What to Do During Thanksgiving in Chicago

Besides visiting with family and gorging on decadent dishes and desserts, there’s a lot to do in Chicago over Thanksgiving weekend.

If you have a spare moment and want to make the most of your time off, check out our list of things to do during Thanksgiving Weekend in Chicago.

Black Friday Shopping

Black Friday can be very stressful due to intense competition between individuals to get the best deals before they run out. But if you can handle the aforementioned uncomfortableness, there are a lot of shopping centers in Chicago that shouldn’t be missed. Cross reference shopping centers with deals and plan to start your Black Friday shopping experience at the place with the most potential. The Fashion Outlets of Chicago and Chicago Premium Outlets are some of the best spots for a wide variety of deals!

Pick up a Thanksgiving Pie

Not much of a baker? Bring a pie to your Thanksgiving Weekend celebrations, or grab one after the rush to keep the spirit of Thanksgiving going. Bang Bang Pie and Biscuits is a favorite spot in Chicago for its variety and execution.

Bar Hop on Thanksgiving

Though most people will be spending time with their families, the following bars will be open during Thanksgiving weekend in Chicago:

Other November Events

But wait… there’s more!

If you’re still looking for things to do, here are a few other events that happen over Thanksgiving weekend in Chicago:

Christkindlmarket –Chicago’s largest open-air market. It runs from November 18 – Christmas Eve.

Thanksgiving Parade – an annual tradition involving large inflatable balloons parading the downtown Chicago streets.

Turkey Day Run – another annual tradition that allows the people who care the most to work off their Thanksgiving dinner ahead of time. There are 5k and 8k races to choose from.                                                            

ZooLights – An annual event taking place at Lincoln Park Zoo, that runs from November 25-30, after 4:30pm each day. Lights, animals, and drinks characterize a night at ZooLights.

Clearly, there’s a lot to do in Chicago during Thanksgiving weekend. Determine what you have time for, and plan your schedule accordingly. Hold back on your consumption (especially in regards to alcohol) if you plan to brave Black Friday shopping. But most importantly, share a delicious meal with your family and give thanks for what’s truly important!

What will you be doing during Thanksgiving Weekend in Chicago? We’d love to hear about your plans in the comments below!