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November Entertainment Guide: Things to See & Do in the Chicago Loop

As the weather cools down, entertainment downtown heats up! These indoor activities are perfect for a day of exploration inside the Chicago Loop’s unique attractions.

Visions of America – Hamilton Inspired Audio Tour at Art Institute of Chicago

Fans of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical Hamilton are able to dive even deeper into our country’s founding with Visions of America, a Hamilton-themed audio tour at the Art Institute of Chicago. Narrated by two principal cast members from the Chicago production (Miguel Cervantes, Alexander Hamilton and Ari Afsar, Eliza Hamilton) this 10 stop tour includes art and artifacts from the early years of the United States. Tours are free on the Art Institute of Chicago’s official app.

Art Institute of Chicago Wreathing of the Lions

The Chicago Hamilton cast will also be hosting the museum’s annual Wreathing of the Lions on November 25 at 10:00 a.m. on the Michigan Avenue steps. This free event is full of special treats including complimentary hot chocolate and a live performance by the Soul Children of Chicago.

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Special Winter Exhibits and Fun at the American Writers Museum

Recently awarded “Best Attraction in Illinois” by USA Today, the American Writers Museum is the first museum in the United States dedicated to engaging the public in celebrating American writers. Located on the second floor of 180 N. Michigan Ave, this new highly interactive museum is the perfect destination for a chilly November day. Explore an abundance of public programming and two new temporary exhibits -- Capturing Stories: Photographs of Writers by Art Shay in the Meijer Gallery and Laura Ingalls Wilder: From Prairie to Page in the Robert Rubin Writer’s Room.

Other November programing includes:

  • November 7, 2017 at 5:30pm Tuesday First Books- Alexis Okeowo will discuss and sign copies of her first book A Moonless, Starless Sky.
  • November 9, 2017 at 5:30pm Surprise Bookshelf Series - James McGrath Morris will discuss and sign copies of his book The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and a Friendship Made and Lost in War.
  • November 20, 2017 at 6:00pm Hendrick Meijer will read and sign from his new book Arthur Vandenburg: The Man in the Middle of the American Century.
  • November 30, 2017 at 5:30pm Surprise Bookshelf Series - Heid Erdrich will read from her collection of poetry, and sign copies of her collections.

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The Magic Parlour at the Palmer House Hilton

One of the city’s most unique theatrical experiences takes place every Friday and Saturday night at the historic Palmer House Hilton this winter. The House Theatre of Chicago’s The Magic Parlour features award-winning third-generation magician Dennis Watkins as he delivers an evening of sophisticated tom-foolery and mind blowing magic during a 90 minute immersive experience.

Please Note: Cocktail or dressy attire is recommended for everyone attending this magical night! 

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Backstage Tour at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Lyric Opera of Chicago invites you to experience the Lyric Opera House beyond the footlights with backstage tours. From the moment you enter the beautiful and impressive foyer, you’ll be in for a special, one-hour experience with an engaging Lyric docent who will give you behind-the-scenes insights into the vibrant world of grand opera. See the inside of the art-deco Ardis Krainik Theatre, enjoy an up-close-and-personal view of the orchestra pit where the acclaimed Lyric Orchestra plays, and then journey on to backstage destinations where you’ll learn about the vast array of skilled professionals who bring operatic stagecraft to life.

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Silk Road Rising's Wild Boar - The U.S. Premiere 

Starting November 9 through December 17, Silk Road Rising presents a gripping investigation of journalistic integrity, city planning, and social conscience, Wild Boar is a new play from one of Hong Kong’s most acclaimed playwrights. When a controversial professor goes missing, an editor and his student band together to publicize the truth. Old flames spark and friendships are tested in the U.S. premiere of this thriller about media manipulation, fake news, and who gets to speak for the poor.

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For more things to see and do in the Chicago Loop this November visit our Holidays in the Loop website


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