Lovely wife surprised me with plane tickets to Chicago (and a concert) to celebrate my 58th birthday from Dec 6 -9, 2013.
We both like to travel in winter (weather is not a problem to us, we like "bundling up") plus we like Christmas lights, live music and craft beers.
Staying at the Homewood Suites by Hilton at East Grand Avenue.
Our plans includes:
Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2013 (saxofon) Dec 7 at The Chicago Theatre
Hot Tuna blues concert at City Winery on Dec. 8
Friday night Dec 6 opened up because our Don McLean and Judy Collins folk concert turned out being too far away at the Arcada Theater in St. Charles; so we are looking into other venues (this time smaller and intimate):
Geja's Cafe (fondue)
Shaw's Crab House
Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
Frontera Grill (Mexican)
Also we hope we have time to see and do:
ZooLights (starts at 5:00pm) how much time we need?
Christkindlmarket (German-market) in Daley Plaza
Museum of Science and Industry (Christmas around the world)
Hancock Building (Winter Wonderland)
Millennium Park (ice skating & the Bean)
Willis Tower (the Skydeck)
Magnificent mile shopping
Goose Island at Lincoln Park
Haymarket Pub & Brewery
Clark Street Ale House
Fado Irish Pub
Thanks for your suggestions and comments,