November 2018 Guide

With two more months before the end of 2018, it’s important to embrace every single day doing the things you love. Plan less and seek more with this months guide to Chicago. From pre-holiday holiday shopping at the Millennium Park Art Market to the former First Lady’s “Becoming” book tour this is the ultimate guide of things to do this month in Chicago.


African Fashion Week Chicago

Thursday – Saturday | November 1st – 3rd | 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Location Varies | $5 – $40


The purpose of African Fashion Week(AFW) is to open up the conversation about African fashion in Chicago. AFW does this by providing and designers alike an opportunity to share their success and showcase their work. The multi-day event will feature an entrepreneurship series, pop-up shop, fashion show, and much more. For more details on this event, visit the event page here.

A Fashion Show. Black Everyday: Style and Politics in the 1960s

Monday | November 12th | 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

DePaul University Student Center Room 120 A/B | 2250 N Sheffield Ave. | Free


For Blacks in 1960’s America, simply dressing for one’s day could be an act of protest, pride, survival, and beauty. Join us for an evening celebrating the fashion worn by Black Americans as they navigated both civil rights and everyday life. Enjoy a tableau vivant fashion show, home movie clips of stylish black Chicagoans, and a discussion on the theory of dress as activism while bopping to the sounds of live music of the time period. Featuring live DJ Ayana Contreras of “Reclaimed Soul” on Vocalo Radio (91.1 FM) and film clips from the Southside Home Movie Project. Food and refreshments will be served at the event. To register, visit the website here.

Rock The Holidays In Style

Sunday | November 11th | 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Style Room 326| 1722 W Belmont Ave.| $20


Style Room 326, is a members-only wholesale and retail showroom located in the beautiful Lakeview neighborhood. This November adds a little holiday style to your wardrobe at the local shop’s styling event. Sip and savor with friends while perusing the latest fashions. For more details on the event, visit the event page.

Millennium Park Art Market

Thursday – Sunday | November 16th – 18th |11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Millennium Park | 201 E Randolph St. | Free


Start your holiday shopping with one-of-a-kind items, including jewelry, fashion, painting, sculpture, prints, drawings and more on sale by more than 150 student artists—representing School of the Art Institute of ChicagoColumbia College Chicago,  and After School Matters. For more information, visit the website here. 


A (Mostly) Veggie Affair

Thursday | November 8th | 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Green City Market |400 N Elizabeth St. | $75 – $100


Join 25 local chefs as they prepare veggie-centric dishes with produce from Green City Market farmers. Attendees will also sample some of the city’s best bartenders, brewers, and mixologists pouring drinks made with GCM ingredients and local spirits. Chat with chefs, sample offerings, and learn about the mission of Green City market while you savor the best flavors of fall in the Midwest. Grab your ticket to the event by visiting the event page here.

8th Annual Tamal Fest in Pilsen

Saturday & Sunday | November 10th – 11th | Time Varies

2420 S Wood St. | $2


Experience the authentic flavors of Mexican and Latin American Tamales in a two-day festival with over 15 restaurants and bakeries participating. Experience traditional Hispanic food and drinks as you listen to live music, participate in arts and crafts, plus more at this family, friendly, fall event. The event will feature free parking is cash only. For more information visit the event page.

#KeepArgyleAlive Pop-Up Dinner

Wednesday | November 7th | 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

New Chinatown Restaurant & Coffee Shop |1019 West Argyle St. | $40

KeepArgyleAlive Pop-Up Dinner

Please join Chefs Loi Tran & Kim Hoang Thi Nguyen at New Chinatown Restaurant, one of the longest-running family owned & operated restaurants in the historic neighborhood of Uptown for a multi-course traditional Vietnamese family style dinner hosted by Richard Tran, Vitaliy Vladimirov, and Dennison Adad; partnered with the Obama Foundation.  Dinner will be followed by a digestif at First Sip Café. For tickets and a peek of the menu, be sure to visit the event page. 

Passport to France 2018

Thursday | November 15th | 5:30pm – 10:00pm

Zhou B Art Center | 1029 W 35th St. | $55 – $75


Passport to France is a night-long tribute to Chicago’s finest French-inspired restaurants, pastries, wines, spirits, and more. Organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce the event was designed to excite and inspire food and wine lovers and to highlight the rich, creative and varied culinary experiences available in Chicago. Click here to register or learn more about the 34th edition this November 15th at the Zhou B Art Center.


