christmas in chicago

(above) from our maple + ash dinner table, christmas day, 2022 (photo credit: Stephanie)
(above + below) another one of our annual traditions is lunch in the walnut room, marshall fields
(above) erm, christmas in my dentist’s building…
(above) the union league club of chicago library. love how they dress up the club for christmas…
At the foot of the John Hancock Building, or whatever it is now called. You can sort of tell that we were in the midst of a driving snowstorm…

Lobby, Drake Hotel

We always sneak into the ballrooms at the Drake Hotel, which are amazing rooms, even with nothing going on. But at Christmas….

At the ULBGC Operation Holiday Spirit – where we gift presents to our club kids!

Not surprisingly, it’s festive at the Virgin Hotel Chicago!

Christkindlmarket at night, Daley Plaza; December 2022

One of our favorite Chicago Christmas traditions is to go see the Chris White Trio play at Winter’s Jazz Club. Chris and his band play, in its entirety, the Charlie Brown Christmas LP (from the TV show). We’ve done it for many years, and we look forward to it every year. December 2022

Dinner at Morton’s, before celebrating one of our favorite Christmas traditions (see above); December 2022

Our building, the OneEleven lobby; December 2022

More Christmas at the Union League Club; December 2022

A new Christmas centerpiece for the dining room; November 2022

New poinsettia in the studio; November 2022

Wreath at City Hall; November 2022

Central Standard Building (Neo-classical, 1924); November 2022

Christkindlemarket; November 2022. Bratwurst with sauerkraut at the market is one of my favorite Chicago Christmas traditions!

Magnificent Mile Christmas Kickoff Celebration; November 2022. This celebration plus fireworks is the generally accepted launch to the season in Chicago!

Union League Club of Chicago; November 2022. Always love, love, love how the ULCC dazzles up for the holidays!

Christmas at Lincoln Park Zoo; November 2022. One of our favorite traditions is to attend Zoo Lights at Lincoln Park Zoo…great music, beautiful lights, Chicago skyline off yonder, and, well, the Zoo all decorated for Christmas!

christmas in chicago
(above) i love union station. i love christmas. i love christmas at union station! november 2022
(above) drake hotel; november 2022. the drake always factors into our christmas plans. our tradition is to stop by on christmas day, get a drink, and listen to the carolers in the palm court…one of the great rooms in chicago.
christmas in chicago
(above) macy’s (formerly marshall field’s); november 2022. as a child, i remember looking in field’s windows when decorated for christmas. such a fond memory. and on my father’s final trip to chicago, we did take them to shop in this glorious department store…
(above) maple & ash; christmas day 2021. we enjoyed our christmas dinner at this amazing steakhouse, and vowed to make this our new tradition…