Events, Festivals

7 Top Things to Do this November in Chicago

November is here — and so are the fun festivities leading into the holiday season. From exhibits to festivals, and special events to outdoor activities, here are the top things we’re most looking forward to this month in Chicago.


Bookmark these 7 best things to do this November…



BeerHoptacular is Chicago’s original craft beer festival with over 150 craft beers, now in its seventh annual celebration on November 4.


Ice Skating at Millennium Park

Grab some skates and hit the ice at Millennium Park’s rink, opening for the season beginning November 17 (weather permitting).

Millennium Park McCormick Tribune Ice Rink


Holiday Chocolate Show

Visit the West Loop on November 11 for chocolate demos, samples and gifts, with proceeds benefitting local children’s charity.

Holiday Chocolate Show



One of Chicago’s premier winter events, Christkindlmarket is a traditional German holiday market held at Daley Plaza — this year opening November 17.


Saturday Night Live: The Experience

See an entire exhibit dedicated to the late night comedy show, Saturday Night Live — complete with memorabilia from SNL’s 40 year history, from Matt Foley to Mary Catherine Gallagher.


Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

An annual event celebrated the Saturday before Thanksgiving, nearly one million lights illuminate Mag Mile along Michigan Avenue — marking the unofficial start to the holidays.

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival


ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo

An attraction for Chicagoans each year, ZooLights in Lincoln Park Zoo is open and free for all. Walk through the grounds of Lincoln Park, entirely lit by colorful Christmas lights and sounds of music.


What are you most looking forward to this November?




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5 Most Haunted Places in Chicago

In honor of Halloween, let’s take a look at Chicago’s most haunted and spooky places. Here’s our list of Chicago sites where you can find countless tales of ghosts, eerie encounters, and scary stories. We’ll just say: visit these sites at your own risk…


See the 5 most haunted places in Chicago…




Resurrection Cemetery


Red Lion Pub


Drake Hotel


Congress Plaza Hotel


Have you been to any of these haunted places in Chicago?




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9 Chicago Architectural Masterpieces to Visit This Weekend

Our friends over at DNAinfo put together a spectacular list of architectural gems throughout the city of Chicago that are just begging for a visit. Check out and learn about the history of these magnificent buildings this weekend during their open houses!

1. Edgewater Beach Apartments

5555 N. Sheridan Road. [DNAinfo/Linze Rice]

2. Colvin House

5940 N. Sheridan Road. [DNAinfo/Linze Rice]

3. Lytle House

5517 N. Broadway. [DNAinfo/Linze Rice]

4. St. Ita Roman Catholic Church

5500 N. Broadway. [Google Maps]

5. Sacred Heart Schools – Conway House

6200 N. Sheridan Road. [DNAinfo/Linze Rice]

6. Berger Park Mansion – Gunder House

6219 N. Sheridan Road. [Chicago Architecture Foundation/Allix Rogers]

7. Ridge Firehouse

5720 N. Ridge Ave. [DNAinfo/Linze Rice]

8. St. Henry Church (Blessed Alojzije Stepinac Croatian Catholic Mission)

6346 N. Ridge Ave. [Google Maps]

9. Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center

6433 N. Ravenswood Ave. [Google Maps]