The great thing about December in Chicago is that, while the weather is getting cold and grey, the rest of the city is getting warm and bright. It’s an undeniable fact: Chicago knows how to do the holidays, which means there’s no lack of places to go and things to do when you want to lean into your most festive feelings. Not sure where to start? Try these seven Windy City places and experiences that are majorly amped up for the holidays.

Summer House Santa Monica

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If you’d rather spend your December evenings in, watching Christmas movies by the glow of your freshly-decorated tree while the kids sleep, well…we don’t blame you. But it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the city’s most festive spots. Get in on the action with your family during brunch at Summer House Santa Monica, where Santa will be visiting before he gears up for his big trip around the world. On Sunday, December 16 (from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM) and Sunday, December 23 (from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM), St. Nick himself will be buzzing around the restaurants, listening to wishlist requests and giving out holiday treats to the kids. 1954 N. Halsted St., 773.634.4100