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Experience Holidays in the Chicago Loop - Virtually


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2 MIN READ - Experience some of the Chicago Loop's grandest downtown traditions from the comfort of your own home.


The first-ever virtual Christkindlmarket “Home for the Holidays," features an online marketplace, family-friendly events, and fun interactive activities.

The market features ornaments, gifts, sweets, and treats from Germany and beyond, as well as special limited-edition gift box sets, including German holiday favorites and "must-haves." Other special activities include live online events, prize giveaways, and intercultural storytelling. Visitors can also explore German customs, and participate in giveaway events and a daily Advent Calendar.

Christkindl 2020

Beer, Bakery and Merchandise with The Berghoff

You can still celebrate with The Berghoff at home this Holiday Season. From now through December 31, you can purchase Adams Street 6-packs, freshly baked cakes and loaves of bread, and merchandise via this year's Virtual Christkindlmarket!

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A Christmas Carol

The voices you love--including Larry Yando as Scrooge--and Goodman Theatre's signature soundscape come to vivid life in your home. Whether your loved ones are across the country or across the room--come together and listen to Chicago's favorite holiday tradition for more than 43 years, streaming December 1st through 31, 2020.

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Christmas Carol 2020


For decades, Natalie MacMaster, Donnell Leahy, and their seven children have toured extensively at Christmas, but this year marks a unique holiday by bringing the stage to their home.

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Celtic Family 1 by The Laundry Designworks


Filmed in front of a small audience at Roosevelt University's stunning Ganz Hall, this intimate 60-minute virtual performance features Soprano Burke and Tenor Dixon performing their favorite Christmas carols, Hanukkah songs, spirituals, and holiday standards. 

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Photo of Alfreda Burke and Rodrick Dixon by Paul Natkin


Chicago Loop Alliance is proud to present Re-ACTIVATE, a virtual fundraiser to support the Chicago Loop Alliance Foundation and the recovery of the Loop neighborhood. Although devastating in so many ways, the events of 2020 have offered the opportunity to see the Loop through a new lens. Re-ACTIVATE will offer guests a glimpse at some of the projects, programs, and people who have kept the Loop going, and those that will help us rebuild.

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Chicago goes all out for the holidays! Join the Chicago Architecture Center to hear about the city’s holiday traditions and the way its iconic architecture gets decorated for the holidays, from the windows at Macy’s on State to the Art Institute of Chicago lions.

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Chicagos Holiday Traditions

"The People's Palace" Virtual Tours

Closed due to COVID-19, the virtual tours are on-demand and cover the stunning architecture and history of the Chicago Cultural Center, completed in 1897. Experience the Tiffany Dome and other great architectural elements of the center, which typically welcomes international and local visitors alike each year. 

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A larger-than-life experience of the Joffrey’s magical holiday tradition, The Nutcracker presentation for Art on theMART, set to the music of Tchaikovsky’s beloved score. The performance runs nightly beginning November 12 through December 30, at 7:00 and 7:30 PM, in partnership with Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

The projections — displayed on theMART’s 2.5 acre river-facade — can be viewed for free from the jetty section of the Chicago Riverwalk on Wacker Drive between Wells Street and Franklin Street. The “opening night” projection  livestream
is available on the Art on theMart website.

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