Make new family memories at Chicago Botanic Garden’s Lightscape, an after-dark trail illuminated by thousands of twinkling lights of every size, shape and color. Enjoy timeless favorites such as the “Winter Cathedral” and a reimagined fire garden, along with inventive new delights. 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe
Celebrating more than 30 magnificent years on the Mile, the Wintrust Magnificent Mile Lights Festival is here to kick off the holiday season, Chicago style. Illuminating 1 million lights on 200 trees along Michigan Avenue, this blazing event features a ceremonial tree-lighting, festive experiences, family activities and the largest nighttime parade in the country. 625 N. Michigan Ave.
This Chicago holiday tradition is back and brighter than ever at Lincoln Park Zoo. Guests are welcome to enjoy a selection of attractions and activities such as delicious holiday snacks, hundreds of themed displays, photos with Santa, a Ferris wheel, an endangered species carousel and more. 2400 N. Cannon Drive
Immerse yourself in the wondrous Sparkle Light Festival at Impact Field in Rosemont this season. Millions of sparkling lights will populate five curated villages alongside 3D displays, an ice tube slide and more. 9850 Balmoral Ave., Rosemont
Winterland is back at Gallagher Way, hosting dazzling festivities from ice skating to wreath-making workshops to holiday movie screenings to a tree lighting ceremony and more. Stop in at Christkindlmarket Wrigleyville and Santa’s Workshop for family photo ops before relaxing at Hotel Zachary for refined seasonal comforts. 3635 N. Clark St.