Chicago’s BEST Holiday Lights 2022

by Amanda on November 18, 2022

As temperatures and leaves continue to drop, it’s a tell-tale sign that the season is upon us!  That’s right ladies and gentlemen… ‘Tis the season for LIGHTS!!!

Whether Griswold or Scrooge, there’s something magical about seeing thousands, (and sometimes hundreds of thousands!), of lights glowing, blinking and twinkling in the crisp Chicago air.  The way the city glistens at night is truly one of my favorite things about this time of year. 

This isn’t just another “Top 10 List”, mind you.  This is a scientific study based on years of diligent research of Chicagoland’s best, high-powered holiday wattage! 

Starting in late November and running through the beginning of the new year, the city and suburbs duke it out for our prized ranking.  Lucky for you, we’ve simplified this into a condensed list with personal insight and links to maximize your holiday cheer!

10). Sparkle Light Festival

November 23rd – January 1st

Newcomer, Sparkle Lights Festival might lose points on name creativity, but from what we can tell, this event might crack into the top 5 next year. Hosted at Impact Field, home to the Chicago Dogs baseball team, the festival houses millions of lights, train rides, themed mazes, tubing and other wintry attractions. Sounds like Great America for the holidays – which means we’re TOTALLY checking it out!

9). Shine Light Show

November 18th – January 1st

For those of you who don’t want to give up your heated seats, we bring you the Shine Light Show! This pandemic-era innovation allows visitors to drive through gleaming tunnels of more than one million LED lights synchronized to holiday music. With locations in both Northbrook and Schaumburg – this sounds like a great way to cross “lights” off your bucket list without too much effort!

8). Amaze Light Festival

November 20th – January 8th

After its debut in Rosemont last year, only to be replaced by the Sparkle Lights Festival above, Amaze headed South in search of more space. They found it Tinley Park and offer up five themed light-up exhibits, photo ops, a holiday market and more. Part county fair, part holiday festival, Amaze also offers an all-ages tubing hill, Arctic Express train and is proudly sponsored by Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey 🤣🤣

7). City of Chicago Christmas Tree / Millenium Park

November 18th – March 5th

Every year, Chicago adorns Millennium Park with, what just possibly may be, the largest Christmas tree that you’ve ever seen. This year is the 109th annual tree for our fair city – gratefully donated each year by a Chicagoland family. The official lighting is Nov. 18th, but the fun doesn’t stop there!!!

Bring your skates (or rent them), and rip up the ice at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink or try out the skating ribbon at Maggie Daley park next door. You’ll also want to check out the Millenium Park Art Market and Holiday Sing Along. (Pro-Tip – make a reservation at The Gage before hand for some epic food and drink!)

6). Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo

November 25th – December 31st

Ok… so we’re all about LPZ, but we have to give credit to the “other” Zoo for their efforts over the last 41 seasons. Brookfield Zoo is AMAZING with over one MILLION lights strung across trees, fences, giraffes and other slow moving structures. They also feature a skating rink, really really solid food and illuminated animal sculptures.

For hyperactive kiddos hopped up on Churros and Hot Chocolate, there’s also the “Game of Gnomes” where you can chase your turbocharged little ones across the Zoo. (Tip – here’s the location map if it’s really cold!)

5). Light Up the Lake

November 25th – January 7th

The annual winter festival at Navy Pier comes equipped with not only 500 decorated trees, but an indoor ice rink, inflatable slides and more.  Part holiday festival, part carnival, (minus the carnies), this is a great choice for those with kids or in-town relatives who have overstayed their welcome.

4). MSI Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light

November 19th – January 8th

Forty-five foot tall Christmas tree… need I say more?  Ok, this IS the MSI, so on top of a towering pine and 30,000 lights, there are 50 smaller trees throughout the museum decorated to represent Chicago’s beautiful various cultures and holiday traditions. 

3). Lightscape at Chicago Botanic Garden

November 18 – January 8th

Got relatives on the North Shore?  Check.  Need an excuse to go for a walk after the 5,000 calorie holiday meal?  Check.  Welcome to Lightscape, a mile-long meandering path through Highland Parks’ botanical gem.  100,000 lights, music and fire-filled sculptures will make you the messiah of your family.

2). ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo

November 18th – January 1st

As someone who lives in the city… I WANT to love Zoolights and everything Lincoln Park Zoo.  But… getting there is tough to say the least.  Carpool, jump out of a plane or walk… but don’t drive!  The lights are amazing though with huge animal designs, awesome food and attractions for all ages.

