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The holidays are almost upon us and one of the most fun and low-cost activities to do during the holidays is see the best neighborhoods with Christmas lights in Chicago. There is pure excitement and joy for the whole family when jumping in the car to take a drive to the festive neighborhoods with the anticipation of knowing what is yet to come.

Cheever Avenue
Geneva, IL 60134

There is a home at 813 Cheever Avenue that is worth the drive to see. The Parcell family, who are the owners of this residence, offer over 5,000 lights on display. Reading about the history of the Christmas decorating process on the website is the best way to find out just how much this family presents in terms of Christmas lights and decorations to its many, many visitors each season. The home is an official drop-off location for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots, so a toy donation is very much appreciated as the owner’s favorite activity is making the toy donation to the local warehouse.

Roscoe Village
Chicago, IL 60618

Competition runs high in the Roscoe Village neighborhood as there is a yearly competition for the homeowners and businesses to showcase their best holiday lights and displays. The entire neighborhood is turned into a fantasyland of holiday lights and decorations. Be sure to check out this neighborhood during the month of December to see and experience the best sights and sounds of the holiday season.

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Westfield Gardens
Des Plaines, IL 60016

This must-see area located between Wolf Road, Mt. Prospect Road and Dempster Street in Des Plaines is stunning with over 100 homes participating in the holiday lights display and décor. The sparkle of the holiday lights is breathtaking with the abundance of homes participating in the holiday tradition. If parking can be found, it is worth the effort to get out of the car and take a walk around the magnificent area; it exudes the feeling of a Winter Wonderland.

Chicago, IL 60630

The area located along Devon Avenue, west of Edens Expressway in the northwest side of Chicago, is well known to both native Chicagoans and visitors as this area has been showcasing its lights and decorations for years. Although the lights and décor are not in their glory as they used to be, there is still a six-block area that is illuminated well and offers many decorations that give off that Christmas spirit. If you are looking for a nostalgic experience with the understanding that the neighborhood is not presented as it was in its heyday, you will still enjoy what this festive neighborhood has to offer.

Logan Square
Chicago, IL 60647

The incredible home located at 2656 West Logan Boulevard is literally covered in lights and holiday décor along with animatronic characters. It is a must-see this holiday season. Consider standing at the corner of Washnetaw Avenue and Logan Boulevard to take in all this home has to offer; the senses will be on high alert and overwhelmed. Be sure to also check out the other homes in the area that are decorated beautifully and offer visual pleasure.

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Michelle Guilbeau is an elementary teacher living in Chicago, Illinois. She also has experience in school administration and literacy coaching. Michelle enjoys sharing her knowledge of education and parenting issues with her readers. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.