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Chicago events November 2019

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.

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
(begins Oct. 26)
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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

Polish film festival

November 9 - 24, 2019
Chicagoland locations
The Polish Film Festival in America shows new films by Polish filmmakers from around the world.

Tasting event

November 16, 2019
(1 to 4 p.m.)
2.5 miles south
Watch cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs at Wine & Food Experience, which showcases “the best food, wine, beer and spirits from local & national chefs and mixologists” in the United Club at Soldier Field.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Beer festival

November 23, 2019
35 miles NW
A ticket to 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+.

Ticket deal $40

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.

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.

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.

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 run/walk

November 28 & 30, 2019
Greater Chicago area

Christmas caroling

November 29 - Dec. 20, 2019
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.

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.

Doggie Christmas

November 30, 2019
(noon)
32 miles NW
Your dog can dress for a costume contest, hunt for treats, and get photographed with Santa indoors at Jingle Paws by the Schaumburg Park District. Bring your dog’s vaccination records.

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.

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.

Cookies & wine

November 2019
(undated)
0.4 miles SE
Taste wine and cookies, and bring home three dozen chef-made cookies at Cookies & Cheer at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park.

Outdoor adventure films

November 2019
(undated)
1.8 miles SW
Watch “gritty, profound, shocking, visceral, and inspiring independent films that manifest the spirit of adventure” at Adventure Film Festival Tour at Music Box Theater, a benefit for children’s outdoor experiences.

French wine tasting

November 2019
(undated)
17 miles SW
Walk between restaurants in downtown La Grange to taste wine with appetizers during Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Tasting, a charity benefit.

Wine tasting

November 2019
(undated)
26.7 miles north
“Taste wines and spirits from around the world” at The North Shore Benefit Wine & Spirits Event, which also has an optional brunch on Sunday at Art Center Highland Park for age 21+.

Wine tasting

November 2019
(undated)
29.4 miles NW
Sample 150 wines from around the world with craft spirits and “a vast buffet menu” at the Wheeling Wine Festival at The Westin Chicago North Shore for age 21+.

Games convention

November 2019
(undated)
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.

Thanksgiving cruise

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

Christmas tree lighting

November 2019
(undated)
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.

Christmas market

November 2019
(undated)
1 mile SW
Christkindlmarket is an open-air European holiday market featuring traditional art, handmade gifts, German foods, choirs, and carolers on Daley Plaza. Free.

Winter WonderFest

November 2019
(undated)
1 mile east
Festival Hall at Navy Pier becomes an indoor Winter WonderFest for the holidays, with music, skating, carnival rides, and entertainment. You need ID if you are age 18+, otherwise you need a parent. Children shorter than 3 feet are free. Closed Dec. 25.

Christmas lights - Lincoln Park Zoo

November 2019
(undated)
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.

Holidays around the world

November 2019
(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. Closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

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