There’s more to Thanksgiving weekend than eating turkey. Besides a delicious Thanksgiving dinner, there are tons of things to do in Chicago during the holiday weekend. It’s the perfect time to start some holiday shopping, take a spin on a ice skating rink, catch a mesmerizing lights display, see a live show, and more.

Here are some of the top things to do during Thanksgiving weekend in Chicago

Enjoy a Thanksgiving feast

Travelle; photo by Huge Galdones

Start the weekend off strong with an unforgettable Thanksgiving meal. Whether you’re looking for a traditional Thanksgiving feast or something unique, Chicago restaurants have you covered. Check out our list of Thanksgiving dinners for dine-in and carry-out. You’ll find fine-dining spots, neighborhood favorites, international restaurants, and more

See the Thanksgiving Day Parade

Turkey balloon float in front of Macy's at the Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade

Don’t miss the return of the Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021. The family-friendly spectacle takes over Chicago’s iconic State Street in the Loop from 8 – 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning. Watch the colorful procession, including more than 100 floats and live performances, make its way north on State from Ida B. Well Drive to Randolph Street.

Shop local for the holidays

Foursided; photo by Adam Alexander Photography

Planning on starting your holiday shopping? Black Shop Friday is a great way to discover local Black-owned businesses all around Chicago on the busiest shopping day of the year. Check out their guide with more than 700 boutiques, book stores, art galleries, salons, restaurants, and more.

Next, celebrate Small Business Saturday with our guide to the best Chicago neighborhoods for boutique shopping. And hear the stories behind some of the city’s most beloved local restaurants, shops, and more with our Only in Chicago spotlights.

Enjoy a weekend away

Ice Skating in Millennium Park
Ice Skating in Millennium Park

Turn your Thanksgiving holiday into a memorable Chicago getaway. A hotel stay is the perfect way to make the most of your long weekend. Plus, you’ll get to experience the start of the holiday season in Chicago, from scenic ice skating to spectacular holiday events.

Check out these special offers from Chicago hotels to find great deals, packages, and more. And find Chicago hotels serving Thanksgiving dinner for an all-in-one holiday experience.

More things to do during Thanksgiving weekend in Chicago