Week of November 15 Events in Chicago
Fresh 5: What's on Tap This Week
This week Chicago is kicking off the holidays, gazing at the stars, and rocking out. Here's where to join in on the fun.
Nov. 16: The Museum of Science and Industry (57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, 773-684-1414) opens its annual Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light exhibits. The 60th anniversary of Christmas Around the World will feature nearly 50 trees, each decorated by one of Chicago's cultural communities. This year's Holidays of Light exhibit celebrates the Chinese New Year, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and more.
Nov. 18: The Millennium Park Ice Rink (55 N. Michigan Ave., 312-742-5222) opens for the season. Be one of the first skaters of the year: the rink attracts more than 100,000 each season. Admission is free; skate rental is $10.
Nov. 18: Head to the Adler Planetarium (1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., 312-922-7827) for Adler After Dark, a monthly special event where you check out the skyline views and the current exhibitions, peek through the Doane Observatory telescope, and enjoy cocktails and appetizers. Tickets are $10.
Nov. 18: Crossover country super-group Lady Antebellum performs at The Chicago Theatre (175 N. State St., 800-745-3000) at 7:30 p.m. This might be your last chance to see the trio at a nonstadium show. Tickets are $40 to $50.
Nov. 20: The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival hits Michigan Avenue (from Wacker Drive to Oak Street). Join in the all-day festivities — concerts, a parade, fireworks, and extended shopping hours — or, if you're like me, just remind yourself it's going on and avoid downtown at all costs. Happy almost holidays!