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Chicago November Events 2012 | Things to do in Chicago in November through the Holidays

Ah, November. The time of year where we can finally wear a jacket outside in the morning and still not regret our outfit choice by noon. The temperatures are consistent throughout the say, and pretty much throughout the month. Chicago Travelers can expect November temperatures to usually be in the 40's by day, 30's by night, and there is plenty of holiday cheer everywhere you turn to warm your little heart as you walk down the street!

We don't have the beautiful yellow, orange and red leaves on the trees, at least not for long, but luckily, Chicago is one of those cities that looks beautiful with leaves on the trees, green or red, or no leaves at all! 

November Events in Chicago

  • The Charlie Brown and the Great Exhibit is open at the Museum of Science and Industry through mid-February.
  • November 1-11: The Chicago Humanities Festival is something worth checking out - an annual collection of concerts, presentations and films.
  • November 2-4: The Chicago Comedy Film Festival brings independent comedy films to the big screen for a few days.
  • November 4: Sleigh Bells at METRO Bar
  • November 15: fun.
  • November 16: World Championship Boxing at the UIC Pavilion
  • November 16-18: Chicago Fine Chocolate Show at the Navy Pier. Enjoy live pastry demonstrations, seminars, free samples, and chocolate pairings with wine, beer and spirits.
  • November 17-18: Chicago Food and Wine Festival at the Pheasant Run Resort

Holiday Festivities in Chicago!

November is best known for Thanksgiving. We'll keep you posted on where to get the best Thanksgiving dinner in Chicago this year, but for now, you should know that there are always quite a few things going on other than eating. (Did we really just say that?) Yes!

  • The 45th annual Holiday Windows is lighting and revealing of all the holiday decorations at Macy's on State Street on November 3, 2012! Chris Mann will be performing during the lighting of the Macy's Great Tree at noon, and Santa will be taking Christmas lists (and pictures with your kids) starting at 10am! There will be family friendly events all day long!
  • Magnificent Mile Lights Festival: November 17, 2012 is the date that all those beautiful lights are turned on to fill the city with holiday cheer, and light! Lots of light! There will be music performances, a parade and the shops on Mag Mile will stay open late!
  • McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade: November 22, 2012 from 8am-11am the parade will head down State Street from Congress to Randolph
  • Christmas Around World at the Museum of Science and Industry: November 15 - January 6 - A Chicago tradition since 1942! Stop by and see the 45ft Christmas tree, home to over 30,000 lights and 1,000 ornaments for the holidays! 50 smaller trees surround this one, but throughout the rest of the museum, different communities represent their holiday traditions! Get a little cultured this Christmas!
  • Christkindlmarket: Opens November 21
  • Turkey Trot 8k in Lincoln Park is on November 22, 2012!
  • Book a hotel with a great TV for the NFL game. Or pay a visit to our favorite Chicago sports bars to find the bar that supports your team, or the one closest to your hotel!
  • Obviously, you aren't going to want to miss the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV This year either!
  • Stay tuned to Chicago Traveler on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ as the holidays approach for more Chicago holiday events as they come up!

Best Chicago Tours in November

It's a great time for a Chicago food tour, a bus tour, and as always, a boat tour in Chicago! Just because the temperatures are dropping this month doesn't mean you can't board a boat - they are heated this time of year, and the views are just a charming! You're not going to want to miss any of these tours in Chicago!

  • The Tastebud Food Tours have been ranked the #1 Chicago food tour, and when you're trying to stay warm for the winter, what better way than a warm slice of pizza and a carb-load? Wear your comfortable shoes and a scarf perhaps, and get ready to taste the delicacies of several famous Chicago restaurants!
  • The Good Times Historic Bar Tour goes rain or shine, all year long, and you don't have to worry about the weather, because the tour takes place mostly indoors when the conditions are rough. An expert guide takes you along the historic bars of Chicago, where you can grab a drink or two to stay even warmer along the way!
  • All of the Chicago Boat Tours are great this time of year, and the heated boats make for better tours of the city than the walking or segway tours, and as always, the views are far superior!
  • Enjoy the beauty of the buildings on the Chicago Architecture Foundation tour, or see it all on the See It All! Chicago Mini Bus Tour, a family friendly tour for kids and history buffs alike that stops at 3 locations along the way, perfect for some ideal photo ops!