Plan Ahead: Mayor Daley's Holiday Sports Festival

He may want to raise the price we pay for metered parking,  but one thing hasn't changed: Mayor Daley is still hosting his annual Holiday Sports Festival. The free festival starts Saturday, Dec. 27 and goes through Monday, Dec. 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at McCormick Place in Halls A and B.

What began as a basketball tournament called ''Holiday Hoops'' in 2000, the festival now includes basketball, floor hockey and volleyball tournaments (which require pre-registration) and interactive zones that include activities like air hockey, boxing, golf, climbing walls, football, chess, obstacle courses, a tot zone, bowling, martial arts, table tennis, inflatable tumbling, tennis, badminton, fishing ponds, footbag, a giant slide, a 50-Yard dash, skateboarding/blading, wrestling, cheerleading clinics, and open courts for volleyball and basketball. Chicago Public Schools will host an all-ages chess tournament, and there will be instructors on site for beginners. About 85,000 people attend the festival over the course of three days. The Harlem Globetrotters perform on Monday, Dec. 29 from noon to 1 p.m.

McCormick Place (Halls A & B)
2301 S. Lake Shore Dr.

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