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Five on Friday: December Bucket List Edition


I had so much fun making my November bucket list (and actually doing everything on it!) that I knew I had to do a December one, too!  December is my very favorite month to live in Chicago.  The lights on Michigan Avenue, the giant Christmas tree at Daley Plaza, the Macy's on State Street window displays... it's all so magical.  Most of this list are traditions we've come to do every December since we moved to Chicago and a couple are new! Linking up with Lauren Elizabeth and A. Liz Adventures.

1) The Walnut Room- If you ever visit Chicago during the holidays, PLEASE eat lunch or dinner here!  It is located on the 7th floor of the Macy's on State Street and is the best place to get into the holiday spirit.  The dining room is around 100 years old and is centered by a giant Christmas tree.  My family visits us each December and we always eat dinner at the Walnut Room. 

Last years tree - pictures just can't capture the ambiance that is the Walnut Room!


2) Zoo Lights- The Lincoln Park Zoo is decked out in hundreds of thousands of lights and you can stroll around and see the animals and sip on spiced wine or cider.  Nick and I went last year for the first time and it was so much fun that we plan on bringing my family when they're visiting this year!


3) Christmas Party- I would love to host a Christmas party at my place for my friends!  Whether it is just a girls night or a get-together before the bar, I love having everyone over during the holidays.  It would be really fun to do a scarf exchange or a cookie decorating party!

4) Ice Skating at Millenium Park- I honestly can't believe I still haven't done this.  I tell Nick every single year that we are going to go ice skating at Millenium Park and it just always gets forgotten about.  To our credit, we did try to go a couple of years ago with my family but it was on a Saturday afternoon and the line to get on the rink was outrageous.  I'm thinking this would be a fun week night date to avoid the crowds!


5) CTA Holiday Train- The holiday train is a 6-car train adorned with Christmas decorations, inside and out.  I've wanted to ride this ever since I've moved to Chicago and heard about it.  I've never actually seen the train in person as it rides on a different line each day.  This year I'm going to make a point to find it and ride on it!


What's on your December bucket list?

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9 comments

  1. So, several years ago we were in the Chicago area for Christmas. We didn't go into the city and do any of the things you posted about, which I know would have changed my mind, because it was SO bitterly cold that year that I was cold ALL the time and said I'd never come back at Christmas...and I was pregnant! However, I'd love to experience all the things you posted about!! You can count me in on the Christmas party :)

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  2. Oh man, I'm from Chicago and moved to SF a year and a half ago and you make me so nostalgic for it. I love ice skating at millennial park. And really quick story, my family came out and visited me in CA, orange county, recently and we drove past this little park where there was this "baby bean." It was really lame. And I just had to say, "Our bean is better than your bean." ;)
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    1. Our bean is the best! Chicago at Christmas time is my favorite :) I'm so excited go ice skating this year!

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  3. How fun, you make me want to create a monthly bucket list now!! ;)

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    1. I love doing them because then I actually REMEMBER to do some of this stuff I've been wanting to do forever!

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  4. Aw all your photos are gorgeous, I want to do everything on this list! Shame there's nothing much like that around in the north east of the UK where I live!
    xxxx

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    1. Thank you! It must be so amazing to live in the UK, I'm trying to plan a London trip for 2015! Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Wow--I never knew that Chicago had so many special places/activities for this time of year! I've never visited in December, we live several hours away, but those all sound fun!

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  6. How fun! I want to create my own Dec list now :)

    AJ | TheAJMinute
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