CHICAGO - DECEMBER 26th, 2011: Hundreds of people congregate in Millennium Park for the winter to enjoy a family night of ice skating.  The ice rink is open everyday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. through March with weather permitting.  (credit: Steve Hardy/CBS Local)

Free & Cheap Winter Break Activities In Chicago

You could spend a small fortune going to a movie or sending the kids to day camp, but we’ve compiled a list of free, inexpensive and exciting activities to take you through the weekend. Be sure to double check the website for what’s included. You may still need to pay for special activities or parking. So pack up the kids and pack a lunch and have a great winter break.



Ultimate Gift Guide

Haven’t gotten gifts for your family yet? You COULD go to the gas station and get everyone their own bag of jerky. Or you could NOT go to the gas station and instead get your family something awesome. Don’t worry, we’ve already done half the work for you by writing a million articles on gift buying. They’re right here, on this page, under these words! Talk about convenient.



Guide To Finding The Perfect Christmas Tree

Your number one spot for the perfect Christmas tree!



Best Holiday Lights In Chicago

What would the holidays be without traditional, extravagant light displays and winter festivals? In addition to exploring the lights in your neighborhood, create wonderful family memories by venturing out to these long-time favorites.


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An Interview With Rockit Bar & Grill: Rockit During The Holidays

Rockit Bar & Grill, one of my favorite stomping grounds, has this holiday tradition down. I caught up with Josh Hauer, General Manager and Operating Partner at both Rockit Bar & Grill locations (River North and Wrigleyville) to chat about how Rockit celebrates the holidays…



Guide To Navy Pier’s Winter WonderFest

Two weeks is a long time for parent and child alike when the kiddos are out of school on winter break and running the hallways of the house to release pent-up energy. Navy Pier offers a Winter WonderFest for a solid month – from Dec. 2 through Jan. 8, 2012. Here’s a guide to a few highlights of the Fest you’ll want to be sure to check out at Navy Pier. Pack up, get out and enjoy!



Throwing A Holiday Cooking Party

Am I alone in thinking that cooking can be a really fun thing? I don’t think so. Who can resist gathering with like-minded people, chopping up some veggies, sautéing, plating and then eating a fabulous new recipe?


Holiday Travel

Crowds Swarm At O’Hare For Thanksgiving Holiday

Gas prices and airfares are higher this year than last, but cost isn’t keeping people home for the holidays.

CBS Chicago–11/23/2011

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Family Guide To Thanksgiving Volunteering

Consider volunteering your time at one of many places that help those in need during the holidays. There are a variety of tasks you could do from cooking, serving food, preparing care packages, driving, and even just visiting…


Gasoline pump. (Credit: Miguel Gutierrez/Getty Images)

Gas Prices At Historic Levels Ahead Of Thanksgiving Holiday

Prices at the pump could gobble up your wallet this Thanksgiving. Gas prices are at an all-time high for this time of year.

CBS 2–11/15/2011

1040 Federal Tax Return (credit: AP)

D.C. Holiday Postpones Tax Day

This is April 15, the day taxes are normally due – but a holiday has moved the deadline to Monday.

WBBM Newsradio–04/15/2011

Things are eerily quiet at Shipping Express, a company that supposedly sent packages to the Philippines for customers. (CBS)

Holiday Packages Never Arrived Overseas, Families Say

The shipping company they hired to send the gifts has a poor rating with the Better Business Bureau.


New Year's Eve Dress

Girl’s Guide to Finding the Perfect New Year’s Dress

Ditch the generic party dress and create a look of your own on the most glamorous night of the year. Here are a few tips to help you find the perfect dress and stand out from the crowd.


Holiday shoppers pack the aisles. (credit: Darren Hauck/Getty Images)

Holiday Sales Help Retailers Ring In More Than $450 Billion

Cashmere sweaters marked down from $100 to $30 are one of the many door-buster deals offered as stores opened as early as 7 a.m. Sunday. That’s what’s necessary to get consumers in the door, but as CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole reports, analysts say what really may have them shopping is pent up demand, after several years of holding back.

CBS 2–12/26/2010

A Metra Commuter Train (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Holiday Schedule Changes At Metra

If you ride on Metra, be ready for changes in schedules the next couple of days.

WBBM Newsradio–12/23/2010

Christmas Cookies

Kid-Friendly Holiday Cookies

Parents ready to get creative with their kids in the kitchen, can ward off the winter blahs and busy bored hands with some holiday baking while the youngsters are on break from school.


Kraft Products

Host A House Party With Free Food, Fun & Gifts

How about this for your next party? You provide the guest list and major manufacturers provide the food, fun and free gifts. CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports on why some of the biggest retailers in the nation are throwing parties for everyday people.

CBS 2–12/22/2010

Santa At Zoo Lights

Best Places To See Santa In Chicago

It’s Christmas week in Chicago. Haven’t seen Santa yet? Never fear! Here are some of the best places to see Mr. Claus in Chicago.


Image Of Naperville Police Patch. (Naperville Police)

Crime Takes A Holiday In Naperville

Criminals, evildoers and other miscreants apparently had an off day in Naperville earlier this month.


Best Toys For Preschoolers

Best Gifts For Preschoolers

Adults who are not totally immersed inside the world of preschoolers often have a hard time figuring out or remembering what the little angels find intriguing and fun. Here’s a list of winning Christmas gifts for the little tykes.