Upcoming Downtown Events

Today
City Club of Chicago presents Kirk Lonbom, Acting Secretary of Illinois Department of Innovation & Technology. Londom serves as the state’s Chief Information Officer, leading a digital transformation in support of Governor Rauner’s vision for a more efficient, accessible, competitive, and compassionate Illinois. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
Thursday
McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade on Thanksgiving morning, 8:00-11:00 a.m., along State Street from Congress Parkway to Randolph Street. More info.
Friday
Wreathing of the Lions. Kick off the holidays at the 26th anniversary of this Chicago family favorite. After adorning the lions on the historic Michigan Avenue steps with their traditional holiday wreaths, move inside at 10:30 a.m. for wreath-making fun inspired by the museum’s collection. Wreathing of the Lions is a free event. 10:00 a.m., Art Institute of Chicago entrance, 111 South Michigan Avenue. Map. More info.
November 24-January 7
Zoo Lights light up Lincoln Park Zoo. This fun, free, family-oriented holiday celebration features luminous displays and holiday season activities throughout zoo grounds. November 24-26. December 1-3, 8-23, 26-31. January 1-7. 4:30-9:00 p.m., Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 North Clark Street. Map. More info.
November 25-December 30
A Holiday Tour of Drinks, Daleys and Dead Guys, a downtown walking tour that explores both classic and off-the-beaten-path sites and stories, and provides an overview on the development of consumerism at Christmastime. Most tours are at 2:00 and 5:00 p.m., and start inside GePaDe Caffe, 60 East Adams Street. Tickets: $32. Map. More info.
November 27 – Outdoor/Rooftop Movie
Movie Monday on the ROOF at theWit hotel – Baby Driver. Movie begins at dusk. Free admission and complimentary popcorn. Must be 21+. theWit hotel, 201 North State Street. Map. More info.
November 27 – Performance
Inspired by Romare Bearden’s 1977 sequence of 20 watercolors, Bearden’s Odyssey: Poets Respond to the Art of Romare Bearden gathers original poems from 35 of the most revered African diaspora poets in the United States. The book’s award-winning editors, Kwame Dawes and Matthew Shenoda, join the 19th U.S. Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey, for a reading and conversation about Bearden and his work. 7 p.m., Poetry Foundation, 61 West Superior Street. Free and open to the public on a first come, first served basis. Map. More info.
November 29 – Performance
Join Poetry Foundation for the official Chicago release party for Poetry magazine’s new prose anthology, Who Reads Poetry, published by University of Chicago Press. Celebrate with editors and contributors in a toast to those who reads poetry. Festivities include readings, music, and libations. Books available for purchase at a special rate. 7 p.m., Poetry Foundation, 61 West Superior Street. Map. More info.
December 1
Put on your best get-up and join Chicago History Museum as they celebrate the 84th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition. Grab some giggle water, test your luck at the tables, and stretch your stilts on the dance floor all night long – or at least until the feds find us. The Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum will present awards for the best-dressed daddies and dames. 6:30-11:00 p.m., Chicago History Museum, 1601 North Clark Street. Tickets: $110, includes open bar and heavy appetizers. Map. More info.
December 4
City Club of Chicago presents U.S. Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi, who represents the 8th District of Illinois, which includes Chicago’s west and northwest suburbs, and serves on the Committee on Education and the Workforce. Krishnamoorthi’s policy platform focuses on growing and strengthening the middle class by supporting small businesses, making college more affordable, rebuilding our infrastructure, and protecting Social Security and Medicare. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
December 4 – Outdoor/Rooftop Movie
Movie Monday on the ROOF at theWit hotel – Beauty and The Beast. Movie begins at dusk. Free admission and complimentary popcorn. Must be 21+. theWit hotel, 201 North State Street. Map. More info.
December 6 – Panel Discussion
The Opioid Epidemic. Panel includes Patrick Kennedy, son of Senator Edward Kennedy and former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and the nation’s leading political voice on mental illness, addiction, and other brain diseases. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. And Jay Edelson, CEO of a Chicago-based consumer protection law firm. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. University Club of Chicago, 76 East Monroe Street. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
December 7-10 – Performance
World premiere of Minimalism and Me, an original program created especially for Museum of Contemporary Art by legendary artist Twyla Tharp. One of the most acclaimed dancers and choreographers of the century, Tharp recollects the creation of her early seminal works and experiences living among major visual artists in New York. Accompanied by never-before-seen photographs and original cast films of several of her site-specific and gender-fluid performances, the program illuminates the progression of the Minimalism movement in the 1960s and 1970s. 7:30 p.m., MCA Stage, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 East Chicago Avenue. (2:00 shows December 9 -10.) Tickets: $45. Map. More info.
December 11
City Club of Chicago presents Kurt Summers, Treasurer of the City of Chicago. Summers manages the city’s $7 billion dollar investment portfolio and is responsible for maintaining records and accounts of city finances. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
December 12
City Club of Chicago presents The First 1,100 Days last Forever: How Chicago Can Meet the Needs of Our Youngest Children by Dr. Geoffrey Nagle, President and CEO of Erikson Institute. A pioneer in the field of early childhood development and education, Erikson works in more than 60 Chicago Public Schools, provides mental health counseling for children and families, and works with political leaders to expand services and education for young children. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
December 14
Chicago Help Initiative hosts the 2nd Annual Miracle on Southport at Music Box Theatre. Choir and sing-along. Holiday fun for the family. All proceeds from this event sponsor meals for those in need. 6:00 p.m., Music Box Theatre, 3733 North Southport Avenue. Map. More info.
December 18
City Club of Chicago presents Rich Miller, publisher and editor of Capitol Fax, a daily online political newsletter that is a must-read for policymakers, lobbyists, and journalists throughout Illinois. Miller will sum up the year that was in Illinois politics and government in what has become a City Club holiday tradition. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
December 18 – Outdoor/Rooftop Movie
Movie Monday on the ROOF at theWit hotel – Beauty and The Beast. Movie begins at dusk. Free admission and complimentary popcorn. Must be 21+. theWit hotel, 201 North State Street. Map. More info.
December 19
City Club of Chicago presents Howard Tullman, CEO of 1871, where digital startups get their start. Over the last 45 years, Tullman has successfully founded more than a dozen high-tech companies. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
December 20
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performs the complete Brandenburg Concertos. 7:30 p.m., Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Millennium Park, 205 East Randolph Street. Tickets start at $30. Map. More info.
Through December 24
Christkindlmarket is open in Daley Plaza through December 24. Experience a traditional German Christmas at the 22nd Annual Christkindlmarket, inspired by the famous Nuremberg Christmas market dating back to 1545. Presented by German American Services, this outdoor market offers exquisite handmade gifts, unique ornaments, rare European fabrics, and textiles – and the opportunity to devour German delicacies like brats, goulash, potato pancakes, cookies, and Gluhwein. Open daily at 11:00 a.m. Closes at 8:00 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Free admission. Map. More info.
Through January 6
in the forest, a new commission by artist David Hartt on display at Graham Foundation. This multi-part installation continues Hartt’s investigation into the relationship between ideology, architecture, and the environment by revisiting architect Moshe Safdie’s unfinished 1968 Habitat Puerto Rico project. Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Madlener House, 4 West Burton Place. Map.
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