by renowned Chicago artist Francine Turk and culinary masterpieces by James Beard award-winning Master Chef Roland Liccioni.

Plan activities for the whole family
The success of a staycation comes down to the activities you plan. The Loop offers Chicagoans fine dining, family-fun activities and award winning shows in the theatre district. Here are some Holiday ideas below:

CTA Holiday Train
Now – Dec 23.
The Holiday Train will travel all ‘L’ lines in November and December as part of regular rail service.
Orange & Brown Line, Dec 4 -5
Pink Line, Dec. 8-9
Blue Line, Dec. 10-12
Red Line, Dec. 15,17,19
Purple Line, Dec. 16,18,19,22
Yellow Line, Dec. 23
Macy’s Holiday Window Exhibit
Now – Jan. 10, 2016
Macy’s Holiday Windows theme this year is “Santa’s Journey to the Stars.”
See more at visitmacysusa.com.
Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pie
Dec. 4 – Jan. 10
Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave.
General Admission” $9 online, $10 walk-up purchase
Activity Ticket: $23 online, $25 walk-up purchase
www.navypier.com
The Nutcracker – Joffrey Ballet
Dec. 4 – 27
The Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy
See Robert Joffreys version of this holiday favorite for the last time! Don’t miss this lavish  beloved holiday tradition, with Tchaikovsky’s score performance live by The Chicago Philharmonic.
www.joffrey.org/nutcracker
Ice Skating at Millennium Park
Now- March 6, 2016
Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St.
Affairs and Special Events will present Winter Workouts with free skating lessons on Fridays – Sundays, one hour before the rink opens.
www.cityofchicago.org

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