Christmas in Chicago

“Christmas in Chicago, that’s my kind of Christmas!” We painted the town red (and green?) this week! I was a bit concerned before heading into the city that I would end up spending a fortune. After all, it’s Christmas. Things are going to be expensive.

We started off my trip with A Christmas Carol at the Goodman. Quintessential Chicago Christmas. Check this out to see how you can see theatre shows for free. Free! We did it 🙂

The next night, we went to dinner at Tank Sushi in Lincoln Square. Thanks to a groupon, we got $40 of sushi for $20. Score! If you’re traveling to a new city, I highly recommend checking out the groupons for the area to which you’re headed. Deals like that aren’t uncommon, so you can try unique restaurants, eat some great food, and watch your budget while you’re at it. It’s a win-win!

>>>And that’s how you take a dark photo and still blog it: brighten it up, turn it black and white, and add a film grain. haha<<<

For our $20 voucher (plus tax and tip: $16), we got a side of edamame, a side of scallops, and three different kinds of maki rolls. So good. But too dark for good pictures. Lame.

After dinner, we headed downtown to Symphony Hall to see the Chicago Symphony’s Christmas concert. Because Cara is a student, she got us student rate tickets. They were free! That was a nice surprise!

Nosebleed seats! 6 floors up to the gallery, absolute back row. It still sounded great, even if the view wasn’t so spectacular.

After the concert, we headed to Garrett Popcorn, since I’ve never been. There’s a reason that everyone makes a big deal about this popcorn, people. It’s the best caramel corn that I have ever had the delight to put in my mouth.

First bite. I approve!

On the way to the train station, we stopped to see the Macy’s windows. Each year, Macy’s (formerly Marshall Fields) does a new Christmas installation. This year, it was made completely of paper. It was great. There were so many people, and (as always) it was so dark, so I don’t have photogs to prove it. You’ll just have to take my word for it. And know that you need to stop and see it if you’re ever in Chicago around Christmas.

Then, we headed back to Lincoln Square to see a movie. Cara had a coupon for one free ticket, so we only had to buy one for the two of us. Win! Movie for 2= $8.

So, the spending recap:

  • A Christmas Carol: free!
  • Tank Sushi: $36
  • Chicago Symphony: free!
  • Garrett Popcorn: $6
  • Movie: $8

So…grand total here is $50 for two people, for two nights out on the town. Win! Double win!

P.S. Merry Christmas, all!

I wanna know: When (if you do) do you celebrate Christmas? On Christmas day? Christmas Eve? Another time?

2011 Rocks Already

This showed up in my inbox recently:

That’s right! I booked my ticket for my February trip to DC. It’s going to be a great! A few days of wandering the city, seeing the Smithsonian, drinking coffee with Emily, and hanging out with Cara. I can’t wait. We got a great deal on flights and will be staying with Cara’s sister, so it’ll be a really affordable vacation. ‘Cuz that’s how we roll.

Also! Let me tell you have I have fallen in love with groupon. Cara and I have massages (half off!) coming our way early in the new year, we’re getting sushi (half off!) next week, and (most excitingly!) I just bought this:

That’s right. I’m going skydiving. It’s on the bucket list, I’ve gotta make it happen! I can’t wait for the snow to melt. Once it does, I’ll be jumping (out of a plane) for joy. Ha. It’ll rock.

I wanna know: Have you made any plans for 2011 yet? What are you looking forward to in the new year?