Marquette University Student Government will host a festive day trip to Chicago for shopping, sightseeing and more on Saturday, December 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Just weeks away from the big day, Chicago streets will be lit up and decorated beautifully for the holiday season. Michigan Avenue, freshly pampered from its Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, will sparkle with a million white lights amongst its trees, while Macy’s continues the festivities inside its stores with decorations that are second to none.
Of course, Michigan Avenue is far more than its idyllic décor. Its shops are iconic, and are the perfect place to find holiday gifts. Whether its fashion, food or a fantastic read, Chicago’s Magnificent Mile has a shop to please.
A bit different from Michigan Avenue, but an equally enthralling holiday experience, is Chicago’s Christkindlmarket. A Chicago staple since 1996, Christkindlmarket is the city’s largest open-air Christmas festival, held in the heart of the city in Daley Plaza. Free to the public, the market embraces German and European culture with a sprinkle of Chicago flare. Guests can enjoy strudel, crepes, candies and more from traditional European vendors, along with handmade crafts and gifts that add originality to any holiday present.
In addition to its shops and decoration, Chicago is known for one more thing during the holiday season: popcorn! A city tradition since 1949, Garrett Popcorn Shops reign in millions each year with its delectable sweet and salty treats. Its holiday tins have become a staple in homes, while the tins’ contents satisfy the buyers’ sweet tooth.
Tickets for this all-day holiday adventure are now available in the Brooks Lounge for $15. Excursion busses will meet in SHAMU, the area between Schroeder Hall and the AMU, at 9:30 a.m.