While not really a Chicago tradition, I've walked into this building almost every week day for the past quarter of a century :)
They do a lovely job of decorating for the holiday.
Most Chicagoans make at least one stop here during the holiday season:
Macy's on State Street (formerly Marshall Field's)
You must stop to see the windows and then head up to the 7th floor to see the Great Tree.
I wasn't a big fan of it this year.
At the base of the tree is the Walnut Room Restaurant.
My grandparents would bring me here when I was small after visiting Santa and we took our boys for years. We have quite the collection of Santabear souvenir mugs from our meals there.
Then it's time to head two block west to my favorite tradition - the Christkindlmarket
About 80% of the booths and their staff are direct from Germany.
On Christmas Eve, it closes and they head back home...
The city's official tree sparkles with lights!
The German glass ornament houses are wonderful!
As are the incredible wooden creations.
The details and workmanship are amazing!
Of course I always have to peek at the Nutcrackers.
The colors on these are so vibrant!
The candleholders always catch my eye.
This year one came home with me:
By day it is pretty, but not too exciting, but once the sun sets and the candle is lit:
It comes alive in surprising depth!
The picture below is not behaving,
but I found an ornament that had to come home with me
How could I resist the Wrigley Building?!
My home away from home :)
The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.