While Chicago is clearly a Mecca for suburban Christmas joy, it's hard to beat the urban majesty of a snow-draped Big Apple. New Yorkers know how to celebrate Christmas; for a city that's lit up like a tannenbaum year round, this should come as no surprise.
It's against this backdrop that Elf is set. The plot has been done many times before: a naive bumpkin travels to the big city, gains knowledge and power, and falls in love.
Elf is probably the closest thing that the noughties have to a classic Christmas film. It's definitely worth seeing.