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November 21st – 24th: Lighting of the Christmas Tree, Passport to France and more things to do this weekend in Chicago

This weekend, support local art school students at the Millennium Park Art Market. Experience an intimate dinner party performance with AMFM. Discuss economic growth and development on the South Side. Light up Michigan Avenue during the annual Lighting of the Christmas Tree in downtown Chicago. Check out all the best things to do this weekend in Chicago.


Millennium Park Art Market

Thursday – Sunday | November 21st – 24th | 11:00 a.m.

Millennium Park | 201 E Randolph St. | Free

Image | Millennium Park Art Mart

Find unique gifts for your loved ones this holiday season in Chicago. Shop locally made goods from over 150 student artists—representing School of the Art Institute of ChicagoColumbia College Chicago, and After School Matters at the annual Millennium Park Art Mart this weekend. For more information, visit the website here.

North Pole Pop-up Marketplace

Friday – Sunday | November 22nd – 24th| 4:00 p.m.

InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile | 505 N Michigan Ave/ | Free

InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile Hotel is taking care of all your holiday shopping needs with its first-ever, “North Pole Pop-Up Marketplace,” taking place this weekend in Chicago. Check out good and products made 100% by local Illinois makers. The free, indoor marketplace will offer two days of photo opportunities with Santa and makers from all over Illinois. For more details, visit the event pager here.

Food + Drink: 

Passport to France 2019

Thursday | November 21st | 5:30pm – 10:00pm

Zhou B Art Center | 1029 W 35th St. | $85 – $175

Image | Passport to France

Take a quick trip to France this weekend 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.

Reservations: A Dinner Party Performance Series

Saturday | November 23rd | 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

6018NORTH | 6018 N Kenmore Ave. | $40

Experience food, fellowship, and entertainment at AMFM’s Reservations dinner. Reservations is a long table seated dinner with performances in-between each course. Dinner guests will break bread together and engage with local artists who will perform short pieces of music, poetry, dance, comedy and more. For more details and tickets to the event, visit the event page 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

Image | The Neighborhood Network Alliance

Discuss economic development with residents on the South Side of Chicago this weekend. 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. 

Arts + Culture:

Annual Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Friday | November 22nd | 6:00 p.m.

Millennium Park | 201 E Randolph St. | Free

Image | City of Chicago

Watch the lighting of the Christmas tree for free, with thousands of other holiday light lovers this weekend in Chicago. 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

Romeo and Juliet

Friday | November 22nd | 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Chicago Shakespeare Theater | 800 E Grand Ave. | $45 – $90

See a romantic, classic, and timeless play this weekend. A city, two households, and a hatred so old that no one remembers its cause. Defying the barriers forged from their families’ enmity, Romeo and Juliet risk everything for love. In the uniquely personal setting of CST’s Courtyard Theater, Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and her 25-person cast will make you feel every spark of emotion as tempers flare, families brawl, and love blazes. Book your tickets today for an unforgettable night out at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. For tickets, visit the website here.

Find the best things to do this November by checking out this month’s events guide. Need more ideas on this go do? Check out 32 of the best fall events happening in Chicago.

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