Embrace the crisp fall days with exciting activities that’ll make your autumn glow. From checking out charming boutiques to savoring pumpkin spice treats at seasonal festivals, there is so much to see and enjoy. Venture into fall foliage trails and local landmarks to infuse a dash of adventure into your autumn plans. Don’t miss out on these activities scheduled for this weekend to fully savor the changing leaves!
All Aboard the Holiday Train
Experience the magic of the holiday season aboard the CTA Holiday Train, with the first trains starting on the Green and Orange lines this weekend. This season, your ordinary commute transforms into a festive journey filled with joy and wonder. As it winds its way through the city, passengers are treated to the sights and sounds of the holidays, surrounded by cheerful decorations and the jolly tunes of seasonal music. Join the ride and let the twinkling lights and festive cheer transport you to a winter wonderland on tracks.
Date: Begins November 24
Time: Varies by Day
Location: Public Transit Lines in Chicago
More info: transitchicago.com
Light Up the Lake
Chicagoland’s largest indoor holiday light display is back at Navy Pier to light up Downtown Chicago. You’ll find interactive displays, a skating rink, and a visit with Santa! You can even take a ride on the Centennial Wheel for a bird’s-eye view of the winter wonderland below you. With new activities and old favorites, there’s something for everyone at Light Up the Lake.
Date: Opens November 24
Time: 11:00AM – 10:00PM
Location: Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave
More info: navypier.org
You’ll Love This Hannukah Bar a Whole Latke
As Adam Sandler once sang, “Hanukkah is the festival of lights; instead of one night of presents, we have eight crazy nights,” and we finally have a bar to celebrate that! Check out the Hanukkah pop-up bar in Wrigleyville with drinks like the Mazel Tov and Menorah Margarita. You can try some matzo ball soup and get your gelt on!
Date: Open through December
Time: 5:00PM to close
Location: Wrigleyville, 3441 N Sheffield Ave
More info: 8crazynightschicago.com
Explore the Magic at Disney 100
Step into the magical realm of Disney at the Disney 100 exhibit, a captivating journey through a century of enchanting storytelling. From early Mickey Mouse sketches to modern animated classics, the exhibit showcases rare artifacts and original concept art, providing a nostalgic experience for fans of all ages. Explore the evolution of Disney’s creative genius in a visual timeline, offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the beloved world of characters and stories that have shaped generations.
Date: Runs through December
Time: Varies by Day
Location: Exhibition Hub Art Center, 2367 Logan
More info: feverup.com
Ice Skate Play Date!
The Maggie Daley Ice Skating Ribbon opens this weekend and is ready to give holiday magic & fun to Chicagoans of all ages. Bring your own skates or rent a pair while the Chicago skyline twinkles around you. Put this on your winter season bucket list and buy tickets early!
Date: Open for the season
Time: 12:00PM – 10:00PM
Location: Maggie Daley Park, 337 E Randolph
More info: maggiedaleypark.com