A wonderland of light displays synchronize to holiday classics at the Let it Shine Lightshow, Photo courtesy of  the organizers
A wonderland of light displays synchronize to holiday classics at the Let it Shine Lightshow, Photo courtesy of the organizers

Things To Do in Chicago in November with Kids: Thanksgiving Weekend and Holiday Lights

After braving quarantine and Halloween, Chicago families still have time for a few last socially distanced events before heading inside for a long, cold winter. From Day of the Dead celebrations in West Town and Pilsen to educational fall hikes to the first of the holiday light displays Thanksgiving week, we have a variety of way to enjoy November. Learn how to harvest corn in West Chicago in the 1800s, celebrate Minnie and Mickey's birthdays in River Forest, or explore Christmas trees from around the world at the Museum of Science and Industry. Be sure to check the full event calendar for more fall fun ideas.

As COVID-19 continues to be a concern for many Chicagoans, families may want to take part in some less structured activities such as viewing fall foliage on a nature hike or cruising down a zipline at an outdoor adventure park. We also know remote learning is starting to get tedious, so we've got ideas for 10-minute recess breaks for distance learners and vacation destinations where kids and parents can work remotely.

Let's all give thanks for our wonderful kiddos as we enter this holiday season together!

While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and maintaining appropriate distance. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our event calendar to find something else to do.

Places featured in this article:


Kline Creek Farm
upcoming events
(Thu Apr 1, 2021 - Mon Jun 28, 2021) The Progressive Farm: A Barnyard Tour

Darien Park District Community Center

Abbington Distinctive Banquets

The Morton Arboretum

DuPage County Historical Museum
upcoming events
(Sat Nov 21, 2020 - Sat Dec 17, 2022) Train Saturdays Model Train Display

Darien Park District Community Center

Downtown Chicago
Elmhurst History Museum Maker Mondays
Elmhurst History Museum - 11:00 AM Pick
Next Step Virtual Financial Camp
Zoom link provided with registration - 9:30 AM
Scratch Junior Coding Camp for 4 to 7 Years
Young Gates-KIds Online Personalized Classes - 10:15 AM
Intro to Excel Sheets Programming Course
Young Gates-KIds Online Personalized Classes - 11:30 AM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides