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.

Joliet haunted house

November 1 - 2, 2019
(begins Oct. 3)
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
(also Oct.)
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.

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The Color Purple

November 1 - 3, 2019
(also Oct.)
18 miles west
Based on the book and film, The Color Purple won a Tony Award for Best Musical Revival, with its story of hope featuring a joyous score of jazz, ragtime, gospel, and blues at Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace.

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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.

Blue Man show

November 3 - 10, 2019
(also Oct.)
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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Latin classical music

November 6 - 22, 2019
(also Oct.)
multiple locations
Chicago Latino Music Festival offers classical music concerts, with a focus on artists and composers from Latin America and Spain.

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.

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.

Ballet-free Nutcracker

November 8 - 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.

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.

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.

It’s a Wonderful Life: radio play

November 14, 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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Holidays around the world

November 14, 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.

Museum party

November 15, 2019
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.

Christmas market

November 15 - Dec. 24, 2019
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.

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.

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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.

Classic Christmas play

November 16 - Dec. 29, 2019
multiple locations
A Christmas Carol is Charles Dickens’ holiday classic about Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and three Christmas ghosts.

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.

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.

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.

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 $175 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+.

Discount tickets

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.

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.

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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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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