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Ice Skating at Maggie Daley
Photograph: Courtesy Maggie Daley Park

November 2021 events calendar for Chicago

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

By Zach Long and Emma Krupp
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November in Chicago is a somewhat strange time even under normal circumstances—one day you're buying pumpkins and celebrating fall in Chicago, the next there's Christmas music blaring through your local café speakers—but between the election and event cancelations, this year promises to be especially different. Nonetheless, you can still count on a roster of fun stuff to carry you into the holiday season. Stroll through glittering light displays at some of the most gorgeous Chicago gardens and parks, catch out cool exhibitions at museums and cultural institutions throughout the city or plan out a small-scale Thanksgiving in Chicago. You can even take advantage of the cooler temps to check out virtual events from the comfort of your house, like a Chicago Humanities Festival talk with celebrated Canadian author Margaret Atwood. Grab your calendar and take a peek through the best things to do in Chicago this November.

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Chicago's Christkindlmarket makes plans to go virtual

Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza
Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

Chicago holiday tradition Christkindlmarket has been canceled

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Bad news for anyone who was still holding out hopes of sipping spiced wine from a boot mug in Daley Plaza this winter: Christkindlmarket, the annual holiday market usually hosted downtown and in Wrigleyville, has officially been canceled. In place of the the in-person event, vendors that usually participate in the German-themed Christmas market will sell their products online beginning on November 1.

 

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