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November Happenings in Chicago

The 12 things you want to do in Chicago this November


NOVEMBER 2018 – The weather may be cooling off, but it doesn’t mean Chicago is slowing down! Check out some of our favorite events around the city this November.

Pie on the Fly
What: Don’t get stuck without a pie to bring to Thanksgiving. We’ve got your back with this delicious pie pop-up shop where you can get chocolate pecan pie, maple cream pie with spice crème fraiche, Dutch apple pie and pumpkin cheesecake with white chocolate whipped cream. Pre-order online 48 hours in advance to guarantee your pie of choice. Otherwise, pop by and grab one on the fly.
When: Nov. 20 and 21 between 3 and 6 p.m.
Where: Chicago Athletic Association hotel Madison Street entrance (71 E. Madison)
Cost:
$20 per pie

Chicago Art Book Fair
What: The Chicago Art Book Fair, organized by No Coast, is back in its second year. The fair spans two floors of the hotel, in The Tank on the ground floor and Stagg Court on the 4th floor. Stay tuned to our programming calendar for announcements about auxiliary programming over the weekend, in addition to the full lineup of participants.
When: Nov. 15-16
Where: Chicago Athletic Association hotel
Cost: Free

Brewing up Chicago: How Beer Transformed a City
What: While dozens of brewers keep Chicagoans happy these days, the city has a long, storied history with beer. The Field Museum opens this new exhibit to trace Chicago’s brew ties dating as far back as the 1830s.
When: Opens Nov. 2
Where: Field Museum
Cost:
Included with basic museum admission price

ICONIC: Black Panther
What:
Celebrate the 50
th anniversary of the Illinois Black Panther Party with a group exhibition featuring works from artists including Rashayla Marie Brown, Celine Browning and Emory Douglas.
When: Opens Nov. 2 and runs through Jan. 6
Where: Stony Island Arts Bank (6760 S. Stony Island)
Cost:
Free

23 Hour Party People
What:
Do you have enough energy to dance for 23 hours? You certainly can test yourself as amazing house music DJs like the Black Madonna, Harry Cross, DJ Heather, Ariel Zetina, Rahaan (playing a sunrise set) and more play for nearly 24 hours in what will no doubt be an epic night of music.
When: Doors open at 7 a.m. Nov. 4 and keeps going for 23 hours
Where: Smart Bar + Metro (3730 N. Clark)
Cost:
$20 in advance ($20-40 at the door)

Chicago Humanities Festival
What:
To celebrate, honor and embrace the theme of “graphic,” the annual festival brings together luminaries of all types for live talks and workshops over the course of two weeks. Get tickets to see the likes of chef Jose Andres, actress and comedian Abbi Jacobson, actor Tom Hanks, author Alice Walker and many more.
When: Through Nov. 11
Where: Various locations
Cost:
Various prices

Meals on Wheels Celebrity Chef Ball
What: Food lovers once again come together for this annual affair to raise money for Meals on Wheels. Come early for the VIP Chef’s Table dinner or join later for the walk-around Chef’s Tasting Party.
When: Nov. 9
Where: Morgan Manufacturing (401 N. Morgan)
Cost:
Tickets start at $200

Dirty Projectors Residency
What:
Join Dave Longstreth, a.k.a. Dirty Projectors, as he settles in for a three-night stint in Avondale to showcase his range of musical genius from peppy pop to hearty R&B.
When: Nov. 11-13
Where: Sleeping Village (3734 W. Belmont)
Cost:
$35

Mag Mile Lights Festival and Chicago Tree Lighting Ceremony
What: Technically two separate events, but tied together with the night of festivities starting at the top of Michigan Avenue and ending with the tree ceremony in Millennium Park, this annual parade and festival brings families out to watch an array of floats, glimmering lights and various activities.
When: Nov. 16
Where: Along Michigan Avenue and in Millennium Park
Cost:
Free

FOBAB: Festival of Wood and Barrel-aged Beer
What: Sample some of the world’s rarest, most-innovative beer, cider and mead from 200 U.S. craft breweries as they compete for top honors at this annual gathering.
When: Nov 16-17
Where: UIC Forum (725 W. Roosevelt)
Cost:
$85

West by Midwest
What:
This new exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art, focusing on Midwestern artists who migrated to the West Coast, features more than 80 artworks across multiple media by 60 or so artists, including Ed Ruscha, William Wegman and Barbara Kasten, who crafted their work between the 1960s and 2010s.
When: Nov. 17-Jan 27
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art

Thanksgiving Feasts
What: Whether you’re spending Thanksgiving with all your relatives or organizing a Friendsgiving for your chosen family, food plays a huge role in Turkey Day traditions. Don’t feel like cooking? Take a seat at our table this year and we’ll do the hard part for you.
When: Nov. 22 (+ surrounding dates)
Where: Cindy’s and Cherry Circle Room at Chicago Athletic Association hotel
Cost: Varies

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