From its birch tree maze to its interactive LED displays, Light Up the Lake at Navy Pier is always popping this time of year, but the heated indoor alpine skating rink decked out with a twinkly curtain of lights is worth the trip alone. In addition to rink access, your ticket includes a ride on the legendary Centennial Ferris wheel, a visit with Santa (if he’s around), and the opportunity to marvel at more than 600,000 holiday lights. Another great perk? Navy Pier boasts some of the most Instagram-worthy waterfront panoramas in the city.
Cost: Tickets and skate rental prices vary (more information here)
Hours: Open daily; hours vary (check the calendar here)