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The Gray - Hotel For The Holidays

Festivities & wonder in Chicago not to be missed this season

Holiday set up at The Gray

Holiday Magic for All

There is magic in the city air over holidays. Our beautiful snow-dusted streets come alive with much to see and do. No matter what holiday you celebrate, there are many events, activities, and beloved traditions to enjoy this winter season in Chicago.

ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo

Zoo Lights at Lincoln Park Zoo

It’s not the holidays in Chicago without dazzling light displays around every corner. Check out ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo, when the historic zoo is illuminated by millions of colorful lights, including moving displays set to music. Don’t miss special events like holiday concerts, a sensory-friendly evening, an adult’s night out, and more.



Check out the authentic German Christmas market Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza. This free-admission event features local vendors selling beautiful glass ornaments, wooden cuckoo clocks, hand-knit gloves, hot mulled wine, and other traditional German crafts and treats. This year’s market will run from November 17th to December 24th, 2023. Located two blocks from hotel.

Ice Skating Rink at Millenium Park

Lace The Skates

Hit one of the city’s free outdoor ice rinks. The scenic rink at Millennium Park offers panoramic views of Cloud Gate (aka “The Bean”). Open daily November through March, weather permitting. Admission is free, but online reservations are required. Nearby, Maggie Daley Park is known for its one-of-a-kind skating ribbon. Admission is free—all you need to do is make an online reservation and pick up your skates, then hop on the ice! The Skating Ribbon opens on Nov. 17, 2023. Located just 4 blocks from hotel.

Chicago's Christmas Tree

Visit The Tree

Don’t miss one of Chicago’s biggest and brightest holiday traditions — the City of Chicago’s official Christmas Tree, now in its 110th year. This year’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be in-person on Friday, Nov. 17th starting at 5:00 p.m. The massive tree, which will light up the heart of iconic Millennium Park. Located just 4 blocks from hotel.

Christmas Tree in Macy's Walnut Room

Walnut Room

The Walnut Room is overflowing with holiday nostalgia. Located inside Macy’s on State Street, the historic restaurant is open for take-out and viewing of the Great Tree. And don’t miss the famed holiday window displays that line the exterior of the historic building. Located 2 blocks from hotel.