Your November Guide to Chicagoland -
Your November Guide to Chicagoland

November is that great in-between month when people are preparing for visitors, holiday shopping and enjoying those last snow-free days before winter. So, get out there and enjoy these great events before the tryptophan food coma sets in!


SOFA, one of Chicago’s longest running art fairs, is Nov. 5-8 at the Navy Pier. The event will showcase Sculptures, Objects and Functional Art (that’s why it’s named SOFA), with pieces that include ceramics, wood, glass, fiber and metal works from more than 70 galleries available for purchase.

The first Chicago Architecture Biennial will take place throughout November and December. Events will take place at iconic venues around Chicago, including the Water Tower, Madlener House, 72 E. Randolph and the Stony Island Bank.

Think of the Randolph Street’s Holiday Market as a high-end swap meet where you’re sure to find amazing one-of-a-kind gifts for those people you *really* like. It takes place weekends beginning Nov. 21 – Dec. 13 at Plumbers Hall.

The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival is a must for those who want to see epic fireworks, groove to stellar jams to ring-in the holiday season. It’s Nov. 21 along North Michigan Ave. and the Chicago River.

What November would be complete without attending Chicago’s Thanksgiving Parade?! Sure you could watch the all zaney floats and hand waving on TV, but it’s so much better in person. It’s Nov. 26 on State Street between Congress Parkway and Randolph Street. What will be this year’s festival-stealing float? Stay tuned.

North Shore

Visit the Candy Cane Bazaar for a sampling of the heirloom arts and crafts, baking and more on Nov. 6 – 7 at the Park Center in Glenview.

Evanston announces its popular Small Business Saturday Nov. 28. The event will feature in-store specials and activities at locations throughout downtown in an effort to support the local businesses around the city.

The Oil Lamp Theater in Glenview kicks off the holiday season with “It’s a Wonderful Life A Live Radio Play” with only the help of a sound-effects artists. Check it out Nov. 10 – Dec. 20.

Northwest Suburbs

MythBusters: Jamie & Adam Unleashed is a new stage production of the Emmy-nominated show on the Discovery channel. Fans will join the co-hosts on stage and assist in unorthodox approach to science. Nov. 19 at the Rosemont Theater in Rosemont.

Schamburg will host America’s Baking and Sweets Show, the largest baking event in North America, on Nov. 13 – 15 at the Renaissance Schamburg Convention Center Hotel. This year’s theme is “Charlie and Chocolate Factory,” with offerings and master classes from celebrity pastry chefs from around the world.

South Suburbs

The Quilters Plus Guild will hold its 27th Holiday Boutique featuring handmade market gifts including, wall hangings, jewelry, handbags and, of course, quilts! Nov. 6 in Orland Park.

Tinsley Park invites you to its Turkey Trot 5K Walk/Run on Nov. 8. Awards will be given for first, second, and third place runners in all age categories. Register online or on race day at Vogt Woods.

West Suburbs

Start your holiday shopping early during the Weed Ladies Winter Floral Sale Nov. 12 – 15 at the Naper Settlement in Naperville. The event will feature creative seasonal arrangements with silk and dried florals in a holiday theme.

Gnomes are invading the Morton Arboretum’s Children’s Garden in Lisle. Come search for them and  then create a keepsake light-up house of your own! The Gnome Hunt will be held weekends throughout November.