How to Simplify the Holidays, Chicago Style

Repeat after me: I will not be stressed for the holidays. I will not be stressed for the holidays. I will not be stressed for the holidays.

How is this even possible? By using my tips and tricks, from easy and delicious appetizers to serve to how to best navigate busy Chicagoland holiday events, such as the CTA Holiday Train and Christkindle Market. It’s time for more JOY, friends. Go out and enjoy it.


Discounts for Chicagoland’s Popular Holiday Exhibits

Winterland at the Park

Christmas in Chicago Bucket List

What to Expect from the Polar Express

Ultimate Guide to Chicago’s Most Popular Holiday Events

Tips and Tricks for Catching the CTA Holiday Train

Best Holiday Lights Across Chicagoland

Holiday Magic at Swissotel Chicago

Unique Breakfasts with Santa

Christmas Themed Dates in Chicago

Wonderland Express at the Chicago Botanic Garden

Ice Castles Exhibit in Lake Geneva


How to Host a Gingerbread House Decorating Party

How to Make a Holiday Ice Cream Bar

Best Holiday Appetizers

How to Make a Charcuterie Board

The Twig ‘n Berry Cocktail

Easy & Versatile Bruschetta Recipes


Easy Christmas Tree Craft

Best Christmas Books and Pajamas

Holiday Books for Interfaith Families


Useful Stocking Stuffers

Best Gift Subscriptions

Top STEM Toys

Ultimate Gift Experiences for Chicagoans

What to Get the Kid Who Has Everything

Thoughtful Hostess Gifts

Best Personalized Gifts

Chicago Sports Gifts

Photo by Kristen Lisa Photography.


Pasquesi’s–Santa’s Holiday Headquarters

Holiday Hacks for Parents

House Guest Hacks

Where to Entertain Guests During the Holidays 

Holiday Hair and Makeup Tips

Decluttering Tips and Tricks

How to Create the Perfect Holiday Card

Ways for Your Family to Give Back This Holiday Season

Effortless Holiday Decor

Ways to Personalize the Holidays