It's now officially November (almost mid-November to be exact), so it's just about that time of year where we really start to focus on the upcoming holiday season. But before we fast forward to Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year's, there's still a lot left of autumn to enjoy, including Thanksgiving, so prior to digging out all your winter holiday decorations, take a step back, relax, and enjoy the following up-coming events and festivals that the rest of November has to offer!
Wood-Aged Beer Festival - November 14-15
Taking place over at the UIC Forum, attendees will enjoy all kinds of beers with exotic and distinct flavors and aromas. Considered to be the country's largest celebration of wood-and-barrel-aged beer, this one is a can't miss for all you beer lovers!
Lively Water Whiskey Festival - November 15
We promise, not every event we mention will involve drinking. But before we get to the others, consider swinging over to this weekend's Lively Water Whiskey Fest, which will give you the opportunity to sip on a number of different styles, learn from master distillers, and truly expand your knowledge on the art and craft of making fine whiskey!
Chicago Food Film Festival - November 19-22
Now entering its 5th year, the Chicago Food Film Festival is definitely one of our favorites of the month. Taking place at Kendall College, the whole point behind this unique event is to watch awesome food-related films, then actually eat the food that’s featured in the films! What's not to love...seriously?
Passport to France - November 20
Can you believe Passport to France is now in its 30th year? Well, believe it. And if you're unfamiliar with this annual Chicago festival, Passport to France is a true celebration of everything French, which includes gastronomy, wines, spirits, culture, and entertainment! Check it out over at The Union League Club of Chicago
Magnificent Mile Lights Festival - November 22
Chicago's renowned tree-lighting parade is happening on November 22nd this year, folks! Given everyone is pretty much familiar with the Mag Mile Lights Fest, no further details should be required.
Thanksgiving Parade - November 27
Giant balloons, floats, marching bands, and all kinds of fun will be on display during Chicago's Thanksgiving Parade, which will travel north on State Street between Congress and Randolph!