FREE events to include performances from Goodman Theatre and Joffrey Ballet, pop-up photo booths, holiday treats, carolers, bands and more!
Chicago Loop Alliance’s (CLA) fourth annual Winter WonderLoop will surprise and delight pedestrians in downtown Chicago this winter with “Random Acts of Holidays” from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Black Friday, Nov. 23, and each Saturday from Dec. 1-22, 2012. Specific details on these free, spontaneous, family-friendly experiences around the Loop will be announced each morning at WinterWonderLoop.com, and on CLA’s Facebook page and Twitter feed. Holiday revelers can also visit the Winter WonderLoop website for more than 100 special offers, events, promotions and destination ideas from CLA member businesses and organizations from Nov. 23 to Dec. 31, 2012. Several of the best offers are highlighted at the end of this release.
Visitors in the Loop will encounter “Random Acts of Holidays” that include: street performances from Goodman Theatre and Joffrey Ballet; giveaways of hot beverages, pastries and prizes fromCorner Bakery; free pop-up photo booths, complete with props, from SmileBooth; strolling carolers and bands from local colleges and high schools; and Berghoff Restaurant mascot “Herman the German” giving away custom steins, ornaments and treats.
Along with these events, special offers and promotions, Winter WonderLoop gets pedestrians into the holiday spirit with seasonal displays and decorations, including CLA’s unique year-round light and sound installation Lightscape: a Multisensory Experience on State Street—which will provide a special treat this year as socialite Candace Jordan wishes passersby happy holidays. In partnership with Time Out Chicago, CLA also celebrates the “10 Wonders of the Loop,” providing visitor maps that highlight ten must-see holiday destinations and activities, such as the wreathing of the Art Institute lions, ice-skating in Millennium Park and gazing down on the frozen city from the Ledge at Willis Tower. More details follow at the end of this release.
Chicago Loop Alliance’s Winter WonderLoop is made possible through the generous support of: Restaurant Partner the Berghoff Restaurant Group, serving family recipes in the Loop for 114 years; Retail Partner Block 37, introducing the Loop’s newest shopping destination; and Cultural PartnerTime Out Chicago, whose editors helped select the “10 Wonders of the Loop” for the holidays. For more information about Winter WonderLoop, please visit WinterWonderLoop.com.
Chicago Loop Alliance (CLA) is a member-based civic organization that represents Chicago’s most dynamic mixed-use district—the Loop—and advocates for the rapidly growing central business area. CLA is focused on promoting and uniting Loop businesses and organizations to support one another in creating a vibrant, flourishing Loop where people live, work and play. In recognition of its leadership in bringing public art to the Loop, CLA received the prestigious 2011 Pinnacle Award from the International Downtown Association. For more information, visit ChicagoLoopAlliance.com.
Selected Winter WonderLoop offers
For a full list of offers and events visit WinterWonderLoop.com
Comfort Suites (320 N. Michigan Ave.): Winter WonderLoop guests will receive 20% off the best available rate, complimentary Wi-Fi, a glass of wine, breakfast and best-view room placement. Exclusive city discount welcome packet included. Visit http://www.comfortsuites.com/ires/en-US/html/ArrivalInfo?hotel=IL352&srp=LTHEAT or call 312-384-1208 and ask for the LTHEAT rate. (November 19 – December 31).
Lockwood Restaurant (17 E. Monroe St.): Mini pastry chefs in the making will be able spread holiday cheer by participating in cupcake decorating with a member of the hotel’s renowned pastry team. Half off with mention of Winter WonderLoop during phone reservation.
210 North Wells Self Park (210 N. Wells St.): Park at Wells & Lake for just $8.00 for up to 12 hours. This offer is only valid on Saturdays and Sundays between November 19 and December 31. Stop by the garage office on Level 2 and mention Winter WonderLoop to receive the discounted rate.
Chicago Institute of Natural Health (8 S. Michigan, Ste. 1420): Feeling stressed this holiday season? Treat yourself to a massage at the Chicago Institute of Natural Health. Mention Winter WonderLoop to receive 50% off a one-hour massage (a $50 value).
10 Wonders of the Loop
Presented in partnership with Time Out Chicago
Window Shopping at Macy’s
Admire Macy’s iconic seasonal window displays as you walk down State Street. Macy’s on State Street, 111 N State St (312-781-4483, visitmacyschicago.com).
Holiday Music on Lightscape: A Multisensory Experience on State Street
As you search for that last-minute gift, let the music of the holidays, choreographed to lights, lift your spirits.
Do a bit of shopping or just revel in the quaintness of it all as Daley Plaza transforms into a picturesque German marketplace for the holidays. Daley Plaza, Washington and Dearborn Sts (312-744-3315, explorechicago.org). Nov 21–Dec 24, Sun–Thurs 11am–8pm, Fri–Sat 11am–9pm; free.
McCormick Tribune Ice Rink and Plaza
Catch an eyeful of the gorgeous Chicago skyline as you whiz around the rink. 11 N Michigan Ave (312-742-5472, millenniumpark.org). Nov 16–Mar 10, Mon–
Thurs 12pm–8pm, Fridays 12pm–10pm; free.
Tune into some live music from around the world every week at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Randolph Café. On Dec. 9, don’t miss the Dance Along Nutcracker. Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St (312-744-6630, explorechicago.org) Alternating Tue, Thurs, Fri 12:15pm.
Wreathing of the Lions at the Art Institute of Chicago
Watch the big cats in front of the Art Institute get decked out in their holiday finest. Don’t worry if you miss the ceremony—the lions and their wreaths will be available for photo ops all season long. Art Institute, 111 S Michigan, (312-443-3600, artic.edu). Nov 23; 10am; free.
Caroling at Cloud Gate
Celebrate the season with song. Cloudgate, Millennium Park, N Michigan Ave & E Randolph St, (explorechicago.org). Nov 23–Dec 21, 6–6:50pm; free.
Winter Garden at Harold Washington Library
Take a breather and warm up inside the beautiful Winter Garden. Harold Washington Library. 400 S State St, (312-747-4300, chipublib.org). Open daily, 9am-9pm; free.
Do-it-Yourself Messiah at Harris Theater
Sing Handel’s masterpiece along with the pros at the annual Do-it-Yourself Messiah. Harris Theater, 205 E Randolph St, (312-334-7777, harristheaterchicago.org). Dec 17, 18, 7pm; $10.
It’s a winter wonderland 103 flights above Chicago. Willis Tower, 233 S Wacker Dr (312-875-9696,theskydeck.com); $17.50, kids ages 3–11 $1, Oct–Mar 10am–8pm.