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33 Fantastic Things To Do in Chicago This November

Elliot McGowan Elliot McGowan

33 Fantastic Things To Do in Chicago This November

This year might be a little different but there are still endless November activities to give thanks for!

Halloween has passed us by and the big holiday season is revving up for a festive time in Chicago. These are very unusual times, new restrictions have been implemented to clamp down on a global pandemic and annual favorites like Christkindlemarket have been forced to cancel but worry not, there is still plenty to do this November. Here are 33 covid-safe things you should put on your calendar this month.

1. Rake In The Last Of The Autumnal Views

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Though some snow trickled down in Chicago towards the end of October the first few days of November were surprisingly warm and fall colors were in full radiance all around. The first thing to do this November is make sure you’re breathing in the last of the fall views before they disappear for another year. If you can’t get enough of the fall foliage, or just feel like doing a cannonball into a big ole pile of crackling leaves, have a look at our favorite places to watch the changing of the seasons in Chicago and be sure to check outour top 10 most gorgeous autumnal photos of Chicago looking dreamy this 2020 fall.

2. Stroll Through Chicago’s Many Parks

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There’s surely no better place to see the autumnal leaves than in one of Chicago’s 570 beautiful parks. With colder weather and potential restrictions on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to make the most of what Chicago has to offer. Here are ten of our favorite parks in Chicago to explore this November.

3. Visit The Morton Arboretum And Go ‘Forest Bathing’

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Talking of leafy escapes, there’s no better place to escape from Thanksgiving drama that this verdant nonprofit public garden and outdoor museum. Walk through the magnificent trees, glorious seasonal color, and sweeping vistas and get a little sun while you still can. The Morton Arboretum is now offering guided ‘forest therapy’ walks for stress and anxiety relief. The sessions led by a certified guide, are meant to help participants unwind in the quiet of nature based on the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku, which roughly translates to “forest bathing.”

4. Experience Gorgeous Outdoor Candlelight Concerts

You can still experience an absolutely magical (and safe) November here in Chicago, and part of that is thanks to all the amazing outdoor spaces the city has to offer, not just the parks. Fever Originals is bringing its wildly popular Candlelight concert series to open-air venues for the festive season, from stunning rooftops and terraces to enchanting secret gardens. There are holiday dates throughout November offering both Jazz & Soul concerts and traditional classical music concerts. More info and tickets can be found here.

5. Dine In The Dark

Haunted Dining in the Dark is another unforgettable November experience. Imagine. You’re seated at a table in a room shrouded in darkness. You tremulously reach for your glass. It’s all too eerie, but the first of three courses has just been served — seemingly out of thin air — and already your senses are reeling. There’s an air of ominousness, but your taste buds have never been this heightened before, and with food this tantalizing, you can’t leave. This is the Haunted Dining in the Dark experience with now has extra limited capacity to meet covid regulations.

6. Get Spooked In A Haunted Hotel Pop Up Experience

For those of you who can’t get enough of October 31st and are still in the Halloween spirit, the Room 237 Pop Up Experience can guarantee to give you your last screams of the spooky season and get your heartbeat racing with fear once more. The massive pop-up experience invites you to check-in as a guest to the Overlook Hotel where you will explore multiple rooms in a huge warehouse space. Enjoy one included complimentary Jack beverage and multiple interactive photo-ops but beware, there’s no looking back.

7. Test Your Brains & Your Bravery At VR Haunted Escape Rooms

While many will freeze with fear in Room 237 those heroes among us will want to test their brains and their bravery while under pressure in Sanctum Haunted VR Escape Room. The world of H.P. Lovecraft is full of dark places and mystical creatures that you should stay away from. Your close friend Anna, a detective conducting an investigation of mysterious disappearances in the nearby forests, sends you a letter and now you have no other choice but to do everything to save her. Head off in the dead of night to an abandoned dilapidated cabin in the woods where, from the looks of it, not a single soul has been in a very long time, but is that really the case? What better way to see out the spooky season than with one of these VR escape rooms with your friends?!

8. Meet The Mad Hatter At His G&T Party

For a less haunting but equally exciting experience, The Mad Hatter’s infamous gin and tea parties have arrived in Chicago and are not to be missed! In this immersive, theatrical cocktail experience you’ll enjoy a menu of delicious Rabbit Hole Bespoke Gin concoctions in the most psychedelic of settings. Costumes are welcome, but if you don’t have time to put an outfit together don’t worry— the Hatter will be lending out some of his craziest hat creations! There are safety regulations and a capacity restriction so want a seat at the tea party table? Get your tickets here! ⭐️Sponsored⭐️

9. Cheer On The Bears In Style At Epiphany Suites!

With Chicago Bears currently 2nd in the division and 6th in the conference we’re playoff-bound! With Soldier Field closed for 2020, there is no better place to cheer them on than Epiphany Suites. While covid19 restrictions have clamped down on our movements Epiphany Center of the Arts is still alive and kicking! Whether it’s Da Bears, your favorite NFL team, or your alma mater for college football, Epiphany Suites is the destination for your sports entertainment!

