Girls Day of Play is November 5th - photo courtesy of the Chicago Park District
Girls Day of Play is November 5th - photo courtesy of the Chicago Park District

Best Things to Do In Chicago in November with Kids

November brings plenty of things to do, as Chicago gears up for holidays from Veterans Day to Thanksgiving and full steam ahead to Christmas. Don’t miss our favorite kid-friendly events and activities in Chicago this month. 

Kick off the month with Girls Day of Play in Chicago's parks—it's on the Friday of Veterans Day weekend, so kids are off school. Continue the fun with Chicago International Children's Film Fest, where you might see a future Academy Award winner. Light shows are coming back for the holidays—perennial favorites at the Morton Arboretum, Kohl's Children's Museum, and Philips Park in Aurora will have you mesmerized yet again! And of course, there's the Chicago Thanksgiving Parade, back in person after a year hosted on a virtual platform. 

For more fun things to do check out our Fall Bucket List or our Day Trip and Weekend Guide—and don't forget to book tickets for these Holiday Train Rides!

We’re adding more events to our family activity calendar every day, so don’t forget to check it frequently.  

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Wheaton Metra Station

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Frankenmuth

Elkhart Lake

Christkindlmarket
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Museum of Science and Industry - 9:30 AM Pick
Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light
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Beverly Arts Center - 10:30 AM Pick
Mrs. Claus! A Holiday Musical
Stahl Family Theatre - 10:30 AM Pick
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