Colder temperatures may tempt you to stay indoors–but don’t let it keep you in the house all November. Instead, get out and enjoy holiday celebrations, shopping events, and more free events and activities this month in Chicago. Check out the full guide of Chicago events happening this November.
Millennium Park Art Market
Thursday – Sunday | November 21st – 24th | 11:00 a.m.
Millennium Park | 201 E Randolph St. | Free
Find unique gifts for your loved ones this holiday season in Chicago. Shop the good from over 150 student artists—representing School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, and After School Matters at the annual Millennium Park Art Mart. For more information, visit the website here.
Fanta Celah & Akese Stylines Pop-up Shop: Chicago
Saturday | November 2nd | 1:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
B’ Gabs Goodies | 1450 E 57th St. | Free
Discover luxury African fashion this November in Chicago. Local Chicago designers Jennifer Akese Burney, FantaCelah, and Gabrielle Darvassy join forces to give you the ultimate shopping experience. Explore exquisite crystal jewelry, custom jewelry, and more. For more information on this shopping experience, visit the event, Facebook Page.
6th Annual Buy Black Friday Super Ujamaa Market
Friday | November 29th | 11 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The Black Mall | 533 79th St. | Free
Shop Black-owned and operated goods during the Super Ujamma Market this November in Chicago. This holiday season, buy and support over 50 Black-owned businesses during the busiest shopping season of the year. This shopping event is free and open to the public. To learn more, visit The Black Mall.com.
The Sunday Social
Saturday | November 17th | 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Boutique Envie | 215 East 47th St. | $25
Update your closet, just in time for the holiday season with PASSPORT by SP. Shontay Pinder, the owner of the Chicago fashion brand PASSPORT by SP, hosts the high fashion show and cocktail event on Chicago’s South Side this November. The event will feature a fashion show, passed hors d’oeuvres and, two glasses of champagne the PASSPORT by SP. For more details on this fashion experience and to purchase tickets, visit the event page here.
Food + Drink:
Passport to France 2019
Thursday | November 21st | 5:30pm – 10:00pm
Zhou B Art Center | 1029 W 35th St. | $85 – $175
Take a quick trip to France this November during the annual Passport to France event. Sample food, wine, and spirits from over 40+ French chefs, restaurants and vendors. Experience the rich and creative French food and culture in Chicago this month. For tickets and more details, visit the website here.
Chicago International Tea Festival
Friday – Sunday | November 1st – 3rd | 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn Mart Plaza | Apparel Center, N Orleans St Drive | $25 – $35
Are you a tea lover? Or looking to venture into the tea business? This November, check out the 1st annual Chicago International Tea Festival. A tea-focused festival is a one-of-a-kind event for the Chicago area. The tea festival hosts 35+ unique vendors, experts, speakers, and more who all focus and specialize in the medium of tea. To learn more about the Chicago International Tea Festival, visit the website here.
Taste of Ravenswood
Friday | November 8th | 6:30pm – 10:00pm
Ravenswood Event Center | 1410 Museum Campus Dr. | $60 – $800
Along with being home to Malt Row, Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood boasts a vibrant community of culinary dynamos and decorated restaurants. Experience the culinary delights of Ravenswood during the Taste of Ravenswood this November. Neighborhood chefs, brewers, bakers, and distillers will conjure up a menu of one-night-only dishes that showcase the diversity of Ravenswood’s culinary scene. Guests will also enjoy live musical performances, plus games from Redline VR and The SKEE League: Chicago. For tickets and a complete list of participating restaurants, visit the website here.
Escuela at Bar Sótano: Lessons in Holiday Hosting
Saturday | November 30th | 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Bar Sótano | 443 North Clark St. | $100
Learn a new cocktail making skill this November at Bar Sótano. The hip bar, located in the alleyway behind Rick Bayless’s Frontera Grill, offers a hands-on cocktail class just in time for the holidays. Spirits Director Lanie Bayless leads lessons in creating big batched cocktails and agave-laced punches, while Chef Rishi Manoj Kumar steps you through recipes for low-hassle, easy snacking. Be the best holiday host yet with these new skills! Purchase tickets for this event here.
