Chicago events calendar for November 2014. Best festivals, fun things to do, Thanksgiving events, holiday lights, kids activities, free entertainment Chicago, Illinois.

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November 2014

Enjoy the best Chicago events, festivals, and things to do in November 2014 with this calendar of events.

Events are listed by starting date, and all dates are confirmed. Mileage is from the Wrigley Building in downtown Chicago, Illinois.

Morton Grove haunted house

November 1, 2014 (begins Oct. 3)

14 miles NW

Fear City is 40,000 square feet of terror with two creepy attractions.

Villa Park nightmare

November 1, 2014 (begins Sept. 26)

21 miles west

Great American Nightmare [sound] is 3 high-tech haunted houses based on Rob Zombie’s horror films for age 13+ in the Odeum Expo Center.

Aurora haunted house

November 1, 2014 (begins Sept. 27)

38 miles west

Basement of the Dead and Shattered 3D are two horrifying attractions in one place.

Aurora haunted house

November 1, 2014 (begins Oct. 3)

42 miles SW

Abyss Haunted House has three intense experiences for mature audiences off Route 34.

Intense haunted house

November 1, 2014 (begins Oct. 3)

45 miles NW

The Realm of Terror Horror Experience is halfway to Milwaukee in Round Lake Beach. Cost.

Children’s film festival

November 1 - 2, 2014 (begins Oct. 24)

Chicago locations

Billed as North America’s largest film festival for children, the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (CICFF) showcases the best in culturally diverse, non-violent, value-affirming new cinema for children and offers interactive workshops. Cost.

Haunted House at Navy Pier

November 1 - 2, 2014 (begins Oct. 2)

1 mile east

The Fear Haunted House [sound] is low-scare during the day and high-scare at night. Cost.

Rubber fest

November 1 - 2, 2014 (begins Oct. 31)

5 miles north

Mr. International Rubber (MIR) is a rubber-fetish event that includes cocktail parties, a rubber/leather market, and awards at the Center on Halsted. Cost.

Joliet haunted house

November 1 - 2, 2014 (begins Oct. 2)

38 miles SW

Take a 40-minute trip through 40 terrifying rooms and play Zombie Paintball at Statesville Haunted Prison & City of the Dead [sound] in Crest Hill.

Expand your mind

November 1 - 14, 2014 (begins October 21)

Chicago locations

Chicago Humanities Festival is a series of talks and events that explore the human condition and feature exciting thinkers, artists, and performers. Cost.

Wine tasting

November 6, 2014 (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.)

8 miles NW

Sample 40 wines plus hors d’oeuvres on the Fall Wine Stroll that starts at Dank House. Repeats April. Cost.

Art and design fair

November 6 - 9, 2014 (Nov. 6 is a preview)

1 mile east

Sculpture Objects and Functional Art + Design Fair (SOFA) is a curated art exposition of design, fine art, and decorative art at Navy Pier.

Charlie Parker festival

November 7 - 8, 2014

12 miles north

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival celebrates the jazz icon with musical performances and a lecture at Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston. Cost.

Wilder Mansion market

November 7 - 8, 2014

19 miles west

Wilder Mansion Holiday Market has arts, crafts, and seasonal gifts in a historic Elmhurst mansion. Free.

French market

November 7 - 9, 2014

5 miles north

Shop from 100 vendors, hear live French music, visit a bistro, and enjoy a children’s pavilion at Fall French Market at 640 W Irving Park Rd. Starts Fri. eve. Cost.

Aquarium show

November 7 - 9, 2014

28 miles NW

Visit the shark encounter, meet the host of Monster Fish, take a fish seminar, and shop the vendors at Aquatic Experience at Marriott Renaissance Hotel in Schaumburg. Cost.

Polish film festival

November 7 - 23, 2014

Chicagoland locations

The Polish Film Festival in America shows new films by Polish filmmakers from around the world. Cost.
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Japanese festival

November 8, 2014

7.6 miles north

JASC Holiday Delight celebrates Kodomo Matsuri with Japanese food, classical dance, Taiko drumming, Ikebana flower arranging, Santa, and a craft sale at Japanese American Service Committee. Free.

Holidays around the world

November 13, 2014 - Jan. 4, 2015

8 miles south

See trees decorated to represent many cultures plus weekend ethnic song-and-dance performances during Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light at the Museum of Science & Industry. Cost.

Art Institute party

November 14, 2014

1 mile south

Young people can mix and mingle, visit the bar, and rock out to music at After Dark in the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago. Cost.

Wood-aged beer festival

November 14 - 15, 2014 (sold out)

2.6 miles SW

Enjoy beer with exotic flavors at the Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer, billed as the country’s largest celebration of wood-and-barrel-aged beer at UIC Forum, afternoon or evening. Cost.

Baking show

November 14 - 16, 2014

28 miles NW

America’s Baking and Sweets Show features competitions, celebrity demos, and hands-on classes for amateurs and professionals at Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center. Cost.

