Best Hanukkah Events for Kids in Chicagoland

Celebrate the Festival of Lights with these family-friendly, local events.

Hanukkah begins on sundown of Nov. 28 and ends on the evening of Dec. 6. And although some places have opened up to the public, others are staying virtual to be on the safe side.

The virtual events and take-home kits allow you to relish in the best part of the holidays; connection, family, and food, right from the comfort of your own home

Moreover, there are learning opportunities that you might’ve not normally considered such as talks about the history of Hanukkah, which is great for teens!

Times are a little strange to say the least, but in the midst of everything it’s important to try new things and not lose touch with yourself and those around you.

Here are some of our picks for Hanukkah events in Chicago and the suburbs for a way to celebrate. Find more events in our calendar.

Make a Menorah

Nov. 14, 2021

Bring along your favorite candles and make a rustic menorah out of reclaimed wood. For ages 15 and older.

Hanukkah Latke Making

Nov. 21, 2021

  • Hosted by: JUF Young Families
  • Cost: $5/family

Make your own latkes for Hanukkah. JUF Young Families will provide a shopping list and recipe, and teach you how to make perfect latkes for Hanukkah.

Chanukah Wonderland

11 a.m.-3 p.m., Nov. 21. 22, 23, 24, and 28, 29

  • Address: Northbrook Court (Near the Gap Store)
  • Cost: $12 per child in advance, $15 at the door. $35 for Chanukah Wonderbox (for 3 children)

The Chabad Israeli Center and Chabad of Northbrook bring the 2,100 years old Chanukah story to life with an olive oil making demonstration, Menorah-making, doughnut decorating and much more. This year it is offering a pick-up option, Chanukah WonderBox, to use at home. 

Menorah Lighting

3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Nov. 28

  • Address: Lincoln Square and West Lakeview
  • Cost: Free

Join in the celebration of Chanukah with two public Menorah lighting. The first in Lincoln Square features a giant menorah, fun festivities and Chanukah treats for the entire family at 3:30 p.m. at Giddings Plaza in Lincoln Square. The second lighting in West Lakeview at the corner of Lincoln and Marshfield at 5:30 p.m. features Sen. Sara Feigenholtz, fun and treats for all, plus special goodie bags for kids sponsored by the Lakeview Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce.

What is Hanukkah?

Nov. 29, 2021

  • Hosted by: Elmhurst Public Library
  • Cost: Free

Learn about the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah in this virtual, family-friendly program. Find out about the culture and traditions surrounding this special time of year brought to you by Elmhurst Public Library.

Annual Hanukkah Dinner

Nov. 30, 2021

Enjoy a family-style meal, which includes matzo ball soup, crisp potato latkes, braised brisket, noodle kugel and wine. 

See, Sing, Celebrate! Hanukkah Stories and Songs at Book Bin

Dec. 1, 2021

Join Rabbi Adam Chalom and their Youth Education Director to celebrate Jewish holidays with stories, songs and activities especially for young children. 

See, Sing, Celebrate! Hanukkah Stories and Songs at North Shore Unitarian Church

Dec. 2, 2021

Ready stories, sing songs and do activities with Rabbi Adam Chalom and their Youth Education Director to celebrate Jewish holidays.

8th Night 8th Light

Dec. 5, 2021

At sundown, the seven candles on the menorah will be lit and guests are encouraged to ice skate, and enjoy DJ entertainment with music, dancing and trivia.

CTeen Chanukah Latke Party

Dec. 5, 2021

Jewish teens can come together to make packages for seniors. Latke cook-off, games and more.

Hanukkon 2021

Dec. 5, 2021

This event will be filled with unique gifts, one-of-a-kind experiences and celebrity guests. All are welcome to this celebration!

jBaby Chicago’s Ultimate Chanukah Singalong

Dec. 5, 2021

  • Hosted by: jBaby
  • Cost: Free

Snuggle up in the comfort of your own home, and enjoy some Chanukah hits along with coffee and a doughnut (digital gift card will be provided).

New Philharmonic: Holiday Sing-Along with the Symphony

Dec. 12, 2021-Jan. 3, 2022

  • Hosted by: New Philmarmonic
  • Cost:$40

The New Philharmonic Holiday sing-along includes a Hanukkah medley. Ticket purchasers will be emailed song lyrics to make sure no one skips a beat. 


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