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Do we have plans for you this weekend - starting to get in the mood for holiday cheer? Looking to get a jump on that holiday shopping list? Ready for the country's largest public toy fair? Whether you answered yes to all of the above or are still looking for plans, check out your Weekend Alert.

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Chicago Food Film Festival (11/20-23)

Food Film Festival Kendall
After kicking off yesterday, the Chicago Food Film Festival has events happening through Saturday,wrapping up with a Farm To Film To Fable event showcasinglocal and sustainable foods and films. Taking place at Kendall College (900 N Branch St), this traveling festival showcases all things delicious in taste and in film with different themes each night. Check out Untitled II (the art, craft and inspirtation behind great food) tonight, The Food Porn Party tomorrow evening, and Edible Adventure #009 + Matt Timm's Sugar Takedown (benefiting The Good Food Project) along with the sustatinable focus of Farm to Film to The Table and Lowcounty Shrimp Boil.

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival (11/23)

Mag Mile Lights Festival

Don't miss the event to kick off the holiday season this weekend and get the entire city in that feel-good, city winter time mood. You know the route, so come and join in on the citywide fun on the stretch of Michigan Avenue between Wacker Drive and Oak Street as it turns into that winter wonderland that we all know and love. Time to flip the switch on those one million lights adorning 200 trees along the Mag Mile, with a parade and fireworks show over the river. Don't fight it - give into that holiday excitement and celebrate all day long this Saturday with the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. 

Holiday Pop-Up Market at Hotel Lincoln (11/23)

Hotel Lincoln

Come visit the HO, HO, HOtel Lincoln this Saturday to experience holiday shopping in a unique and thoughtful way. Set up on the second floor of the hotel, shops and boutiques from across Lincoln Park will be ready to greet you with items for purchase throughout the day, ranging from quirky holiday cards to baked goods to children's gifts. After filling your shopping bags to the brim, come on down to the lobby and find Santa in the lobby for photos with children, families and of course family pets (with or without the kids, we know where priorities lay for the cutest holiday card photo).

Chicago Toy & Game Fair (11/23-24)

Toy Game Fair

Pop Up Holiday Market not your style? The largest public toy fair in the country is held right here at Navy Pier; the annual Chicago Toy & Game Fair (known to cool kids as ChiTAG) returns this weekend! Check out the 250 toy and game exhibitors presenting their products, available for purchase on site or for the thrill of seeing these new innovative toys. This time of year could be dangerous to bring the kids for fear of them producing an even longer Christmas list, but the lure of toy inventors is too good to resist. ChiTAG runs Saturday and Sunday this weekend.

Loíza in Chicago (11/23)

Presented by The Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, Loiza in Chicago invites guests to dive into the West African and Spanish history of Puerto Rico's Vejigante tradition. AfriCaribe will perform with percussion-driven beats and traditional dance rooted in African traditions. This vibrant celebration will be accompanied by vibrant Vejigantes masks and costumes, as part of Harris Theater's Family Series. Bring the whole family for opporunities to interact with the performers and cultivate Chicago's next generation of art lovers. 

And don't forget next week...

Tree Lighting Ceremony (11/26) 

Tree Lighting Daley PlazaCelebrate the holidays at the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Daley Plaza (Washington and Dearborn). This is a long-standing tradition in Chicago, with the first municipal Christmas tree lit on December 24, 1913 in Grant Park. This year marks the 100th anniversary, making it even more special. The event begins with a music program headlined by Darlene Love, followed by a lighting ceremony. (Nov. 26, 5-6pm)