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Your Last Minute Christmas Guide

Your Last Minute Christmas Guide

Only a few more days to get your Christmas on!

Have you made it to everything on your list yet?

Here are a few things you can still do to get into the Christmas spirit before the 25th rolls around.


Visit the Chillest Holiday Bars in the City

Holiday Pop-Up Bars Chicago

Photo Credit: Emporium

See the list now!


Take a Scenic Helicopter Ride with Santa

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See the deets here.


Grab Some Last Minute Holiday Gifts

Holiday gifts

All under $100!


Eat at Some of Chicago’s Best Restaurants on Christmas Night

restaurants open on christmas day chicago

You know you don’t wanna cook on Christmas.


Check Out the Wonderland Express at the Chicago Botanic Garden

wonderland express

Photo Credit: Chicago Botanic Garden

All aboard!


Go on a Holiday Date

What’s Christmas without a little romance?


Have Breakfast With Santa at The Shedd

Breakfast With Santa

Can’t think of a better way to start Christmas Eve!


Sip on an Amazing Holiday Cocktail

Holiday Cocktails


Or, like, 4 holiday cocktails….


Get Started on Your Winter Bucket List

winter bucket list

Photo Credit: @brad.j.s on Instagram

So much to do, so little time!


Take a Look at the Best Christmas Decorations in Chicago

christmas decorations chicago

See where to find them here!


Warm Up at a Few of the Coziest Fireplaces Around

the moonlighter

Photo Credit: Jude Goergen

Stay toasty, y’all.


Get Christmas Cookies for Santa

Summer House Santa Monica

Photo Credit: Summer House Santa Monica Facebook

Or get cookies for yourself. That’s fine too.


Make a Donation to a Great Chicago Organization

Donations Chicago

Tis the season for giving, after all.


Make a Reservation at The Godfrey’s Igloo Lounges

winter bucket list

Photo Credit: IO Godfrey via Instagram

That is, if they still have any.


Get Lost in the Christmas Magic at ZooLights

Photo Credit: Lincoln Park Zoo

Photo Credit: Lincoln Park Zoo

Now’s your chance!


Ride the CTA Holiday Train

Photo Credit: Youtube

Photo Credit: Youtube

See the schedule here.


Grab a Cup of the Best Hot Chocolate in the City

Last Minute Christmas Chicago

Photo Credit: Mindy’s Hot Chocolate Instagram

You’re gonna need it.


Take a Tour of Christmas Around the World at the Museum of Science and Industry

The Museum of Science and Industry

Photo Credit: Museum of Science and Industry

See how here.


Buy a Ticket to the Polar Express

Polar Express Chicago

Photo Credit: CTA

Get yours here!


See One of Chicago’s Best Christmas Shows

Christmas Shows Chicago

Photo Credit: Broadway in Chicago

Check out the lineup now.


Go Caroling At These Places 

Caroling at the Bean

Sing your heart out.


Check Out the Christkindlmarket One Last Time

Last Minute Christmas guide

Photo Credit: Christkindlmarket Chicago

Before it’s too late!


Take a Lap at The Maggie Daley Skating Ribbon

Photo Credit: Maggie Daley Park

Photo Credit: Maggie Daley Park

See the schedule here.


….Or At Millennium Park

Last Minute Christmas Guide

Get the details here.


Get Your Butt to Navy Pier’s Winter WonderFest

Last Minute Christmas Guide

Photo Credit: Navy Pier

Before it’s gone for good!


Check Out Our Ultimate Christmas Guide For More Ideas!

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Photo Credit: Chicago SantaCon

For everything else you may need!



Featured Image Credit: The Local Tourist


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As an avid NPR listener and self-described Snapchat addict, Jessica Hamrick is excited to showcase her love for all things media as an Editor at UrbanMatter. Her short-yet-illustrious academic career was dedicated to finding the intersections between writing and marketing and she’s definitely found it here. In her free time, Jessica can be found hanging out with her dog Indie, watching the Food Network or commiserating with fellow, unfortunate White Sox fans.

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