Best Hanukkah Events for Kids in Chicagoland

Hanukkah begins on sundown of Dec. 10 and ends on the evening of Dec. 20. And while things might look a little different this year, you should still be able to celebrate in a way that is safe.

There are many virtual events and take-home kits that allow you to relish in the best part of the holidays; connection, family, and food! 

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.

Check out these Hanukkah events in the Chicago area for a new way to celebrate:

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins

When: 1 p.m. & 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, Dec 5-20

Cost: $25-$30

This virtual performance is a musical retelling of the fantastical story of Hershel of Ostropol defeating a series of goblins over the eight days of Hanukkah. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Jewish Council on Urban Affairs. 

Candle Making Women’s Event

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8

Where: Pickup at Chabad East Lakeview, 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago 

Cost: $25

Create your own scented candle in lavender, vanilla, or donut, learn about the meaning of Chanukah, and socialize with other women over Zoom. This pre-measured kit allows you to make a beautiful candle while not taking away from any of the fun.

Choose Your Own Chanukah Adventure

When: Dec. 9-17

Where: Pickup at Lubavitch Chabad of Skokie, 4043 Dempster Street, Skokie

Cost: Free, donations recommended

The Chanukah Adventure Box contains supplies, instructions, and ideas for hours of family fun. Your family can visit 15 giant public Menorah around Skokie for a new experience or activity at each location. The box will provide a map and your family can decide how and when you visit.

Chanukah Pop Up

When: Dec. 10-13

Where: Pickup at The Neighborhood Hotel Lincoln Park, 2616 N. Clark St., Chicago

Cost: Varies by product

Order Hanukkah treats for pickup to celebrate at home. Offered are free menorah craft kits plus challah, latka, Chanukah donuts and other engaging DIY kits for kids. 

The Real Story Of Hanukkah

When: 2-3 p.m. Dec. 10

Cost: Free

Hanukkah has a rich history that is often overlooked. This Hanukkah, join Ray Mike Feur for a FFT Webinar that takes a deeper look into the cultural conflict and civil war that changed Jewish history.

Every Night Of Channukah: Light With ChiTribe 

When: 8 p.m. Dec. 10-18

Cost: Free

Virtually join ChiTribe for every night of Hanukkah for a candle lighting. Events during the holiday range from a ukulele sing-along to trivia night.

Socially Distanced Chanukah Party

When: 4-7 p.m. Dec. 13;

Where: Loft 21, 1501 N. Milwaukee Ave., Lincolnshire

Cost: $10-$72

Enjoy a drive-in movie (Back to the Future) along with a socially distanced group sing-along and Hanukkah candle lighting. Raffles, prizes, snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.

New Philharmonic: Holiday Sing-Along with the Symphony

When: 7-8:30 p.m. Dec 12-13 & 3 p.m. Dec. 13

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. 

Virtual Dreidel Disco Chanukah Party

When: 4-5 p.m. Dec. 13

Cost: $18 per family

Families can enjoy a live, DJ dance party followed by a Drag Queen storytime and a candle lighting.

This story originally published Dec. 6, 2016. It has been updated with the most recent information.


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