Experience Chicago’s Festivities
It’s the most wonderful time of the year again! Thanksgiving and Holidays are just around the corner and downtown Chicago has an array of festive things to do.
We’ve compiled a list of the best holiday events going on in Chicago this year to help you decide what to do and where to go!
Magnificent Mile Lights Festival
One of the biggest and brightest events Chicago offers this holiday season is the BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, starting at 11am on Saturday, November 18th.
Located just three minutes away from our hotel, there’s no reason to miss any of it! Stop at any of these booths on Pioneer Court, aka “Lights Festival Lane” for family fun activities and complimentary gifts:
- 9 MYFM
- Blue Buffalo Co.
- BMO Harris Bank Dome
- Connie’s Pizza
- Disney Store
- Eli’s Cheesecake
- Garrett Popcorn
- Museum of Science & Industry
The Tree-Lighting Parade runs from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm on North Michigan Avenue, starting at Oak Street. Marshalled by Mickey and Minnie Mouse, this televised event is the highlight of the festival.
The parade features marching bands and dancers from all over the country, as well as helium filled balloons and over one million lights along Michigan Avenue! The night concludes with a fireworks spectacular over the Chicago River.
Experience the annual televised parade in person this Thanksgiving! Giant helium filled balloons, floats, and marching bands travel along State Street in honor of Thanksgiving.
Work some of that pumpkin pie off at any of these events:
- Turkey Day Run Chicago: 5K, 8K, and Kid’s Ramble plus games at Lincoln Park (November 23rd).
- Grant Park Turkey Trot: 5K and Kid’s Dash (November 25th).
- Schaumberg Half Marathon and 5K (November 25th).
Christkindlmarket is an open-air European holiday market on Daley Plaza featuring traditional art, handmade gifts, German food, choirs, and carolers. (November 17th-December 24th).
See colorful tree lights and interactive laser lights on a one mile walk and warm up at the fire pit at the Morton Arboretum. (November 17th-January 1st).
Charles Dickens’s classic holiday play runs from November 18th-December 31st at the Goodman Theatre, less than ten minutes away from our hotel!
Holiday trains run through an indoor garden and past miniature buildings at Chicago’s Botanic Garden. (November 24th-January 7th).
Make memories you’ll cherish at the annual caroling event in Millennium Park. Exact dates and times TBA.
Enjoy the Holidays with Us
Stay centrally located to all these Chicago holiday events. Courtyard Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile hotel is also situated just minutes from many of the area’s top attractions.
Our accommodations feature stylish hotel rooms and unparalleled amenities at a price that will leave you with plenty of spending money for all the shopping on Michigan Avenue. With over 300 guest rooms and suites, we have the perfect accommodation for you.
Book your stay with us soon and don’t miss out on everything Chicago has to offer this holiday season!