Alternative Things to do in Chicago on Black Friday

Tired of the long lines, crowds and materialism? Skip Black Friday this year and head to one of these non-shopping related events around Chicago this November 24.

Lincoln Park ZooLights

Kick off the Christmas season at the Lincoln Park Zoo’s light show. The kids can get photos with Santa while you sip on a warm spiced wine or frosty lager. Watch a live ice sculpture carving and musical lights show. Be sure to hop on the Polar Express for the experience of a lifetime. This free event is open from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Black Friday.

Skating Ribbon

The Skating Ribbon is the perfect place to admire the Chicago skyline while kicking off the holiday season. Come with friends or loved ones for a great time on Black Friday between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Admission to the Skating Ribbon is free and you can rent skates for $12-$14.


Learn about German culture while celebrating Christmas at this annual traditional German market. This free market is sure to get you in the festive spirit with its delicious dishes from around the world. Come between 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. or come later in the evening to see the market’s beautiful Christmas lights.

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