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Saturday 2018.11.17
Bears Home Games. -2018.12.16 All ages. $$.
ChicagoBears.comSoldier Field, 312/235-7000, 1410 S Museum Campus Dr.
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Collected Holiday Songs, Recipes and Stories. -2018.12.29 Yearly. All ages. Free.
Check out this terrific comprehensive set of popular holiday songs, recipes and stories.
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HOLIDAY CLASSICS. -2019.01.03 Yearly. All ages. UNCONFIRMED
* A Christmas Carol: 11.18-12.31 Goodman Theatre, 312/443-3800, 200 S Columbus, http://goodmantheatre.org
* The Nutcracker: 12.01-12.30 Joffrey Ballet, Auditorium Theatre, 312/431-2357, 50 E Congress, http://www.joffrey.com
* Christmas Around The World: 11.17-01.07 Dozens of spectacular International holiday decorated trees, Museum of Science and Industry, http://msichicago.org
* Zoolights: 11.24-01.07 Over a million lights, certain dates/times, Lincoln Park Zoo, http://lpzoo.com
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Ice Skating. -2019.02.27 Yearly. UNCONFIRMED
Weather permitting: Wrigley Field, 773-388-8260; Millennium Park, 312/742-5222, 55 N Michigan; Warren Park, 773/262-8656, 6601 N Western; Riis Park, 312/746-5735, 6100 W Fullerton; Daley Plaza, 312/742-7650, 337 E Randolph; more...
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Christkindlmarket (since 1997). Festive German style holiday market. -2018.12.24 Yearly. All ages. Free Su-Th -8p, Fr+Sa -9p 11a.
50 Timber cabins, ethnic foods, fine crafted gifts, music, sweets.
christkindlmarket.comDaley Plaza, 312/744-3370, 50 W Washington. Washington and Dearborn.
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Magnificent Mile Lights Festival (since 1992). Treats, ice carvings, Disney. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free Fr 4p, Sa 11a-7p UNCONFIRMED
Festivities all day. Evening finale includes parade, activation of a million holiday lights on Michigan Avenue, and some fireworks. Sometimes crowded.
themagnificentmile.comMichigan from Oak to Wacker, 312/642-3570.
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QUILT + RESIST. -2018.12.01 Th+Fr -6p, Sa+Su 12-4p.
The herstory of quilts: art, politics, storytelling.
Woman Made Gallery, 312/738-0400, 2150 S Canalport.
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* City Holiday Tree Lighting (since 1914). The mayor does his thing! Music, etc. Yearly. All ages. Free 5p UNCONFIRMED
Uses 40 Wisconsin Balsam Firs, 80 foot tall, 10000 lights, 1000 bows, 1000 ornaments.
choosechicago.com/event/Tree-Lighting-Ceremony/19987Millennium Park, 312/742-1168, 55 N Michigan. Downtown.
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College of Complexes (since 1951). "The Playground for People Who Think" Saturdays All ages. $3? 2.5hrs 6-11p.
Structured Weekly Free Speech Forum With Quality Lecturers and Good American Food And Bar.
11.17: Making Meaning by Interpreting Paintings.
312/326-2120 collegeofcomplexes.orgDappers East Restaurant, 773/509-9100, 2901 W. Addison.
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"Twisted" Saturdays 21+ $0 -11p, $5 -1a, $7+ 9:30p-5a.
"Meet and mingle with a truly diverse crowd. Dress up or dress down... this is the place to be what you want to be!"
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.
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Vaudezilla! Saturdays 18+ $20 10:30p UNCONFIRMED
One-of-a-kind burlesque, drag, and aerial acts ranging from classic Vegas-style showgirls to cutting-edge gender-non-conforming performance artists.
Vaudezilla.comStage 773, 773/327-5252, 1225 W. Belmont. Near Racine.
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Sunday 2018.11.18
Chicago Toy and Game Fair (since 2003). Yearly. All ages. $5-10, uniformed scouts free. 10a-6p UNCONFIRMED
Public non-hobby show, with product introductions, demos, seminars, play tables, contests, most vendors selling.
chitag.comNavy Pier, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand. Grand Red line stop then take free trolley.
