Chicago events November 2019. Things to do in Chicago.

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Chicago events November 2019

Halloween dance class

November 1, 2019 (9 to 11 p.m.)
6.4 miles NW
You are welcome to dress up as your favorite character to learn the “Thriller” dance routine at Zombie Prom Halloween Dance Party, with a costume contest and BYOB at Duet Dance Studio for age 21+.

Alternative dance party

November 1, 2019 (11:45 p.m.)
7.2 miles north
Nocturna All Hallows’ Eve Ball by American Gothic Productions has DJ dance music (goth, industrial, post-punk, deathrock, ethereal, ebm, new wave, darkwave, dark indie), games, vendors, and a costume contest at Metro on Clark Street for age 18+.

Wilder Mansion market

November 1 - 2, 2019
19 miles west
Wilder Mansion Holiday Market has arts, crafts, and seasonal gifts in a historic Elmhurst mansion. Free.

Aurora haunted house

November 1 - 2, 2019
38 miles west
Visit a nightmarish basement and a 3D circus run by an evil clown at Basement of the Dead, with creative special effects and entertaining characters that earn it high ratings on Yelp. Recommended for age 13+. Expect lines. See schedule.

Joliet haunted house

November 1 - 2, 2019
38 miles SW
Walk through 23 terrifying rooms containing disturbing scenes, intense actors, heavy fog, strobe lights, and loud music at Statesville Haunted Prison & City of the Dead in Lockport. No children younger than age 10, and 10 to 15 require an adult. See schedule.

Intense haunted house

November 1 - 2, 2019
45 miles NW
Realm of Terror Haunted House promises “the craziest, most intense, extreme Halloween experience” located halfway to Milwaukee in Round Lake Beach. Beverages for sale at the bar. See schedule.

Tea festival

November 1 - 3, 2019
0.8 miles west
The inaugural Chicago International Tea Festival promises informative presentations, workshops, and tea tastings at Holiday Inn River North.

Children’s film festival

November 1 - 10, 2019
Chicago locations
Billed as North America’s largest film festival for children, the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival showcases the best in culturally diverse, non-violent, value-affirming new cinema for children and offers interactive workshops.

Feed your mind

November 1 - 10, 2019
Chicago locations
Chicago Humanities Festival is a series of talks and events that explore the human condition and feature exciting thinkers, artists, and performers. The 2019 theme is “power.”

Doughnut event

November 2, 2019 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
1.6 miles west
The inaugural Taste of Donuts promises samples from 15 dougnut and coffee partners at Morgan’s on Fulton.

Beer race

November 2, 2019
35.3 miles NW
Race 5k on two loops of paved and dirt trails through beautiful Carl Hansen Woods on the Brew Run 5K, which includes beer before, during, and after the run at Carl Hanson Woods in Hoffman Estates.

Race in Grant Park

November 3, 2019
0.7 miles south
The Hot Chocolate 15K/5K and 2-mile walk begin and end in Grant Park and include hot chocolate.

Celebrate German freedom

November 5, 2019 (5:45 to 9 p.m.)
7 miles north
Celebrate the anniversary of the day when the Berlin Wall fell and Germany was reunited at the 30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, with official speakers, complimentary appetizers, and entertainment at Dank Haus. Free, but send an RSVP email as requested on the web page.

Whisky tasting

November 7, 2019
7.9 miles north
A ticket to Whisky Live Chicago includes a dinner buffet, entertainment, and a glass to sample 180 different scotches, bourbons, and whiskies at Artifact Events.

Wine tasting

November 7, 2019
8 miles NW
Sample 40 wines plus hors d’oeuvres on the Fall Wine Stroll that starts at Dank Haus. Repeats in April.

Israeli film festival

November 7 - 17, 2019
multiple locations
Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema screens new films about Israeli culture, mostly at ArcLight Cinemas in Glenview. Closed Fridays.

Taste of the Nation

November 8, 2019
1.9 miles west
Enjoy gourmet food and drink from “more than 30 top chefs, a handful of wineries, and multiple mixologists” with live music at Chicago’s Taste of the Nation at Revel Fulton Market for age 21+.

Aged beer festival

November 8 - 9, 2019
2.6 miles SW
Enjoy beer with exotic flavors at the Festival of Wood & Barrel-Aged Beers, billed as the country’s largest celebration of wood-and-barrel-aged beer at UIC Forum.

Art & antiques show in Winnetka

November 8 - 10, 2019 (preview Nov. 7)
21.5 miles north
Shop for home furnishings and accessories, artwork, clothing, and jewelry at the Antiques + Modernism Winnetka Show at Community House Winnetka.

Printed art fair

November 9, 2019
5.8 miles NW
Meet 30 printmakers and browse their work at Chicago Printers Guild Publishers Fair, with DJ music and bar drinks for sale at Constellation in Roscoe Village. Free.

Family lantern festival

November 9, 2019 (3 to 9 p.m.)
7 miles north
A ticket to Laternenfest & St. Martin’s Parade gets you a lantern kit to assemble so you can carry it in the parade at dusk, with singing, crafts, a bake sale, and an optional dinner, at 1726 W. Berteau Avenue.

Japanese festival

November 9, 2019
7.6 miles north
JASC Holiday Delight celebrates Kodomo Matsuri with Japanese food, classical dance, Taiko drumming, a craft sale, a silent auction, and Santa at Japanese American Service Committee. Free.

Science-fiction plays

November 9 - 10, 2019
7 miles north
See short plays with science-fiction and fantasy themes during Paragon at Otherworld Theatre.

Indian pow wow

November 9 - 10, 2019
8.8 miles NW
The American Indian Center of Chicago Powwow features songs, dancing, drumming, arts and crafts, and native foods at Von Steuben High School, and organized by the American Indian Center.

Veterans Day celebration

November 11, 2019 (11 a.m.)
3 miles south
Hear a keynote speech delivered in front of the statue of the Doughboy from World War I at the Chicago Veterans Day Ceremony. Enter through gate 0 at the south end of Soldier Field. Free.

Competition to improve Chicago

November 12, 2019 (6 to 9 p.m.)
4. 1 miles NW
Watch 5 finalists pitch their ideas for improving Chicago in hopes of winning $5000 to make it happen with your $75 ticket to Boost at Chop Shop in Wicker Park.

Museum party

November 15, 2019 (9 p.m. to midnight)
1 mile south
Mix and mingle, visit the bar, eat snacks, see exhibits, and dance to bands at After Dark in the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago for age 21+. This event repeats several times a year.

Tasting event

November 16, 2019 (1 to 4 p.m.)
2.5 miles south
Watch cooking demonstrations and enjoy “unlimited sampling of chef creations from the best local restaurants” at Wine & Food Experience in the United Club at Soldier Field.

Chili tasting

November 16, 2019 (1 to 5 p.m.)
5.5 miles north
Taste chili from a dozen restaurants, vote for your favorite, and drink whiskey samples with a ticket to Chili Cook-Off at Sidetrack for age 21+.

French market

November 16 - 17, 2019
7.5 miles north
Lycée French Market has vendors of fine and decorative arts, French foods, and a French bistro at 1929 W. Wilson Avenue.

Party for LGBTQIA youth

November 17, 2019 (6 to 10 p.m.)
9.1 miles west
MasQueerade Ball has “dancing, costume contests, DJs, candy, entertainment, and beauty” for ages 13 to 24 at Columbus Park Refectory. Chaperones are welcome. Free.

Live “Mary Poppins”

November 20 & 23, 2019 (8 p.m.)
18 miles west
Magical nanny Mary Poppins sings catchy tunes and works her charms on an English family at Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace.

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Polish film festival

November 20 - 24, 2019
Chicagoland locations
The Polish Film Festival in America shows new films by Polish filmmakers from around the world.

Dinner cirque show

November 20 - Dec. 8, 2019
0.5 miles SW
Love, Chaos, and Dinner is an aerial and acrobatic show performed around you by Teatro ZinZanni as you eat dinner in a giant tent on the 14th floor of Cambria Hotel Chicago Loop. Recommended for age 13+.

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Heartwarming play

November 20 - Dec. 15, 2019
2.6 miles south
A young girl tries to cheer up her depressed mother by creating a list of all the best things in the world in Every Brilliant Thing, the hilarious play that invites audience members to participate at Windy City Playhouse South, 2229 S. Michigan Avenue.

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Monty Python musical

November 20 - Dec. 29, 2019
4.8 miles north
Featuring the best scenes from the movie, Spamalot is a madcap musical about King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table performed live at Mercury Theater.

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Christmas market

November 20 - Dec. 31, 2019
1 mile SW
Christkindlmarket is an open-air European holiday market featuring traditional art, handmade gifts, German foods, choirs, and carolers. Free.

Holidays around the world

November 20, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020
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. Closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Family holiday play

November 20, 2019 - Jan. 26, 2020
0.7 miles north
Creative and spellbinding, The Steadfast Tin Soldier is a “gorgeous spectacle of music and movement” that uses no words to tell Hans Christian Andersen’s story about a little tin soldier who never gives up at Lookingglass Theatre.

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Adult planetarium party

November 21, 2019 (6 to 10 p.m.)
2.5 miles SE
Adler After Dark offers open access, science talks, planetarium shows, entertainment, and no-host bars at Adler Planetarium for age 21+. The theme this month is stars in the night sky.

French soirée

November 21, 2019
6.3 miles south
Passport to France celebrates fine gastronomy, French chefs, wines and spirits, culture, and entertainment at Zhou B Art Center.

French wine tasting

November 21, 2019 (5:30 to 8 p.m.)
17 miles SW
Walk between restaurants in downtown La Grange to taste wine with appetizers during Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Tasting, a charity benefit.

Latin classical music

November 21 - 22, 2019
multiple locations
Chicago Latino Music Festival offers classical music concerts, with a focus on artists and composers from Latin America and Spain.

Blue Man show

November 21 - Dec. 4, 2019
4.5 miles north
Blue Man Group puts on a colorful show that combines comedy, theater, music, and special effects for all ages at Briar Street Theatre.

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Modern “Romeo and Juliet”

November 21 - Dec. 22, 2019
1.1 miles east
Set in a hot urban summer, Romeo and Juliet includes all of the familiar elements of the timeless story at Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier.

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Ballet-free Nutcracker

November 21 - Dec. 29, 2019
7.4 miles north
Clara struggles to save Christmas in the The Nutcracker, an imaginative, family-friendly version live at Chopin Theatre.

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It’s a Wonderful Life: radio play

November 21, 2019 - Jan. 4, 2020
5 miles north
It’s a Wonderful Life recreates a live radio play based on the popular movie about a man seeking purpose in life at Stage 773. Afterwards, join the cast for milk and cookies.

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Christmas tree lighting

November 22, 2019 (6 p.m.)
0.5 miles south
The annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony includes holiday music, a choir, and an appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus at Millennium Park. Free.


November 22, 2019 (9:30 p.m.)
0.7 miles south
The Magic Parlour is an evening of close-up magic by an award-winning magician in the beautiful Palmer House Hilton Hotel.

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Kinky film festival

November 22 - 23, 2019
9.7 miles north
CineKink Chicago screens films “that celebrate and explore a wide diversity of sexuality” at Leather Archives & Museum for age 18+.

Horror convention

November 22 - 24, 2019
16 miles NW
Days of the Dead includes live music, a monster ball, panels, celebrity signings, contests, and after parties, at Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare.

Stamp show

November 22 - 24, 2019
29 miles NW
See postage stamp exhibits and shop from 75 dealers at Chicagopex at the Westin in Itasca. Free.

Light show in the garden

November 22, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020
24 miles north
“The night comes alive with color, imagination, and sound, from a playful choir of singing trees to a spectacular waterfall of light” at new event Lightscape. You walk on a one-mile path that includes “an avenue of luminous linden trees” at Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe. Closed Nov. 28 and Dec. 24 & 25.


November 22, 2019 - April 13, 2020
3 miles west
Watch the Chicago Bulls play an exciting home game at the United Center.

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Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

November 23, 2019
Downtown Chicago
Magnificent Mile Lights Festival begins with family activities and Santa Claus in Pioneer Court at Lights Festival Lane (Friday 4 - 8 p.m. & Saturday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.). A Tree-Lighting Parade goes down Michigan Avenue from Oak Street to Wacker Drive (Saturday 5:30 p.m.) ending with fireworks at 6:55 p.m. Free.

Formal party

November 23, 2019 (5 to 9 p.m.)
0.6 miles NW
A $203 ticket to Open Hearts Gala includes “a cocktail reception, lavish hors d’oeuvres, a buffet, an open bar, giveaways, a silent auction, entertainment acts, presentations, and an after-party” at Tao Chicago to support the homeless.

Beer festival

November 23, 2019
35 miles NW
A ticket to Mother Truckin’ Booze Fest [formerly Mother Truckin’ Beer Fest] gets you 25 tasting tickets and an opportunity to shop from food trucks at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates for age 21+.

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Toy and game fair

November 23 - 24, 2019
1 mile east
Chicago Toy & Game Fair features new toys and games, tournaments, costumed characters, and stage entertainment at Navy Pier, adult $16.34, child $9.17.

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Holiday market

November 23 - 24, 2019
2.5 miles west
Randolph Street’s Holiday Market offers affordable antique, vintage, and modern goods indoors at 1340 W. Washington Boulevard in November and December. Children age 12 and younger are free. Free parking.

Muscle car show

November 23 - 24, 2019
17 mile NW
Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals is an indoor showcase of 500 high-horsepower cars that includes “unveilings” and activities for children (age 12 and younger free) at the Rosemont convention center.

Holiday train ride

November 23 - Dec. 29, 2019
1.4 miles SW
Take a one-hour train ride through downtown Chicago as you drink cocoa on the Polar Express, which travels round trip from Union Station at Jackson Boulevard. Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Family theater

November 23, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020
0.9 miles north
Corduroy is a small bear in a department store who comes to life with circus elements and physical comedy as it teaches the importance of empathy and unconditional love at Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place.

