The WISCH LIST
By Dave Wischnowsky
Sometimes, Chicago can be a Polar Vortex.
But the Windy City also can be a Winter Wonderland. And during Christmastime, its buildings, streets and parks are filled with holiday fun – and all sorts of fun holiday facts, many of which you might not know.
To help put you in the Christmas spirit this weekend, I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite holiday facts from all around the city.
It’s a tradition
Chicago has more longtime holiday traditions than you can shake a Christmas tree branch at.
Among them: For 64 years, the Museum of Science and Industry has celebrated the birth of Jesus with its spectacular “Christmas Around the World” tree exhibit. For 36 years, Goodman Theatre has told Charles Dickens’ classic tale by staging “A Christmas Carol.”And for 23 years, the Art Institute has held the annual “Wreathing of the Lions” for its pair of bronzed felines along Michigan Avenue.
The CTA Holiday Train (and Bus)
Riding the “L” in Chicago isn’t always the most pleasant experience. But if you’re lucky, it actually can be magical in December.