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.


Dragonfly Gallery
2436 W. Madison Street
Chicago , IL 60612

St. Procopius Church
1601 S. Racine Ave.
Chicago, IL 60608

Kline Creek Farm
1N600 County Farm Road
West Chicago, IL

Heller Nature Center
2821 Ridge Rd,
Highland Park, IL 60035

Lyman Woods
901 31st Street
Downers Grove , IL 60515

Kline Creek Farm
1N600 County Farm Road
West Chicago, IL

North Riverside Village Hall
2401 S. DesPlaines Avenue
North Riverside , IL 60546

DuPage Children's Museum
301 N. Washington Street
Naperville, IL 60540

IOWA Community Center
338 N. Iowa Ave.
Villa Park, IL 60181

Lyman Woods
901 31st Street
Downers Grove , IL 60515

Barrie Park
1011 S. Lombard
Oak Park , IL 60304

Oswego Civic Center
5 Ashlawn Avenue
Oswego, IL 60543

Lincoln Marsh
1000 W. Lincoln Ave.
Wheaton, IL 60187

The Depot
401 Thatcher Ave
River Forest, IL 60305

Darien Park District Community Center
7301 Fairview Avenue
Darien, CT

Museum of Science and Industry
5700 S Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637

Wheaton Community Center
1777 S. Blanchard Street
Wheaton , IL 60189

White Pines Golf Club
500 W. Jefferson
Bensenville, IL 60106

Abbington Distinctive Banquets
3S2 IL 53
Glen Ellyn , IL 60137

Morton Arboretum
4100 IL Route 53
Lisle, IL 60532

Mayslake Forest Preserve
3401-3499 St Paschal Dr
Oak Brook, IL 60523

North Sheffield Avenue
Sheffield and Belmont
Chicago, IL 60657

Northbrook Court
1515 Lake Cook Road
Northbrook , IL 60062

Cantigny Park
1s151 Winfield Road
Wheaton , IL 60189

The Morton Arboretum
4100 IL-53
Lisle , IL 60532

Eggers Grove
112th Street and S Avenue G
Chicago, IL 60617

DuPage County Historical Museum
102 E. Wesley St.
Wheaton, IL 60187

The Depot
401 Thatcher Avenue
River Forest , IL 60305

Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 North Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614

Darien Park District Community Center
7301 Fairview Avenue
Darien, CT

Cosley Zoo
1356 North Gary Ave.
Wheaton, IL 60187

State Street
State Street between Ida B. Wells and Randolph
Chicago, IL 60610

Downtown Chicago
TBA
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Phillips Park
1000 Ray Moses Drive
Aurora, IL 60505

Brookfield Zoo
8400 31st Street
Brookfield, IL 60513

Downtown Downers Grove
933 Curtiss Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Morton Arboretum
4100 IL Route 53
Lisle, IL 60532

Fullersburg Woods
3609 Spring Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523

Cantigny Park
1s151 Winfield Road
Wheaton , IL 60189

Waterfall Glen
Lemont Road and 91st Street
Lemont, IL 60439

Knoch Knolls Park
336 Knoch Knolls Road
Naperville , IL 60565

Herrick Lake Forest Preserve
3S580 Naperville Rd,
Wheaton, IL 60189

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center
9800 Willow Springs Road
Willow Springs, IL 60480

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
30239 S. State Route 53
Wilmington, IL 60481

Lake Katherine Nature Center
7402 Lake Katherine Drive
Palos Heights, IL

Busse Woods
225 N Arlington Heights Rd
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

North Branch Trail (south trailhead)
Cicero Avenue and Foster Avenue
Chicago, IL 60630

Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022

Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park
McCormick Boulevard and Church Street
Skokie , IL 60076

North Park Village Nature Center
5801 N. Pulaski Rd.
Chicago, IL 60646
Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light
Museum of Science and Industry - 9:30 AM Pick
ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo - 4:00 PM Pick
Art on the Mart
Merchandise Mart - 7:00 PM Pick
Chicago Thanksgiving Parade
State Street - 8:00 AM
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