Not counting the polar vortex in Chiberia, the winter time is a great time to be in the city. From the comfort of a cozy chair in Starbucks, winter is certainly visually pleasing. The second you step outside, well, that’s a completely different story. I absolutely hate the cold. Although I’ve lived in Illinois all my life, every winter I am surprised by just how cold it gets. During winter quarter I make sure to plan my trips outside so I can avoid the chill of the winter air as much as possible.
Luckily, this year’s Magnificent Mile Lights Festival was met with perfect weather. This past Saturday, Chicago got into the Christmas spirit with the 23rd annual tree-lighting parade. I opted not to go last year due to the extremely cold temperature, but this year I was happy to attend. Michigan Avenue was completely blocked off and swarms of people littered the streets, anxiously waiting for the parade to commence.
The parade started on Oak Street, which is definitely an underrated spot to watch the parade. Although the beginning of the parade isn’t as exciting as the middle or the end, at least you didn’t have to fight your way through the crowd to get a good viewing spot. My friend and I watched the parade from Oak Street, glancing at the window displays of the designer stores that line the street (Harry Winston, Christian Louboutin, Kate Spade, Tory Burch, etc -if you’re ever looking to do some intense window shopping Oak Street is the perfect place.)
We eventually wove our way through the zombie apocalypse to the heart of Michigan Avenue to watch the end of the parade. It was a great way to get into the Holiday spirit. Wherever you’re at this December, I hope you stay warm!