THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Pre-Thanksgiving Prep and Play Time!

With Thanksgiving arriving this coming Thursday, why not use this weekend to prepare for your Thanksgiving celebration, then kick-back and enjoy yourself! Here are a few prep & play ideas!!

Whether your Thanksgiving guest list is shrinking or you dial in over Zoom, these local Chicagoland eateries are coming to the rescue with Thanksgiving Take-Out and Ready-to-Heat Options that include everything from the bird to sides to desserts. Options may include curbside pickup, delivery, to-go, and meal kits. This year some of the best Thanksgiving dinner options include Ascione Bistro, Honey Butter Fried Chicken, Lawry’s The Prime Rib, Little Goat Diner (meal kits), and many others! Let the local chefs do all the cooking this year!!

Want your guests to think you slaved for days preparing your Thanksgiving desserts? Consider preordering your Thanksgiving Pies and Desserts from any one of these local Chicago favorites such as Brown Sugar Bakery (famous caramel cake), Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits, Justice of the Pies, Sugargoat, and many others for that home-baked taste! By the way, your secret is safe with me!!

This year the 24th annual Edison Park 5K Turkey Trot will be virtual. 

That means you get to plan your date, the time, and the route from November 26th to December 1st. Click the tab “Make Your Run Fun” on their website for ideas on ways to bring Thanksgiving tradition to your own personal Turkey Trot! Be sure to register to get your limited-edition version of their famous Turkey Trot T-shirt!!

The annual BMO Harris Bank’s Magnificent Mile Lights Festival will be ringing in the holiday season virtually this year! While families won’t be able to line the parade route as usual, ABC 7 will air parade highlights, exciting performances, Disney surprises, and magical moments this Sunday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.! It will conclude with flipping the switch to turn on the lights that line Chicago’s Magnificent Mile through the holiday season and winter months!!

The annual Long Grove Vintage Holidays, which kicked-off last week and runs every weekend through December 20th, is all about old-world charms, quaint shops, and making family memories for that classic holiday experience. This year’s highlights include: Merchant Open Houses featuring decorations, food, drinks, sales, specials on merchandise, and more; Holiday Music on Weekends will set the mood throughout the season with festive holiday tunes; Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides starting November 21st will offer vintage carriage rides throughout historic downtown Long Grove for groups of up to 10 (family & friends only) to get into the holiday spirit; and new this year, a Holiday Selfie-Station located at the holiday-decorated front porch of the Farmside building to take photos with family and friends of your vintage holiday experience!

Enjoy your pre-Thanksgiving Day weekend! Then Gobble, Gobble away on Thanksgiving!!

Sue Moss and Dean’s Team Chicago