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900 North Michigan Shops: Illuminate 900

The holidays return to 900 North Michigan Shops in full force with, "Illuminate 900"- the annual, arts-forward tree lighting ceremony benefiting Make-A-Wish Illinois!

Join 900 North Michigan Shops on Thursday, November 21st for a magical kick-off to the Holidays: Illuminate 900! With a 50ft tall tree holding center court and surrounded by seasonal delights like sugar-cookie decorating, live holiday performances, and take an "Elfie" with The Real Elf, this evening is sure to usher in the holiday spirit! You won’t want to miss the countdown when Santa himself pulls the switch to shine the first holiday lights on The Magnificent Mile at promptly 7:30 PM!

This event is free and open to the community with a suggested donation. 100% of all proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish® of Illinois. 

  • Blue Pass- Complimentary: Ticket includes event entry, passed appetizers, non-alcoholic beverages
  • Red Pass-Charitable donation of $5: Ticket includes event entry, passed appetizers, non-alcoholic beverages
  • Gold Pass (21 and over)- Charitable donation of $10: Ticket includes event entry, passed appetizers, beer, wine & bubbles
  • Platinum Pass (21 and over)- Charitable donation of $20: Ticket includes event entry, passed appetizers, beer, wine, bubbles & signature cocktail

Event Highlights:

  • Chicago Children’s Choir to usher in Santa’s arrival with Christmas carols
  • Ballet Chicago to perform excerpts from fabled holiday classic, “The Nutcracker”
  • New Music School will feature vocalists performing seasonal favorites
  • Forward Momentum to perform Mariah Carey’s, “All I Want For Christmas Is You”
  • Evelyn Galstad, dressed as a fantastical snow angel with giant wings, to perform operatic rendition of “Carol of The Bells”
  • Chicago vocalists, Ava Fain & Tina Jenkins Crawley to perform holiday classics
  • Sur La Table to provide sugar cookie decorating
  • Bubbles Academy will be providing a hands-on, holiday craft-making workshop
  • The Real Elf will be available for folks to, “Take an Elfie” with the real-life elf
  • Santa, Real-Life Toy Soldiers, Rockettes-like dancers, and other costumed, holiday characters will all be on hand for holiday photo opps
  • Kehoe Designs to bring the holiday dreamscape to life with luxe, seasonal décor
  • BlackOak Technical Productions to enlist audiovisual production for an immersive experience

900 North Michigan Shops: Illuminate 900

  • Mon-Fri Closed
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed

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