See trees in a different light at a reimagined Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum. Photo courtesy of the Morton Arboretum
See trees in a different light at a reimagined Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum. Photo courtesy of the Morton Arboretum

Best Holiday and Christmas Lights in Chicago for Families

Chicago turns up the shine during the holidays, with Christmas lights blazing from the lakeshore to the far suburbs. Every neighborhood has homes and buildings that go all out, but there are also holiday lights worth traveling for, from walk-through spectacles at zoos and gardens to massive drive-through displays, and even holiday lights you can appreciate indoors. Bundle up the kids and head out to one of these holiday lights displays before they wink out for the season!

While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and maintaining appropriate distance. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our event calendar to find something else to do. 


Museum of Science and Industry
5700 S Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637

Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 North Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614

Chicago Botanical Gardens
1000 Lake Cook Rd.
Glencoe, IL 60022

The Morton Arboretum
4100 IL-53
Lisle , IL 60532

Downtown Naperville
120 Water Street
Naperville, IL 60540

Phillips Park
1000 Ray Moses Drive
Aurora, IL 60505

Cosley Zoo
1356 North Gary Ave.
Wheaton, IL 60187

Brookfield Zoo
8400 31st Street
Brookfield, IL 60513

Lilacia Park
150 S. Park Avenue
Lombard, IL 60148

Northbrook Court
1515 Lake Cook Road
Northbrook , IL 60062

Daley Plaza
50 W Washington St
Chicago, IL 60602

Gallagher Way
3635 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60613

John Hancock Center (outdoor plaza)
875 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

Festival Hall at Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St. Preston Bradley Hall, 3rd Floor South
Chicago, IL 60602

Mary Bartelme Park
115 S. Sangamon Street
Chicago, IL 60607
Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light
Museum of Science and Industry - 9:30 AM Pick
ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo - 4:00 PM Pick
Art on the Mart
Merchandise Mart - 7:00 PM Pick
Chicago Thanksgiving Parade
State Street - 8:00 AM
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