Every holiday season, businesses in The Magnificent Mile district spread holiday cheer with incredible holiday offers.
See below for a sampling of 2012 offers and events. Check back in Fall 2013 to see which retail shops, restaurants, hotels and attractions are gifting guests with special perks and experiences.
ACME Hotel Company Chicago featured a two-night “Home Alone Package” featuring Giordano’s pizza, ice skating rental, a shopping allowance to The Shops at North Bridge and more!
The Allerton Hotel celebrated the start of the holiday season with an overnight package that included a complimentary breakfast buffet for 2 adults and 2 kids.
Conrad Chicago Hotel offered a shop-til-you-drop overnight package with a $50 gift card to The Shops at North Bridge and complimentary breakfast at the Terrace Restaurant.
DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago Magnificent Mile featured an overnight stay in a deluxe guest room with shopping perks and a $50 gift card to the 900 North Michigan Shops.
Four Seasons Hotel Chicago hosted a Mistletoe Mixology class teaching how to shake up the season’s best cocktails.
Hotel 71 created the perfect holiday shopping trip with nightly accommodations in a guestroom or suite, $50 gift card for every two nights stay and a food and beverage credit.
MileNorth Hotel invited Lights Festival attendees to warm up with a buy-one-get-one hot chocolate at C-House or C-View
Palomar Chicago - A Kimpton Hotel offered Lights Festival and holiday guests a 20% savings off their Best Available Rate.
The Peninsula Chicago invited families to a winter family retreat featuring a two-night stay, daily continental breakfast for two, daily complimentary parking, a movie and a daily chance to win a fun prize. Plus, kids under 12 ate free during their stay.
The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel) celebrated the start of the holiday season with their annual Ritz Tree Lighting after the Lights Festival Parade. Guests enjoyed complimentary glass of champagne while children enjoyed hot chocolate.
Trump International Hotel & Chicago Tower brought back a favorite Lights Festival highlight with live reindeer on the riverwalk. Their overnight package featured a deluxe guestroom, cookies and milk at turndown, Rudolph the REd Nose Reindeer DVD, complimentary meals for children under 10 and complimentary parking.
The Westin Michigan Avenue provided complimentary Lights Festival goodies for kids the day of the festival.
Candyality gave away a complimentary Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse candy-filled Advent Calendar with purchases of $20 or more.
CHIAROSCURO hosted a Local Artist Holiday Craft Show featuring personalized glass ornaments.
Eddie Bauer gave Lights Festival attendees 30% off their entire purchase the day of Lights Festival.
H2O+ gave Lights Festival attendees 25% off their entire purchase the day of Lights Festival.
The LEGO Store shoppers received a free holiday pick-a-brick box with a $75 purchase.
Water Tower Place hosted photos with Santa Claus throughout the holiday season.
American Girl Place hosted a special holiday craft-making and dining experience for mother and daughter.
Argo Tea gave away a free hot chocolate to kids under 12 with purchase of a signature seasonal drink.
Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse treated diners to a complimentary chocolate truffle cake with purchase of an entree throughout the holiday season. Plus, guests who visited Harry Caray’s the day-of Lights Festival received complimentary Italian hot chocolate.
Hoyt’s Chicago at Hotel 71 hosted a gourmet hot chocolate bar with hot chocolate, apple cider, coffee, cookies and brownies.
Le Bar at Sofitel Chicago Water Tower gave a complimentary cheese pairing with the purchase of two drinks.
Odyssey Cruises offered 15% off their Holiday Dinner Cruises.
Park Grill Restaurant-Millennium Park hosted a Gingerbread Decorating Class.
Qdoba gave holiday shoppers a free entrée and a drink with the purchase of chips and queso.
ROOF on theWit gave express entry during the holiday season to anyone who showed their Lights Festival Holiday Activity Guide offer.
CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT
900 North Michigan Shops hosted visits with Santa throughout the holiday season.
Absolutely Chicago Segway Tours conducted a special Holiday Lights Tour ending with hot chocolate at Christkindlmart.
American Girl Place delighted girls with a teatime in the American Girl Café followed by attendance at a heart-warming musical production of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Broadway In Chicago offered holiday savings off the hit show POTTED POTTER.
Chicago Architecture Foundation conducted two-for-one architecture walking tours.
Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co. showcased the glittering lights of the city and The Magnificent Mile with a special Holiday Lights Tour.
John Hancock Observatory hosted the much anticipated “Santa in the Sky” featuring visits with Santa, a free family photo, free youth admission to the Shedd Aquarium and other fun activities.
The Signature Room at the 95th threw a rocking Holiday Kick-off Party with Sant with photos, elves, holiday cookie decorating and a gourmet buffet.
Wendella Boats cruised the Chicago River with a Lights Festival Fireworks Cruise.
ZED451 threw a festive rooftop arty with a complimentary “Jolly” hot chocolate station, holiday movies and music.