Ring in the holiday season this weekend in Chicago with the 2021 Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade! Photo courtesy of the organizers
Ring in the holiday season this weekend in Chicago with the 2021 Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade! Photo courtesy of the organizers

Thanksgiving Weekend Things To Do in Chicago with Kids: Thanksgiving Parade, Millenium Park Sing-Along

Looking for the best things to do in Chicago this weekend? Here are some family-friendly events and activities to add to your list for this weekend.

Gobble up some activities along with your turkey this Thanksgiving weekend! There's plenty to do around Chicago, and many of the activities are outdoors. Check out the Chicago Thanksgiving Parade along State Street or sing along with carolers in Millennium Park to kick off the holiday season. Take part in an outdoor escape experience near the Art Institute or Opt Outside at North Park Nature Village. Families that are ready to enjoy indoor experiences again can see the music from Home Alone performed live by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, see one of the season's first performances of The Nutcrackeror take in the acrobatics of Cirque du Soleil at 'Twas the Night Before at the Chicago Theater.

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 skating on one of our favorite outdoor rinks. Looking to save some money for holiday gifts? Check out our guide to free holiday activities in and around Chicago

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

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The Art Institute of Chicago


LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston

Wheaton Nurseries and Garden Center

Skating Ribbon at Maggie Daley Park

Gallagher Way at Wrigley Field

Winter Wonderland Ice Skating Rink

Central Athletic Complex- Ice Rink

Richardson Christmas Tree Farm

Ben’s Christmas Tree Farm

Moehling Christmas Tree Farm

Ziegler Christmas Tree Farm

Puckerville Farms

Kringle’s Tree Factory

Bengston Christmas Tree Farm
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Museum of Science and Industry - 9:30 AM Pick
LEGO Train Show
Cantigny Park - 9:00 AM Pick
Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light
Museum of Science and Industry - 9:30 AM Pick
Mrs. Claus! A Holiday Musical
Beverly Arts Center - 10:30 AM Pick
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