Lincoln Park Zoo Lights. Photo courtesy of the zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo Lights. Photo courtesy of the zoo

Best Holiday Lights for Families in Chicago

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!

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

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

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

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

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
Breakfast with the Animals
Lincoln Park Zoo - 10:00 AM Pick
What the Fluff? Festival
- various times Pick
Dinosaur Adventure Drive-Thru
DuPage County Fairgrounds - various times Pick
Model Railway Garden
Chicago Botanic Garden - various times Pick
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides