Chicago events November 2018. Things to do in Chicago.
Chicago events November 2018
November 1, 2018
8 miles NW
Sample 40 wines plus hors d’oeuvres on the Fall Wine Stroll that starts at Dank Haus. Repeats in April.
Children’s film festival
November 1 - 9, 2018
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.
Expand your mind
November 1 - 11, 2018
(begins Oct. 27)
Chicago Humanities Festival is a series of talks and events that explore the human condition and feature exciting thinkers, artists, and performers.
November 2 - Dec. 30, 2018
7.4 miles north
Clara struggles to save Christmas in the The Nutcracker, an imaginative, family-friendly version live at Chopin Theatre.
See funny feature films, short films, and student films at Chicago Comedy Film Festival mostly at The New 400 Theaters. The first night may include a reception.
Family lantern festival
November 10, 2018
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.
November 10, 2018
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.
November 15, 2018
6.3 miles south
Passport to France celebrates fine gastronomy, French chefs, wines and spirits, culture, and entertainment at Zhou B Art Center.
CineKink Chicago screens films “that celebrate and explore a wide diversity of sexuality” at Leather Archives & Museum for age 18+.
November 16 - 18, 2018
28 miles NW
Days of the Dead includes live music, a monster ball, panels, celebrity signings, contests, and after parties, at Chicago Marriott Schaumburg.
November 16 ‑ 18, 2018
29 miles NW
See postage stamp exhibits and shop from 35 dealers at Chicagopex at the Westin in Itasca. Free.
November 16 - Dec. 24, 2018
1 mile SW
Christkindlmarket is an open-air European holiday market featuring traditional art, handmade gifts, German foods, choirs, and carolers on Daley Plaza. Also located in Naperville and Park at Wrigley, which may have different dates. Free.
Christmas lights - arboretum
November 16, 2018 - Jan. 1, 2019
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.
Christmas Walk features Santa’s arrival, carolers, animated characters, live reindeer, a carousel, and a tree lighting in Hinsdale’s Burlington Park.
Holiday train ride
November 30, 2018 - Jan. 1, 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.
Holiday art fair
0.6 miles NW
Gazebo Holiday Market features local artists selling jewelry, clothing, and food at Embassy Suites on State Street. Donation. (A preview party on Friday and a brunch on Saturday support the Junior League.)
Holiday trains - Lincoln Park
3 miles north
Model trains wind their way through a miniature village among poinsettias during the Winter Flower and Train Show at Lincoln Conservatory. Open daily. Free.