You may think it would be challenging to find great activities to occupy your time in the middle of November in the â€œWindy City.â€ Â Chicago, however, is a booming place to visit any time of the year. There is a strong sense of community among citizens of the city, and the social scene is always warm. Â
Plan a weekend excursion, or a whole vacation, around all Chicago has to offer. Â Start your research today, and check out a brief summary, featuring some of the coolest things to do while visiting Chicago in November. Â
Visit Navy Pier for SOFA
Before it gets too cold, get the motorcycle out for one last joy ride. Â Plan an outing to Navy Pier for the SOFA (sculpture objects functional art and design) event November 1st through the 4th. Â
If the weather permits, hop on your motorbike. Â The gathering is a perfect excuse to cruise down to Navy Pier before Winter is in full swing. Â You may even have room for a date.
ZooLights at the Lincoln Park Zoo
Who knew, you can take your family to the zoo all year â€˜round? Chicagoâ€™s Lincoln Park Zoo transforms its grounds into a luminescent wonder when the winterâ€™s get cold, and the animals make their way inside for warmth. Â
The best part is that simply visiting to see the light display wonâ€™t cost you a dime. Â The Zoo has, however, planned several ticketed events for this yearâ€™s holiday calendar. Â Take the family to enjoy the art of ice carving, train rides, and most of all Santa!
Go ice-skating in Millenium Park
A romantic date night or a fun family outing, itâ€™s free to skate on the Millenium Park ice rink during the winter months. Â If you donâ€™t have your own skates, youâ€™ll have to pay a small fee to rent a pair, but it wonâ€™t set you back much. Â
On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, you can take advantage of free ice-skating lessons in the rink. Â Skating is available through the beginning of March, but call ahead if it is unseasonably warm.
The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival
The most famous shopping district in Chicago hosts a grand display for the kickoff to the holiday shopping season. Â The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival ends in a glorious two-hour tree-lighting spectacle, and the weekend is full of engaging activities. Â
The Chicago Toy and Game Fair
Often referred to by locals as â€œChiTaG,â€ the Chicago Toy and Game Fair is yet another reason to visit Navy Pier during November. Â Take the kids to see some of the coolest new toys and games coming to shelves in the near future, and enjoy a day out with the family.