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A Grown-Ups Guide to Magnificent Mile Lights Fest

Mag Mile Lights Festival

While the rest of the country waits to digest Thanksgiving feasts before officially starting holiday celebrations, Christmas in Chicago kicks off the week before Thanksgiving with the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. The iconic stretch of north Michigan Avenue sparkles with a million (literally) lights on 200 trees and a Tree-Lighting Parade with Mickey and Minnie Mouse as grand marshalls.

The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival: 10 Tips for a Day of Family Fun

 The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Chicago

The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival is Chicago's premier kickoff to the holiday season. Grand marshals Mickey and Minnie Mouse lead a holiday parade of more than 40 floats, helium-filled balloons and marching bands down Michigan Avenue, to the delight of kids and adults alike. Along the route, they light up over one million lights on over 200 trees with their magic wands, leaving Chicago's Mag Mile merry and bright.

Chicago Dance: 4 Shows to See in November

Harris Theater presents Jessica Lang Dance

What's coming up on this month's calendar of dance performances? On the stage, see Twyla Tharp's 50th Anniversary Tour from November 5-8; Jessica Lang Dance presenting Tesseracts of Time from November 6; Camille A. Brown presenting Black Girl: Linguistic Play from November 6-7; and RPM Productions presenting Day of the Gypsy from November 21-22.

A Newbie's Guide to SOFACHICAGO

SOFA Chicago

The 22nd annual SOFA Chicago (Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design) expo has pulled out all stops to make the three-day art fair more accessible and easier to navigate, including a newly designed floorplan and more opportunities to meet artists and designers and learn about the process of curating and art selection. Two-dimensional art — paintings, photography and works on paper — will also be featured for the first time, giving even more options for inspiration.

Windy City Riddims: Chicago's Best Reggae Spots

Wild Hare Chicago

Chi-town might be more associated with blues and jazz but the city also boasts a robust offering of reggae music. Whether you like to sway to classic lovers rock or "wine up" to dancehall beats, Chicago has you covered. Although many bars and clubs include reggae in their regular music mix, these are the Chicago spots to experience non-stop reggae, Red Stripes included.

Countdown to Halloween: The Biggest Chicago Parties You Need to Book Now!

Studio Paris Nightclub Chicago

Halloween is almost here! Do you have plans for how to spend the night? Chicago's top party spots have plenty of last-minute options to consider. Here are the need-to-know details to do Halloween in Chicago up big.

5 Things to Do in Chicago This Fall

Edwards Apple Orchard West

Can you believe it's already fall? I was reminded in the most unceremonious way — a sudden realization that it's colder than I'd like it to be. Colder temperatures aside, I absolutely love the fall and all the activities typical of the season. Here's a list of fun seasonal things to do in Chicago this fall.

Chicago Children’s Choir: A magical, musical gift to our city

Chicago Children's Choir

Founded in 1956, the Chicago Children's Choir is musical gift to our city. This active nonprofit organization provides multicultural choral music education, serving over 4,000 children annually through choirs in more than 70 Chicago schools, after-school programs in 9 Chicago neighborhoods, an ensemble for boys with changing voices, and the internationally-acclaimed Voice of Chicago, Chicago Children's Choir.

Not-So-Scary Halloween Fun! 6 Picks for Little Ones

Spooky Zoo Spectacular

Halloween can be a bit too spooky for toddler and preschool-aged goblins and ghosts. Here are six not-so-scary Halloween events across Chicago that will be enjoyed by children of all ages in your family.

The Chicago International Children's Film Festival: More Than a Fun Family Movie Date

Chicago Children's International Film Festival

The 32nd Annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival kicks off on October 24 with over 245 films from over 50 countries — and our family can't wait! Selected from over 3,000 entries at venues across the Chicago including Facets Cinematheque (1517 W. Fullerton) and Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport), these movies always rise above the usual Hollywood kid fare and offer everything from funny to spooooooky films, all with a unique, global perspective.

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