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Around Chicago: November Activities

November 3, 2017

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Temperatures are dropping like the leaves, but there’s still plenty to do outdoors before The Next Great Blizzard keeps us on lockdown. It’s about three weeks ‘til Thanksgiving and seven-ish weeks ‘til Christmas, which means a whole lot of holiday prepping, light stringing, and mulled wine sipping. There’s no time for laundry with a month like this! 

Photo Credit: Chicago Festival Association 


Nov 4
Mac and Cheese Fest: This 3rd annual fest in Little Italy is a competition for the “Golden Noodle” award, and you’re the judge! Indulge in cheesy noodles paired with beer-braised brisket, fiesta chipotle, lobster, or even strawberry, as well as several “secret” recipes. General admission includes all-you-can-sample mac and cheese PLUS five drink tickets (beer/wine/spirits).


Nov 9-12 Chicago International Movies and Music Festival: CIMMfest celebrates the intertwining of music and film by bringing in 50+ music-centric films to Chicago from around the world, including a documentary of Bowie’s last five years. The festival will also feature live concerts, intimate performances, and panel discussions. 


Nov 17 Chicago’s 104th Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony: This year’s famed tree lighting event will take place at Millennium Park at 6 p.m.


Nov 17-19 Magnificent Mile Lights Festival: Family-friendly holiday activities fill up the whole weekend, but the big draw of the festival is Saturday’s parade filled with floats and marching bands down Michigan Avenue. Mickey and Minnie Mouse will lead the way to lighting one million lights along the way! 


Nov 23 McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade: It’s never too late to join in on this Thanksgiving tradition! The parade steps off at 8 a.m. with ridiculously large inflatables parading down State Street from Congress to Randolph. 

Chicago welcomes a new round of performances from these mega-artists:

  • Young Thug, Metro, 11/1

  • The Weeknd, United Center, 11/2

  • The Used, Aragon, 11/3

  • Guns and Roses, United Center, 11/6

  • LCD Soundsystem, Aragon, 11/6-8

  • Odesza, UIC Pavilion, 11/11

  • Mariah Carey, Chicago Theatre, 11/17

  • Morrissey, Riviera Theatre, 11/25

  • Khalid, Aragon, 11/29

Kickin’ off the holiday spirit
Chicago’s signature holiday events can be enjoyed all month long and through the end of December. Below are a few of our favorite (seasonal) things:  


Source: Facebook 


Christkindlmarket: Daley Plaza transforms into a traditional European Christmas market starting November 18 and every day until Christmas Eve. Shop around the stalls filled with hand-blown ornaments, wooden crafts, and other knickknacks, and fill your bellies with griddled smoked cheeses, sausage, sauerkraut, and waffles. Don’t forget to pick up an iconic mug to fill with Glühwein, a delicious, hot spiced wine drunk all over Europe during the season. 


Lincoln Park Zoo Lights: The 23rd Annual ZooLights event illuminates LP Zoo with more than 2.5 million lights, hundreds of dynamic displays, and a new Light Maze! The event runs 4:30-9 p.m. Nov. 24-26 and Dec. 1-3, and then nightly from Dec. 8 until Jan. 1 (except Dec. 24 and 25). Entrance is free!

Randolph Street Market Festival: Get a head start on holiday shopping at Randolph Street’s Holiday Market, which kicks off Nov. 18 and 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Browse through hundreds (if not thousands) of one-of-a-kind gifts: jewelry, art, decorative treasures, housewares, and fashions from vintage and modern vendors. Advance online tickets are $8/general and $5/student.

Notable Movies & TV

When November hits, the big budget holiday season movies and Oscar-worth movies start rolling in. Our media obsesses CMO, Adam, breaks down the best ones for the month. Let's be honest, it's the month should be known as pre-Star Wars. 


  • Fri, Nov 3: Thors: Ragnarok  - Thor and Hulk star in the Guardians of the Galaxy-inspired flick making it the "best Thor yet". Count me in. Thor is great, but loooooove the Hulk. 

  • Fri, Nov 10: Murder on the Orient Express - a huge cast led by Johnny Depp star in the movie based on the best-selling Agatha Christie Novel. Early reviews on Metacritic put it at middle of the road. It looks a little cheesy, but love a good mystery. 

  • Fri, Nov 17: Justice League - Okay, I've been very skeptical of the DC universe so far. Batman vs. Superman vastly disappointed and director Zack Snyder is very overrated. But Wonder Woman was a solid entry to the man behind the Avengers, Joss Whedon, took over halfway through production, so there is hope! 

  • Fri, Nov 17: Roman J. Israel, Esq. - Anytime Denzel Washington does a new and unique character, it's bound to be good. Guarantee he says "My Man" at least once though. Early reviews on Metacritic says pretty good

  • Wed, Nov 22: Coco - When Pixar stops doing sequels and puts out an original, it is almost guaranteed to be amazing. Metacritic already is glowing about it. More please. 

  • Wed, Nov 22: Darkest Hour - The other Thanksgiving release is a little, say darker, than Coco. Darkest Hour stars Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill and takes place in the early days of World War II. Joe Wright directs. Let's hope it's more like Atonement and less like Pan. 


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