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

 

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Holiday Events in Chicago

Holiday Events in Chicago

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Escape challenge

December 24, 2015 – Jan. 30, 20

3.7 miles NW

You and 9 others are trapped in The Railcar and must solve clues to escape within an hour at the Flatiron Arts Building. Video.

Discount tickets $10.

All-American musical

December 26, 2015 – Jan. 3, 2016

13.6 miles north

Guys and Dolls is a Tony winning musical about 1930s gangsters, gamblers, and showgirls in New York City at Northwestern University. Discount tickets $26.

Austrian music & dance

December 27, 2015 (2:30 p.m.)

1 mile south

Costumed dancers and singers bring the waltzes of Strauss to life, as a full orchestra plays at Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert at the Symphony Center.

Family basketball show

December 29 – 30, 2015

18 miles NW

The famous Harlem Globetrotters demonstrate ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, and comedy at Allstate Arena in Rosemont. Discount tickets $31.

New Year’s Eve – a day early

December 30, 2015 (8 p.m. to 1 a.m.)

1.5 miles SW

Enjoy an open bar, appetizers, live music, dancing, and a silent auction at the black-tie-optional charity benefit EVE of the EVE, Chicago Union Station.

New Year’s Eve – restaurants

December 31, 2015

Chicago locations

Find a list of restaurants that offer special menus and celebrations for New Year’s Eve at OpenTable.

New Year’s Eve – Hard Rock

December 31, 2015 (9 p.m.)

0.2 miles south

New Year’s Eve Soiree has multiple ballrooms, live & DJ music, buffets, and 30 bartenders at the Hard Rock Hotel.

New Year’s Eve – Palmer House

December 31, 2015 (9 p.m.)

0.7 miles south

Big Night Chicago New Year’s Eve Gala includes food, drinks, 4 dance floors, 8 party bands, and DJs.

New Year’s Eve – Drake Hotel

December 31, 2015

1 mile north

Chicago Scene’s New Years Eve Party has 4 ballrooms with DJs, 45 bartenders, and a balloon drop at the Drake Hotel.

New Year’s Eve – fireworks

December 31, 2015

1 mile east

Welcome the new year with New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Navy Pier at midnight. Free.

New Year’s Eve – Navy Pier #1

December 31, 2015 (9 p.m.)

1 mile east

Crystal Gardens New Year’s Eve has dancing to mainstream music, party favors, 20 bars, hors d’oeuvres, a champagne toast at midnight, and a terrace to watch the fireworks, at Navy Pier.

New Year’s Eve – Navy Pier #2

December 31, 2015 (8:15 p.m.)

1 mile east

Resolution Gala is a formal affair in the Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier with 30 bars, buffet stations, live DJ, a champagne toast at midnight, and views of fireworks over the lake for age 21+.

New Year’s Eve – Marriott

December 31, 2015

1.1 miles SW

Formal New Year’s Eve Soiree includes before & after parties, a buffet, drinks, dessert, and celebrity DJs at JW Marriott for age 21+.Discount VIP tickets $149.

New Year’s Eve – Hilton

December 31, 2015

1.2 miles south

A ticket to the giant New Year’s Eve Soiree at the Hilton Chicago includes drinks, a buffet, DJ music, and before and after parties at other locations. Discount tickets $145.

New Year’s Eve – beer

December 31, 2015

3 miles west

Brew Year’s Eve features 12 breweries pouring 30 craft beers, with live music, passed hors d’oeuvres, and a dessert buffet on three floors of Salvage One.

New Year’s Eve – comedy

December 31, 2015 (8 p.m. to 2 a.m.)

5 miles north

The New Year’s Eve Party includes a buffet dinner, 2 improv comedy shows, 2 drink tickets, and midnight champagne at Under The Gun Theater for age 21+.

New Year’s Eve – classical

December 31, 2015

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