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Millennium Park will be the epicenter of holiday cheer in Chicago, featuring your favorite seasonal traditions, Chicago’s official Christmas Tree, ice skating, music, exhibitions, an art market and free family fun. The 106th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on Friday, November 22, at 6pm, featuring music performances, Santa Claus and more.
The program will feature Grammy® Award-winning artist Jonathan Butler who grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, and recently released his second Christmas album, Christmas Together. Also performing will be Cielito Lindo, a modern Latino Mariachi made up of the 9-member Lucero family. Performing the traditional music of Mexico, these 4th generation musicians are passionate about inspiring families to enjoy music, culture and creativity together. Following, rag doll Eleanor and the elves from Eleanor’s Very Merry Christmas Wish - The Musical will show off their wrapping and "rapping.” The music performances will be followed by a special appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus. The evening’s headliner, the City of Chicago’s 106th Christmas Tree, will be selected and announced in early November. Nominations are open through Friday, October 18.
The Millennium Park Art Market with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Columbia College Chicago will feature one-of-a-kind items, including jewelry, fashion, painting, sculpture, prints, drawings and more on sale by more than 150 student artists. Supported by the Millennium Park Foundation, the market offers free admission running November 22 and 23, 11am–7pm and November 25, 11am–5pm in a heated tent on the Chase Promenade North.
Winter in Millennium Park is not the same without skating at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, which will begin the weekend before the holiday festivities on Friday, November 15, at 11am, with a special program featuring the skaters from the Robert Crown Community Center of Evanston. The rink will be open through March 8, 2020.
All are invited to bundle up and belt out holiday classics during Caroling at Cloud Gate located on the park’s iconic Cloud Gate Plaza. The festive series is part concert, part sing-along with some of our city's most entertaining choirs on Fridays from November 29 through December 20 beginning at 6pm.
Sugar plum fairies and mouse kings of all ages and dance skills are invited to point their toes to the familiar music of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic at the Dance-Along Nutcracker® on Sunday, December 8. Optional dance lessons at 9am and Noon precede the hour-long participatory performances at 10am and 1pm under the world’s largest Tiffany stained-glass dome at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.). The Dance-Along Nutcracker®, created in 1985, is the property of the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band, the world’s first openly gay musical organization.
Don’t miss even more family fun and holiday traditions across the Millennium Park Campus. From the Skating Ribbon in Maggie Daley Park to the Wreathing of the Lions at the Art Institute of Chicago on November 29, visit millenniumpark.org for information on events at Maggie Daley Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Lurie Garden, the Harris Theater for Music and Dance and the Park Grill.
2019 Millennium Park Holiday Programs
For the complete schedule of events, visit millenniumpark.org
McCormick Tribune Ice Rink
Michigan Ave. between Washington St. & Monroe St.
November 15–March 8, 2020, weather dependent
Visit website for hours, skate rental, complete details and special programming dates.
106th Annual Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, November 22, 6pm
Millennium Park, Wrigley Square, Michigan Ave. & Randolph St.
Enjoy the glittering tree set among Chicago’s sparkling skyline and the iconic art and architecture of Millennium Park. The ceremony will include musical performances and the family of the selected tree will join Santa Claus and others in lighting the Christmas Tree at 6:30pm with fireworks immediately following.
Millennium Park Art Market with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Columbia College Chicago
November 22–23, 11am–7pm
November 24, 11am–5pm
Millennium Park, Chase Promenade North
Start your holiday shopping with one-of-a-kind items, including jewelry, fashion, painting, sculpture, prints, drawings and more on sale by student artists.
The Art Market is supported by the Millennium Park Foundation.
Caroling at Cloud Gate
Fridays, November 29, December 6, 13 and 20, 6pm
Millennium Park, Cloud Gate Plaza
Bundle up and belt out some holiday classics as local Chicago choral groups lead hundreds of celebrants in song.
Sunday, December 8
Dance Lessons–9am and Noon
Performances–10am and 1pm
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.
Sugar plum fairies and mouse kings of all ages and dance skills are invited to point their toes to the familiar music of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic. Optional dance lessons precede the hour-long participatory performances.
The Dance-Along Nutcracker®, created in 1985, is the property of the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band, the world’s first openly gay musical organization.
Chicago Architecture Biennial
Through January 5, 2020
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.
As the largest exhibition of contemporary art, architecture, and design in North America, the third edition of the Biennial features over 80 contributors from more than 20 countries. The Chicago Cultural Center serves as the main venue for the Biennial, but the exhibit continues with more than 40 sites and 100 organizations across Chicago partnering with the Biennial, serving as host venues and producing independent exhibitions and programs throughout the neighborhoods.
Screenhouse by Edra Soto
Through Fall 2021
Millennium Park, Boeing Gallery North
Constructed from approximately 400 charcoal-hued, 12-inch cast concrete blocks, the 10-foot high pavilion-like structure comes out of Soto’s ongoing series exploring symbolic transplants of iron grills and decorative concrete screen blocks found throughout the Caribbean and the American South. These decorative screens, known as rejas and quiebrasoles, are ubiquitous in Soto’s birthplace in Puerto Rico. In Screenhouse, Soto transforms the quiebrasol form from a planar screen that divides public from private into a nearly fully enclosed, free-standing structure that functions as both a sculptural object and a social gathering place.
“When we call the Earth by way of distinction a planet and the Moon a satellite, we should consider whether we do not, in a certain sense, mistake the matter. Perhaps- and not unlikely - the Moon is the planet and the Earth the satellite! Are we not a larger moon to the Moon, than she is to us?” by Christine Tarkowski
Through Fall 2021
Millennium Park, Boeing Gallery South
Christine Tarkowski’s work is as extravagantly conjured as its title, taken from the 18th-century British astronomer William Herschel. The startling presence of candy-colored hand blown glass boulders suspended above and about earthbound boulders evokes a strange, yet elemental landscape–ironically similar to our environment, both natural and built. The installation, set down in the midst of the highly manicured garden of Millennium Park, seems a gentle critique of how cities build, manipulate, and re-present natural forms.
Millennium Park holiday events are produced by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and made possible by the Millennium Park Foundation, with support from the Chicago Transit Authority and Millennium Park Garages. Admission to all events is free.
Millennium Park is located on Michigan Avenue, bordered by Randolph St. to the north, Columbus Dr. to the east and Monroe St. to the south. The Park is open 6am–11pm daily. For the latest news and events, download the Millennium Park app, visit millenniumpark.org, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, @Millennium_Park.
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.
Millennium Park Foundation
The Millennium Park Foundation, a private, philanthropic nonprofit partner, was created in 1998 to support the City of Chicago’s efforts in the design, construction, and curation of Millennium Park. It is the steward of Millennium Park’s internationally-recognized icons and public features. These include the prestigious Jay Pritzker Pavilion and dramatic BP Pedestrian Bridge, world-renowned Cloud Gate and Lurie Garden, iconic Crown Fountain, and exquisite Boeing Galleries for public art exhibitions. Through its ongoing development initiatives, the Millennium Park Foundation is dedicated to keeping Millennium Park a free, accessible and equitable venue for all Chicagoans today, and for generations to come.
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