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The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

Chicago , Ill.

FREE   CP PICK  

The event is held along North Michigan Avenue between Oak Street and Wacker Drive. Festivities run all day and the lighting procession begins at 5:30 p.m. The day begins on Pioneer Court with family-friendly interactive activities, Santa Claus and top musical entertainment. The evening’s grand marshals, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, lead a parade of more than 40 floats, helium-filled balloons, marching bands and top musical performers as they illuminate more than one million lights along The Magnificent Mile. Event concludes with a fireworks display over the Chicago River.

When: Events and performers 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Lighting Procession at 5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Fall Open House

Lake View Nature Center | Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

FREE  

Celebrate the autumn harvest by making a fabulous fall project, enjoy a seasonal hike, snack around the glow of a campfire and take a festive hayride around the lake.

When: Noon-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Backyard Birding

Prairieview Education Center | Crystal Lake, Ill.

FREE  

Brighten the dreary winter days by bringing these winter birds to you. This program will focus on how to identify McHenry County’s winter birds and how to attract them to your backyard. Participants will make a simple bird feeder to take home.

When: 10-11:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

Lapidary Activity Day

Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art | Elmhurst, Ill.

FREE   CP PICK  

See demonstrations by artists from the West Suburban Lapidary Club including: beading, silversmithing, cabochon cutting, wire wrapping and faceting. Free hands-on activities andjewelry cleaning.

 

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Cooking Event

The Red Balloon Co. | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Chicago-based meal planners, Madison & Rayne, are dropping by for a free cooking event. Sample Madison & Rayne's creations prepared by Chef Josh Jones and his team of featured kid sous chefs, smell some delicious spices, and bring home a coloring page to keep the creativity flowing.

When: 2-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Holiday Market!

Da Vinci Waldorf School | Wauconda, Ill.

FREE  

The Holiday Market features hand-made toys, jewelry, accessories, ceramics, and many other works by local artisans. Other highlights include candle-dipping and children’s activities, a Kindermarket where children can shop for handmade gifts for parents, live music, free coffee, delicious homemade food, treats, and specialty coffee drinks.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Highland Park's Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

Port Clinton Square | Highland Park, Ill.

FREE  

Live entertainment will be featured on Port Clinton Square including North Shore School of Dance at 3 p.m., Lake Forest Country Day School Choir at 3:30 p.m. and Soul 2 Sole Hip Hop at 4 p.m., all leading up to the parade arrival at 4:30 p.m. featuring Mayor Rotering, Santa Claus, and the Highland Park High School Marching Band. There will be Nutcracker performances by Irina Makkai Ballet in the windows of Uncle Dan’s, and Nutcracker readings by Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy at Sprout Kids from 3-5:30. The official tree lighting will occur at 5 p.m. Everyone is invited to explore and support the charming businesses of Downtown Highland Park.

When: 3-5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Family Fun Day

Macy's on State Street | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Get creative at the crafts table where families can participate in Frozen activities like Olaf "Build a Snowman," weaving a Frozen basket and coloring favorite Frozen characters. Plus, kids will enjoy face painting, balloons and more.

When: 1 p.m. Nov. 8; 2 p.m. Nov. 15 and 22
Cost: Free

Sox vs. Cubs: The Chicago Civil Wars

Harold Washington Library Center | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Features both teams’ historical development and details, statistical information, photographs, memorabilia, souvenirs and other materials. In addition, several video presentations—two of which are designed like the classic Cubs’ and White Sox’s scoreboards—offer compelling testimonials from some players, fans and local sports broadcasters. The exhibit also features a playful component which includes interactive “Color Your Mascot” and “Create a Cartoon” coloring sheets, as well as vintage cartoons following the  “up and down” seasons of both teams.

Cost: Free

Christkindlmarket Chicago

Christkindlmarket Chicago | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Discover a traditional centuries-old holiday market in the heart of downtown Chicago. Christkindlmarket features German and international vendors who display hand-crafted ornaments, toys and unique gifts as well as traditional German foods, sweets and beverages. School groups, professional singers and dance groups perform. Special events include appearances by the Christkind and the annual Children’s Lantern Parade, which celebrates St. Martin’s Day. Nov. 21-Dec. 24.

When: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday.
Cost: Free
 







 
 
 
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