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

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

BeerHoptacular.com

 

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

 

Christkindlmarket

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

Christkindlmarket.com

 

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.

SNLtheExhibition.com

 

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.

LPzoo.org

 

What are you most looking forward to this November?

 

 

 

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Drink

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.

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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.

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7. Cindy’s at the Chicago Athletic Association

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

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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.

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Whisky Library. That is all.

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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.

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3. The Bedford

This bank vault feature really makes this bar truly Chicago.

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2. Charcoal Bar

Charcoal everything.

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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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For even more beautiful bars, check out Thrillist 

 

 

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Events

5 Kid Free Activities in Chicago

 

No kids allowed!

Kid Free Events in Chicago this Summer

We love our little ones, but sometimes it’s nice to attend an event where little kiddies have to stay home. Call a babysitter because we’ve got a list of our top 5 kid free events this summer in Chicago. For tickets and more info, click here

 

Adults Night at the Lincoln Park Zoo

THU, JUL 21 AT 6:30 PM, CHICAGO, IL

Lincoln Park Zoo – 2150 North Cannon Street, Chicago, IL 60614

From the zoo website: Have you ever wondered what it would be like to explore Lincoln Park Zoo after the gates close? Well, now’s your chance! Leave the kids at home and head over to Lincoln Park Zoo for Adults Night Out. Guests will enjoy unique animal chats, concessions, including cash bars throughout the zoo and entertainment at this after-hours event.

 

ART PARTY: So Live at the Lacuna Artists Lofts

FRI, JUN 10 AT 7:00 PM, CHICAGO, IL

Lacuna Artist Lofts – 2150 South Canalport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60608

This kid free, second Friday show will feature sculptor, Craig Campbell, renowned artist for The Hobbit trilogy, as well as other notable projects. This particular show is about live art demos and pop-ups from local artists. There will be a live DJ as well as five floors of curated public space.

 

Ladies’ Night Out at Moe’s Cantina

MON, JUN 20 AT 5:00 PM, CHICAGO, IL

Moe’s Cantina – 155 W Kinzie St, Chicago, Il 60654

This unique ladies night is catered toward bachelorette and, surprisingly, divorce parties! Tickets include entrance to the event, a raffle ticket to win free drinks/prizes, mini manicures and games.

 

2nd Annual Miami in Chicago at Oak Street Beach

FRI, JULY 15 AT 6:00 PM, CHICAGO, IL

Oak Street Beach – 1001 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60611

Can’t afford a vacation to Miami? We’ll we’ve brought Miami to you! Tickets include event entry, two drink tickets, buffet, and entertainment for 4 hours (DJ, Dancers, Beach Contest).

 

Top Dogs of Summer Road Show at Pork & Mindy’s

THU, JUN 9 AT 5:00 PM

Pork & Mindy’s – 1623 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647

Hosted by Mikes Hard Lemonade, this event will feature Food Network Star Jeff Mauro and his take on the backyard favorite, the hot dog. Kicking off patio season, this Bucktown eatery will offer samples of the black cherry hard lemonade with Mauro’s hot dog creation. If you can’t make the event, the hot dog will be available at Pork & Mindy’s through the end of the week.

 

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