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Hour 12 of Hmmm, What To Do Next

By Laura Oppenheimer in Miscellaneous on Dec 25, 2007 5:00PM

For a sizable chunk of the US population, Christmas is a time for... wondering when it's going to be the 26th. Jews have the stereotypical routine of Chinese food and a movie (Chicagoist has deemed Charlie Wilson's War the family-friendly-but-still-interesting-enough-not-to-bore-dad-who-likes-foreign-films movie of the season), but what to do for the rest of the day?

2007_12_intercontinental.jpgSkilling says today is the mildest Christmas in 13 years (40 degrees this afternoon!). We say head to one of the city's many ice skating rinks to indulge your inner Kristy Yamaguchi.

While it's still going to a movie, we think the Music Box Theatre gets different treatment than say, the AMC. They're offering a full line-up today, including a presentation of Blade Runner at 9:30.

You could also take today as an opportunity to learn more about some religions other than "the big 3." The Baha'i House of Worship in Willmette is open until 5 p.m. tonight.

For a mere $12, you can live the luxe life at the InterContinental, as long as you don't mind doing it in your bathing suit. Their historic swimming pool (pictured above) is not only lovely, it's open to the public, if you are willing to pay for the privilege of using it.

For those of us that don't celebrate Christmas, the 25th can sometimes feel like a bummer. No presents, no Santa, not even a jokey lump of coal. We suggest a trip to the Brookfield Zoo, if you are feeling glum. Why? A ridiculously cute baby gibbon in the Tropic World section of the zoo. Run, don't walk, because he won't be an adorable baby forever!

Image via the Intercontinental.