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The best free things to do in Chicago in November

Save some money for holiday shopping with our guide to free events, festivities, art openings and more


November always sneaks up on us, but we're ready to welcome it—and any of the winter weather it may bring. With the holidays approaching quickly, we're looking for creative ways to save money on just about everything, and luckily, this month ushers in plenty of free activities to enjoy across Chicago. Get in the spirit by attending a tree-lighting ceremony, visiting a festive holiday market or taking a spin around one of the city's coolest ice rinks. Feeling like a grinch this month? We have plenty of dance parties and storytelling events for you, too. Thanksgiving and Black Friday are almost here, so save a few bucks with our list of the best free things to do in Chicago this November.

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