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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Watch Chicago Air & Water Show Like a Local

Get ready, Chicago. The Air & Water Show is returning this weekend: Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20.

A summer tradition since 1959, the Chicago Air & Water Show showcases a spectacle of performances — including the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights this year. The event will take place Saturday and Sunday, 10:00am – 3:00pm both days. Perhaps the best view would be from your own rooftop or personal boat, but rest assured there are plenty of amazing spots to catch the show for all to enjoy.

Here are 8 spots to watch Chicago Air & Water Show like a local:


Oakwood Beach

Chicago’s south side provides some of the best views of our city’s skyline. Escape the crowds and head to Oakwood Beach to catch the jets zipping around and looping back up toward North Ave. (Oakwood Beach, 4100 S. Lake Shore Drive)

Café Brauer

Grab a patio seat at Café Brauer. Located just south of Lincoln Park Zoo, the patio is offering an Air & Water Show special: a blue cheese burger, side of fries and domestic bottled beer for $15.95. (Café Brauer, 2021 N. Stockton Drive)

Montrose Harbor

On the city’s north side, Montrose Harbor provides a popular spot to catch the show. Visitors can play volleyball, bask under an umbrella on the beach, and bring their pups to a fenced-off dog friendly area. (Montrose Beach, 4400 N. Lake Shore Drive)


The chic 18th-floor bar of the Raffaello Hotel in Gold Coast offers a hip spot to post up. Mixologists at Drumbar serve specialty craft cocktails like “Aviation,” “Sidecar”  and “Mexican Firing Squad.” (Drumbar, 201 E. Delaware Place)

Northerly Island

Northerly Island is transforming into an urban oasis, providing green space, wetlands, hiking trails and places to camp. Add Northerly Island to one of the best spots to enjoy and view the show. (Northerly Island, 1521 S. Linn White Drive)

Wendella Boat

Take the Wendella Lake and River Tour, which highlights landmarks along the Chicago River and will give ample viewing from Lake Michigan. The tour lasts 90 minutes and costs $35.50 for adults. (Wendella, 400 N. Michigan Avenue)


Cindy’s rooftop at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel offers panoramic views of Millennium Park and Lake Michigan, making this spot ideal for watching the Blue Angel jets. (Cindy’s, 12 S. Michigan Avenue)

Shore Club

New for 2017, Shore Club is like the classy older sister of Castaways. Shore Club offers brunch from 9am to noon and a premium open bar, with premium outdoor space to lounge on cabanas. Tickets range from $125 to $750. (Shore Club, 1603 N. Lakeshore Drive)


Where do you want to catch the show this year?





Top Ten Beautiful Bars in Chicago

Beautiful Booze, Beautiful Bars

Okay we LOVE to drink in Chicago, but besides the beautiful booze, we also have some amazingly beautiful bars in which to sip the aforementioned beautiful booze. For our Top 10 Tuesday, we’ve compiled a top 10 list of our favorite Chicago stylized bars.

10. Lobby Bar at Palmer House Hilton

Looking for an over the top ornate experience? This is the bar for you.

beautiful bars

9. Three Dots and A Dash

For a staycation in the harsh Chicago winter, this tropical inspired bar is incredible.

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8. RM Champagne

How romantic is this outdoor space? With delicate lighting and unique features, bring someone you have the feels for here.


7. Cindy’s at the Chicago Athletic Association

This spot is so hot right now. Check out the modern meets vintage architecture.


6. The Revel Room

This is the epitome of a cool Wicker Park bar. Check out the back room space for an intimate lounge with wooden books you can write fake titles on.


5. Untitled

Whisky Library. That is all.


4. The Berkshire Room

Sip a Weston made with bourbon, pipe tobacco, and “coffee essence” or try your hand at a dealer’s choice cocktail where you choose the spirit, flavor profile, and glassware and let the bartender do the rest.


3. The Bedford

This bank vault feature really makes this bar truly Chicago.


2. Charcoal Bar

Charcoal everything.


1. ROOF on theWit

Maybe models will use the bar top as a runway while you’re drinking. Nights at the ROOF are always unpredictable.


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