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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
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.

Doughnut event

November 2, 2019
(10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
1.6 miles west
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.

Latin classical music

November 6 - 22, 2019
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. 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.

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.

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.

Christmas market

November 15 - 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.

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.

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 in Glencoe. Closed Dec. 2 - 3, 9 - 10, 16 - 17, 24 - 25.

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’ 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+.

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.

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. See schedule

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.

International Christmas trees

November 25, 2019 - Jan. 2, 2020
0.7 miles SW
See 90 small Christmas trees and religious displays at Christmas Trees from Around the World in the county treasurer’s office, 118 N. Clark Street, Room 112. Open daily except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Free.

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.

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.

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. 2 - 5, 9 - 12, 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.

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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