Free and cheap things to do in Chicago this weekend: Nov. 16-18
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Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week?
If you haven’t been feeling the holiday vibes, you will this weekend. The annual Christmas tree lighting happens Friday at Millennium Park, and the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival is Saturday.
If you need to get some shopping done, Christkindlmarket opens this weekend and the Randolph Street Holiday Market promises plenty of goodies, too.
Christmas tree lighting at Millennium Park – Free
What: It’s the 105th year of the tree lighting tradition. This year, a 60-foot Norway Spruce was donated by a family in Elmhurst. The tree is 48 years old and weighs 8,200 lbs., according to city officials.
When: Friday, 6 p.m.
Where: Millennium Park, at the intersection of Michigan Ave. and Washington St.
The Christkindlmarket – Free
What: Browse all the beautiful handmade Christmas trinkets and grab a bite of German food at this annual favorite.
When: Opens Saturday until Dec. 24.
Where: Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St.
Randolph Street Holiday Market – $10
What: Get some holiday shopping done at this market packed with decorative objects, housewares, clothing, and unique gifts.
When: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: 1341 W. Randolph St.
Magnificent Mile Lights Festival – Free
What: The festival starts in the morning with live music and activities for the whole family. It all leads up to the parade, which starts at 5 p.m., with grand marshals Mickey and Minnie Mouse.
When: Saturday at 11 a.m.
Where: Michigan Ave. and Oak St.
More Sun-Times Guides with things to do
Feel like exploring a new neighborhood this weekend? Check out “The Grid,” a series of Sun-Times neighborhood guides that have the scoop on where to eat, drink and shop. Or check out our guide to having fun in Chicago, which rounds up the hottest shows and events in the city.
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