Thanksgiving Day Events

11/23/2015 10:18:23 AM
Thanksgiving Day Events - KidTrail Pick
Thanksgiving is just a few days away.  And, yes, it is a day to spend time with family and friends while enjoying a delicious home cooked meal! If you are looking to be out and about before or after your meal, there is plenty of things to do from watching the annual Thanksgiving parade to volunteering or burning off some calories in the 5 K Turkey run.  Take a look below and let us know what your plans are in comments section below.

McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

What: Originally called the Christmas Caravan in the 1930s, the Parade was created in 1934 to help lift the spirits of residents suffering through the Great Depression. Since then, it has developed into a full-scale spectacle that celebrates the holiday season. This year it is estimated to have over 5,000 spectacular participants performing in the parade! The McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade is more than just a collection of balloons, bands and floats marching up State Street. It symbolizes a tradition of family celebration.

When: Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 26, 2015 from 8 AM to 11 AM.

The parade is on State Street and begins at Congress and moves northbound to Randolph. The parade route is approximately 1 mile long.

If you can’t make it to the parade, you can still watch it on TV! You can watch all the action locally live on WGN 9 Chicago or nationally on WGN America beginning at 8:00 am CST.

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Turkey Day Run

What: Warm up your Thanksgiving appetite with Chicago’s longest running Thanksgiving tradition; the 38th Annual Turkey Day Run Chicago. Bring the whole family, come dressed for the part, and join runners, joggers and walkers for some lighthearted fun. hile you’re running your giblets off, you’ll be supporting the Greater Chicago Food Depository ensuring no Chicagoan goes hungry this Thanksgiving by bringing two cans of food to either packet pick-up or to the race day. The event will take place no matter the weather, so be sure to bring an extra layer. You can do either the 5K or 8K route.

The Turkey Day Run Chicago will take place in beautiful Lincoln Park along the shores of Lake Michigan. The start line, finish line, and turkey day tailgate are all centrally located along Cannon Drive, between Diversey and Fullerton Parkway. Parents wishing to run with strollers are welcome. However, those running with strollers are required to begin within the last wave.

For more info and to register:

Thanksgiving Dinner

Now that you have worked up an appetite after the Turkey Day Run, head over to one of these Chicago restaurants for your Thanksgiving meals!  No cooking involved, just delicious food and drink!

Bin 36
Type: American
161 N. Jefferson St.
Chicago, IL 60661
Area: West Loop

Thanksgiving special at Bin 36: Join Bin 36 for a 3-course, family-style dinner of the perfect mix of traditional dishes & new favorites. Adults: $48, Dinner With Wine Pairing: $72, Children: $22 (under 4 free).

Bistro Margot
Type: French
1437 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60610
Area: Old Town

Thanksgiving special at Bistro Margot: Join Bistro Margot for a wonderful 3 course prix fixe menu with all your favorites like turkey, stuffing, pecan pie, and all the season has to offer. Reservations strongly encouraged.

Bub City
Type: Barbecue
435 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Area: River North

Thanksgiving special at Bub City: Come in and enjoy the Smoked Turkey Platter featuring a hickory-smoked turkey breast, homemade cornbread & sage stuffing, creamy mashed potatoes, classic gravy and cranberries

FREE Activity

Have some time before or after your Thanksgiving meal, head to Brookfield ZOO on Thanksgiving Day to visit the animals.  FREE entry every Tuesday and Thursdays!  And Thanksgiving is on a Thursday so works out perfect! 

Brookfield ZOO
8400 31st Street
Brookfield, IL 60513

Cost: FREE entry on Thursday, November 26, 2015


Volunteer at the Salvation Army on Thanksgiving and provide a helping hand to those in need.  Many volunteer opportunities available such as serving line, kitchen runner, wrap gifts, welcome host, servers and more.

Check here for volunteer opportunities and to register:

Photo Credit: Turkey Run



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