This weekend, get your holiday shopping done early. Explore European style holiday markets inspired by German and French cultures. Dine on delicious chili from a variety of Northside restaurants. Show kindness while giving back to the homeless community. Check out After Dark art at the Art Institute in celebration of the Andy Wharhol retrospective.
Daily | November 15th – December 24th| 11:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.
Daley Plaza | 50 W. Washington St. | Free
Chicago’s favorite holiday market kicks off this weekend in Chicago. Christkindlmarket Chicago is an annual event inspired European traditions and international flair. This market is Chicago’s largest open-air Christmas festival was first held on Pioneer Court in 1996. Enjoy the marketplace, delicious seasonal treats, and of course, the collectable mugs.
15th Lycée French Market
Saturday – Sunday | November 16th – 17th| 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Lycée Français de Chicago | 1929 W Wilson Ave. | $5
Hosted by Chicago’s French school, the 15th Annual Lycée French Market is the perfect market for your pre-holiday shopping. Experience our bustling French market where local and French artisans sell fine and decorative arts, home décor, jewelry, apparel, accessories, gourmet food and more. Guests can also enjoy our wonderful Bistro, which offers a delicious menu of authentic French recipes, live music and family entertainment for all ages. Check out this fun, French, family market this weekend.
Food + Drink:
2019 Jack Daniel’s Chili Cook-Off
Saturday | November 16th | 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sidetrack | 3349 North Halsted St. | $10
Sample some of the best chili on the North Side this weekend in Chicago. Warm up to delicious eats and drinks from Lakeview East restaurants. Join fellow chili lovers for the Annual Jack Daniel’s Chili Cook-Off in the Lakeview East neighborhood. Enjoy drink samples from Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, enter to win fun giveaways and sip on your favorite cocktails while tasting great chili. For tickets to the tasty Chicago chili event, visit the website here.
This Little Goat Friendsgiving
Thursday | November 14th | 5:00 p.m.
Little Goat | 820 W Randolph St. | $30
Celebrate Friendsgiving with the West Loop restaurant Little Goat. This Thursday the Little Goat Diner Bar will host a two-hour party featuring Thanksgiving recipes. Enjoy a holiday themed tasting, fun cocktails, and a raffle for $30. Everything you ever wanted and needed for the best Thanksgiving meal ever. To attend the event, visit the website here.
Block Party For The Homeless & Hungry
Saturday | November 16th | 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
2750 W Harrison St. | Free
Join The Kindness Campaign, a local organization that helps to build a strong community through service, will host a block for the homeless and hungry. Help serve hot meals to over 150+ men and women this Saturday in Chicago. In addition to sharing a meal, play games, mingle, and help raffle off new items to the community. To learn more, visit the event page here.
Arts + Culture:
After Dark Featuring Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again
Friday | November 15th | 9:00 p.m. – 11:59 p.m.
Art Institute of Chicago | 111 S Michigan Ave. | $15 – $35
After Dark at the Art Institute of Chicago could not come at a better time. Experience the return of Art Dark at the local fine arts museum this November to celebrate the major retrospective featuring more than 400 works by the iconic Pop artist, Andy Warhol. Along with late-night access to the exhibition, you’ll enjoy live performances by Gilligan Moss, DJ sets coordinated by Bizarre Love, and a cash bar featuring cocktails inspired by the exhibition. To purchase tickets, visit this link.
Christmas Around the World + Holidays of Light Opening Ceremony
Thursday | November 13th | 11:30 a.m.
Museum of Science and Industry | 5700 S Lake Shore Dr. | $0 – $21.95
Join the Museum of Science and Industry as they kick-off the 77th anniversary of Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light. Capture Instagram-worthy moments of the four-story Grand Tree and its 45,000 twinkling lights are lit for the first time this season, and watch as more than 50 surrounding trees and displays that represent cultures and traditions from across the globe simultaneously come to life. Guests will also enjoy festive music and “snow” falling every 30 minutes inside the Museum’s Rotunda, while exploring holiday displays of cultures from around the world. For more information about this event, visit the website here.