Where to Park in Chicago this Holiday Season

The holiday season in Chicago is nearly upon us! The city comes alive with twinkling lights, busy holiday shoppers, soaring Christmas trees, and much more. No matter what you have planned, we’ve got you covered.

Here are your best bets for Chicago holiday parking near some of the city’s most popular events and destinations:

Christkindlmarket

Dates: 11/19-12/24

Christkindlmarket Chicago is inspired by the Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg, Germany, which began in 1545. The market is a holiday tradition for Chicagoans and visitors alike, and it has grown to include two locations! Since 2017 you can visit the market downtown and in Wrigleyville. Weekends are jam-packed with crowds, so consider stopping by on a weeknight. You can click below to reserve your parking in advance.

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Ice Skating at Millennium Park

Dates: 11/19-3/6

Now in its 20th season, the McCormick Tribune ice rink has become a Chicago winter tradition drawing more than 100,000 skaters annually. Skating is free, but skate rentals are available for a fee, and advance tickets are required.

The rink is located in Millennium Park on Michigan Avenue between Washington and Madison Street. This area is especially busy during the holidays, so be sure to reserve parking in advance. One of the most convenient locations is Millennium Garage’s Grant Park North garage at 25 N. Michigan Ave., where you can reserve parking as low as $12 for three hours.

Chicago’s 108th Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Date: 11/19 at 6pm

This year, Chicago celebrates its 108th annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. The tree selected is the “official” Christmas tree of Chicago, and will remain up at the corner of Michigan Ave. and Washington St. until January 9! The event begins at 6pm, with the lighting scheduled for around 6:30pm, followed by fireworks and a special concert.

Magnificent Mile Holiday Lights Festival

Date: 11/20 at 5:30pm

The Magnificent Mile Holiday Lights Festival is one of Chicago’s headlining events during the holiday season. You won’t want to miss it. The parade begins on North Michigan Avenue at Oak Street at 5:30pm and is followed by fireworks over the Chicago River at 6:55pm.

Plan ahead by reserving your parking spot now.

Chicago Thanksgiving Parade

Date: 11/25 at 8am

The Chicago Thanksgiving Parade takes place on Thanksgiving morning from 8am until 11am. The parade is on State Street, beginning at Congress and moving northbound to Randolph. Parade organizers recommend that you arrive early to get a good spot. Early spectators start to arrive between 6am and 7am.

For a less crowded area, check out State and Adams street. And don’t forget to reserve your parking spot ahead of time.

ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo

Dates: 11/19-24, 11/26-11/30, 12/1, 12/3-12/15, 12/17-12/23, 12/26-1/2

ZooLights at the Lincoln Park Zoo are a sight to behold! This family-oriented holiday celebration features incredible displays and holiday activities throughout the zoo grounds. Tickets are required and be advised that this attraction draws huge crowds from late November through the month of December. You’ll thank yourself for reserving parking now.

One of a Kind Show: Holiday Edition 

Dates: 12/2-12/5

Looking for a one-of-a-kind holiday shopping experience? Don’t miss the 20th annual One of a Kind Show: Holiday Edition when more than 400 artists from across North America come together to share unique and handmade gifts. Parking near the Merchandise Mart can be difficult during the busy holiday season, so be sure to reserve your parking spot in advance.

The Polar Express Train Ride

Dates: 12/3-1/1

The Polar Express comes to Chicago’s Union Station this holiday season. Enjoy live performances, a reading of Chris Van Allsburg’s beloved book, hot chocolate and shortbread, and a special First Gift of Christmas from Santa himself. Tickets are available in Value, Standard, and Premium pricing to help accommodate a range of budgets.

Joffrey Ballet “The Nutcracker”

Dates: 12/4-12/26

Take in the magic of Chicago’s mysterious 1893 World’s Fair through the eyes of a child in the Joffrey’s new Nutcracker—reimagined by Tony Award-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. All performances take place at the Lyric Opera House at 20 N. Wacker Dr. If you already have tickets, you may want to reserve your parking in advance, too.

Airport Parking

If you’re catching a flight this holiday season, consider parking near the airport. It’s a smart way to save money on holiday travel without adding a ton of time to your trip. Parking facilities near the airport offer free shuttles to the terminal, too.

O’Hare Airport Parking

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Midway Airport Parking

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Happy parking to all, and to all a good night!