Is it seriously almost time for the holidays?
Go out and do some stuff before Christmas shopping takes over your entire universe.
CHICAGO HUMANITIES FESTIVAL
Friday November 1, 2013 – November 10, 2013
The Chicago Humanities Festival’s mission is to create opportunities for people of all ages to support, enjoy and explore the humanities. The 24th annual fall festival features a variety of events that center around this year’s theme: What Makes Us Human.
The festival brings together novelists, scholars, musicians, archaeologists, historians, artists, performers, playwrights, theologians, poets, architects, policy makers, and others – both established and emerging talents – to offer performances, screenings, exhibits and discussions.
For more information: http://chicagohumanities.org/
Join 25,000 children, adults, and educators at the largest festival of films for children in North America. Showcasing the best in culturally diverse, non-violent, value-affirming new cinema for children, this event screens more than 250 films from 40 countries – a wide range of projects from live-action and animated feature films to shorts, TV series, documentaries, and child-produced works.
1517 W. Fullerton
For more information: http://www.cicff.org/content/fest-faqs/35
October 31, 2013 – November 3, 2013
Get ready to live it up at the 20th annual SOFA CHICAGO! SOFA, an acronym for Sculpture Objects and Functional Art, is one of our city’s most popular art shows and the longest-running of its kind in the city. Dress up for a night on the town and experience the life of an art connoisseur – even if you don’t know Monet from Manet. You’ll even have the opportunity to purchase pieces!
SOFA CHICAGO’s distinguished dealers exhibit glass, ceramics, textiles, wood and metalwork by artists at every stage of their careers, including late masters, noteworthy luminaries and established artists.
600 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
For more information: http://www.sofaexpo.com/
September 21, 2013 – January 21, 2014
Where does a chipmunk sleep? What does an eagle feed its young? How do mother bats find their babies in a cave? Animal Secrets offers guests the chance to explore and discover the hidden habitats and secret lives of forest animals.
Using imaginative role-play and hands-on, interactive activities, guests will get a glimpse of nature from an animal’s point of view in naturalistic environments. The exhibit is divided into sections, including a stream, meadow woodland, cave and naturalists’ tent, to portray the types of habitats seen throughout Illinois. Live animals from the Nature Museum’s Living Collections such as salamanders, turtles, fish and snakes will be featured, as will informative displays and specimens from the Chicago Academy of Sciences Collections. Additionally, discover what habitats featured in Animal Secrets are thriving in Illinois.
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N. Cannon Dr.
Chicago, IL 60614
For more information: http://www.naturemuseum.org/the-museum/exhibits/animal-secrets
MACY’S 106TH ANNUAL GREAT TREE LIGHTING
November 2, 2013
Join multi-faceted entertainer Nick Cannon to kick off the holiday season in the historic Walnut Room! Joining the celebration this year is Lauren Alaina, American Idol Season 10 runner up, singing two holiday songs. After the tree lighting, meet Nick Cannon and receive his autograph when you purchase a tie on November 2 from his new neckwear line, exclusive to Macy’s as time permits.
Immediately following the Great Tree lighting, visit the kid’s department for face painting, balloon twisting, a visit from Radio Disney and more!
Holiday Windows: “The Magic of Christmas”
The 46th annual animated holiday windows touches on Macy’s history at the State Street store emphasizing the iconic Marshall Field’s traditions of the past, including the Frango mint factory which is new this year, and Macy’s commitment to continuing many of those traditions today.
Children are invited to visit and get their picture taken with Santa Claus. Fun fact: Macy’s SantaLand® has been featured in the State Street store since 1948!
Great Tree Lighting: 12 p.m.
Family Fun: 1 p.m.
Holiday Windows: 9 a.m.
SantaLand®: 10 a.m.
Macy’s on State Street
111 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60602
For more information: http://www.visitmacyschicago.com/events.cfm
BLACKHAWKS VS CALGARY FLAMES
November 3, 2013
Watch the Chicago Blackhawks hit the ice to play the Calgary Flames at the United Center!
Tickets range $45 standing room
starting at $82 and up…
Chicago, IL 60612
For more information: http://blackhawks.nhl.com/club/schedule.htm
Thanks to Choose Chicago for the events! These are just some of my personal picks.