Thanksgiving Day Weekend 2022 in Chicago: Thanksgiving Parade, Turkey Trots, Christmas Shows

Holiday light parade photo courtesy of the Rotary Club of Naperville
Holiday light parade photo courtesy of the Rotary Club of Naperville

Looking for the best things to do in Chicago this Thanksgiving weekend 2022? Here are some family-friendly events and activities to add to your list for this Thanksgiving Day weekend.

Gobble up some activities along with your turkey this Thanksgiving weekend! There's plenty to do around Chicago to kick off the holiday season. Check out the Chicago Thanksgiving Parade along State Street or sing along with carolers in Millennium Park. Get outside to move around after turkey dinner at a Turkey Trot in Grant Park or Beverly, or Opt Outside at North Park Nature Village. The first performances of A Chistmas Carol are scheduled for this weekend at The Goodman Theater downtown and The Mac in Glen Ellyn, while The Nutcracker is playing in Hinsdale and Joliet.

With the weather staying seasonably in the 40s for the weekend, this is a great time to check out one of our favorite holiday light shows and drive-thrus, or plan a skating trip for on one of our favorite outdoor rinks. Plan out one of  your December weekends to include a showing of The Nutcracker or a ride on the CTA Holiday Train.

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

Places featured in this article:


Trailside Museum of Natural History

Illinois Railway Museum

Elk Grove Town Center Village Green

Village of Niles Civic Center

Tortoise Supper Club

Joe's Seafood Prime Steak and Stone Crab

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grill

Eddie Merlot’s Prime Aged Beef & Seafood

Sullivan’s Steakhouse

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
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
The Steadfast Tin Soldier
Water Tower Water Works - various times Pick
Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo
Brookfield Zoo - various times Pick
Let It Shine Light Show
Northbrook Court - various times Pick
Neighborhood Guides
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