You may think it would be challenging to find great activities to occupy your time in the middle of November in the “Windy City.” 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.
Plan a weekend excursion, or a whole vacation, around all Chicago has to offer. Start your research today, and check out a brief summary, featuring some of the coolest things to do while visiting Chicago in November.
Visit Navy Pier for SOFA
Before it gets too cold, get the motorcycle out for one last joy ride. Plan an outing to Navy Pier for the SOFA (sculpture objects functional art and design) event November 1st through the 4th.
If the weather permits, hop on your motorbike. The gathering is a perfect excuse to cruise down to Navy Pier before Winter is in full swing. 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 ‘round? Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo transforms its grounds into a luminescent wonder when the winter’s get cold, and the animals make their way inside for warmth.
The best part is that simply visiting to see the light display won’t cost you a dime. The Zoo has, however, planned several ticketed events for this year’s holiday calendar. 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, it’s free to skate on the Millenium Park ice rink during the winter months. If you don’t have your own skates, you’ll have to pay a small fee to rent a pair, but it won’t set you back much.
On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, you can take advantage of free ice-skating lessons in the rink. 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. The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival ends in a glorious two-hour tree-lighting spectacle, and the weekend is full of engaging activities.
The Chicago Toy and Game Fair
Often referred to by locals as “ChiTaG,” the Chicago Toy and Game Fair is yet another reason to visit Navy Pier during November. 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.