Winter things to do in Chicago- Zoo lights at Lincoln Park Zoo!

Winter is such a pretty time in Chicago, and we don’t let the weather slow us down. Between Thanksgiving and New Years there are tons of things to do. So many that I didn’t get to post about them all because they came and went already!

But one place that does it up for the whole month of December is The Lincoln Park Zoo.

Christmas decorations inside The Lincoln Park Conservatory

The Conservatory and The Zoo are always free, and they’re inside Lincoln Park itself. You can walk around the park, see all the pretty buildings in the neighborhood, then visit the Conservatory and The Zoo.

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If you time it right, you can see everything at once. Visit The Conservatory from 9-5 daily, then head over to the Zoo for the light show from 5-9! Over 2 million holiday lights festoon the trees inside the zoo. It’s sooooooo pretty!

holiday lights at the lincoln park zoo, chicago

 

Plus they have ice carving, and carousel and train rides.

winter at lincoln park zoo

There are stands that sell hot cider, hot chocolate and mulled wine- yum. You can even visit some of the animals. It’s fun and scary to see the big cats outside at night.

mulled wine at lincoln park zoo holiday lights

The Lincoln Park Zoo website has all the details and schedule.

lincoln park zoo christmas lights

 

lincoln_park_zoo_holiday lights

I guess this year they even have an ice skating rink– fun!

If you are still up for it, you can wander into the Lincoln Park neighborhood and stop at Galway Arms for a hot spiked beverage in front of one of their toasty fireplaces.

winter Holiday drinks at Galway Arms, Chicago

 

The Chicago Marathon is this weekend

The Chicago Marathon is one of the top marathons in the country. I am not a runner (LOL), but I do like watching and cheering them on. This year we know someone who is running, so that should be fun. All the info you need including how to keep track of your friends, the route, and good spots to watch can be found on the official website at www.chicagomarathon.com

Here’s the route. Click it for a larger map.

2013 Chicago Marathon Route Map

2013 Chicago Marathon Route Map

Chicago marathoners run through Lincoln Park 2012

Chicago marathoners run through Lincoln Park

 

Up close with the runners in the Chicago marathon, 2012

Up close with the runners in the Chicago marathon

Chicago Marathon 2012

Chicago Marathon

Runners on Clark St in Lincoln Park, Chicago Marathon 2012

Runners on Clark St in Lincoln Park, Chicago Marathon

Runners wave to the spectators on Clark St. in Lincoln Park, Chicago Marathon

Runners wave to the spectators on Clark St. in Lincoln Park, Chicago Marathon

 

 

 

Some places to get good coffee, Chicago Edition

We love coffee. We love to go out and get coffee. We spend a great deal of time with coffee. Lucky for us, Chicago has a ton of excellent coffee houses and cafes. Here are some of our faves so far.

Intelligentsia, multiple locations. Ours is 3123 North Broadway, Lakeview, Chicago, 60657.

Seriously. We moved to Chicago without coming here first. I only had Google Maps to help me decide where to live. When I saw Intelligentsia, I knew this was going to be our neighborhood.

Intelligentsia Coffee

Intelligentsia Coffee

 

City Grounds Coffeebar: 507 W. Dickens, Lincoln Park, Chicago, 60614

Really good espresso in a clean, contemporary space. The regular coffee is the pour-over kind, yummy.

City Grounds, Chicago

City Grounds, Chicago

Cafe Latte at City Grounds, Lincoln Park, Chicago

Cafe latte at City Grounds, Lincoln Park, Chicago

Bourgeois Pig Cafe: 738 W. Fullerton Parkway, Lincoln Park, Chicago, 60614

Cool old house with brick and wood. A nice patio in the summer. Good food, espressos and delicious huge cakes (the best carrot cake I’ve had in awhile). YUM!

Cafe latte and decadent carrot cake at Bourgeois Pig Cafe, Chicago

Cafe latte and decadent carrot cake at Bourgeois Pig Cafe, Chicago

Vintage ceiling at Bourgeois Pig Cafe, Chicago

Vintage ceiling at Bourgeois Pig Cafe, Chicago

 

Welcome to the neighborhood, Edzo’s

You’ll be shocked to know that I wasn’t in the mood for a burger today.

Adrienne said: Hey, there’s this burger place opening up down the street, and we should give it a try.

Like I said, I wasn’t in the mood, but whatever. A new burger place? Bring it on.

When we walked in to Edzo’s, I was suddenly in the mood for a burger. Now I’m not usually into those fancy, trendy burger places with the very strange concoctions and tall burgers. Places like The Counter, with dijon balsamic sauce and dried cranberries. Those can be some tasty meals, for sure, but for me, a burger has to be a burger. Diner-style. Road food. If you need a fork for it, it’s not a burger.

So I’m happy to say this Edzo’s place that just opened a location in Lincoln Park was perfect. Succulent, diner-style burgers, hand-cut fries, and shakes. Oh, man, the shakes. I’m going to have to go back for another shake. I’m also interested in trying some of their fries — we just had the plain fries, which were outstanding. But someone else had some with a bunch of toppings, and it looked even better.

So welcome to the neighborhood, Edzo’s. We’ll be back.

Edzo's Burger Shop opened a location in Lincoln Park -- just down the street from where we live.

 

Great burgers (just how I like them) at Edzo's in Lincoln Park.

 

Burger, fries, and a shake at Edzo's.

 

Glad I got a chocolate shake. I'll be back for more.