I am just NOT ready for all this holiday stuff.
But I won’t be a grinch, instead I’ll enjoy one of my favorite Chicago traditions….Christkindlmarket! You should too.
Check it out below:
CHRISTKINDLMARKET CHICAGO (My favorite!)
November 21-December 24th
Each year, people from all over the world visit the Christkindlmarket Chicago. The outdoor market in the Chicago Loop has become so popular and loved by everyone that any Chicagoan will tell you that they could not imagine the city without it. Christkindlmarket Chicago is no longer just a German tradition, it has become a Chicago institution. The unique shopping experience, typical German food and drinks, as well as diverse holiday entertainment make the Christkindlmarket Chicago a preferred and popular destination. Admission is FREE!
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CHICAGO FOOD FILM FESTIVAL
November 19, 2014 – November 22, 2014
Experience delicious food and great films all wrapped up in one! With a different theme each night, this festival will please all five senses.
Wednesday: Opening Night
A screening of director Matt Reynold’s The Great Chicken Wing Hunt, the full-length documentary about Buffalo Wings and the band of misfits who set out to find the world’s best one
Feast on an all-you-can-eat assortment of the world’s best Buffalo wings on the 50th Anniversary of the Buffalo Chicken Wing
The best hot wing in America, as discovered in Matt Reynold’s epic feature, will be in Chicago for ONE NIGHT ONLY
Thursday: Edible Adventure #012 Sriracha & More
Die-hard heat seeking fans won’t want to miss this screening of Sriracha, the documentary that traces the origins of everyone’s favorite condiment
The after-party brings the heat with an entire menu of sriracha-inspired dishes
Friday: The Night Aquatic
An evening of sea-centric films including Squid Chips, The Mobile Blues, Sweet, Sexy Ocean, and more
Enjoy a deep-sea spread of seafood favorites including squid, sea urchin, crab, oysters, and sushi
Keizo Shimamoto of Ramen Burger fame will be in Chicago to exclusively debut a seafood ramen for the festival
Beer aficionados won’t want to miss the craft beer bash with a screening of Craft, a feature-length documentary that takes you on a beertastic voyage to the front lines of the Craft Beer Revolution
An entire afternoon of craft brews including Lagunitas, sausages, salty snacks, and sweet treats from Chicago, New York, and more
Saturday: The Food Porn Party
The notorious (and crowd favorite) returns with an array of saucy shorts and antics from Larry Cauldwell, the world’s first Food Porn Star, who returns with his new short film, Balls!
Brooklyn BBQ Pit Master Billy Durney of Hometown BBQ will be serving his celebrated beef ribs to accomapny George Motz’s film, For The Love of Beef Rib
Wednesday: 6:30 p.m.
Thursday: 6:30 p.m.
Friday: 6:30 p.m.
Saturday: 12 & 7:30 p.m.
900 N. North Branch St.
Chicago, IL 60642
Start at $45
FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://thefoodfilmfestival.com/
RANDOLPH STREET HOLIDAY MARKET – NOV 2014
November 21, 2014 – November 23, 2014
Have fun shopping while you stretch your stylish dollars to the max as you get your holiday shopping off to the right start with gifts in all price ranges. At this indoor urban market, you’ll discover fabulous keepsakes from embroidered hankies to estate jewelry. Timeless antiques and modern treasures including vintage and indie fashion, jewelry, art, decorative objects, house wares, and more!
Plus FREE parking and FREE gift wrapping!
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Randolph Street Market Festival
1340 W. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60610
FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://imagepilots.com/holidaymarket/index.html
DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS!
November 20, 2014 – November 29, 2014
The classic Christmas story by Dr. Seuss springs to life on stage bringing the spirit of the holiday season to children and adults alike. The limited engagement of Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical has been called “100 times better than any bedside story” by The New York Times.
Audiences will find their hearts growing a few sizes (along with the Grinch’s heart, of course) when they witness the magic of the holiday tale on stage, which will feature the hit songs You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch and Welcome Christmas, both from the original animated television special. Max the Dog serves as the story’s narrator as the scheming Grinch plans to steal Christmas away from The Whos, the loveable characters that understand and embrace the true meaning of the holiday. When the Grinch realizes that he can’t take Christmas away from Who-ville by taking presents, he returns the gifts and decorations and joins the festivities, proving that all it takes is a little kindness and joy to grow the heart of any Grinch.
November 20: 11 a.m. & 7 p.m.
November 21: 7 p.m.
November 22: 11 a.m., 3 & 7 p.m.
November 23: 11 a.m., 3 & 7 p.m.
The Chicago Theatre
175 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60601
Start at $35
FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.thechicagotheatre.com/events/2014/november/dr-seuss-how-the-grinch-stole-christmas-the-musical.html
MAGNIFICENT MILE LIGHTS FESTIVAL
November 22, 2014
The stretch of Michigan Avenue between Wacker Drive and Oak Street, known as The Magnificent Mile, turns into a winter wonderland every holiday season. On the Saturday before each Thanksgiving, the “Mag Mile’s” towering hotels and shops light up in glorious fashion, with more than one million lights adorning 200 trees! Plus a parade and a fireworks show over the majestic Chicago River end the night’s festivities. The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival is the perfect opportunity to get you in the holiday spirit!
Parade of Lights
Michigan Avenue shuts down traffic so you and your loved ones can roam freely on the streets and pick the perfect perch to watch the spectacular parade.
Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse act as the masters of ceremonies on the head float, along with their Disney friends
Kids will love the giant, floating balloons
Marching bands, twirling dancers, singers and the elaborate floats create an unforgettable parade
Take a moment to see street entertainers and celebrities as you stroll past decorative windows and shop to your heart’s content thanks to extended shopping hours.
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Lights Festival Lane offers live musical performances by top artists and dozens of family-friendly activities.
The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival lighting procession begins.
Lights festival draws to a grand conclusion with a spectacular fireworks display over the Chicago River at Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive.
The Magnificent Mile
Michigan Avenue between Wacker Drive and Oak Street
Chicago, IL 60611
FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.themagnificentmile.com/events/lights-festival/
Thanks to Choose Chicago for the events! These are just some of my personal picks.