If exploring your favorite city during the holiday season is a beloved tradition you’ll be sitting out of this year, don’t worry, there is a lot of Christmas cheer in Chicago that you can enjoy from home.
Shop small at Chicago’s beloved Christkindlmarket, now pivoting to an online platform. Visit the virtual marketplace through Dec. 31, browsing last-minute gifts, including clothing, accessories, bath and body essentials, décor, mugs, ornaments, games, toys and special treats from 47 different vendors. Families can also enjoy fun, kid-friendly activities online, including story time, language classes and cooking demonstrations.
Chicagoans and visitors can still shop unique holiday artisan and locally made gifts from the BUDDY Chicago pop-up shop in person with an appointment. Check out gifts, including vinyl records, art prints and handmade cards, many of which honor Chicago’s history and aesthetic.
Shoppers can also feel good about their purchases as all proceeds go directly to the artists. For those shopping from home, check out the online marketplace and have your purchases delivered — win, win!
For frequent and future Chicago travelers, Kimpton Gray Hotel is offering Gray @ Home gift baskets sending the hotel home for the holidays. The baskets include discounts for a future stay, Atelier Bloom Bath Salts, two Frette Herringbone Shawl Collar Robes and two holiday concierge cocktails. Enjoy the luxury amenities of the hotel, from home, while planning your escape to the Windy City.
Whether visiting or reminiscing about the holidays in Chicago, there are plenty of great gifts and experiences to go around this holiday season.
YOUR SEARCH FOR THE PERFECT FAMILY VACATION ENDS HERE
As ecotourism and responsible travel become more popular, destinations look for ways to promote their rural and natural areas and preserve local ways of life. Agritourism — staying in farms or rural houses — is perfect for family travel, offering a chance for children to meet and interact with local people. It is not only a highly sustainable form of tourism, but also a more relaxing vacation compared to trips trudging through cities with children in tow.
Australian adventure travel company Aurora Expeditions announced its partnership with Australian-based education platform UpSchool on an Arctic education program, perfect for family travelers. The 10-week course explores the importance of the Arctic region. The program encourages children to create a plan for how their community can contribute to positive environmental change.
Embark on a family journey through The Last Frontier with Celebrity Cruises® and experience an unforgettable luxury vacation in the untouched natural beauty of Alaska. The breathtaking landscape of this pristine wilderness sets the stage for every memorable moment from up-close, awe-inspiring views of glaciers to observing native wildlife, including whales, bears, bald eagles, and moose. This corner of the world offers not only spectacular scenery, but also opportunities to learn about the history and culture of Alaska — from the native people who’ve lived here for centuries to the adventurers seeking their fortunes during the gold rush. No matter which sailing you choose, you’ll journey through the ever-popular Inside Passage — one of the most popular experiences on any Alaska vacation — and visit Hubbard Glacier or Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier.
For many, a Hawai’ian vacation is the family trip of a lifetime, one that will make memories the entire family will cherish. If the island of Oahu is on your itinerary, be sure to check out these top three activities the family is sure to love.