Andersonville will be lit up tonight by the Festival of St. Lucia, a celebration of lights. Join them for this annual candle-lit procession down Clark Street. You'll sing carols and then celebrate the season at the Swedish American Museum. Participating in the procession is free and entrance to the museum is one dollar or a canned food item, which will help the homeless.
The Lucia celebrations aren't just limited to Andersonville today. Starting at 11:30am in Daley Plaza there will be Lucia candidates and the 2011 Lucia Queen, who will be leading the procession tonight, will be chosen. Daley Plaza is also the site of the Christkindlmarket, so you can celebrate like the Germans AND the Sweeds!
Shop for the fashionable folk in your life with Privy Doll at Crimson Lounge. The local fashion blog is hosting an exclusive shopping event with Chicago designers. If you RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org you'll also get a complimentary Champagne tasting.
You can also shop for those local lovers at the Ork Holiday Pop-Up Shop. Through December 23 you can find Chicago neighborhood posters, prints, t-shirts, etc., as well as merchandise from local artists. In the spirit of the season, for every Ork poster or print you purchase they'll donate $5 to a local charity.
Have a great day!
Music: The awesome intro and outro music is from Chicago singer/songwriterDavid Kav