The weekend is finally here, and it's a historic one to say the least! With a Chicago Cubs victory to make them the World Series champions, all are celebrating this historic win! Friday's parade kicks off the fun, but it doesn't stop there. Chicago hosts The Rugby Weekend — an international 2-day matchup at Soldier Field/Toyota Park — plus we have mega art fair SOFA Chicago at Navy Pier, Mac & Cheese Fest, Beerhoptacular and much more. Chicago is the place to be!
Chicago Cubs World Series Rally & Parade
November 4 beginning at 10 a.m.
What better to way to kick off the weekend than to celebrate with the World Series Champions, Chicago Cubs! With their first World Series victory in 108 years, the cubs will be hosting a parade for all to celebrate. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. in Wrigleyville and will proceed to Grant Park, where a rally will take place at Lower Hutchinson Field around noon. Get the Chicago Cubs rally & parade official details, or watch the LIVE simulcast online.
The Rugby Weekend
November 4-5 //Starting at $85
USA Rugby and TLA Worldwide announced the greatest stars in professional rugby will again return to Chicago! Opening on Friday at Toyota Park as the USA Rugby Eagles take on the Maori All Blacks. The following night, fans will witness the current defending World Cup Champion New Zealand All Blacks against the defending RBS 6 Nations Champions, Ireland. The day-two match will be played on Saturday at historic Soldier Field stadium. Visit therugbyweekend.com for details and for Friday match tickets and Saturday match tickets.
Mac & Cheese Fest
November 5 // $65
Mac & Cheese Fest is a celebration of the classic dish challenging top Chicagoland chefs to create their spin on mac & cheese. Foodies galore are able to indulge in all you can eat from each of the participating restaurants. YOU, along with a panel of foodies judges will help decide who takes home THE GOLDEN NOODLE for best mac & cheese. The fest offers two opportunities to taste delicious mac & cheese, lunch or dinner session! Mac & Cheese Fest is truly a citywide foodie sensation.
November 5 // $50
BeerHoptacular is a celebration of American craft beer, Chicago beer culture and having fun. The sixth annual BeerHoptacular will take place at Cinaspace Chicago Film Studios. The fest will feature over 150 American craft beer, live music, local food and a homebrew competition.
Seadog Cruise Tour Final Weekend
Ends November 6 // $33.95
Seadog Cruises has extended its season an extra week and offers you exciting Speedboat Rides, River & Lake Architecture Tours, and Extreme Thrill Rides perfect for a solo traveler or a group of 450. Take advantage of one of the best ways to see Buckingham Fountain, Grant Park, Beautiful Chicago Harbor, Chicago's Museum Campus and much, much more before it's too late!
Broadway in Chicago presents Fun Home
Now through November 13 // Starts at $25
It's opening weekend for one of the most groundbreaking productions ever to hit Broadway in Chicago, Fun Home is the winner of five 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Musical. The best new musical to open this season. A rare beauty that pumps fresh air into Broadway. Fun Home occupies the place where we all grew up, and will never be able to leave.
Now through November 6 // $20
SOFA CHICAGO is the must attend art fair of the year taking place at Navy Pier, attracting more than 32,000 collectors, museum groups, curators, and art patrons from around the globe to view museum-quality works of art from 70+ galleries. Exciting changes include a second café, additional lounges, and a redesigned Partner Pavilion. To get a head start on the event, the opening night preview on November 3 is truly a must-attend event for members of the art and design communities, collectors, and patrons.
Other options? Wear your Cubs gear and get to Museum of Science and Industry ($7 off admission, in honor of the Game 7 win) or ride the Ferris wheel at Navy Pier ($10 Friday tickets, in homage to the 10th inning victory). Feeling lucky? Try your hand at Hamilton tickets with their lottery. More November festivals and events here.