10th Annual Charitable Chili Cook-off
Saturday | November 2nd | 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The Arts of Life | 2010 West Carroll Ave. | $39 – $5,000
Back for another year of heartburn and charity—join Arts of Life for its annual Chili Cook-Off. Now in its 11th year celebrity judges and guests Doug Sohn (aka Hot Doug), David Eigenberg (Sex and the City and Chicago Fire), and Clinton Sandifer (aka. ShowYouSuck) take on 20+ delicious chilis (including vegetarian), Marz Community Brewing beer, Virtue Cider, and Black Dog Gelato. Pulaski Squares will provide tunes. Make room for delicious food, live entertainment, community building, and more this November in Chicago. For event tickets, visit the website here.
South Shore Speaks: Let’s Talk Economic Development
Saturday | November 23rd | 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Stony Island Arts Bank | 6760 S Stony Island Ave. | Free
Discuss economic development with residents on the South Side of Chicago this November. Led by the University of Chicago’s Office of Civic Engagement and The Neighborhood Network Alliance, this event discusses the existing and future initiatives and community partnerships across the University that are making a positive impact and contributing to economic inclusion on the South Side. Listen, learn, and participate in this discussion with your fellow community members. To learn more, visit the event page here.
Marwen Art Fair
Friday | November 1st| 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Marwen | 833 N. Orleans St. | $50
The Marwen Art Fair, a once a year exhibition of art produces by Marwen students, teaching artists, alumni, and the staff is in its 30th year and plans to celebrate in a big way. Join students, artists, and friends for the annual art auction this Friday. 50% of the proceeds will go to the artists; the other half will benefit the free art course, college, and career details for Chicago youth from under-resourced communities and schools who participate in the Marwen program. Purchase tickets to the event here.
Arts + Culture:
Annual Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday | November 22nd | 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Millennium Park | 201 E Randolph St. | Free
Watch the lighting of the Christmas tree for free, with thousands of other Chicagoans this November. Enjoy the glittering tree set among Chicago’s sparkling skyline and the iconic art and architecture of Millennium Park.Grammy® Award-winning artist Jonathan Butler will serve as the emcee for the ceremony and perform music alongside Cielito Lindo Family Folk Music; a modern Latino Mariachi made up of the 9-member Lucero family. Enjoy music, family, culture, and community this month in Chicago. For more details on this holiday event, visit www.Millennium Park.org.
Saturday – Thursday | November 1st – 10th | Time Varies
Location Varies | $10 – $40
Chicago Humanities Festival continues its 2019 theme of “power” with a lineup of incredible speakers and events. Chicago Humanities Festival curates live programs that invites members of the community to open themselves to unique experiences and explore the ways today’s culture is changing. For tickets and a full schedule of the November lineup of events, visit Chicago Humanities.org.
Art Battle Chicago
Saturday | November 9th | 7:00 p.m.
Lagunitas Brewing Company | 2607 W 17th St. | $15 – $20
Art Battle arrives this November in Chicago—and it promises to be one electric night of live art and community. Art Battle is a global tournament with more than 200 events each year in the US and Canada. The one-night event features artists who paint and create incredible pieces during 3-fast paced rounds of live painting. One winner is crowned; all the artwork from each artist is available via a silent auction. Be a spectator or participant of this event by visiting the website here.
Daily | November 15th – December 24th| 11:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.
Daley Plaza | 50 W. Washington St. | Free
The highly popular holiday market returns this November to Daley Plaza. The annual event, inspired by Nuremberg, Germany in 1545 brings European tradition and international flair, along with local charm to the city of Chicago. This year, the outdoor market expands further north to the Wrigleyville area to open its third location in the Chicagoland area(the second location is in Naperville). Get a full list of vendors and activities here.
Bundle up and explore the city of Chicago this winter. For ideas on things to do, check out these winter hangouts that are fun to explore any day of the week.