If you need a break from the caroling, check out 87.7 FM’s Night We Stole Christmas, a new alt-music-palooza (AWOLNation, Youngblood Hawke) descending on the Aragon December 1.
Avoid store hopping and head to Macy’s this year. The State Street, Oakbrook Center, and Woodfield Mall locations will each have pop-up Toys R Us stands through January 15.
Don’t have time to tour the burbs for the coolest decorations this year? Head to k3lights.com. Starting December 9, the site hosts videos of the best displays in Cook County (and beyond).
On the hunt for Santa Claus? Track all of Saint Nick’s stops (through the city and suburbs) at santainchicago.com.
If you’re planning on driving on December 25, avoid the United Center. The Bulls play their first Christmas Day home game in 15 years, against the Rockets at 7 p.m.
Photography: (Santa) Dedyukhin Dmitry/Shutterstock; (Rudolph) courtesy of Classic Media