Cookies and holiday cheer at the Fairmont Millennium Park

What goes better with the holidays than cookies? Perhaps cookies and wine? Maybe cookies, wine, and a gorgeous gift-wrapped box of cookies to take home? If any of this appeals to you, then you must mark your calendar for Thursday, December 3, 2015 when the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park will present its 2nd Annual Chocolate and Cheer Cookie Exchange. 

Last week, I was lucky enough to be invited to attend the inaugural event and it was well-worth the trip.  This is not just “another ho-hum holiday event.”  This modern take on the traditional cookie exchange is perfect for urbanites (and suburbanites) who simply don’t have enough time or energy to bake.

The Rouge Room at the Fairmont was stunningly decorated for Christmas. Servers circulated with glasses of wine and champagne. Non-alcoholic options including hot chocolate and coffee were available as well. Scattered around the room were beautiful displays, highlighting twelve different Christmas cookies – a wide assortment of different styles and flavors to meet nearly any taste.  This year’s options included Spiced Hot Chocolate Fudge, White Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti, Chicago Snowballs, Crispy Holiday Wreaths, Pecan Meringue Crunch, Coconut Rocher, and (of course) Gingerbread Men.

Each attendee was given a bag and invited to sample any (or all) of the cookies, filling up the bag with up to three dozen of the amazing cookies.  After that, attendees could move to the center of the room where talented staff members from the Fairmont boxed up the cookies and wrapped the boxes in custom luxury packaging with festive flair.

For anyone (like me) who simply doesn’t have the time or energy to bake, this is a perfect holiday event. You will walk away with gorgeously-wrapped packages filled with some of the tastiest cookies you have ever tried. If you don’t end up eating them all yourself, this will make a wonderful and unique holiday gift.  Mark your calendars for next year because space is limited and tickets will sell out quickly.

The Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, is located at 200 North Columbus Drive. They plan to continue the cookie exchange every year on the first Thursday after Thanksgiving. For 2015, that falls on Thursday, December 3.  For more information, contact 312-565-6603 or email






Leave a Reply