Family Day at MCA Chicago

It's finally the weekend and we've got some really cool things for you to do! We've already highlighted the recent opening of a major tattoo exhibit at The Field (yes, you can actually watch people get tattooed live!) and the colorful showcase from author/illustrator of Where the Wild Things Are at MSI. But you can also get in the holiday spirit this weekend at Charlie Brown and friends, or join a FREE workshop during the Chicago Book Expo. [more]

Whether your cup of tea for this chilly weather is comedy, theatre/arts, or holiday cheer, we've got 10+ options for weekend plans in Chicago.

 

Chicago Comedy Film Festival
November 10-12 // Start at $11

Chicago Comedy Film Festival is an international festival committed to supporting comedy filmmaking as a vital and influential art form, this showcase includes films that are both humorous and poignant. Enjoy a filmmakers' meet and greet, drinks, and Chicago improv comedy, as well witnessing special guest Jane Lynch receive a lifetime achievement award.

 

A Charlie Brown Christmas
November 11-January 8 // Start at $24

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Tis the season to celebrate everyone's favorite Peanuts pals as they dig past the commercialized gimmicks of presents and decorations to rediscover the true meaning of Christmas. Ready to get in the holiday spirit? Celebrate with Charlie Brown and friends as they bring the holiday spirit back to life for families once again!

 

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic
November 11 // $29

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic returns to the Auditorium Theatre stage. Artistic Director Orbert Davis continues his exploration of his African diasporic roots in the diversity and drama of the Mississippi River, which provides the inspiration to this world premiere. The new piece will delve into the mighty river's historic influence and the evolution of the music and culture that traveled up the river birthing American Blues and Jazz. 

 

Annual Laternenfest and St. Martin's Parade
November 12 //Start at $13

Annual Lanternfest

German International School Chicago welcomes children of all ages and backgrounds to a fun-filled autumn celebration. In Europe, Laternenfest is a fall festival where children walk through their villages with lighted lanterns on the eve of St. Martin's feast day (Martinstag). The Chicago celebration includes lantern-making, storytelling, sing-along, other kid-friendly activities and food and drink for the entire family, concluding with a lantern parade at dusk.

 

Chicago Humanities Festival
Now through November 12 // Starts at $10

Chicago Humanities Festival

This fall, the Chicago Humanities Festival invites you to take a pause (if you can). Welcome to FallFest/16: Speed. The Humanities Festival's flagship FallFest, now in its 27th year, will feature nearly 100 programs. Event highlights political activist and organizer Gloria Steinem, Chicago-based architect and urban designer Marshall Brown, homegoing author Yaa Gyasi and many more.

 

Graeme of Thrones | Half-Price Tickets with Hottix
Now through November 13 // Start at $39.95

Graeme of Thrones

Broadway in Chicago presents this critically-acclaimed theatrical journey through the Seven Kingdoms, direct from sold out shows in London's West End, avid ‘Thrones' fan Graeme just wants to recreate his favorite fantasy saga on stage — aided and abetted by his best friend Paul and the girl he used to fancy at school — Bryony. Graeme of Thrones is an original and un-authorized parody on the international phenomenon that is Game Of Thrones.

Other half price ticket shows include Annie, Fun Home and many more.

 

Chicago Book Expo
November 13 // FREE

Chicago book expo

The Chicago Book Expo is Chicago's biggest literary event of the fall. This free festival is open to the public, featuring over 50 local book publishers and literary organizations selling books, plus two dozen author events and free workshops for writers, covering everything from mysteries to comics to poetry to politics to Chicago music and history.

 

 

More options? Bring kiddos to Family Day at the Museum of Contemporary Art (free) and Family Fun Day at Auditorium Theatre (free), celebrate Veteran's Day at Brookfield Zoo (free), or geek out over a live orchestra performance of The Legend of Zelda.

Ready for the holidays? Visit our 2016 holiday guide for the top happenings, including the 25th Anniversary of The Magnificent Mile Lights Fest (here's our planning tips). Find more top November festivals in our 2016 events calendar.