10 things to do this weekend: November 18-21 | Chicago News

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1. Turn on

It’s (almost) the end of year celebrations and you can get in the mood at Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony featuring a 51 foot blue spruce tree donated by the Benavides family. Fireworks and a concert by Brian McKnight are part of the festivities.

Details: 6 p.m. Friday at Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St. Free/ MENU


Find more festivals: Festival Guide 2021


2. Create

Intricate artwork is the star of mosaic festivalwhere you can learn about the festival’s namesake art and the Chicago Mosaic School, as well as create your own mosaic.

Details: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays at the Chicago Mosaic School, 1127 W. Granville Ave. $35 for adults; $15 for children 12 to 18; free for children under 12 / MENU


3. Log in

Residents across the city share the impact of water on their lives at The lake and the river from the point of view of the neighborhoods. The event, produced by Wayfinding, is part of the 2021 Chicago Architecture Biennale and seeks to engage attendees in conversations and activities.

Details: 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Garfield Park Gold Dome Field House, 100 N. Central Park Ave. Free / MENU


4. Hypnotize

At Mystical and magical emporium tarot, tea leaf and lottery readers converge to commemorate the full moon.

Details: 6-10 p.m. Friday at the Pilsen Art House, 1756 W. 19th St. Free/ MENU


5. Flicker

Celebrate the season at BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival as the Mag Mile lights up with a million lights. See decorative floats, marching bands, musical performances, giant helium balloons and, of course, Santa Claus. A fireworks display crowns the event.

Parade: 5:30-7 p.m. Saturday along Michigan Avenue from Oak Street to Wacker Drive. Free / MENU

Festival: 4-8 p.m. Friday; 11am-4pm Saturday at Festival Lane at Pioneer Court, 401 N. Michigan Ave. Free / MENU

(The Magnificent Mile / Facebook)(The Magnificent Mile / Facebook)

6. Get started

Lake View Citizens Council volunteers will have a habitat restoration day at where the wild things grow. Participants will meet at Patagonia’s Mag Mile Store (48 E. Walton St.) and cycle approximately 4.5 miles to the Bill Jarvis Migratory Bird Sanctuary. BYO bike and bike lock, thermos/camp mug, water and snacks and gardening gloves. Be sure to dress for the weather – the event takes place rain or shine.

Details: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Bill Jarvis Migratory Bird Sanctuary, 2 W. Belmont Harbor Drive. Free, RSVP required / MENU


7. Craftsmanship

At Straw Christmas Ornament Workshopyou will create your own Lithuanian decoration using a flat straw applique technique.

Details: 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, 6500 S. Pulaski Road. $25 / MENU


8. Laugh

Comedian and actress Jeanne Garofalo, a Saturday Night Live alum known for her roles on “Reality Bites,” the “Ben Stiller Show” and “The Larry Sanders Show,” takes the stage for a quartet of performances. Note: Proof of COVID-19 vaccination and masks are required.

Details: Performances at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Den Theater, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. $25 to $48 / MENU


9. Flutter

Relax at Yoga in butterfly heaven with a rejuvenating classroom surrounded by over 40 species of butterflies. Proof of negative COVID-19 test or vaccination required. BYO mask, water and yoga mat.

Details: 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Saturday through December 18 at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive. $20 includes museum admission/ MENU


10. Appreciate

Simply Serenades highlights works by Johannes Brahms and Antonin Dvorak and features a world premiere by Jonathan Bingham. Proof of negative COVID-19 test or vaccination and face mask required.

Details: 3 p.m. Sunday at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd. Skokie. $10-$75 / MENU

(Photo by Eliot Mandel)(Photo by Eliot Mandel)

Events listed are subject to change. We recommend double-checking times and locations before heading out the door. Want to share your upcoming events with us for consideration in a future roundup? Email us.


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