The holidays are just around the corner and this time of year is the perfect occasion to get together with loved ones and do something fun!


1. Wrightwood 659: Tetsuya Ishida – Self-Portrait of Other

  • When: Saturday, November 23rd; 10:00AM – 5:30PM.
  • Where: Wrightwood 659; 659 W. Wrightwood, Chicago, IL 60614

Why this is fun: The work of Japanese artist Tetsuya Ishida (Yaizu, Shizuoka, 1973–Tokyo, 2005) gives the experience of the contemporary subject a face as it explores the uncertainty and desolation of Japanese society, drastically altered by the technological advances and successive crises that have affected economies and politics the world over. More specifically, Ishida portrays, with descriptive precision, the mood of his generation, defined by the bursting bubble of finance and real estate and the mass lay-offs that plunged the country into a deep recession in 1991.

For more details, visit the website. 


2. The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

  • When: Saturday, November 23rd; 11:00AM – 7:00PM.
  • Where: 401 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.

Why this is fun: 11:00AM – 4:00PM: Explore an interactive wonderland of holiday-themed activities at Lights Festival Lane in Pioneer Court (401 N. Michigan Avenue), including the BMO Harris Kid’s Zone. Santa Claus is always ready to greet guests, alongside more than a dozen holiday-themed activities.

11:30 AM: Live musical performances by Echosmith

12:30 PM: Live musical performances by Parachute

1:30 PM: Live musical performances by Skylar Stecker

2:30 PM: Live musical performances by Ryan Cabrera

5:30-7:00 PM: The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival tree-lighting parade steps onto North Michigan Avenue at Oak Street. Grand Marshals Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse and their friends from the Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida travel down North Michigan Avenue to Wacker Drive, lighting one million lights along the way! The procession features spectacular floats, helium-filled balloons, marching bands and top musical performers. Look out for lively appearances made by Hubert the Lion, Benny the Bull and other well-known Chicago mascots from BMO Harris Bank.

For more details, visit the website.


3. Foodie Walking Tour: Discover Wicker Park

  • When: Sunday, November 24th; 11:00AM.
  • Where: 1425 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, IL 60622.

Why this is fun: Get to know the real Chicago by discovering where the locals chow down. Sidewalk of Chicago’s three-hour Food and History walking tour reveals one of the city’s most interesting neighborhoods, Wicker Park, through its cuisine — from specialty food stores to ethnic eateries, from the well-known to the best-kept secrets. Between tastings, an expert local guide provides an entertaining insider’s view into the Windy City’s culture, history and architecture, tying the sights and sounds to the tastes. President Obama’s favorite fried chicken place, a bakery featuring homemade French macaroons, and a taco place with the décor of an antique kitchen are just a few of the stops that await you.

For more details, visit the website.


4. “FIRE & BEER” Improv Comedy Show

  • When: Saturday, November 23rd; 8:00PM.
  • Where: The Annoyance Theatre & Bar; 851 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL 60657.

Why this is fun: You never know what to expect at an improv comedy show. That’s because every joke, character and sketch you see is created on the spot, right before your very eyes! At Fire & Beer, The Annoyance House Ensemble will improvise scenes and sketches based on an audience suggestion. It all happens live at The Annoyance Theatre & Bar in Chicago.

For more details, visit the website.


5. Dragalicious Gospel Brunch

  • When: Sundays; Two seatings – 11:30AM and 2:30PM.
  • Where: Lips Chicago; 2229 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60616.

Why this is fun: Hosted by Ruff N’ Stuff along with the Sisters of Sequin! This is church done right! Unlimited Mimosas, Champagne, and Bloody Marys! Reservations are required. Lips has the best shows in town, with the most glamorous drag queens – Offering delicious food and fierce cocktails!

For more details, visit the website.


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