Things happening in November
November is known for No Shave November but it is also known for hot cocoa and ice skating. Here is a list of 11 things to do during November.
SOFA Chicago - November 1–4 @ Navy Pier
SOFA, which stands for sculpture objects functional art and design, is an annual expo that showcases the best three-dimensional work. If you’ve never been, it’s pretty cool and a great excuse to hang out at Navy Pier for an afternoon. Single-day tickets are $25 in advance, while a three-day pass is just $35.
Mac & Cheese Fest - UIC Forum
No explanation needed here. The annual celebration of mac and cheese returns to Chicago this year with new chefs and new, cheesy recipes that’ll leave you happy for days. This festival at the UIC Forum is always a popular one, so get your tickets as soon as they become available!
Hot Cocoa 15K - November 4 @ Grant Park
Feelin a little sporty this month? Stop by the Hot Chocolate 15K for one of the best races of the year. After a thrilling (re: exhausting) run through the city, you will be rewarded with a piping hot cup (re: bowl) of Chicago’s finest hot chocolate. For those looking to save their legs and breath, the event also offers a 5k route.
Chicago Comedy Film Fest - November 9–11 @ Columbia College & Cards Against Humanity
View a wide range of short and feature-length films from all across the globe at a festival that celebrates and showcases the art of comedy, also featuring awards, afterparties, and more. Ticket prices vary by screening and will be available, along with the announcement of the schedule, on October 1.
Christkindlmarket - November 16 @ Daley Plaza
This might be the one we’ve all been waiting for. Christkindlmarket, everyone’s favorite outdoor holiday event, returns next month to Daley Plaza with German and European food, drinks, crafts, and entertainment. Admission is free but prices vary from vendor to vendor.
Festival of Barrel-Aged Beers - November 16–17 @UIC Forum
Endless tastings of wood and barrel-aged craft beers are perfect for cold weather. Brought to you by the creators of Chicago Craft Beer Week, make your way to the UIC Forum to get in on the action and earn your bragging rights for having sampled some of the rarest beers you can find from over 90 breweries.
Magnificent Mile Lights Festival - November 16–17 @ Michigan Avenue
It’s an all-weekend-long extravaganza on Michigan Avenue when the nation’s largest nighttime holiday event takes over, highlighted by the Tree Lighting Parade. Enjoy family activities and tasty holiday treats, parade with your favorite characters, and experience live musical performances.
Chicago Toy & Game Fair - November 17–18 @ Navy Pier
Also known as ChiTaG, this annual fair at Navy Pier is perfect for the family. Get a sneak preview of new toys, games, and inventions from across the world and meet the brains behind them, too. Kids can also enjoy a giant bubble show, a young tech challenge, and more. Early bird tickets are $14 and $7 for adults and children, then $15 and $8 at the door.
Randolph Holiday Market - November 17–18 @ West Loop
Get your holiday shopping done while having fun as you browse a unique selection of antique and vintage items, jewelry, art, and houseware. Parking is free and this is a family-friendly event!
Thanksgiving Parade - November 22 @ State Street
On Thanksgiving morning, watch as marvelous floats and marching troupes flood State Street for one of the best holiday parades in the city. Make sure to get there early to nab a good viewing spot! If you can’t make it, it will be broadcasted on WGN 9 Chicago.
Zoo Lights - November 23—25, November 30–December 2 @ Lincoln Park Zoo
The illuminated display of the year takes place at Lincoln Park Zoo, which welcomes the holiday with brilliant lights. This event can be enjoyed by both adults and kids, as it features crafts, pictures with Santa, holiday shopping, live ice carving, train rides, and seasonal beverages. Don’t miss Adults Night Out on November 29, either!