Christmas Around the World

Plan Your Holiday Outing to “Christmas Around the World”

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The Museum of Science and Industry is one of the Windy City’s most famous museums and attractions, and during the holidays it transforms into Christmas Around the World, a wonderland that represents holiday traditions of cultures around the globe. This staple of Christmas in Chicago is a holiday event that can’t be missed.

To help you plan your trip, we’re sharing what you can expect from MSI, as well as where to eat and how to get there so that you can turn a simple day trip into a fun, festive outing.

Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light

Museum of Science and Industry
5700 S Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637
Exhibit open through January 8, 2017

Visit this breathtaking exhibit to experience the holiday traditions of cultures from around the world. The museum’s four-story Grand Tree is proudly on display in the Rotunda, surrounded by dozens of smaller trees, each decorated by volunteers of all cultures and backgrounds. Now, you can experience the magic of Christmas in countries all around the world without having to leave Chicagoland.

Museum visitors can also experience the magic of an indoor snowfall. On select days, MSI will offer special activities – photos with Santa and an ornament-making workshop – and special performances from groups around the Chicago area, including Irish dance groups, children’s choirs, and more.

Admission to the Christmas Around the World exhibit is included in the price of museum entry.

Where to Eat

The Museum of Science and Industry is located minutes from the Loop, putting you in the midst of some of the best restaurants in Chicago. After you spend the day exploring Christmas Around the World and the museum’s other exhibits, grab a bite to eat to refuel. Here are some of our favorites:

+ The Gage
24 S Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603
This popular gastropub offers an inventive menu of American-style dishes and a lengthy list of beers. Poutine, house made sausages, and steaks are the perfect way to warm up on a chilly day. The Gage also has a great view of Millenium Park.

+ The Purple Pig
500 N Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
With an extensive list of small plates, plus a fantastic selection of wines and house-cured meats, this Mag Mile eatery is a great spot to try new flavors in a warm, cozy atmosphere.

+ Au Cheval
800 W Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60607
The West Loop’s Au Cheval offers an upscale take on homestyle diner food. Think: matzah ball soup, classic burgers, a fried bologna sandwich, and more. Au Cheval also has a cocktail menu inspired by literary works.


If you plan on turning your visit to Christmas Around the World into a holiday outing with dinner and drinks at a nearby restaurant or bar, safe, reliable transportation must be on your itinerary too. A professional chauffeur and luxury vehicle set the tone for your holiday excursion.

OML Worldwide has more than 50 years of experience in the transportation industry, specializing in the Chicagoland area. We have the expertise to handle any occasion. Plus, our fleet is among the most diverse in the country. From gorgeous sleek sedans to large luxury buses stocked with amenities, OML can provide you with the vehicle you need, with space and the extras your group needs.

Contact us today to start planning your visit to Christmas Around the World!

*Editor’s Note: This blog was originally published in 2015. However, it has since been updated to reflect the most current information.


Photo Credit: Royal Broil

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