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

Art and design fair

November 1 - 2, 2014 (begins Oct. 30)

1 mile east

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

Wine tasting

November 6, 2014

8 miles NW

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

Wilder Mansion market

November 7 - 8, 2014

19 miles west

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

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 8 - 24, 2014 (uncertain)

Chicagoland locations

The Polish Film Festival in America shows new films by Polish filmmakers from around the world for two weeks in November. 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.

Film festival

November 19 - 22, 2014

4 miles north

United Film Festival offers a diverse lineup of features, documentaries, and shorts at the Laugh Factory.

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. 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.
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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.

Holiday market

Nov. 22 - 23 and Dec. 13 - 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 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 on Daley Plaza.

Thanksgiving Parade

November 27, 2014

1 mile south

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

Turkey Day run/walk

November 27, 2014

3 miles north

Turkey Day Chicago 5K begins and ends 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 the Chicago Tribune or 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.

Swing music festival

November 2014 (undated)

12 miles north

Benny Goodman Festival celebrates Chicago’s king of swing with performances, a film, and a panel discussion at Music Institute of Chicago in Evanston.

Gay film festival

November 2014 (undated)

Chicago locations

Reeling is Chicago’s LGBT International Film Festival.

French market

November 2014 (undated)

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. Friday party. Cost.

Beer tasting

November 2014 (undated)

1 miles NW

Taste craft beer and vote for the best at Chicago Beer Society’s Fall Tasting & Dinner at Reza’s Restaurant on Ontario St. Members get tickets first.

Wood-aged beer festival

November 2014 (undated)

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 the Bridgeport Art Center, afternoon or evening. Cost.

Humanities festival

November 2014 (undated)

Chicago locations

Chicago Humanities Festival is series of lectures, concerts, and films that help people explore the human condition. Cost.

Potluck & pow wow

November 2014 (undated)

7 miles north

You’re welcome to bring potluck food and enjoy drums and dancing at Chicago Native Community Powwow at American Indian Center. Free.

Beaujolais wine tasting

November 2014 (undated)

17 miles SW

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

Rubber fest

November 2014 (undated)

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.

Flower and train show

November 2014 (undated)

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.

Holidays of light

November 2014 (undated)

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.

Christmas market

November 2014 (undated)

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.

ZooLights

November 2014 (undated)

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). Free entry.

Beer festival

November 2014 (undated)

4 miles SW

Beer Hoptacular is all about celebrating craft beers, voting for the best, and hearing live music at Lacuna Artist Loft Studios in Pilsen. Cost.
 
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