Epiphany Center of the Arts now also offers a baller option for NFL viewers with their premium sports entertainment parties in their rentable extravagant epiphany suites so you can be a baller within your bubble. Each suite is kitted out with an enormous 75′ flat screen and comes with 2 valet parking passes, a personal suite valet, bathroom attendants, and food & beverage service throughout the game. Package deals are available for groups of 8-10 people and groups of 11-15 people.

10. Fill Yourself Up With A Bottomless Brunch At OG’s

Weekends are for fun and relaxation, right? Well then, let’s start your weekend right… with one of OG’s brunch specials. Thebottomless mimosas and brunch combo deal gets you a 2-hour reservation at Old Grounds Social where you’ll sip on unlimited mimosas and chow down on a yummy brunch entree of your choice.

To fuse your NFL needs with your burning brunch desires the Bottomless NFL Sundays at Old Grounds Social is a fantastic weekend option. Surround yourself with fellow football fans and cheer on da Bears or whichever your favorite team might be, beers flowing for 3 hours like at a tailgate.

For even more fun at OG’s don’t miss the Old Ground Social Thursday Hour and their bottomless wings special! Enjoy all-you-can-eat mouth-wateringly delicious wings with a variety of OG’s house-made sauces. If that’s not enough, you’ll also get a tasty boozee slushee included. Pick from the frozen margarita, purple drank, or the OG!

11. Swing By A Wing Series Venue On A Wednesday

Talking of wings… attention all wing lovers we have a special announcement! WingOut Chicago and Vizzy Hard Seltzer are proud to present the inaugural Wing Series! The Wing Series is taking over Wing Wednesdays this fall with all you can eat wings from some of the city’s top wing joints. Fried, Smoked, Grilled, Hot, Mild, Sweet and Spicy….The Wing Series has got you covered! Multiple flavors of all you can eat wings, 1 Vizzy Hard Seltzer per guest, and rating cards to rate your wings. What’s not to like?

12. Dine In A Dome

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With the current coronavirus restrictions and colder days ahead inventive solutions were needed to keep the hospitality scene alive and so came the domes! City Winery on the Chicago Riverwalk was one step ahead of the game. Last year, the winery featured a series of transparent domes on its patio, and this year they’re back and better than ever.

13. Peruse The Patios Of Fulton Market

Domes are all the rage in the current climate and the igloo village at Fulton Market is the place to be. Opened to the public mid-October some of Fulton Market’s favorite watering holes and eateries teamed together to deck their patios in cozy outdoor solutions. The Publican, Duck Duck Goat, Gus’s Famous Fried Chicken, and Beatrix are some of the restaurants and bars where temporary igloos, greenhouses, and plastic structures have been set up to provide spaces to dine together whilst remaining safely apart.

14-15. Take It To The Rooftops

Photo from Adam Sokolowski

From mouthwatering Mediterranean food and absolutely delectable Mexican slow-roasted meats with sides of refreshing margaritas to rooftop yoga with bottomless mimosas and , these rooftops have it all (including safe social distancing guidelines)!

  • Get super festive in heated igloos on the rooftop of Joy District. This River North rooftop bar is a must-see space, offering impeccable views of Chicago’s cityscape contrasted with bright murals designed by artist P. Scott, cascading greenery, comfortable lounge seating, and sparkling string lights. What’s more drink out of Christmas ornaments at Joy District’s rooftop Winter Wonderland at the end of November!
  • Another winter wonderland and stunning rooftop bar can be found over at The Godfrey Hotel’s rooftop where the hotel’s state-of-the-art retractable roof has already opened up to reveal a winter wonderland of clear-domed igloos, fire pits, fire dancing, and a live DJ.

16. Learn To Make Pizza With A Pro

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Deep-Dish Pizza is one of Chicago’s most famous exports and you can now perfect your deep dish pizza making skills in Chicago with a local expert! Get a once-in-a-lifetime experience and learn how to make the authentic-tasting deep-dish pizza. Meet new friends and take part in this fascinating private cooking class at a local family home. Enjoy a hospitable atmosphere and receive exclusive insights on city folklore and its history!

17. Savor A Secret Food Tour

Did deep-dish pizza-making intrigue you? Join this 3-hour tour of Chicago’s food scene, and see what sets this friendly mid-western metropolis apart. On this tour of the ‘Chicago Loop’, a local guide will share with you some hidden gems and great stories about the city. Taste where the world-famous dipped Italian beef sandwich was invented and try some of the best deep-dish Chicago pizza in the city. Really appreciate how important the immigrants that built this town are to the food scene.

18-20. Grab A Doughnut

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If a brownie has caught the attention of your sweet tooth donuts certainly will too. Donuts are a craving that you just can’t shake. Whether it’s your first thought in the morning or your last bright idea of the night, the donut-craving is real. Fulfill your deepest donut desires in the Windy City with our list of donut hole-in-the-walls in Chicago!

