Parades, food, markets, music and more! This November is packed with events, whether you’re in the mood for unique holiday shopping, surrealist art, or ice skating off all that turkey and pie.
Activities: Head over to State Street on Thanksgiving Day for the annual McDonald’s Thanksgiving parade. Lace up! The McCormick Tribune Ice rink at Millennium Park opens for the season on Nov. 13. Time Out Chicago has a list of more indoor and outdoor ice rinks around the city. Speaking of Millennium Park, the city’s giant Christmas tree is moving there from Daley Plaza this year. The Christmas Tree lighting is scheduled for 6:00 pm on Nov. 24. Minnie and Mickey Mouse will lead a parade down Michigan Avenue during the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival (Nov. 21).
Markets: Local food and local artisans make Dose Market a must (Nov. 15 and Dec. 13). Shop for vintage clothing, housewares, antiques and lots more at the Randolph Street Market Festival (Nov. 21-22).
Food: In town for Thanksgiving but not planning to cook? Several restaurants in the area will be open and serving both traditional as well as inventive Thanksgiving fare.
Music: The DePaul Community Chorus Concert Darkness & Light: Nordic and Mediterranean Perspectives will feature choral works by Vasks, Vivaldi, and Gjeilo (Nov. 22). Jeff Tweedy is set to perform his unique brand of folk rock in a solo show benefiting the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry (Nov. 20). Get ready to move with the universal soul sounds of multi-instrumentalist Sinkane (Nov. 21).
Theater: Pilgrim’s Progress tackles one family’s dysfunction as they gather for Thanksgiving (through Dec. 13). Revisit the infamous Leopald and Loeb case with Victory Garden’s revival of Never the sinner (through Dec. 6). Just one Chevy Chase short of The Three Amigos, catch Steve Martin and Martin Short at the Rosemont Theater (Nov. 22).
Art: Surrealism: The conjured life at the MCA showcases invites you to wade into the “art of the irrational”, with paintings, sculptures and more by artists like Rene Magritte (Nov. 21-June 5).
December preview: Did you know that modern Christmas classic ‘Home Alone’ turns 25 this year? Several theaters showed the film this month, but if you missed them you’re in luck: The Logan Theater and Symphony Center will each host screenings (Dec. 1-3 and 11-13, respectively).