Squeez’d Girls on the Run 5k presented by Mariano’s
Date: Saturday, November 19
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Location: Grant Park and the Lakefront Path
From the website: The Squeez’d Girls on the Run 5k is a family-friendly event and fun run. It is open to the public. All finishers receive “woo hoos!” and the admiration of numerous spectators, but runners are not timed nor are awards given. Everyone who crosses the finish line is a winner!
Say “hello” to the WLS-AM morning show’s Jen DeSalvo at the Start Line!
BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival
Dates & Time: Friday, November 18, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 19, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Pioneer Court, 401 N. Michigan Avenue
On Friday, the Wrigley Building is proud to host its Second Annual Tree Lighting at 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, the BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival tree-lighting parade steps onto North Michigan Avenue at Oak Street at 5:00 p.m. From the official website:
Grand Marshals Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse and their friends from the Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida travel down North Michigan Avenue to Wacker Drive, lighting one million lights along the way! The procession features spectacular floats, helium-filled balloons, marching bands and top musical performers. Look out for lively appearances made by Hubert the Lion, Benny the Bull and other well-known Chicago mascots from BMO Harris Bank.
A fireworks spectacular over the Chicago River at North Michigan Avenue will happen just before 7:00 p.m.
For more information, visit the official website.
The Kevin Matthews Show Live
Date: Saturday, November 19
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Kennys Irish Pub, Countryside
Date: Friday, November 18 through Christmas Eve
Time: Sunday – Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday – Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Daley Plaza
“The Christkindlmarket Chicago brings a cherished German and European tradition with international flair and local charm to Chicago. Chicago’s largest open-air Christmas festival is an enchanting and inviting holiday village nestled in the center of the city’s downtown. Inspired by the 16th century Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg, Germany, one of the first holiday markets of its kind, the Christkindlmarket is well-known for its vendors’ high quality gifts and food, holiday cheer, and for being the ideal place for families to create their own holiday traditions.”
Ice Skating at Millennium Park
Date: Friday, November 18
Location: Millennium Park
The ice rink at Millennium Park opens Friday at noon, which is hours before the 6 p.m. lighting ceremony for Chicago’s official Christmas tree in which is also in the park. Chicago’s official Christmas tree was moved last year from Daley Plaza to its new home in Millennium Park.
The first day of skating on the ice ribbon at Maggie Daley Park is planned to open exactly one week later on Nov. 25. along with the remaining outdoor locations throughout the city.
Traffic Restrictions & Road Projects
Thursday night and Friday morning lane closures on the Stevenson and Lake Shore Drive. More information here.
CTA and Public Transit Weekend Alerts
Added service expected for the Mag Mile Lights Festival with various Michigan Avenue buses being re-routed. Read all of the changes here.
Metra will add trains and seating capacity on Saturday, Nov. 19, for the BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, which, for many, has become the official kickoff to the holiday season.
For the biggest savings, take advantage of Metra’s $8 Weekend Pass, which offers unlimited rides on Metra all weekend. As always, with Family Fares, up to three kids 11 and under can ride free with each adult. Visit Metrarail.com for more info.