Thanksgiving Parade - Blog

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. So, if your family is anything like mine, then you're really looking forward to the weekend. It'll take all the Merlot in Sonoma County to get me through an afternoon of uncomfortable political rants, Apples to Apples and the Dallas Cowboys. After you spend Friday morning throwing elbows in an overcrowded department store, celebrate your newly purchased, intensely marked down 60" Vizio TV with us, because we're going nuts this weekend.

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McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade (11/22)

Michigan Avenue's covered in lights. Macy's on State Street is adorned with festive horns and Thanksgiving's all like, "Hey, what about me?" Turkey Day hogs the seasonal spotlight on Thursday with a grand procession and, undoubtedly, enormous floats.

The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue (Through 12/31)

The Second City provides a more realistic alternative to the saccharine sweet theatre scene of the season. This show blends song, scene and improv in a way that pretty much ensures everyone in the audience will have a jolly good time.

Kids These Days at the Vic (11/24)

Chicago's presence in contemporary hip-hop is undeniable. Kids These Days is classically-trained and poised to have a huge year in 2013. Hop on the bandwagon before it gets too full.

Illinois at Northwestern (11/24)

Illinois and Northwestern first met on the gridiron in 1892. If you're doing the math, that's a full year before the Columbian Exposition. The two have history. This weekend the Wildcats and Illini will fight for the most coveted trophy in all of sports, the Land of Lincoln Trophy. It's sure to be a barn burner.

Small Business Saturday (11/24)

Look, you can duke it out at five-in-the-morning with some coupon crazed maniacs on Black Friday. Maybe, you'll get a really good deal on a laptop or something. Or, you can just leisurely stroll through Chicago's beautiful shopping districts and support local merchants with Small Business Saturday. The American Express sponsored event rallies consumers to a cause that can help sustain independently owned businesses.

For a detailed and up-to-the-minute calendar of Chicago events, click here.