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Macy’s staying open for 83 straight hours

Talk about an all-nighter. With the Christmas holiday falling on a weekend this year (does everyone agree that this is just not very much fun? Thanks. Can we move to get Christmas moved to a Tuesday or a Friday, please? Permanently?), some retailers are taking steps to ensure that they eke out every last bit [...]

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Twelve Bars of Xmas is exactly what you think

My Uncle Cooter used to tell me, “Nothing says Christmas like $3 Miller Lites!” Sadly, Uncle Cooter died in a tragic beer bong explosion but his glorious holiday spirit lives on this Saturday when Chicago welcomes the 16th Annual Twelve Bars of Xmas pub crawl to some of Wrigleyville’s finest drinking establishments. Santa doesn’t care [...]

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Take a ride on Chicago’s holiday train

The Chicago Transit Authority is getting into the holiday spirit with its popular holiday train. It’s the closest thing you can get around here to the Polar Express. The spectacular train is an amazing sight – during the daytime and at night. The outside of the six-car train is adorned with holiday seasonal images. Thousands [...]

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Not just for kids: The curious phenomenon of Elf on the Shelf

If you haven’t heard of the Elf on the Shelf, it may be because you don’t have any young children at home. But this Christmas-time phenomenon is taking the country by storm, and has its own multimedia platform – movie, books, website, toy, and more – and is becoming a silly social content marketing tool [...]