The Paragon Explores the Holiday Lights Around Chicago

December 01, 2023

Welcome to the festive season in Chicago! Discover the magic of twinkling holiday lights at various enchanting locations across the city and suburbs. Embrace the holiday spirit with the most captivating displays that will surely light up your nights.


ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo: Immerse yourself in millions of LED bulbs. Wander through the park, enjoy interactive activities, and savor hot beverages. 


Lightscape at Chicago Botanic Garden: Walk along an illuminated path featuring a 110-foot tunnel and trees adorned in bulbs that “sing” holiday songs. 


Light Up the Lake at Navy Pier: Hosts an Alpine ice skating rink, kiddie train rides, and a spectacular light show. Journey through a Winter Wonderfest Forest and enjoy a ride on the enclosed and heated Centennial Wheel.


Illumination- Tree Lights at Morton Arboretum: Celebrate the 11th anniversary of this mile-long, walk-through spectacle of LED lights and music amid 50 acres of trees. Special events include “Electric Illumination” parties and “IllumiBrew” beer and cider sampling.


Magnificent Mile Lights Festival: Experience holiday cheer along Michigan Avenue with a parade and festive activities, making it the city’s most well-decorated strip.


Aurora Festival of Lights at Phillips Park: Drive through a spectacular display featuring scenes like Santa’s toy factory. Timed reservations are required for this free experience.


Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo: Over one million lights illuminate the zoo, featuring a tunnel with synchronized lights, illuminated animal sculptures, and festive concessions.


CTA Holiday Train: Embark on a festive ride with the CTA Holiday Train and Bus, adorned with twinkling lights and Santa waving at families.


Christmas Around the World at Museum of Science and Industry: Explore holiday traditions from various communities, represented by more than 50 trees and the Grand Tree.


Explore Chicago’s festive lights and create cherished holiday memories. Happy Holidays, The Paragon residents!