Take November and show it who’s boss! The cold weather won’t stand in your way of having family fun, and we’ve even done the legwork. This weekend in Chicago, see a drive-in show, take a hike, or shop a virtual Christkindlmarket. Read on for more ideas to bring smiles to the kiddos.

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Take a Hike, No Matter the Temps!
Sure, sure, it’s cold. But fresh air, unforgettable scenery and a chance to spy on animals is a guaranteed day of autumnal family fun. Check out our favorite trails that range from under a mile to seemingly endless. More details.

Last Chance! See Chicago Children’s Theatre’s Drive-In Theatre: Beatrix Potter and Friends
Chicago’s largest progressional theater dedicated to kids and families turned its West Loop parking lot into an outdoor drive-in. Arrive by car or on foot and socially distance in a “pod” with blankets or folding chairs. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Almost Gone! Shop Green City’s Outdoor Market
Shop local and sustainable at Green City Market’s outdoor market on Saturdays in Lincoln Park and West Loop. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Find the Best Cup of Hot Chocolate
Jack Frost has started the nose-nipping, so it’s time for us to start hot-cocoa sipping. Bundle up and warm the bellies at one of our favorite hot chocolate spots. Bonus: You’ll be supporting local restaurants! More details.

Plan an Epic Road Trip
Take the opportunity to do a little squad-bonding on a cold-weather road trip that offers a change of scenery from your 4 walls at home. More details.

Shop a Virtual Christkindlmarket
Christkindlmarket is going virtual this year! Shop the handmade gifts, food and drinks and kids can participate in Kinder Club activities from the comforts of home, anywhere in the world. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Play Hide & Seek with Massive Trolls at Morton Arboretum
Use the vast open spaces to play a giant game of seek, looking for unusual creatures, each standing 15- to 20-feet-tall. Guardians of the forest, trying to make sense of the human world. Just like us! Fri.-Sun. More details.

Have a Drive-In Meal at Antique Taco
Antique Taco Bridgeport has turned the parking lot into a drive-in restaurant. They have window trays, fun Drive-In special menu items and the kids pack has a toy included. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Intro Your Kids to an Iconic Favorite at The FRIENDS Experience
Get a Chicago-style Italian Beef ready for sandwich-loving Joey because the wildly popular FRIENDS Experience is here! Celebrate your favorite friends and revisit some of the series’ most classic moments. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Prep for Next Summer with Swim Lessons
Your beach days might be over for the season, but keep your guppies moving and strengthening their swim skills all winter long by signing them up for swim lessons. More details.

Didn’t find what you’re looking for? Luck is on your side because we have loads more to-dos on our calendar—even lots of virtual activities to connect with people, museums and businesses all over the country. Check it out!

— Maria Chambers

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