21. Watch The Christmas Tree Lights Go On!

Photo: from Instagram / @arteffect

Every year, the City of Chicago puts up a huge Christmas tree in Millenium Park. With thousands of twinkling lights and ornaments, it’s a beautiful spectacle. This year the lights go on at 6:30 pm on Thursday, November 19 but unfortunately, there will not be an in-person Tree lighting ceremony for the public. Instead, it will be carried out via an online video for health and safety reasons. The 30-minute program will feature holiday greetings from Mayor Lightfoot and performances from the Chicago Children’s Choir and the Sones de México Ensemble and will be released and archived on the Chicago DCASE YouTube channel.  But worry not! While the opening ceremony cannot be experienced in person be sure to head to Millenium Park from November 20 through January 7 and you’ll be able to take in the huge tree in all its glory with your own eyes.  More information can be found here.

22-24. Check Out One Of Chicago’s Light Shows

Image from Morton Arboretum

Chicago has a plethora of light shows in November set in several stunning locations. Gorgeous natural backdrops, cutting-edge light art installations, and festive cheer all combine this November to provide some magical multi-sensory events like no other.

25. Try Something New At OG’s Drag Bingo Night

The past few months have been a little less-than-dazzling, and once again OGs is back to put a little sparkle back into our lives. The queens over at Old Grounds Social are hosting Drag Bingo on Thursdays with dancers, prizes, drink deals including $20 domestic beer buckets, $25 champagne buckets, and shot specials throughout the night for a fabulously fun time!

26-28. Test Your Luck With Online Bingo

If you’d rather sit safely and comfortably at home but like the sound of bingo, worry not, we’ve got the answers.

  • Online Drag Bingo can still be experienced as Charlie Hide is returning this year for the drag bingo sensation that saw huge success during this year’s first lockdown!
  • Drag not your thing but love music and bingo? Here is your opportunity to have some fun playing this live Musical Bingo event (song clips instead of bingo balls).
  • Simply can’t get enough bingo? With Forbidden Bingo Streaming Party you can socialize and make new friends from the safety and comfort of your home. Play DJ Rockstar Aaron’s original Forbidden Bingo Online Party from anywhere. Receive a complimentary gift and win naughty prizes while playing bingo with a twist!

29. Watch A Wizard of Oz Burlesque Experience

Another incredible home experience is the multi-sensory Dark Side of the Boob: A Wizard of Oz Burlesque Experience. The immersive experience brings the best of Chicago’s nightlife entertainment to your living room with audio synthesizing to Pink Floyd’s classic hits. Audiences transport themselves in a psychedelic tornado to the wonderful world of Oz. Get tickets to the unique streaming show here.

30. Learn To Brew From Home

With new coronavirus restrictions sweeping the state and rules clamping down on us visiting our favorite bars and watering holes one place you might start clenching your thirst with your favorite drinks is your own home. Well, there is no better time to learn a new skill and why not combine that with understanding exactly what goes into your favorite tipple.

The Live HomeBrew Experience  will lead you through the process via live streaming with humor and history, just like on City Brew Tours, award-winning tours – the difference is, you can complete this whole experience from inside your own kitchen! They’ve curated the perfect kit for beginners with only the essential equipment to get the job done. Providing ease of use and safety, with minimum investment, shipped right to your door!

31. Kick Back With Goats And Craft Beer

Do not worry! You can still head out for a drink and we have a brilliant way to let off some steam. Some days you just need some one-on-one time with a pasture full of adorable goats, you know? Experience the pinnacle of wholesomeness by hanging out with the billy kids over at GlennArt Farm and afterward, double down on those warm fuzzy feelings with a few flights of delicious craft beers on the rooftop of One Lake Brewing for this exclusive Brews n ‘Baahhs’ beer tasting experience!

32. Check Into The ‘Notorious RBG’ Exhibition

The Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie opened an exhibition earlier this year which has been extended through January 3, 2021. The Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is a detailed showcase of Justice Ginsburg’s life, career, and internet phenomenon. The interactive exhibit not only celebrates the groundbreaking work of RBG, but educates people about sexism, civic engagement, prejudice, and gender equity. “Few people convey these lessons more vividly than Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” said museum CEO Susan Abrams.

The museum is now running public virtual “drop-in” group tours of the exhibit. Click here to request a virtual group tour.

33. Book Tickets For The Little Mermaid-Themed Cocktail Bar

What are you willing to give up for the chance to drink with mermaids? Your voice, your heart’s desire… maybe your very own human form? Luckily, all your nautical fairytale dreams can come to life without having to sacrifice anything you hold dear to your heart. The Little Mermaid Cocktail Experience has plans of splashing its way to Chicago March 2021, and you’re invited to witness this timeless tale like never before! Get your presale tickets here, and be the first to get your hands on tickets!

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