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Photograph: Grace DuVal

November 2020 events calendar for Chicago

Pack your month with the best activities, concerts, free things to do and festivals

By Zach Long

Just when you were beginning to settle into fall in Chicago, you might have heard the first Christmas music invade a coffee shop playlists and realized that Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Don't despair—November may signal that snow and dipping temperatures are imminent, but there's a whole lot to look forward to. Get a head start on holiday traditions this month by sipping a mug of glühwein at Christkindlmarket, checking out the glowing display at ZooLights or taking in the spectacle at the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. You can also attend Chicago Humanities Festival programming, catch the Andy Warhol exhibit at the Art Institute, dance the night away at Smart Bar's 23-hour party or see R&B singer-songwriter FKA Twigs headline the Riviera. Looking through the best things to do in Chicago this Novemeber and fill your calendar.

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