If you’re looking for things to do in Chicago before the Black Friday Sales start, here is a great list. Please note that some of these are taken from years past, so they may not be running any more. Still, there should be enough here to keep you busy for the long, cold month of November!
Dance Chicago – The annual, month-long fest of dance at Athenaeum Theatre. I recommend this dance festival whether you are a dancer or not, they feature the most creative and talented dancers in Chicago.
SOFA - International Exposition of Sculpture Objects and Functional Art. An enticing exploration of functional arts held at Navy Pier. Ok so this is a high-end arts exhibition and sale. Maybe not for everyone. But go if you want to be inspired or find the most unique piece for your home. It will be at Festival Hall @ Navy Pier this year. $15 admission, open from 11am to 8pm Nov 7-9th 2010.
Christmas Around the World - The Museum of Science and Industry’s popular holiday event will help the museum celebrate its favorite time of year. The great thing about going this year is that they have updated a lot of other exhibits in the Museum so it is more worth the trip to see Science Storms also.
Millennium Park Ice Rink Opens for the Season – It is a great family holiday tradition to go skating in Millennium Park and it’s great exercise to work off the extra holiday bakery. This rink opens in November and stays open until about mid-March every year. Located on Michigan Avenue.
Radio City Xmas Spectacular with the Rockettes If you have never been to Radio City Music Hall in New York City, you can see the show here in Chicago too.
A Christmas Carol at the Goodman Theatre – Another family tradition to see in person instead of just in old movies.
Magnificent Mile Lights Festival – This Chicago parade starts the official shopping and the season on Michigan Avenue. See live performances!
Thanksgiving Day Parade – On State Street from Congress to Randolph. We have a Thanksgiving Day Parade right here in Chicago. New York has nothing on this one.
Winter Flower Show at Garfield Park Conservatory – Garfield Park Conservatory’s holiday flower show is stunning. This begins in the last week of November and runs through December. No admission but donations appreciated.