November is the perfect time to visit Chicago. You can still get all the benefits of autumn (like milder temps and gorgeous fall colors), while enjoying the first hints of the holiday season in the city (with magical traditional like the Christmas tree lighting and bustling holiday markets). The fleeting combination of both fall and winter means the entire month is bursting with seasonal traditions and exciting events. Make the most of this magical time with these can’t November events in Chicago.

Romeo and Juliet at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre (Opens Oct. 31)

Macy’s Holiday Windows (Start Nov. 1)

Nightmare Before Christmas with Chicago Philharmonic(Oct. 31 – Nov. 1)

SOFA Chicago (Nov. 1)

Photo courtesy SOFA

Shedd Yoga Flow (Nov. 2 and 10)

Pier Pumpkin Nights (Through Nov. 2)

Family Day at the Chicago History Museum (Nov. 2)

Dog Day at Morton Arboretum (Nov. 2)

Morton Arboretum- Autumn Foliage
Photo courtesy Morton Arboretum

Biennial Family Festival at Chicago Architecture Center (Nov. 2)

Founders Day at DuSable Museum of African American History (Nov. 3)

Revolution Craft Show (Nov. 3)

Hideout Flea Market (Nov. 3)

Great Black Music Ensemble at Stony Island Arts Bank (Nov. 3)

Chicago Architecture Biennial installation 2019
Territorial Agency Museum of Oil,​ 2019 Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial​ / ​Corey Dewald​, ​2019

Love Never Dies Ball at National Museum of Mexican Art (Nov. 3)

Dia de los Muertos at Maxwell Street Market (Nov. 3)

Hot Chocolate 15k/5k (Nov. 3)

Jack’s Pumpkin Pop-Up (Through Nov. 3)

After Dark at the National Museum of Mexican Art (Nov. 7)

National Museum of Mexican Art

Oedipus Rex at Court Theatre (Opens Nov. 7)

Lindiwe with Ladysmith Black Mambazo at Steppenwolf (Opens Nov. 7)

2nd Friday Gallery Night in Chicago Arts District (Nov. 8)

Festival of Wood & Barrel Age Beers (Nov. 8 – 9)

Chicago Humanities Festival (Through Nov. 10)

Eataly Chicago

Pizzata at Eataly (Nov. 11)

Shedd After Hours: ‘90s Night (Nov. 14)

Christmas Around the World at Museum of Science and Industry(Opens Nov.1 4)

After Dark at the Art Institute, featuring Andy Warhol (Nov. 15)

Christkindlmarket Chicago (Opens Nov. 15)

After Dark: Fall Frenzy at wndr museum (Nov. 15)

Thalia Hall Historical Tour (Nov. 16)

A partygoer at After Dark Art Institute
After Dark at the Art Institute of Chicago, photo by Braxton Black

Deck the Hallmark at The Second City (Opens Nov. 19)

Red Bull Music Festival (Nov. 17 – 30)

Adler After Dark (Nov. 21)

David Sedaris at Auditorium Theatre (Nov. 21)

Chicago Latino Music Festival (Through Nov. 22)

Art on theMART Fall Program (Through Nov. 22)

Lightscape Chicago Botanic
Lightscape at Chicago Botanic

Autumn After Hours at Robie House (Through Nov. 22)

Lightscape at Chicago Botanic Garden (Opens Nov. 22)

Winterland at Gallagher Way (Opens Nov. 22)

106th City of Chicago Christmas tree lighting (Nov. 22)

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival (Nov. 22 and 23)

Holiday Artist Showcase at Museum of Contemporary Art (Nov. 23)

Randolph Street Market (Nov. 23 and 24)

Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade (Nov. 28)

Harry Potter at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Nov. 29)

Cirque du Soleil at Chicago Theatre (Nov. 29)

Caroling at Cloud Gate (Nov. 29)

Wreathing of the Lions at Art Institute of Chicago (Nov. 29)

ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo(Opens Nov. 29)


Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo (Opens Nov. 30)

Chicago Architecture Biennial (Through Jan. 5, 2020)

The Nutcracker by the Joffrey Ballet (Opens Nov. 30)