November 2011 Chicago Weather:Average High Temperature: 47°F (8°C)
Average Low Temperature: 32°F (0°C)
Average Snowfall: 2.9" Average Precipitation: 2.7"
November in Chicago is a busy time and much of that has to do with the holidays, which kick off the day before Thanksgiving with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, followed by Chicago's Thanksgiving Day Parade. With so many holiday events starting in November, it's hard not to find something fun to do in Chicago this month. Please note that the City of Chicago is still determining a date for its tree lighting ceremony, as well as a date for Santa House at Daley Plaza.
Here is a sampling of some of Chicago's best November events:
November 11, 2011: Veterans Day Ceremony - Ceremony honoring those who have served in times of peace as well as in war. Event starts at 11 a.m. at Soldier Field, Gate O (1410 S. Museum-Campus Drive). Admission is free.
November 18, 2011: Ice skating at Millennium Park - Come out and skate for free under some of Chicago's most impressive skyscrapers. This outdoor skating rink is open daily through March 11, 2012. Skate rentals are available for $10. Tip: Afterwards have lunch or dinner at the Park Grill located behind the rink.
November 19, 2011: Magnificient Mile Lights Festival & Parade - Held the Saturday before Thanksgiving, the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival includes numerous fun activities for the entire family all day long, such as choir and theater performances, ice sculpting demonstrations, and live entertainment along the parade route. The festival starts at 11 a.m. and goes to 7 p.m. The parade starts at 5:30 p.m.
Starting November 23, 2011: Christkindlmarket Chicago - The Christkindlmarket is Chicago's largest open-air Christmas festival and includes European arts and crafts, as well as brats, spiced wine and other German specialties. The only downside to this year's market will be the city's Christmas tree. Due to budget cuts, the tree will be considerably smaller this year. Normally, the tree is comprised of several large Christmas trees. This year, it will just be one tree, at least that is what I have heard. The Christkindlmarket is open daily through December 24, 2011 at Chicago's Daley Plaza.
November 24, 2011: Thanksgiving Day - Check out our top picks for celebrating Thanksgiving in Chicago, including Thanksgiving related events in the Windy City throughout the month of November.
November 24, 2011: McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade - This annual favorite that attracts almost a half a million spectators and starts off on State Street at 8:30 a.m. and includes marching bands, holiday-themed floats, and gigantic inflatable helium balloons (similar to what you see in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in New York City). The route is State Street from Congress to Randolph. Can't make it out to the parade? No problem. WGN Channel 9 will broadcast the parade.
Starting November 25, 2011: ZooLight at the Lincoln Park Zoo - Each year the Lincoln Park Zoo decorates its grounds and trees with mult-colored lights and animal figures. ZooLights is free and is sponsored by ComEd. Activities include ice carving demonstrations, a Holiday Express Train, and more. ZooLights runs through January 1, 2012. Admission is free.
November 25 - 27, 2011: Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music at the Music Box Theatre on Southport Avenue - If you love Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music, then you won't want to miss this sing-a-long to subtitles. The movie's biggest fans usually get there early and in costume no less. Advanced tickets are $12.50 for adults and $8 for children under 12. The price goes up when purchasing at the door: $15 for adults; 49 for kids.