10th Annual Charitable Chili Cook-off

Saturday | November 3rd | 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The Arts of Life | 2010 West Carroll Ave. | $39 – $5,000


Celebrate 10 years of heartburn with celebrity guests Doug Sohn (aka Hot Doug’s), David Eigenberg (of @Sex in the City and Chicago Fire) Maggie Hennessey (food critic for Time Out Chicago). 20+ delicious chilis (including vegetarian), beer from Middle Brow Beer Co, and black dog gelato await you. Gather your appetites and your friends for this annual community-building event. All proceeds support Arts of Life’s—a vocational art’s center for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities Interested in entering the competition, volunteering, or purchasing a ticket to the fundraiser? Be sure to visit the event page for more details.

Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama

Tuesday | November 13th | 8:00 p.m.

United Center | 1901 W Madison St. | $29.50 to $3,000


The “Becoming” book tour will visit 10 cities, with two shows in Washington, D.C., and Brooklyn. The 12 events are being billed as “an intimate conversation with Michelle Obama.” The conversation with the former first lady will be moderated by her friend Oprah Winfrey, a woman whose media empire’s roots were laid in the Windy City. For more information on the “Becoming” tour, visit the venue’s website here. 

Make The Case 2018

Wednesday | November 2nd | 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Moonlight Studios |1446 W Kinzie St. | $55 – $600


Make The Case, Chicago’s famous bookcase-decorating competition to benefit local students, is back! Presented by Open Books’s Associate Board, Make The Case is a fun-filled evening where teams go head-to-head to decorate the coolest, most creative bookcase in three hours. Spectators cheer on the teams; enjoy food, drinks, music; and submit their votes for the best case. At the end of the evening, the winning team receives fabulous prizes and bragging rights for a year. After the event, Open Books stocks the shelves with high-quality books through our book grant program and donates them to classrooms throughout Chicago. Learn more about this event and how you can get involved by visiting the website.

Arts + Culture:

105th Annual Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Friday | November 16th | 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Millennium Park | Free


Enjoy the glittering tree set among Chicago’s sparkling skyline and the iconic art and architecture of Millennium Park. Miguel Cervantes, star of Hamilton at CIBC Theatre, will serve as the emcee for the ceremony featuring music and special guests. Millennium Park’s Wrigley Square, Michigan Ave. & Randolph St. For the latest details on the event,  visit

African-American Designers in Chicago: Art, Commerce and the Politics of Race Exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center

Sunday – Saturday | October 27 – March 3 | Time Varies

Chicago Cultural Center | 78 E Washington St. | Free


African-American Designers in Chicago: Art, Commerce and the Politics of Race features work from a wide range of practices including cartooning, sign painting, architectural signage, illustration, graphic design, exhibit design and product design, the exhibition is the first to explore how African-American designers in Chicago worked across different media and practices to define a role for African-Americans in the design professions between 1900 and 1980. The exhibition is accompanied by a symposium The Designs of African-American Life which gathers scholars and design practitioners who address all aspects of design in African-American life to go beyond Chicago and beyond graphic arts to take stock of current work in the field and explore new directions for research and practice. Check out the opening reception this month plus more additional details on this exhibition, visit the website here.

OBWS presents The Nationwide Black Business Crawl – Chicago

Saturday | November 11th | 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Location Varies | Free


Maximize your efforts to rebuild the community by support Black businesses with the 1st Nationwide Black Business Crawl hosted by Official Black Wall Street, the app that allows you to search & discover thousands of Black-owned businesses near you. Register to participate in the crawl visit the event page for more details.


Sunday – Saturday | November 16th – December 24th | Time Varies

Location Varies | Free

Christkindlmarket Entrance taken by Kameron Sears

Each year, people from all over the world visit the Christkindlmarket. The outdoor market in Chicago’s Loop, Gallagher Way in Wrigleyville, Naperville and even Milwaukee has become a timeless Chicago institution. The unique shopping experience, typical German food, and drinks, as well as diverse holiday entertainment make the Christkindlmarket Chicago a preferred and popular destination. Learn more about the markets daily events by visiting

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