Chicago November 2022

Chicago November 2022 Events

Chicago November 2022 Events

Start Your Holiday Season Off in Chicago This November

Average temperature low and high: 39°- 50°
November is a particularly enjoyable month in Chicago. Temperatures start to get cooler, making the outdoor air crisp and refreshing. The city begins to light up in holiday cheer, lots of sales are happening, and if you're in town the day of Thanksgiving, lots of restaurants will be open and offering pre-fixe menus and specials for a memorable dinner experience.

November Event Calendar

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

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Chicago's iconic Magnificent Mile Lights Festival returns this year to bring in the holiday season. Lights and holiday decorations will light up the famous Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago (the stretch of Michigan Avenue between Wacker Drive and Oak Street), while world-famous musicians will perform into the night. The crowd can also enjoy fireworks and the annual tree-lighting ceremony. The festival has been Chicago's most memorable holiday tradition for 31 years, free and open to the public.

SOFA Chicago

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Looking to see some art while visiting Chicago? Head down to Navy Pier for a cool, creative afternoon experience: check out SOFA. SOFA stands for Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design. The curated expo showcases beautiful 3D pieces of fine and decorative art. 

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More than one million lights illuminate Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo in one of the city's greatest holiday traditions. As guests take in the lights throughout the zoo, they can also visit animal exhibits that stay open into the night. Arts, crafts, and many more holiday-themed activities scatter the zoo in a unique and breathtaking setting. Tickets can be purchased online. They are free on Monday and Tuesday.

Festival of Wood & Barrel-Aged Beer

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Chicago claims homes to the world's largest wood and barrel-aged beer festival. Breweries from across the world flock to FOBAB to show off their best and most unique beer selection while competing for honors as one of the world's best wood and barrel-aged brewmasters. Tickets to attend can be purchased online. 

Let It Shine

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The annual Let it Shine light show is sure to put you in the holiday spirit. Hop in a car to see a drive-through display of over 1 million synchronized lights. There are two drive-through locations for this immersive experience in Illinois: Wintrust Field in Schaumburg, IL, and another at Northbrook Court in Northbrook, IL. One ticket per vehicle is required. Additional purchasing information will be available online. 

Chicago Events in November


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Upcoming events

Fri, Nov 11 at Sound Bar Paul Van Dyk at Sound-Bar
Sat, Nov 12 at Sound Bar Matroda at Sound-Bar
Fri, Nov 18 at Sound Bar Alan Fitzpatrick at Sound-Bar
Sat, Nov 19 at Sound Bar Wakaan Presents Time Warp Tour feat. Champagne Drip & Sippy
Things to do in Chicago

Things to Do in Chicago in November

Green Mill Cocktail Lounge

Green Mill Cocktail Lounge
Jazz and Chicago are inseparable, and the Green Mile remains the heart of the Chicago jazz scene. With decor straight out of the early-20th century, the Green Mill was once the favored hangout of Al Capone and his Chicago Outfit during the Prohibition Era. His favorite booth is still there, open for seating. The Green Mill is a cocktail and music venue steeped in both criminal infamy and music history.

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
Intuitive and outsider art is generally defined as art created by untrained artists outside the mainstream art world. Intuit houses an impressive collection of art created through the ingenuity of creative individuals who left behind their uniquely fascinating and bizarre beautiful sculptures and paintings that often went unappreciated in their lifetimes.