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Christmas lights - arboretum

November 23, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020
27 miles west
See colorful tree lights and projections on a one-mile walk at Illumination, with fire pits to warm you up along the way at Morton Arboretum in Lisle. Closed Nov. 25, 28 and Dec. 2, 9, 16, 24, 25.

Italian classical music

November 25, 2019 (7:30 p.m.)
0.5 miles south
Music of the Baroque performs works by Bach, Geminiani, Marcello, Scarlatti, and Vivaldi in its program Bach & the Italians at Harris Theater in Millennium Park.

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Music + magic

November 25 - Dec. 30, 2019 (Mondays 7:30 p.m.)
8.3 miles north
The Music & Magic show “features close-up magic at your table and a live jazz band on stage” plus a magician performing on stage during band breaks at Chicago Magic Lounge for age 16+.

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Opera by Mozart

November 26 - Dec. 8, 2019
1 mile SW
Don Giovanni is a seduction artist who ends up paying for his immorality in this Italian opera with subtitles at Lyric Opera House.

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Funny laser show

November 26, 2019 (8 p.m.)
5 miles north
A laser performance artist draws characters & scenes on a glow-in-the-dark screen as you hear hilarious voices, sound effects, and music at The Laser Comedy Show at Stage 773.

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Thanksgiving Parade

November 28, 2019 (8 to 11 a.m.)
1 mile south
The Thanksgiving Parade features giant balloons, floats, and marching bands that go north on State Street (from Ida B. Wells to Randolph). Free.

Thanksgiving cruise

November 28, 2019
1.3 miles east
Thanksgiving Day Cruise by Odyssey Cruises include a holiday lunch or dinner, departing from Navy Pier.

Thanksgiving run/walk

November 28 & 30, 2019
Greater Chicago area

Festive holiday event

November 29, 2019 (10 to 10:30 a.m.)
0.7 miles south
Head to the entrance of the Art Institute of Chicago on Michigan Avenue to hear a holiday chorus and watch the unveiling of the lion statues decorated for the holidays at the Wreathing of the Lions, and then go inside the museum for art-filled activities in the Ryan Learning Center. Free.

Games convention

November 29 - Dec. 1, 2019
15.3 miles NW
Wolfcon is for players of board games, computer games, and role-playing games at The Pavilion near the airport. Held in May and November.

Holiday humor

November 29 - Dec. 8, 2019
multiple locations
The Santaland Diaries is a cult classic comedy about a department store elf at Goodman Theatre for adults.

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Christmas caroling

November 29 - Dec. 20, 2019 (Fridays 6 p.m.)
0.7 miles SE
Bundle up and prepare to belt out holiday classics when asked to sing along with the choir at Caroling at Cloud Gate outdoors in Millennium Park. Free.

Hip-hop Christmas story

November 29 - Dec. 23, 2019
1.2 miles east
“A wildly engaging hip-hop take on Dickens’ classic” [Chicago Sun-Times], Q Brothers Christmas Carol mixes reggae, dancehall, dubstep, and even epic rock ballads at The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare, Navy Pier.

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It’s a Wonderful Life: radio play

November 29 - Dec. 29, 2019
20.1 miles north
It’s a Wonderful Life recreates a live radio play based on the film about a man seeking purpose in life at the Oil Lamp Theater in Glenview.

Christmas lights - Lincoln Park Zoo

November 29, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020
2.5 miles north
ZooLights at the Lincoln Park Zoo features millions of holiday lights, ice carving, music, carousel & train rides, food, and gift shopping (plus photos with Santa some days). Free. Closed Dec. 24 & 25.

Model trains & holiday flowers

November 29, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020
3 miles north
Model trains wind their way among 700 poinsettias and a Christmas tree during the Holiday Flower Show at Lincoln Conservatory. Open daily. Free.

Made in Chicago

November 30, 2019
2.3 miles west
Shop 70 vendors of locally made clothing, housewares, jewelry, food, and drink at Made in Chicago Market in Chicago Journeymen Plumbers (Plumbers Hall). Held in April, August, and November. Free.

Nutcracker ballet

November 30 - Dec. 29, 2019
1 mile south
Joffrey Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker features brilliant costumes, fanciful scenery, entrancing storytelling, and Tchaikovsky’s famous score played by the Chicago Philharmonic at Auditorium Theatre. This version by Christopher Wheeldon is set in 1892, with a World’s Fair theme.

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Christmas lights - Brookfield Zoo

November 30 - Dec. 31, 2019
14 miles SW
Holiday Magic has a million twinkling lights, a train display, carolers, ice carvers, a magician, a talking tree, zoo chats, and singing to animals at the Brookfield Zoo. Dates in 2019: Nov. 30; Dec. 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 26-31.

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