Whiskey festival

November 15, 2014

2 miles south

A ticket to Lively Water Whiskey Festival gets you a two-hour tasting session of whiskey & cocktails and a whiskey mixology session at The Field Museum.

Holiday comedy

November 16 - Dec. 28, 2014

2.3 miles north

Holidazed and Confused is R-rated sketch comedy at Up Comedy Club. Discount tickets on certain days.

Playful fashion show

November 20, 2014

0.5 mile east

PlayCHIC is a toy-and-game inspired fashion show of haute couture at River East Arts Center. Cost.

French soirée

November 20, 2014

1 mile south

Passport to France celebrates fine gastronomy, French chefs, wines and spirits, culture, and entertainment at the Union League Club. Tickets on sale Oct. 1.

Beaujolais wine tasting

November 20, 2014

17 miles SW

Walk between restaurants in downtown La Grange to taste 18 to 20 different wines and appetizers during Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Tasting. Cost.

Food and film festival

November 20 - 22, 2014

2 miles NW

With a ticket to Food Film Fest, you get to see films about the world’s favorite foods and eat them at the same time, at Kendall College. Cost.

Sewing expo

November 20 - 22, 2014

28 miles SW

Original Sewing & Quilt Expo has workshops, shows, and vendors at Tinley Park Convention Center. Cost.

Villa Park arts & crafts

November 20 - 23, 2014

21 miles west

See hundreds of craft booths at Autumn Festival, an Arts & Crafts Affair in the Odeum Expo Center. Cost.

Horror convention

November 21 - 23, 2014

28 miles NW

Days of the Dead includes live music, a monster ball, panels, celebrity signings, contests, and after parties, at Chicago Marriott Schaumburg. Cost.

Holiday market

Nov. 21 - 23 and Dec. 12 - 14, 2014

2 miles west

Randolph Street’s Holiday Market offers a mix of affordable antique, vintage, and modern goods in an indoor market at W Randolph & Washington. Cost.

Christmas market

November 21 - Dec. 24, 2014

1 mile SW

Christkindlmarket is an open-air European holiday market on Daley Plaza featuring traditional art, handmade gifts, German foods, choirs, carolers, and an opening ceremony. Free.

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

November 22, 2014

Downtown Chicago

The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival begins midday with family events at Lights Festival Lane in Pioneer Court. The 5:30 p.m. Tree-Lighting Parade starts at Oak Street and runs down Michigan Avenue to the Chicago River, ending in fireworks. All free.

Toy and game fair

November 22 - 23, 2014

1 mile east

The Chicago Toy & Game Fair features new toys and games, tournaments, stage entertainment, and costumed characters at Navy Pier. Cost.

Muscle car show

November 22 - 23, 2014

17 mile NW

Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals is an indoor showcase of 500 high-horsepower cars that includes “unveilings” and events for kids at the Rosemont convention center. Cost.

Macaroni & cheese cook-off

November 23, 2014 (2 to 4 p.m.)

4 miles north

Make or eat cheesy treats at Chicago Mac & Cheeze Takedown at Lincoln Hall on Lincoln Avenue. Cost.

Christmas tree lighting

November 25, 2014

1 mile SW

Watch the mayor and tree donor flip the switch at Chicago’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, which includes a music program in Daley Plaza.

Thanksgiving Parade

November 27, 2014 (8 a.m.)

1 mile south

The Thanksgiving Parade includes giant balloons, floats, and marching bands that go north on State Street from Congress to Randolph. Free.

Turkey Day run/walk

November 27, 2014

3 miles north

The Turkey Day Chicago 5K and 8K begin and end in Lincoln Park, with shorter courses for kids. Cost.

Free day at the arboretum

November 27, 2014

28 miles west

Enjoy Free Admission on Thanksgiving Day at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle. (Buildings are closed.)

Thanksgiving dinner

November 27, 2014

Greater Chicago area

Find a list of restaurants offering special menus for Thanksgiving at OpenTable.

Gaming convention

November 28 - 30, 2014

14 miles NW

Wolfcon is for players of board games, computer games, and role-playing games at SpringHill Suites Chicago O’Hare. Cost.

Holiday lights on a Segway

November 28 - Dec. 31, 2014

0.8 miles south

Bundle up to see holiday lights and attractions riding a Segway on a guided tour downtown.

ZooLights

Nov. 28, 2014 - Jan. 4, 2015 (dates below)

2.5 miles north

ZooLights at the Lincoln Park Zoo features millions of holiday lights, ice carvings, music, carousel and train rides, food and gift shopping, plus photos with Santa (some days). Open Nov. 28 - 30. Dec. 5 - 7, 12 - 23, 26 - 31. Jan. 1 - 4. Free entry.

Flower and train show

Nov. 29, 2014 - Jan. 4, 2015

3 miles north

Model trains wind their way through a miniature village among Poinsettias during the Winter Flower & Train Show at Lincoln Park Conservatory. Free.
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November 2014 calendar of events in Chicago, IL. Best events, fairs, festivals, and things to do in Chicago, Illinois.     steve.adams@events12.com