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.


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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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7 Upcoming Chicago Neighborhood Festivals THIS August

If you’ve been feeling like summer’s fleeting and you haven’t gotten the chance to attend any neighborhood festivals, be not discouraged. We’ve got you covered with 7 must-attend, culturally-clad fests happening THIS August in a hood near you. From Vienna Beef to cobblestone streets, Chicago never disappoints, and knows exactly how to end the summer on a high note.

62nd Annual Ginza Holiday Festival August 11-13, 2017 @ 435 W Menomonee St

On Friday, 5:30-9pm, Saturday, 11:30am-8:30pm, and Sunday, 11:30am-4:30pm, join in celebration of this large, Japanese festival. There will be riveting stage performances and a visit by master crafts-persons from Japan. Vendors will be selling Japanese merchandise, aside plenty of Japanese cultural displays, and there will be food to enjoy. There’s a suggested donation of $5, but kids under 12 can skip that when they’re accompanied by an adult.

Chicago Hot Dog Fest August 11-13, 2017 @ Lincoln Park,1701 N Stockton Dr

Between 11am and 9pm, join the hot dog stuffing contest—actually, that’s not happening, but there will be the fifth annual Chicago Hot Dog Fest, presented by the Chicago History Museum. Expect a terrific lineup of bands sure to knock you off your feet, and to learn a bit about the history of THE DOG from hot dog history speakers. The grand guest, however, is none other than the Vienna Beef hot dogs made by Chicago’s finest hot dog vendors. It is FREE Admission by the way.

Festa Italiana August 18-20, 2017 @ Taylor St and Ashland Ave

Starting Friday, 5-11pm, Saturday, 12-11pm, Sunday, 12-10pm, you’ll be filling your “senses with la dolce vita Italy and meatballs.” Both longtime family-owned restaurants and newcomers alike will whip out  some of their best, traditional Italian bites. The event stretches along Taylor Street between Ashland Avenue and Racine Street. While admission is none other than FREE, there’s a suggested donation of $10.

Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest August 19-20, 2017 @ Glenwood and Morse Ave

From 11am-9pm, for a cost of NOTHING, enjoy the art of music and theater, and food and drinks, along the cobblestone streets of the Glenwood Avenue Arts District near the Morse Red Line stop. There’s nothing like transporting to Europe right in your own backyard.

Logan Square Food Truck Social August 25-27, 2017 @ Humboldt Blvd btwn Armitage Ave & Bloomingdale Ave

On Friday, 5-10pm, and Saturday & Sunday, 11am-10pm, come out to support the city’s amazing Food Truck services that keep us satiated while on breaks.The Food Truck Social brand will be happening in Logan Square for the second year in a row. Not only have we been guaranteed the best mobile eats, but the fest will also be offering live music. FREE Admission.

Taste of Greektown August 25-27, 2017 @ Greektown, 400 S Halsted St

Friday, 4-11pm, and Saturday & Sunday, 12-11pm—Chicago, get your nose prepared to ingest the greatness of this iconic culinary fest in Chicago’s West Loop. Back for its 28th year, expect only the best Greek foods the Greek gods have to offer from the neighborhood eateries.




Lollapalooza Returns to Chicago August 3-6

Get ready, Chicago. Our city’s biggest summer music fest is returning soon, from August 3-6, 2017. Lollapalooza has taken Chicago by storm for more than a decade strong, drawing top musical performers and crowds of 400,000+ each year. The three-day festival takes place in Grant Park, set with 8 separate stages featuring 170+ bands.

Beyond music, attendees can enjoy a variety of Chicago eats, like Kuma’s, Lou Malnati’s, Harold’s Chicken and Smoke Daddy, as well as a Lolla Market dedicated to festival fashion and arts. This year’s top performers include Chance the Rapper, The Killers, Blink 182, Lorde, Wiz Khalifa and The Shins. General admission tickets have officially sold out, but VIP and Platinum packages are available for purchase. A one-day VIP ticket costs $650 and a one-day Platinum ticket will set you back $2,800, which includes drinks, meals and access to priority areas.


Are you attending Lollapalooza this year?