Travel Love: Chicago Christmas Details | Carolyn Ann PhotographyJanuary 15, 2013

Wreath and skyline

For New Year’s Eve, Alex and I decided to visit Chicago with my best friend Marissa and her husband Josep. We did all the necessary Chicago to-dos: Went to the top of Willis Tower (ah-hem Sears Tower), had a Chicago-style hot dog near Wrigley Field, and finished off an afternoon of shopping the Magnificent Mile with deep dish pizza at Gino’s East. What struck me most about this trip was the opportunity to see all the amazing Christmas decorations still up. “Christmas in the City” makes me think of holiday movies, twinkling lights, silver bells, well you get the picture. I was excited to capture some of the little details that make this trip to Chicago so special.

Bow and Lights

We started our trip off with a trip to a comedy club and then I dragged everyone to this bar, which I’ve frequented nearly every time I’ve been in Chicago. I was so pleased to see the delightful decor :)


We spent the next day brunching (well waiting for brunching by walking through the zoo for a gazillion hours- note to self: brunches in Chicago at sports bars during a Cubs games with all you can eat buffets = 2 hour wait)

After brunch, we walked to the Magnificent Mile via Astor in the Golden Coast. Its home to quite regal estates and lovely decor! The the Magnificent Mile did not disappoint with bustling sidewalks :) and twinkling lights!

North Astor



As it grew dark the lights began to glow, and unfortunately we got even colder!

Marissa and Pepo

The next morning before breakfast, we popped into the Chicago Cultural Center to find a few more lovely gems.

Culture Center

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