1).  Illumination:  Tree Lights at the Morton Arboretum

November 19th – January 7th

Bite the bullet, buy your tickets and enter the Valhalla of holiday lights.  Breathing trees set to music, laser shows, digital projections on pines and even analog holiday treats like warming fires and more.  Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind event, sure to delight everyone.


As the temperatures begin to tumble like the leaves outside, it’s time to begin thinking about winter, the holidays and most importantly HALLOWEEN!

This is one of our favorite holidays here at Chicago Home Partner, and we are pleased to announce that this month will mark the 16th Annual Chicago Home Partner Pumpkin Carving Contest.  This is a perfect reason to spend some time with special people in your life – friends, spouses, partners, family, whomever – just grab your favorites and carve up something amazing!  

The rules are quite simple…  Carve up your best jack-o-lantern (or a member of your family), take a picture and submit it to or upload it directly to our Facebook Page Here!


All entries must be submitted by October 30th and will all be posted on our Facebook fan page, for your viewing pleasure so check back often!  No fine print!

See some of our previous entries!


Chicago’s 2022 Summer Send Off List

September 23, 2022

Dear friend, With lengthy vacations behind us and kiddos returning to school, it’s time to take a breath and start planning your next adventure. Summer is “technically” over – but that doesn’t mean it’s time for parkas and parking space dibs just yet.  In fact, many believe that Autumn is the best season to get […]

Read the full article →

2022’s Best Chicago Outdoor Dining

August 2, 2022

Dear friend, One of our favorite warm weather activity has always been al fresco dining in Chicago. It’s the perfect time to grab some friends, pack up the stroller, leash up the pups and enjoy some of the best our city has to offer.  Al Fresco:  From the Italian word al fresco meaning “in the fresh air”.Dining:  […]

Read the full article →

2022 Chicago Farmer’s Market Schedule

June 21, 2022

Each summer the Chicago area plays host to an amazing number of farmers markets.  These markets bring in the best locally grown fruits, vegetables, and other wonderful foods from farmers around the Chicago area.  Almost every neighborhood has one, so you can most likely find one not too far from home starting this month. Since […]

Read the full article →

The 2022 Chicago Home Partner March Madness Pool

March 3, 2022

This year, we are proud to announce the 14th Annual Chicago Home Partner March Madness Pool!  I would like to invite you, your friends and family to participate in this fun online competition. The more the merrier… or at least the more competitive! Best of all… the winner walks away with a $100 AMAZON gift […]

Read the full article →

622 W Waveland Avenue #2W – Picturesque vintage condo in East Lakeview

November 1, 2021

622 W Waveland Avenue #2W, Chicago, IL 60613 (MLS #11211419) Property Specifics: 3 Bedroom – 2 Bath Additional Information: 622 W Waveland Avenue #2W Detail Page Neighborhood: Lakeview Property Virtual Tour: 622 W Waveland Avenue #2W Virtual Tour Note: The below entry has been provided by the seller of the property. 622 W Waveland Ave. […]

Read the full article →

1510 W. Cornelia Ave. #3 – Bright, Modern Southport Corridor Condo

October 21, 2021

1510 W. Cornelia Avenue #3, Chicago, IL 60657 (MLS #MLS #11191868) Property Specifics: 2 Bedroom – 1 Bath Additional Information: 1510 W. Cornelia #3 Detail Page Neighborhood: Southport Corridor (Lakeview) Property Virtual Tour: 1510 W. Cornelia #3 Virtual Tour Note: The below entry has been provided by the seller of the property. When I was […]

Read the full article →

Your Chicago Summer Send Off List

September 17, 2021

Dear friend, Summer is “technically” over – but that doesn’t mean it’s time for parkas and parking space dibs just yet. In fact, many believe that Autumn is the best season to get out, explore, and try some new activities that you may have overlooked during the busy summer months. One of the perks of […]

Read the full article →

Best of Chicago Outdoor Dining 2021

July 20, 2021

Dear friend, After a year’s hiatus, we at Chicago Home Partner are more than excited to announce the return of one of our favorites.  That’s right Chicago – it’s time to grab some friends, pack up the stroller, leash up your pups and get outside to enjoy some of the best al fresco dining our […]

Read the full article →