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5 Things to Do in Chicago This Weekend

With so many events whirling around like snow flurries in the air, it can be hard to plan your weekend accordingly. Never fear, because we’ve got five wonderful events this weekend that are sure to get you in the holiday mood! Celebrate Turkey Day with Chicago’s Thanksgiving Parade, where there’s everything from giant turkey balloons, to music and dancing. Need something to keep you going after all that food? Check out the wreathing of our favorite lions at the Art Institute and stay warm with some hot chocolate and music. And if you haven’t had enough music, there’s more! Because what’s the holidays without some caroling? Surround yourself in the full, warm voices of the city’s most talented singers at the Cloud Gate. For cheer from around the world, there’s Christkindlmarket. Great food, warm drinks, and tons of festivity. And of course, nothing says winter wonderland like the magical Lincoln Park Zoo Lights. Enjoy the Zoo as it’s transformed into the colorfully bright playground full of fun things for the whole family to enjoy.

 

Thanksgiving Parade 5 things dream townMcDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade
It’s that time of year again when warm food, warm company, and warm colors come together to combat the cold. Kick off the holidays with McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade! You thought your turkey was big? Check out the 50-foot one floating down Chicago along with his friends. There’s music, dancing, and performances of all kinds to keep you entertained!

  • When: Thursday, November 27
  • Where: Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph Street
  • Hours: 8:00-11:00am
  • Admission: Free
  • More Info: chicagofestivals.org

 

Wreathing of the Lions 5 things dream townWreathing of the Lions
Chicago’s favorite kings of the urban jungle are getting ready for the holidays! Come and join them for the 23rd Annual Wreathing of the Lions as they don their evergreen manes with a roar. Fun for the whole family, you’ll enjoy hot chocolate and a performance by the Apollo Chorus of Chicago.

  • When: Friday, November 28th
  • Where: The Art Institute Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Avenue
  • Hours: 10:00-3:00pm
  • Admission: Free
  • More Info: artic.edu

 

Caroling at the Cloud Gate 5 things dream townCaroling at Cloud Gate
A cherished tradition here in Chicago, hundreds of talented singers gather at the Cloud Gate to revel in the holiday spirit with soothing sounds that are sure to warm your heart.

  • When: Friday, November 28 (ongoing through December)
  • Where: Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph Street
  • Hours: 6:00-7:00pm
  • Admission: Free
  • More Info: cityofchicago.org

 

Christkindlmarket 5 things dream townChristkindlmarket
Inspired by the original Christkindlmarket from 1545 in Nuremberg, Germany, our very own Chicago version houses a ton of vendors from around the world offering gifts, food and drink, and of course, merriment. Perfect for a family night out, or date night, go on an adventure around the world without leaving Chicago!

  • When: Nov 29-30 (ongoing, Nov 24-Dec 24)
  • Where: Daly Plaza, 50 W. Washington Avenue
  • Hours: Check website
  • Admission: Free
  • More Info: christkindlmarket.com

 

Lincoln Park Zoo Lights 5 things dream townZooLights
Watch as the Lincoln Park Zoo becomes even more magical under a beautiful luminous display of brightly colored lights! With tons of holiday related activities happening throughout the grounds, this is the perfect place for the whole family to kick off a wonderful holiday.

  • When: Friday 28th – Sunday 30th
  • Where: Lincoln Park Zoo, Cannon Drive at Fullerton Parkway
  • Hours: 5:00-9:00pm
  • Admission: Free
  • More Info: lpzoo.org