Weekend 101: Dec. 14-16

Weekend 101: Dec. 14-16

The holiday festivities continue with family-friendly events in Chicago, Brookfield, and Rosemont; shopping in Evanston and Chicago; and much more.


Weekend 101 (Chicago): Chicago French Market's Jinglefest
Image courtesy of Chicago French Market.

Dec. 15

Chicago French Market’s Jinglefest features free photos with Santa, a balloon twister, more than 30 vendors selling holiday gifts and food, and special deals and treats.

Holiday Sip and Shop

Weekend 101 (Chicago): Holiday Sip and Shop at Eve J. Alfille
Image courtesy of Eve J. Alfillé Gallery & Studio.

Dec. 15

Finish your holiday shopping at Eve J. Alfillé Gallery & Studio as you enjoy wine, non-alcoholic drinks, and small bites as you enter to win a necklace or bracelet. And stop by Sunday for a Bourbon and Beer Gentlemen’s Evening shopping event.

Holiday Magic

Weekend 101 (Chicago): Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo
Brookfield Zoo is all decked out for the holidays with more than one million LED lights. Guests can enjoy the lights as well as a variety of live entertainment and activities during the zoo’s annual Holiday Magic, which takes place on Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, and 26-31, from 4-9 p.m. (Photo courtesy of Brookfield Zoo.)

Dec. 15-16

Explore Brookfield Zoo as it’s lit with 1 million LED lights. Plus, don’t miss music and live entertainment, ice carving demos, magic shows, and more. Holiday Magic will return Dec. 22-23 and 26-31.

Holiday Kinderfest

Weekend 101 (Chicago): Holiday Kinderfest at Hofbräuhaus Chicago
Photo courtesy of Hofbräuhaus Chicago.

Dec. 16

Looking for a fun outing everyone in the family will enjoy? This Hofbräuhaus Chicago event features $5 meals for kids ages 12 and younger and free activities like face painting, ornament decorating, magic acts, and more.


Weekend 101 (Chicago): MADE
Image courtesy of Amdur Productions.

Dec. 16

Shop art, clothes, home goods, and more, all made by hand, at this show. The first 100 attendees will be given a free cookie and $10 Dinner Certificate from Beatrix Fulton Market.

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Anna Carlson writes the weekly Weekend 101 column and monthly Recommended Events. A graduate of the University of Missouri, her work has been published in Chicago Parent, Inside Columbia Magazine, and Central California Parent Magazine. She is a proud supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital