Want to know what’s happening this weekend in Chicago? Look no further. There’s a whole calendar of exciting events, exhibits, and activities taking place all over the city this holiday season. This weekend, step inside immersive pop-up experiences, get in the holiday spirit at a festive Christmas market, experience exhilarating theatrical productions, have a Thanksgiving dinner to remember, and so much more.

Check out just a few of the top things to do this Thanksgiving weekend in Chicago, Nov.  25 – 28, 2021.

Thanksgiving Day Parade
Nov25
Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off the holiday season in the heart of downtown Chicago. The parade takes over Chicago’s iconic State Street from 8 – 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning.

Thursday November 25, 2021
Lightscape at Chicago Botanic Garden
Nov.  25 – 28
Lightscape

The popular holiday event is back, with a new path and exciting new delights! We’ve got inventive new installations and all your favorites too. Hum…

North Suburbs

Event details
Friday November 12, 2021 — Sunday January 2, 2022
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Rd.
Illumination: Tree Lights
Nov.  25 – 28
Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum

The ninth annual Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum returns as a walking experience. Explore 50 acres of the Arboretum's majestic trees during this one-of-a-kind spectacle of color,…

Saturday November 20, 2021 — Sunday January 2, 2022
morton arboretum
4100 ILLINOIS ROUTE 53
Christkindlmarket
Nov.  25 – 28
Christkindlmarket Chicago

The smell of roasted nuts, fresh pretzels, bratwurst and hot spiced wine, the sound of festive music, and the glimmer of sparkling Christmas ornaments, all…

Friday November 19, 2021 — Friday December 24, 2021
Daley Civic Center
50 W. Washington St.
ZooLights
Nov.  25 – 28
ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo

ZooLights Chicago’s favorite holiday tradition is back and better than ever in 2021 with our new Pepper Family Wildlife Center at the heart of the…

Friday November 19, 2021 — Sunday January 2, 2022
Lincoln Park Zoo
Cannon Drive at Fullerton Parkway
Blue Man Group at the Briar Street Theater
Nov.  25 – 28
Blue Man Group at the Briar Street Theater

Enjoy a performance of the legendary Blue Man Group, one of Chicago’s longest-running shows, at the Briar Street Theater. This worldwide performance troupe, whose hilarious…

Wednesday September 29, 2021 — Sunday January 9, 2022
Briar Street Theater
3133 N Halsted St
Immersive Art Space LP presents Immersive Van Gogh
Nov.  25 – 28
Immersive Art Space LP presents Immersive Van Gogh

Lighthouse ArtSpace Chicago, a new venue within Chicago’s recently renovated landmark Germania Club Building, will open Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021 with the U.S. premiere of…

Sunday November 28, 2021 — Sunday November 28, 2021
Lighthouse ArtSpace at Germania Place
108 W. Germania Pl.
Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins
Nov.  25 – 28
Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins

Strawdog Theatre Company is pleased to welcome back live audiences this winter with its annual holiday hit Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins. A traveling troupe of…

Sunday November 28, 2021 — Sunday December 12, 2021
Rivendell Theatre
5779 N. Ridge Ave.
Paradise Square
Nov.  26 – 28
Paradise Square

New York City. 1863. The Civil War raged on. An extraordinary thing occurred amid the dangerous streets and crumbling tenement houses of the Five Points,…

Sunday November 28, 2021
Chicago Bulls vs. Miami Heat
Nov.  27
Chicago Bulls vs. Miami Heat

Chicago Bulls vs. Miami Heat, Nov 27, 7:00PM. Tickets are on sale at TicketNetwork.

Saturday November 27, 2021
United Center
1901 W Madison St
Milky Chance – Mind the Moon Tour
Nov. 27
Milky Chance – Mind the Moon Tour

German folk group Milky Chance is coming to Chicago for their brand new Mind the Moon Tour! See them live at Riviera Theatre on Nov…

Saturday November 27, 2021
The Riveria Theater
4746 N Racine Ave
Disney’s Frozen
Nov.  25 – 28
Disney’s Frozen

From the producer of The Lion King and Aladdin, Frozen, the Tony®-nominated Best Musical, is now on tour across North America and the critics rave, “It’s simply magical!” (LA…

Friday November 19, 2021
Cadillac Palace Theatre
151 W. Randolph St.
Winter WNDRland
Nov.  25 – 28
Winter WNDRland

What’s winter without a WNDRland? Immerse yourself in the magic of the season as we totally transform WNDR Museum into a Winter WNDRland. Featuring a…

Saturday November 27, 2021 — Tuesday December 21, 2021
wndr museum
1130 W Monroe St.
The Office Experience
Nov.  25 – 28
The Office Experience

This fall, get ready to be transported to the world of Dunder Mifflin Paper Company when The Office Experience makes its debut in Chicago on…

Monday November 29, 2021 — Monday January 17, 2022
The Shops at North Bridge
540 N Michigan Ave
‘Twas the Night Before… by Cirque du Soleil
Nov.  26 – 28
‘Twas the Night Before… by Cirque du Soleil

'Twas the Night Before... is an exhilarating spin on the beloved Christmas classic as only Cirque du Soleil could imagine. This festive show about the…

Sunday November 28, 2021 — Sunday December 5, 2021
Ray Bradbury: Inextinguishable
Nov.  25 – 28
Ray Bradbury: Inextinguishable

Ray Bradbury: Inextinguishable honors the incredible writing and enduring impact of one of America's most celebrated writers. Featuring personal artifacts from Bradbury's life like his…

Monday November 29, 2021 — Tuesday May 31, 2022
American Writers Museum
180 N. Michigan Ave.
ChiTown Movies Drive-In Theatre
Nov.  25 – 28
ChiTown Movies Drive-In Theatre

A fun and safe outdoor movie experience every night at ChiTown Movies! Enjoy blockbuster and classic movies under the stars at our permanent drive-in located…

Sunday November 28, 2021 — Friday December 31, 2021
Chitown Movies
2343 S throop St
Steppenwolf presents BUG by Tracy Letts
Nov.  25 – 28
Steppenwolf presents BUG by Tracy Letts

In a seedy Oklahoma motel room, a lonely waitress begins an unexpected love affair with a young drifter. And then they see the first bugs…Tracy…

Sunday November 28, 2021 — Sunday December 12, 2021
Steppenwolf Theatre Company
1650 N. Halsted St.
Light Up the Lake
Nov.  26 – 28
Light Up the Lake

Brighten the winter season with Chicagoland’s biggest indoor, temperature-controlled light garden, featuring large-scale light-sculpture displays with more than 600,000 lights; Alpine ice rink with free…

Friday November 26, 2021 — Sunday January 2, 2022
Navy Pier, Festival Hall
Navy Pier, Festival Hall
Chicago Blackhawks vs. San Jose Sharks
Nov. 28
Chicago Blackhawks vs. San Jose Sharks

Chicago Blackhawks vs. San Jose Sharks, Nov 28, 6:00PM. Tickets are on sale at TicketNetwork.

Sunday November 28, 2021
United Center
1901 W Madison St
Guided Tour the Historic Former Wabash YMCA, the Birthplace of Black History Month
Nov.  27
Guided Tour the Historic Former Wabash YMCA, the Birthplace of Black History Month

The Wabash Y was the heart of cultural and economic progress for African Americans in the Bronzeville region of Chicago for over half a century…

Saturday November 27, 2021
Wabash YMCA
3757 S Wabash Ave
The Dr. Seuss Experience
Nov.  25 – 28
The Dr. Seuss Experience

The Dr. Seuss Experience is an imaginative, interactive, Instagram-able immersion into the wondrous world of Dr. Seuss. ​ This Seuss-tacular sensory spectacle takes each guest…

Sunday November 28, 2021 — Friday December 17, 2021
Water Tower Place
835 N. Michigan Ave.
Downtown Interior Architecture Walking Tour (“The World Within”)
Nov.  27
Downtown Interior Architecture Walking Tour (“The World Within”)

Did you know that the #1-ranked tour in Chicago out of 340+ on TripAdvisor is a woman-owned small business consisting of ONLY ONE full-time employee…

Saturday November 27, 2021 — Saturday December 18, 2021
Inside Chicago Walking Tours
Starting location given upon ticket purchase
Chinatown Lunch Tour
Nov. 27
Chinatown Lunch Tour

On our #1 TripAdvisor Rated Chinatown Adventure, you’ll enjoy seated dining at five restaurants and bakeries featuring upscale Chinese recipes while navigating Chicago’s historic Chinatown…

Sunday November 28, 2021 — Tuesday November 30, 2021
Chinatown
2200 S. Wentworth
Día de Muertos - A Time to Grieve & Remember
Nov.  25 – 28
Día de Muertos - A Time to Grieve & Remember

Our 35th annual Day of the Dead exhibition honors and celebrates the lives of lost loved ones through this time-honored tradition.

Friday September 10, 2021 Sunday December 12, 2021
Chicago Architecture Biennial
Nov.  25 – 28
Chicago Architecture Biennial

Experience the future of architecture at the Chicago Architecture Biennial. This ground-breaking event, which is the largest architecture and design exhibition in North America, will feature projects created by contributors from around the globe at free exhibits and events throughout the city.

Saturday September 18, 2021 Saturday December 18, 2021

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