4 Ways to Spend Thanksgiving In Chicago This Year

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November 13, 2017

Whether you are spending the holidays with family or want to check out a new city with your family, Chicago is the perfect place for a Thanksgiving well spent.

If you aren’t a resident Chicagoan, you may not know all the wonderful ways you and your family can spend the fall holiday vacation. Here are just 4 ways to spend Thanksgiving in Chicago this year.

1. Run a Turkey Trot

Like other cities across America, Chicago is no stranger to the Turkey Trot for our residents.

This year marks the 40th Annual Art Van Turkey Trot Chicago that supports the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Join countless others on Thursday, November 23rd at 9am for a 5K or 8K race, complete with activities before and after the race.

From corn hold to football toss to turkey bowling to a content for the best dressed Thanksgiving inspired group, start your Thanksgiving morning off right with the Turkey Trot Chicago. Register today!

2. Black Friday Shopping

What is Thanksgiving without the day after? Black Friday shopping is an American mainstay, and you’ll get plenty of steals and deals in Chicago.

From the Magnificent Mile to hundreds of unique boutiques dotted around the city, you won’t have to go far to find what you’re looking for.

Here’s a great article, complete with sales and excellent recommendations for where you should go for a successful Black Friday in Chicago.

3. Chicago Trolley Holiday Lights Tour

It’s one of our favorite times of the year: time for the Holiday Lights Tour.

On our own Holiday Lights Tour, you’ll enjoy all the sights of Chicago all lit up in one of its most spectacular times of the year. You’ll start with a complimentary holiday cupcake and be whisked to such places as the infamous Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza, Lincoln Park Zoo, the John Hancock Center, and so many more.

Tickets are available for pre-sale now, and tours begin on November 24th!

McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

From 8:00 – 11:00am on Thanksgiving morning, thousands will gather on State Street in Chicago to celebrate the holiday with our most popular parade: McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Fun for the whole family, this parade features plenty of great floats, local marching bands, honored guests, and so much more!  


There are so many choices when it comes to how and where to spend your Thanksgiving holiday. Give Chicago a try, and you’ll be thankful(!) you did!