In the holiday mood? Our guides have you covered – Chicago Tribune

Good afternoon, Chicago.

A blizzard of holiday events around Chicago commences this week, with the Christmas tree lighting in Millennium Park and Christkindlmarket opening Friday, holiday parades on the way and caroling at the Bean kicking off soon.

Metra will even add a “Holiday Train” for the first time since 2008 this year, with Santa and Mrs. Claus riding the line on three Saturdays this December.

Want to see a festive show? Get picks from Chris Jones, the Tribune’s chief theater critic, and see a full list of holiday concerts and shows for 2022.

Or simply step back to simpler times by revisiting our beloved Chicago-area markets that no longer exist in this week’s Vintage Chicago Tribune newsletter.

And if you’re not yet ready to think past Thanksgiving, check out our guides to specials from Chicagoland restaurants and where to order pies.

Here’s what else is happening today. And remember, for the latest breaking news in Chicago, visit and sign up to get our alerts on all your devices.

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A partially finished nest is being rebuilt by a pair of bald eagles in a pine tree on the campus of Mooseheart Child City & School in Kane County on Nov. 16, 2022.

The loss of the nest is the latest twist in an avian soap opera once dubbed “As the Eagle Turns” by local bird-watchers. Read more here.

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Former Starbucks Coffee employee Maria Fantozzi holds an image of Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz as the Grinch and stands with Starbucks employees Reed Essex and Nicole Deming as they participate in a one-day national strike outside the Starbucks in the 2100 block of North Armitage Avenue on Nov. 17, 2022.

The one-day national strike is timed with Starbucks’ annual Red Cup Day holiday promotion, during which customers who order qualifying drinks receive a limited-edition reusable red cup. Read more here.

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Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) looks for a hole in the defense at the beginning of a long run for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of a game against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field in Chicago on Nov. 13, 2022.

Quarterback Justin Fields has been on a tear over the last month, not only boosting the production of his offense but putting his fingerprints — or maybe more accurately his footprints — all over the team and league record books. Read more here.

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Daryl Hoedtke, senior brewmaster at Goose Island Beer Co., is seen at the Goose Island taproom on Fulton Street in Chicago on Nov. 4, 2022.

The 30th Anniversary Reserve Stout highlights an exceptionally strong Bourbon County lineup for Goose Island this fall. Read more here.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi walks on Capitol Hill in Washington on  Nov. 17, 2022.

Pelosi announced in a spirited speech on the House floor that she will step aside after leading Democrats for nearly 20 years and in the aftermath of the brutal attack on her husband, Paul, last month in their San Francisco home. Read more here.

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