Bronzeville lights: a Christmas display at a house in the 3600 block of South Prairie Avenue.

Bronzeville lights: a Christmas display at a house in the 3600 block of South Prairie Avenue.

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Looking for holiday lights to brighten your spirits? Here are some around Chicago to check out.

Some of these are big spectacles that dazzle people with their sheer size. Others might not be as large, but there’s just something about them that makes you smile.

SHARE Looking for holiday lights to brighten your spirits? Here are some around Chicago to check out.
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What makes a great holiday light display?

It doesn’t have to be the biggest or most dazzling. It just needs to make you smile every time you walk or drive past it.

We asked Sun-Times readers to send in photos of their favorite holiday light displays from homes that they can’t wait to see each year. Here’s a sampling, along with some we spotted.

Logan Square

Holiday lights on a home in the 2600 block of West Logan Boulevard in Logan Square.

2600 block of West Logan Boulevard.

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Kenwood

Holiday lights on a home in the 4900 block of South Ellis Avenue in Kenwood.

4900 block of South Ellis Avenue.

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Little Village

Holiday lights on a home in the 2700 block of S. Spaulding Ave. in Little Village.

2700 block of South Spaulding Avenue.

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Bronzeville

Holiday lights on a home in the 4000 S Vincennes Ave. in the Bronzeville

4000 block of South Vincennes Avenue.

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Little Village

Little Village Christmas display: lights in the 2800 block of South Spaulding Avenue.

2800 block of South Spaulding Avenue.

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Bronzeville

Holiday lights on a home in the 3600 block of South Prairie Avenue in Bronzeville.

3600 block of South Prairie Avenue.

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North Bell Avenue

6900 block of North Bell Avenue, Chicago.

6900 block of North Bell Avenue, Chicago.

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A reader wrote: “What makes the display stand out: Lights up the entire courtyard with Christmas spirit!”

Jefferson Park

A bit of “Elf” in a holiday display in the 4900 block of North Nagle Avenue in Jefferson Park.

4900 block of North Nagle Avenue in Jefferson Park.

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Will Farrell does his part to make people stop and look.

Bridgeport

Holiday lights on a home in the 3400 block of South Morgan Street in Bridgeport.

3400 block of South Morgan Street.

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Logan Square

Holiday lights on a home in the 2500 block of North Washtenaw Avenue in Logan Square.

2500 block of North Washtenaw Avenue.

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Albany Park

Holiday lights on a home in the 4100 block of North St. Louis Avenue in Albany Park.

4100 block of North St. Louis Avenue.

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Heart of Chicago

Holiday lights on a home in the 2100 block of West 21st Place in Heart of Chicago.

2100 block of West 21st Place.

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Andersonville

Holiday lights on a home in the 5500 block of North Wayne Avenue in Andersonville.

5500 block of North Wayne Avenue.

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Ukrainian Village

Holiday lights on a home in the 2000 block of West Cortez Street in Ukrainian Village.

2000 block of West Cortez Street in Ukrainian Village.

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Heart of Italy

Holiday lights on a home in the 2300 block of West 22nd Place in Heart of Italy.

2300 block of West 22nd Place.

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Avondale

Holiday lights on a home in the 3000 block of West Roscoe Street in Avondale.

3000 block of West Roscoe Street.

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Irving Park

Holiday lights on a home in the 3600 block of North Spaulding Avenue in Irving Park.

3600 block of North Spaulding Avenue.

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Logan Square

Holiday lights on a home in the 2600 block of West Logan Boulevard in Logan Square.

2600 block of West Logan Boulevard.

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Humboldt Park

Holiday lights on a home in the 2400 block of West Thomas Street in Humboldt Park.

2400 block of West Thomas Street.

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Little Village

Holiday lights on a home in the 2700 block of South Christiana Avenue in Little Village.

2700 block of South Christiana Avenue.

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Homer Glen

14000 block of Saddle Brook Lane in Homer Glen.

14000 block of Saddle Brook Lane in Homer Glen.

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A reader writes: “All the lights are set to music broadcast over a designated FM station that you can listen to in your car.He has about a 55-minute program that keeps repeating.He’s done this for several years, always adding and tweaking.”

Beverly

101st Street and Oakley in Beverly.

101st Street and Oakley in Beverly.

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101st Street and Oakley in Beverly

The owner of this home at 101st Street and Oakley in Beverly decided to “deck the deck” this year, using “leftover materials from some basement remodeling” to create a decorate a holiday living room on his deck.

Plainfield

16200 block of South Dan O’Connell Drive, Plainfield. 

16200 block of South Dan O’Connell Drive, Plainfield.

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A reader writes: “This retired couple, along with their grandkids, decorate both the inside and outside to the extreme!!It takes them weeks and weeks to get the job done, and their electric bill goes up substantially, but it’s simply spectacular!!”

Monee

6900 block of Trisha Court, Monee.

6900 block of Trisha Court, Monee.

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A reader writes that this “is one of the largest and coolest dissplays I’ve ever seen. There’s hundreds of lit figures including a FULL choir!”

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