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Vintage Garage. 3rd Sundays $? 11a-6p UNCONFIRMED
100 vintage and antique dealers.
847/579-9079 vintagegaragechicago.com5051 N Broadway Uptown between Foster and Argyle.
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Holiday Train. -2018.12.22 Yearly. Wk 3-7p, Sa 1-8p UNCONFIRMED
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Model Rocket Launching (since 1963). 3rd Sundays All ages. Free 2-5p.
Deeply validates geekness. All skill levels. BYOL (Bring Your Own Launcher). Northern Illinois Rocketry Association hosted. Held away from population centers, only a few launches a year.
nirarocketry.orgEast Branch Forest Preserve, Off Glen Ellyn Road near Army Trail Road, Glendale Heights. Use I-355.
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New Fox cartoons. Sundays All ages. Free 6p UNCONFIRMED
May include Simpsons, Family Guy, Bob's Burgers, Last Man on Earth, more.
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Tuesday 2018.11.20
Chi Hack Night. Tuesdays All ages. Free 6-10p UNCONFIRMED
"Volunteers create web apps with open data to improve transparency, efficiency, and decision-making for governments and our democracy."
chihacknight.org1871, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza. 12th Floor.
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Wednesday 2018.11.21
Sing-a-long Sound of Music. -2018.12.03 Yearly. ~$15 Eight showings. UNCONFIRMED
The classic film, subtitled, with costume contest. Usually sells out.
Music Box Theatre, 773/871-6604, 3733 N Southport.
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South Park NEW EPISODE. Wednesdays All ages. Free 9p UNCONFIRMED
22nd season.
southparkstudios.comCOM. On cable.
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"In One Ear" (since 1988). Poetry Open Mic. Wednesdays 18+ $3 10p-?a.
"2nd Longest Running Open-Mic In Chicago!"
facebook.com/In-One-Ear-210844945622380Heartland Cafe, 773/465-8005, 7000 N Glenwood. Near Red Line Morse stop.
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Thursday 2018.11.22
Start of Sagittarius. Astrological sign, the archer. Yearly.
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** Thanksgiving. A legal holiday. 4th Thursday in November Yearly.
Day to give thanks for the blessings and bounty one has received. Volunteer somewhere.
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* State Street Thanksgiving Parade (since 1934). Very big, w/ Santa. 4th Thursday in November Yearly. All ages. Free 8a-11a UNCONFIRMED
Top marching bands, 100 giant balloons, carried live on WGN, 300K attend.
chicagofestivals.orgState from Congress to Randolph. Downtown, come by train.
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Full "Beaver" Moon. Always adds an interesting twist. 11:30p.
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Friday 2018.11.23
* Buy Nothing Day (since 1992). International celebration of consumer awareness and simple living. Yearly. Day after Thanksgiving.
Very real global day of protest against the corporate brainwashing which leads to the un-sustainable Western hyper-consumerist culture. Includes anti-commercials and events at the world's largest malls. Intentionally occurs on the biggest shopping day of the year. See the website for more info.
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Tuesday 2018.11.27
Bittersweet. Monthly. 21+ Free 10p-4a UNCONFIRMED
DJs Philly Peroxide and Scary Lady Sarah spins goth club classics and new dark alternative music & video.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.
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Thursday 2018.11.29
Atomic Sketch Event (since 2008). Live Art. Last Thursdays 21+ Free 6-10p UNCONFIRMED
Established and emerging artists of various disciplines display, create and sell original new works at bargain prices. Drop-in artists welcome.
facebook.com/atomicsketchGreen Eye Lounge, 773/227-8851, 2403 W. Homer St. Near Blue Line Western.
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Friday 2018.11.30
Critical Mass (since 1997). Last Fridays All ages Free 5:45p.
THE monthly gathering of bicyclists making our presence known downtown. Unplanned route gently winds a dozen miles or more. Thousands attend in good weather. Includes music, hipsters, athletes, show bikes, so much more. Skaters welcome.
chi.bikeDaley Plaza, 773/486-4861, 50 W Washington. Under the Picasso (giant rusty bird), at Dearborn, SW of State&Lake train stop.
