Thanksgiving events in Chicago

Turkey trots, restaurant feasts and one big parade are among the best Thanksgiving events in Chicago

Chicago Thanksgiving Parade 2017
Photograph: Jordan Avery

Whether you're stopping through to visit family or sticking around because it's the city you call home, Chicago is an amazing place to celebrate Thanksgiving. You'll find the usual array of Turkey Day events, including a parade in the Loop and a Turkey Trot that departs from Lincoln Park. Aftter a hearty meal, you can catch a concert, go ice skating or head to some of Chicago's best shops to snag Black Friday deals. And if you're still hungry, secure a reservation at one of the city's best restaurants. Make your Thanksgiving in Chicago special with our guide to events, pies, the parade and more seasonal traditions.

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We’ve packed away our Al’s Beefcake costume for the year, but before we bust out the Christmas tree, we’ve got one hurdle of a holiday to clear: Thanksgiving. Chicago is an opinionated town, so some topics are better left off the table when it comes time to gather your family around the turkey (or deep-dish, if that’s your thing). Here are some Chicago topics to leave at home this holiday season.  No calling dibs on your place at the table. You're a person, not a parking spot. For today only, don't correct your cousins from the burbs when they claim the Chicagoan label. They get a holiday radius pass. Don’t get your aunt started on the merits of deep-dish pizza. You'll be debating Giordano's vs. Lou Malnati's all night.   Avoid talking about the Cubs' stellar season with your White Sox-loving uncle. And completely avoid the Cubs with your Cardinals-loving cousin from downstate. Too soon to rip the Band-Aid off that wound.  Sharing in graphic detail the most memorable smells you’ve experienced on the CTA. Some of us are trying to eat stuffing here.  Taxes. We know they’re going up, but this isn’t the season to constantly remind ourselves of the lump of coal that’s been dropped in the city’s stocking.  Any mention of Rahm. Sure he's a turkey who should get stuffed, but the bird on your table is more important. And remember, Chicago politics are rarely a fun or fruitful side dish.  The Lucas Museum. The diehard Bears fans will only get huffy about the loss of tailgating

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