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Thanksgiving in Chicago 2023: Best things to do over the long weekend

Here are the best Thanksgiving dinner options and things to do once you're done eating.

Emma Krupp
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Emma Krupp

Don't let the early appearance of Christmas lights and decor fool you: Thanksgiving marks the official start of the holiday season in Chicago. And while you won't find an abundance of themed pop-ups or events to celebrate the food-centric holiday, we've got a few ideas about how to make the most of Turkey Day this year. Looking for some family-friendly activities? Get up early to check out the annual parade festivities downtown, or rent a pair of skates for an afternoon at the best ice skating rinks in Chicago. Not in the mood to cook? Check out our roundup of all the Chicago restaurants that will remain open for the holiday this year. Scroll through and familiarize yourself with everything you need to know about Thanksgiving in Chicago 2023. 

When is Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday in November. In 2023, Thanksgiving is celebrated on Thursday, November 23.

Is there a Thanksgiving parade in Chicago? 

Yes! Chicago's 89th annual Thanksgiving Parade returns on Thanksgiving morning (November 23) from 8-11am, sending marchers and massive floats down State Street from Ida B. Wells Drive to Randolph Street. 

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