It's that time of year again. The holidays. Along with the twinkling lights lining Michigan Avenue and general merriment whistling through the air — and by merriment we mean cocktail lunches and legendary office parties — you’re in store for loads of family time. And, whether that includes posing for family photos in that reindeer sweater Granny insists
you wear or explaining your relationship status yet again
, hatching an escape plan is a must. Luckily, we’ve rounded up 14 seriously cool activities around Chicago that you'll enjoy with your relatives — or without. So, go ahead, take back your holiday spirit and relish in what really should be the most wonderful time of the year.