What To Do In Chicago This Thanksgiving

There’s more than just a parade going on in Chicago for Thanksgiving. The entire week leading up to Thanksgiving has plenty of events and activities for all ages. If you find yourself in Chicago for Turkey day, check out the activities and events below.


We’re not just talking about Black Friday. Stores all over the city are going to having special deals and sales leading up to Black Friday. Some might actually choose to close. If we were to list all of the stores having deals in Chicago, we would need to dedicate an entire page to it Luckily Time Out Chicago Already did here

Run the Turkey Trot

Fancy yourself the running type? Sign up for a 5k Turkey Trot Run. There’s actually quite a few places to run the Turkey Trot in the Chicago land area. Check out the list below to see all the options and click on the link to get more information.

-Edison Park Turkey Trot
-Evanston Flying Turkey 5k
-North Shore Turkey Trot
-Turkey Day Run
-Grant Park Turkey Trot

Chicago Thanksgiving Parade

Watch huge inflatable cartoon characters float through the streets of the loop at the Chicago Thanksgiving Parade. The parade takes place on State Street between Congress pkwy and Randolph (Just a few stops from the hostel on the Blue Line).

Go to A Concert

There are a lot of bands coming to town Thanksgiving week. Some Notable Acts include:

Jeff Tweedy – November 20th
Glen Hansard – November 21st
Houndmouth – November 27th and 28th