Temperatures have dropped and the holidays are almost here! Enjoy some indoor activities and avoid the cold this weekend or if you are feeling bold run a 5K!

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1. St. Lucia Festival of Lights

  • When: Friday December 13th; 4:45PM – 7:00PM.
  • Where: Swedish American Museum; 5211 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640.

Why this is fun: If you loved Midsommar, you’ll get a kick out of the annual St. Lucia Festival of Lights in Andersonville. The Swedish-inspired celebration begins with a procession down Clark Street at 4:45pm (stepping off in front of the Swedish American Museum) featuring a group of white-robed Lucia Girls who wear crowns topped with candles. The celebration continues at the Chicago Waldorf School, where guests will learn about the legend of St. Lucia while enjoying traditional Swedish snacks, including pepparkakor ginger cookies..

For more details, visit the website

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2. Chicago Ugly Sweater Art Run

  • When: Saturday December 14th; 10:00AM – 11:30AM.
  • Where: 916 West Fulton Market, Chicago, IL, 60607.

Why this is fun: Celebrate the holidays with Runstreet and Time Out Market Chicago on a festive 5K Art Run through Chicago’s historical West Loop neighborhood. Runstreet will guide an easy-paced run through the former meatpacking district making stops at street art for discussion and photos. This experience is curated by seasoned runners, a local art expert and includes professional photography available to all participants after the event. Bundle up in those ugly sweaters and enjoy a beautiful December morning with Runstreet.

For more details, visit the website

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3. Yippee Ki Yay: A ‘Die Hard’ Christmas Pop-up Bar

  • When: Until Tuesday December 31st.
  • Where: The Sixth; 2200 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago, IL 60625.

Why this is fun: It doesn’t matter if you think Die Hard is a Christmas movie or not—it’s still fun to drink cocktails inspired by an action-packed evening at the Nakatomi Corporation’s holiday party. Choose from a menu of 15 drinks, such as the I Am Takagi and the flaming Nakatomi Plaza, while you take in the themed decór and snap some pics in front of the various photo backdrops throughout the bar. Welcome to the party, pal.

For more details, visit the website

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4. A Christmas Carol

  • When: Until Sunday December 29 2019.
  • Where: Goodman Theatre; 170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60601.

Why this is fun: The Goodman Theatre’s annual holiday production of the Charles Dickens classic keeps its seasonal charm intact in its latest iteration. No bah humbugs here. Larry Yando returns for yet another outing as Ebenezer Scrooge, while director Henry Wishcamper guides the classic story of three spirits who confront Scrooge with the consequences of his miserly actions.

For more details, visit the website

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5. Hamilton

  • When: Until Sunday January 5 2020.
  • Where: CIBC Theatre; 18 W. Monroe St., Chicago, IL 60603.

Why this is fun: Let’s not mince words, since we’ve already spilled so many of them: Hamilton, writer-composer-lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda’s biography of Alexander Hamilton as refracted through a hip-hop, pop and R&B lens, is a sprawling, stunning, singular achievement. By filtering the story of the American Experiment’s beginning into modern, meticulously rhymed vernacular and populating the stage with performers of color to play the likes of Hamilton, Washington, Jefferson and Madison, Miranda and his regular collaborators (director Thomas Kail, music supervisor Alex Lacamoire and choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler) make the founding fathers feel fresh and, miraculously, human.

For more details, visit the website

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