Things To Do This Weekend In And Around Chicago: Dec. 27-29

WBBM Newsradio Staff
December 27, 2019 - 6:00 am
Lincoln Park Zoo Lights

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Christmas may have come and gone, but there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the spirit of the season this weekend in the Chicago area.

Here are some of them:

ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo

The most wonderful time of the year deserves the most wonderful event of the year. For that, Lincoln Park Zoo invites you to join them in celebrating 25 years of ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo. This one-of-a-kind, festive holiday experience offers a free, merry, family-oriented celebration of joy right in the heart of the city. ZooLights features hundreds of luminous displays and incredible seasonal activities, all under the glow of 2.5 million lights. Ice sculpture carving, strolling carolers and Santa are regular fixtures of the event, but you'll also find ticketed happenings like a holiday market (Dec 3), an adults-only night (Dec 5), a live performance of music from A Charlie Brown Christmas (Dec 15) and a Zoo Year's Eve celebration (Dec 31). More info. 

Where: Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark St.

When: Fridays, Nov. 29 through Sunday, Jan. 5

Cost: Free

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Wrigleyville Christkindlmarket/Gallagher Way

It’s not as large as Chicago’s Daley Plaza version, but it’s also not closed like that one is now. The Wrigley Field setup features an ice rink, booths selling German holiday-related goods and, of course, German delicacies like strudel. More info.

Where: Wrigley Field, Clark and Addison. 

When: Through Dec. 31.

Cost: Admission is free.

Art On The Mart
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Art on the Mart

The continuing projected-art project on the exterior of the historic Merchandise Mart begins a half-hour after sunset. More info.

Where: Merchandise Mart, 350 N. Wells St.

When: Through Dec. 31.

Cost: Free.


Illumination at the Morton Arboretum
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Illumination: Tree Lights at Morton Arboretum

When the weather gets cold, the trees at Morton Arboretum light up in a sea of color at this popular winter event. Guests at Illumination walk down a one-mile path through the forest, admiring the magical display and seasonal music. Enjoy the display while strolling along a one-mile path and then warm up by a crackling fire with hot beverages and s’mores. More info. 

Where: Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Rte 53, Lisle 

When: Saturday, Nov. 23-Jan. 5, first entry at 4:30 p.m., last entry at 8:30

Cost: Varies

Lightscape at The Chicago Botanic Garden
Photo courtesy of The Chicago Botanic Garden


The Chicago Botanic Garden hosts a new display of festive lights, giving guests a host of shimmering reasons to visit the forest preserve during the holiday season. Set along a one-mile path, the night comes alive with color, imagination, and sound, from a playful choir of singing trees to a spectacular waterfall of light. At times, you’ll find yourself in the center of it all — stepping inside a cathedral of golden light, walking down an avenue of luminous linden trees, moving through colorful ribbons of light. More info. 

Where: Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe 

When: Friday, Nov. 29 through Sunday, Jan. 5

Cost: Varies

A 41-foot-tall Talking Tree near the north entrance greets guests to Brookfield Zoo’s Holiday Magic.
Chicago Zoological Society

Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo

More than one million lights cover the trees, fences and structures in the Brookfield Zoo at this annual holiday event. Attendees are encouraged to sing carols to the animals, explore the zoo's indoor exhibits and view light shows. This year, Holiday Magic will feature a Chicago Wolves skating rink, where visitors can slide around while admiring the decorations. More info. 

Where: Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st St., Brookfield

When: Saturday, Nov. 30 through Tuesday, Dec. 31

Cost: $22, children (3-11) $16