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Saturday 2018.12.01
* AIDS awareness day. Yearly.
Internationally recognized day for increasing public awareness about AIDS. The best defense is education.
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Day Without Art (since 1989). Commemorates Artists lost to AIDS. Yearly.
Sometimes observed by local galleries/museums.
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Winter Wonderfest (since 2001). -2019.01.07 Yearly. All ages. $10-25+ Hours vary. UNCONFIRMED
Festival Hall is transformed into a wonderland of lush decorated trees, sparkling lights, wintertime decorations and a main town square with vending. Includes ice rink, inflatable slide/bungee games. Santa and elves listen to children's wishes in a mountain top village.
Navy Pier, 312/222-9328, 600 E Grand.
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Sunday 2018.12.02
Britney Spears Birthday (since 1981). Yearly.
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* Hanukkah (aka Chanukah). A Jewish holiday, lasts eight days. -2018.12.10 Yearly. Sunset to sunset.
Marks the reconsecration of the temple of Jerusalem and the miracle of the lamp.
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* Santa Hustle 5K. Yearly. $45 9a UNCONFIRMED
Several thousand registered. Before and after parties. Paid registration includes costume.
santahustle.comSoldier Field, 312/235-7000, 1410 S Museum Campus Dr.
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* Toys For Tots motorcycle parade (since 1978). 1st Sunday in December Yearly. All ages. Bring a toy. 9:30a.
World's largest, drawing over 20000 participants! Many biker Santas. Assembly begins hours earlier.
Dan Ryan Woods, 83rd and Western. Travels all the way North to Foster.
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Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Sale (since 2006). Yearly. All ages. Free 11a-6p UNCONFIRMED
Over 150 of today's finest indie-craft talents setting up for holiday shoppers sure to find something.
renegadecraft.com/fairs/chicago-2016-holidayBridgeport Arts Center, 773/247-3000, 1200 W. 35th St.
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* Santa Speedo Run. Yearly. 21+ $25 to run. 12-2:30p UNCONFIRMED
1 mile thru boystown plus carols, entertainment, prizes, benefits Center On Halsted's Youth Housing Initiative.
bedno.com/fb/319649348407987Sidetrack, 773/477-9189, 3349 N Halsted.
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* SantaCon (since 2006). Yearly. 21+ 12:30-?p UNCONFIRMED
Long running Santa costumed pub crawl.
originalchicagosantacon.comBeef and Brandy Bar, 127 S State St.
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Madonnarama. 1st Sundays 21+ Free 10p-4a.
All Madonna music and videos all night with DJ Riley York. Classics, rare tracks, remixes, etc.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.
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Wednesday 2018.12.05
Movieoke (since 2008). 1st Wednesdays Occasionally. 21+ $? 9p UNCONFIRMED
Read along to perform, over 200 scenes to choose from.
twitter.com/ChicagoMovieokeWhistler, 773/227-3530, 2421 N Milwaukee.
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Friday 2018.12.07
Pearl Harbor Day (since 1941). Yearly.
Remembers Japanese surprise attack which brought the U.S. into WW II.
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Southside Critical Mass. 1st Fridays All ages Free 5:45p UNCONFIRMED
A fun, free, group bike ride.
facebook.com/SSCritMassNichols Park Plaza, 1300 E 55th St. At Kimbark.
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Jingle Bash. Yearly. All ages. $45-225+ 7p UNCONFIRMED
B96 presents Taylor Swift, Backstreet Boys, Fifth Harmony,
Khalid, Logic, Sabrina Carpenter.
b96.comAllstate Arena, 847/635-6601, 6920 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont.
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Tributosaurus. Monthly. 21+ $25 7p UNCONFIRMED
"The Jurassic beast with multiple musical faces. A different band every month, featuring local music celebrities."
tributosaurus.comMartyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln.
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Monday 2018.12.10
Human Rights Day (since 1948). Yearly.
U.N. issued Universal Declaration of Human Rights on this day.
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Theaters Everywhere.
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WAY too much great theater and comedy and dance to cover.
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