8 days of Hanukkah fun in Skokie and Evanston

In a sea of potato pancakes and twinkling Menorahs, you and your family may be looking for activities around town to keep the little ones busy for all eight days and nights of Hanukkah.

Well, good thing I’ve got you covered.

I live in an area of Skokie where we teeter right on the very edge of Evanston – so this area has been dubbed ‘Skevanston.’ Allowing access to both awesome places, there is so much holiday grandeur to be found here. Here are a few highlights you will want to catch this Hanukkah season:

Grand Chanukah Menorah Lighting

Kick off the Festival of Lights with a fantastic Grand Chanukah Menorah Lighting at Fountain Square in Evanston on Dec. 14 at 5:30 p.m. Joined by community leaders, this event, hosted by the Tannenbaum Chabad House, will be sure to start the festivities off right.

Menorah lighting at Krier Plaza

Hop over to meet Skokie’s Mayor Van Dusen during the Menorah lighting at Krier Plaza (Oakton Street and Niles Center Road in downtown Skokie) on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m.

Hanukkah celebration at Westfield Old Orchard

The Chanukah booth at Westfield Old Orchard mall is a must do! This event will have kosher refreshments, entertainment, the lighting of the Menorah and lots of Jewish holiday spirit from Dec. 10 to 20. 

Chicago Botanic Garden’s Hanukkah Concert

Head a few minutes north of Skevanston and check out the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Hanukkah Concert. Two shows will be held on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 
11 a.m. and at 1 p.m. The Maxwell Street Klezmer Band will be performing both concerts which are sure to be fun for family members of all ages.

Hanukkah Coat Club

Looking to give back for the holidays? Start a Hanukkah Coat Club through the Jewish United Fund at your local school or synagogue. Collect and provide warm winter wear to those in need this holiday season.

No matter how you spin it, Hanukkah in and around Skevanston is a holiday done right! Happy Hanukkah!

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