August 3, 2018

All Of The Lights

Yesterday was the first day of Lollapalooza, easily the biggest summer festival event of the Chicago area. If you missed that, it’s never too early to start planning for the winter! Wintertime festivities in Chicago are, of course, a little bit more lowkey than the bonanza happening in Grant Park right now, but they’re just as much fun. One of my perennial favorites is Zoo Lights, which is a display put on every year by the Lincoln Park Zoo, a little bit northeast of our lofts. Every year, from the week after Thanksgiving through the first week of January, just about every tree and building in the zoo is strung up with an array of bright colored lights. So when the sun goes down early (as it tends to do around here in the wintertime), there’s nothing like strolling around this winter wonderland as the lights twinkle all around you. It’s super family friendly, but there are also a few days (check their website!) for the adults, when you can do that same walk around the zoo under the lights, but with a local craft beer or wine in hand. If you’re really going with the holiday spirit, you can even get it warm and mulled!

The Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the oldest in the country (4th, according to the World Atlas—just a couple years younger than New York’s famous Central Park Zoo), and if you can visit before the end of the year, they have a number of special landmarks and exhibits running to celebrate their 150th birthday. It’s easily accessible via car or public transportation, and is just a little bit north of downtown, so you can definitely plan some other siteseeing around a trip to the zoo. That being said, the zoo itself and the park surrounding it are in and of themselves sites worth visiting. Lincoln Park is pretty big, and stretches along the Lake Michigan Shore for a pretty big section of the North side. The area around the zoo is the heart of the park, and just a little bit further north is the Lincoln Park Conservatory and Nature Museum, which is a cool looking glass-roof building built in the late 1800s, not too long after the zoo. The best part? It’s all free, and the whole area is always worth checking out, no matter what time of year.