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

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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Life

10 Ways to Celebrate Fall in Chicago

Fall is officially here — and so are the seasonal activities, like apple picking, cider sipping, and sight seeing.  Looking for fall activities locally in Chicago?  We’ve got a round-up of things to do, see and enjoy this autumn season — many free of cost.

 

Check out these 10 ways to celebrate fall in Chicago:

 

Chicago 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

Fall foliage at Millennium Park

Don’t miss the changing leaves against the city skyline at Millennium Park, where you’ll find 24+ acres filled with vibrant elms, hawthorns and maples.  Millennium Park

Bucktown Apple Pie Festival

Treat your sweet tooth on October 15 at the Bucktown Apple Pie Festival, where you can expect live music, raffles, activities for kids… and lots of apple pie.  BucktownApplePieContest.com

Take a seasonal cooking class

Put your cooking skills to the test at Chopping Block, now offering seasonal cooking classes like: autumn soups and stews, wine harvest dinner, and fall dinner party.  TheChoppingBlock.com

Loews Chicago Harvest Fest

Now in its third year, the rooftop terrace at the Loews hotel will transform into a fall pumpkin patch and biergärten on October 14. Admission is free. Loews Chicago Harvest Fest

The Massacre Horror Movie Marathon

For you movie junkies, catch a slasher flick (or two) at Patio Theatre, playing a 24-hour horror movie marathon.  Massacre Horror Movie Marathon

Chicago Haunted Tours

Chicago has its fair share of haunted landmarks and eerie history. At your risk, take a Chicago Ghost Tour or a Chicago Hauntings Tour.

Trick or Treat on Southport

Great for the kiddos, visit Chicago’s Southport Corridor neighborhood for trick-or-treating on October 30 from 4PM – 8PM.  Trick or Treat on Southport

Dylan’s Candy Bar

Just because you’re ages past trick-or-treating, you can still get your candy fix. Visit Dylan’s on Michigan Avenue for a vast array of sweets.  Dylan’s Candy Bar

Tailgate at Soldier Field

Fall and football is a natural pairing, right? Catch a Bears game at Soldier Field, or partake in pre-game festivities with a tailgate.  Soldier Field

 

 

What’s your favorite fall activity?

 

 

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Festivals

Windy City Smokeout Returns July 14-16

Get ready for beer, BBQ and country music, because the Windy City Smokeout festival is returning to Chicago this summer… Friday, July 14 through Sunday, July 16, 2017. The annual event brings together some of the best brewmasters, barbecue big shots, and country music stars — all in the heart of Chicago. Located at 560 W. Grand, the three-day event has become a popular attraction for Chicagoans and visitors alike, drawing nearly 40,000+ attendees. A three-day general admission pass for the fest (July 14-16) is $110, while a single-day general admission pass is $40 for Friday or Saturday, and $45 for Sunday. VIP tickets ($500 three-day, $175 single day) provide some upgrades such as access to shaded VIP areas. This year’s musical performers include: Jake Owen, Kip Moore, Lee Brice, Eli Young Band, Jana Kramer and more.

 

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“Every year, the country’s top pitmasters migrate to Chicago and transform the city into a mecca of meat for one weekend of BBQ, country music and beer called the Windy City Smokeout.” – Food & Wine

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“The yearly Smokeout has also developed a reputation for shining a light on the next generation of Nashville heavyweights.” – Rolling Stone

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“One of the best BBQ events anywhere.” – Forbes

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“Top Seven Festivals to Visit in the World.” – The New York Times

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For more information and tickets, visit: windycitysmokeout.com

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